40 days in California's Central Coast Itinerary

40 days in California's Central Coast Itinerary

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Santa Cruz
— 7 nights
2
Carmel Valley
— 4 nights
3
San Simeon
— 5 nights
4
Avila Beach
— 4 nights
5
Lompoc
— 6 nights
6
Santa Barbara
— 10 nights

7
nights
Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz ©
Santa Cruz remains synonymous with surfing, but this counterculture bastion offers plenty even if you don't plan to catch any waves.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Santa Cruz: Mission San Juan Bautista (in San Juan Bautista), Eden Rift Vineyards (in Hollister) and Monterey (Monterey Bay Aquarium, Cannery Row, &more). The adventure continues: find something for the whole family at Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, enjoy the sand and surf at Natural Bridges State Beach, take a leisurely stroll along Santa Cruz Wharf, and admire the natural beauty at UCSC Arboretum.

To see more things to do, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Santa Cruz trip planner.

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Santa Cruz is an approximately 27-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone changes from Malaysia Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -16 hour difference. Plan for colder temperatures traveling from Kuala Lumpur in May, with highs in Santa Cruz at 24°C and lows at 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) early enough to go by car to Carmel Valley.

Things to do in Santa Cruz

Parks · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Monterey, Mission San Juan Bautista, Eden Rift Vineyards
Highlights from your plan
17-Mile Drive ©
17-Mile Drive
Monterey Bay Aquarium ©
Monterey Bay Aquarium
Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail ©
Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail

4
nights
Carmel Valley

Carmel Valley ©
Carmel Valley Village is a census-designated place in Monterey County, California, United States. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Carmel Valley: Soledad (Hahn Estate Winery, Wrath Winery, &more) and Paicines (Pinnacles National Park & Bear Gulch Caves). There's much more to do: walk around Garland Ranch Regional Park, do a tasting at Joyce Vineyards, and examine the collection at Moto Talbott.

To find reviews, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Carmel Valley road trip website.

You can drive from Santa Cruz to Carmel Valley in 1.5 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Carmel Valley can reach 21°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) to allow time to drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Carmel Valley

Parks · Wineries · Nature

Side Trips

Soledad, Paicines
Highlights from your plan
Garland Ranch Regional Park ©
Garland Ranch Regional Park
Joullian Vineyards & Winery ©
Joullian Vineyards & Winery
Parsonage Winery Tasting Room ©
Parsonage Winery Tasting Room

5
nights
San Simeon

San Simeon ©
When you arriveĀ in tiny San Simeon, which lies halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, you can see why William Randolph Hearst chose this coastal locale for his famous hilltop castle.
San Simeon is known for historic sites, wildlife, and beaches. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Hearst Castle, tour the pleasant surroundings at Fiscalini Ranch Preserve, look for all kinds of wild species at Friends of the Elephant Seal, and take a memorable drive along Moonstone Beach Dr.

For other places to visit, ratings, photos, and tourist information, use the San Simeon trip planner.

You can drive from Carmel Valley to San Simeon in 2.5 hours. Traveling from Carmel Valley in June, you will find days in San Simeon are much hotter (39°C), and nights are about the same (13°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can go by car to Avila Beach.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Cambria, Harmony Headlands State Park
Highlights from your plan
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal
Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle
Fiscalini Ranch Preserve ©
Fiscalini Ranch Preserve

4
nights
Avila Beach

Avila Beach
Avila Beach is an unincorporated community in San Luis Obispo County, California, United States, located on San Luis Obispo Bay about 160 miles (257 km) northwest of Los Angeles, and about 200 miles south of San Francisco. Avila Beach is known for adventure, trails, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the landscape on two wheels at Bob Jones City to Sea Bike Trail, take a leisurely stroll along Avila Beach Pier, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Central Coast Aquarium, and stop by Alapay Cellars.

To see maps, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Avila Beach travel route website.

Traveling by car from San Simeon to Avila Beach takes an hour. When traveling from San Simeon in June, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Avila Beach: temperatures range from 30°C by day to 13°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Lompoc.

Things to do in Avila Beach

Parks · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trip

Los Osos
Highlights from your plan
Bluff Trail
Bluff Trail
Point San Luis Lighthouse ©
Point San Luis Lighthouse
Speed Boats Tours

6
nights
Lompoc

Lompoc ©
Lompoc is a city in Santa Barbara County, California, on the west coast of the United States. Venture out of the city with trips to Pismo Beach (Monarch Butterfly Grove & Pismo Pier), The Luffa Farm (in Nipomo) and Morro Rock (in Morro Bay). And it doesn't end there: learn about winemaking at Rancho Sisquoc Winery, immerse yourself in nature at Montana de Oro State Park, get outside with Santa Barbara Soaring, and admire the architecture and history at La Purisima State Historical Park.

For reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Lompoc travel planner.

Traveling by car from Avila Beach to Lompoc takes an hour. Traveling from Avila Beach in June, you will find days in Lompoc are a bit cooler (24°C), and nights are about the same (13°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Lompoc

Parks · Wineries · Nature

Side Trips

Santa Ynez, Solvang, Santa Maria, San Luis Obispo, Pismo Beach
Highlights from your plan
Morro Rock ©
Morro Rock
Rancho Sisquoc Winery ©
Rancho Sisquoc Winery
Foxen Vineyard & Winery ©
Foxen Vineyard & Winery

10
nights
Santa Barbara

Nestled between the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Ynez Mountains, Santa Barbara is a solid vacation destination with its wide beaches, renowned wineries, and some of California's finest shopping and dining options.
Venture out of the city with trips to Ojai (Bart's Books, Meditation Mount, &more). There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Old Mission Santa Barbara, do a tasting at Riverbench Vineyard & Winery, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Santa Barbara Zoo, and take a leisurely stroll along Stearns Wharf.

To see other places to visit, maps, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Santa Barbara travel route planning app.

Traveling by car from Lompoc to Santa Barbara takes an hour. In June in Santa Barbara, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Parks · Tours · Wineries

Side Trips

Ojai, Los Padres Outfitters, Ganna Walska Lotusland
Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings
Old Mission Santa Barbara ©
Old Mission Santa Barbara
Stearns Wharf ©
Stearns Wharf

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