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: Newark
Fly + Drive:  9​h
1
Santa Barbara
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
2
Monterey
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  10​h 15​min
End: Newark

1
night
Santa Barbara

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.
On the 6th (Thu), enjoy breathtaking views from Santa Barbara County Courthouse and then Head underground at Salt Cave.

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Newark to Santa Barbara is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time is minus 3 hours. September in Santa Barbara sees daily highs of 79°F and lows of 58°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Monterey.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Historic Sites Outdoors Shopping
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Old Mission Santa Barbara ©
Old Mission Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara Museum of Art ©
Santa Barbara Museum of Art
Santa Barbara County Courthouse ©
Santa Barbara County Courthouse

3
nights
Monterey

Monterey is a city in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 8th (Sat): pause for some photo ops at The Cannery Row Monument, get to know the fascinating history of Cannery Row, then indulge your taste buds at The Wharf Marketplace, and finally get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour. On the 9th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: cruise along 17-Mile Drive, stop by Monterey's Tasty Olive Bar, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Natural Bridges State Beach.

To find traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Monterey travel planner .

Traveling by car from Santa Barbara to Monterey takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. When traveling from Santa Barbara in September, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Monterey: temperatures range from 72°F by day to 56°F at night. On the 10th (Mon), you're off tohome.

Things to do in Monterey

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Natural Bridges State Beach
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
17-Mile Drive ©
17-Mile Drive
Cannery Row ©
Cannery Row

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