5 days in California's Central Coast Itinerary

5 days in California's Central Coast Itinerary

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5 days in California's Central Coast Itinerary

Start: Midland
Fly + Drive:  8​h
1
Santa Cruz
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
2
Cambria
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Santa Barbara
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  8​h 15​min
End: Midland

1
night
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.
For photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Santa Cruz day trip planner .

Midland to Santa Cruz is an approximately 8-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Midland to Santa Cruz is minus 2 hours. While traveling from Midland, expect much colder days and a bit cooler nights in Santa Cruz, ranging from highs of 74°F to lows of 57°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) so you can go by car to Cambria.

Things to do in Santa Cruz

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Outdoors

Side Trip

Monterey
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Monterey Bay Aquarium ©
Monterey Bay Aquarium
17-Mile Drive ©
17-Mile Drive
Casa Serrano, Historic Adobe ©
Casa Serrano, Historic Adobe

1
night
Cambria

Cambria ©
Cambria is a seaside village in San Luis Obispo County, California, United States midway between San Francisco and Los Angeles along California State Route 1 (Highway 1). Kick off your visit on the 6th (Tue): look for all kinds of wild species at Elephant Seal Rookery, contemplate the long history of Hearst Castle, and then steep yourself in history at The Old Santa Rosa Creek Chapel.

For ratings, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Cambria travel site .

Traveling by car from Santa Cruz to Cambria takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. When traveling from Santa Cruz in August, plan for a bit warmer days in Cambria, with highs around 94°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 55°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Cambria

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks

Side Trip

San Simeon
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Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Wed): don't miss a visit to Old Mission Santa Barbara and then awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area.

For photos, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Santa Barbara day trip website .

Drive from Cambria to Santa Barbara in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. When traveling from Cambria in August, plan for little chillier days in Santa Barbara, with highs around 76°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 60°F. On the 8th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Tours Parks Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings
Old Mission Santa Barbara ©
Old Mission Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara Zoo ©
Santa Barbara Zoo

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