53 days in San Diego & California's Central Coast Itinerary

53 days in San Diego & California's Central Coast Itinerary

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1
San Diego
— 1 night
2
Santa Barbara
— 13 nights
3
Santa Maria
— 11 nights
4
Paso Robles
— 12 nights
5
Monterey
— 13 nights

1
night
San Diego

San Diego ©
Divided into neighborhoods with distinct characters and cultural heritages, San Diego sits just north of the Mexican border and offers visitors a blend of tourist attractions, including a lively nightlife, diverse cuisine, and a thriving musical scene.
Fort Rosecrans Cemetery has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 5th (Wed): get to know the resident critters at San Diego Zoo. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the long history of Gaslamp Museum at the Davis-Horton House, thensee the interesting displays at USS Midway Museum, thenappreciate the extensive heritage of Embarcadero, and finally explore the different monuments and memorials at Fort Rosecrans Cemetery.

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Boracay, Philippines to San Diego is an approximately 25-hour flight. The time zone changes from Philippine Standard Time (PST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -16 hour difference. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Boracay in June, with highs in San Diego at °C and lows at °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to drive to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in San Diego

Zoos & Aquariums Parks Museums
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USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum
Fort Rosecrans Cemetery ©
Fort Rosecrans Cemetery
Gaslamp Museum at the Davis-Horton House ©
Gaslamp Museum at the Davis-Horton House

13
nights
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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Old Mission Santa Barbara and Casa del Herrero. Let the collections at Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum and Santa Barbara Historical Museum capture your imagination. Change things up with these side-trips from Santa Barbara: Malibu (Point Dume State Beach and Preserve, Zuma and Trancas Canyons, &more), Santa Monica Mountains (in Santa Monica) and Serra Cross Park (in Ventura). Pack the 15th (Sat) with family-friendly diversions at Six Flags Magic Mountain. There's still lots to do: wander the streets of State Street Underpass, awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area, immerse yourself in nature at El Presidio de Santa Barbara State Historic Park, and cruise along Rincon Bike Trail.

To find other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read Santa Barbara itinerary maker website.

Drive from San Diego to Santa Barbara in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Santa Barbara when traveling from San Diego in June, with lows around °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Santa Maria.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Malibu, Carpinteria, Santa Monica Mountains, Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum, Serra Cross Park
Highlights from your plan
Old Mission Santa Barbara ©
Old Mission Santa Barbara
Santa Monica Mountains ©
Santa Monica Mountains
Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum ©

11
nights
Santa Maria

Santa Maria ©
Santa Maria is a city near the Southern California coast in Santa Barbara County. Take a break from the city and head to Bob Jones City to Sea Bike Trail and Los Flores Ranch Park. Museum-lovers will appreciate Heritage House Museum and Santa Maria Valley Discovery Museum. Venture out of the city with trips to Solvang (Rusack Vineyards, Old Mission Santa Ines, &more), Santa Ynez Valley (in Santa Ynez) and Lompoc (Taste of Sta. Rita Hills, Sanford Winery & Vineyards, &more). There's still lots to do: visit a coastal fixture at Point San Luis Lighthouse, enjoy the sand and surf at Pismo State Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Foxen Canyon Wine Trail, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Labyrinth at St. Mark's-in-the-Valley Episcopal Church.

To see photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Santa Maria trip planner.

Getting from Santa Barbara to Santa Maria by car takes about 1.5 hours. In June in Santa Maria, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can go by car to Paso Robles.

Things to do in Santa Maria

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Solvang, Lompoc, Avila Beach, Pismo Beach, Los Olivos
Highlights from your plan
Foxen Canyon Wine Trail ©
Foxen Canyon Wine Trail
Speed Boats Tours
Point San Luis Lighthouse ©
Point San Luis Lighthouse

12
nights
Paso Robles

Paso Robles ©
A town of hot springs and wine, Paso Robles (or "Pass of the Oaks") feels like a desert paradise to those who travel here.
Get in touch with nature at Friends of the Elephant Seal and Morro Rock. Museum-lovers will appreciate Paso Robles Pioneer Museum and Camp Roberts Historical Museum. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Paso Robles: San Simeon (Hearst Castle, Coastal Discovery Center at San Simeon Bay (Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary), &more), Cambria (Greenspace Creekside Reserve, Amphora Gallery, &more) and Morro Bay (Morro Bay Maritime Museum, Morro Bay Skateboard Museum, &more). Next up on the itinerary: admire the majestic nature at Montana de Oro State Park, see the interesting displays at Woodland Auto Display, take in the exciting artwork at Studios on the Park, and admire the masterpieces at Clark Center for Japanese Art and Culture.

To find ratings, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Paso Robles vacation planning site.

Getting from Santa Maria to Paso Robles by car takes about 1.5 hours. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Santa Maria in June: highs in Paso Robles hover around °C, while lows dip to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to drive to Monterey.

Things to do in Paso Robles

Museums Parks Wineries

Side Trips

Cambria, Morro Bay, San Luis Obispo, San Simeon, Templeton
Highlights from your plan
Morro Bay State Park ©
Morro Bay State Park
Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal

13
nights
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Museum-lovers will get to explore The Steinbeck House / Best Cellar Gift Shop and Steven Whyte's Sculpture Studio and Gallery. Escape the urban bustle at Point Lobos and Mission San Juan Bautista. Get out of town with these interesting Monterey side-trips: Santa Cruz (Santa Cruz Surfing Museum, Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Exploration Center, &more), National Steinbeck Center (in Salinas) and San Juan Bautista State Historic Park (in San Juan Bautista). The adventure continues: appreciate the extensive heritage of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, steep yourself in history at Cannery Row, take in the spiritual surroundings of Carmel Mission, and pause for some serene contemplation at San Carlos Cathedral.

To find maps, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, use the Monterey journey planning tool.

Drive from Paso Robles to Monterey in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Paso Robles in July, you will find days in Monterey are cooler (°C), and nights are about the same (°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Monterey

Museums Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Carmel, Santa Cruz, Carmel Valley, Salinas, Pacific Grove
Highlights from your plan
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
17-Mile Drive ©
17-Mile Drive

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