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

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

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

Start: Boracay
+2
ferry + bus + Fly:  27​h
1
San Diego
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
2
Santa Barbara
— 13 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Santa Maria
— 11 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Paso Robles
— 12 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Monterey
— 13 nights
+4
shuttle + foot + Fly + foot + ferry:  29​h
End: Boracay

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Fort Rosecrans Cemetery. On the 5th (Wed), stroll through San Diego Zoo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the long history of Gaslamp Museum at the Davis-Horton House, then examine the collection at USS Midway Museum, then take in the waterfront at Embarcadero, and finally stroll the grounds of Fort Rosecrans Cemetery.

To see more things to do, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, go to the San Diego road trip planning website .

Boracay, Philippines to San Diego is an approximately 27-hour combination of ferry, bus, and flight. You can also do a combination of ferry and flight. Traveling from Boracay to San Diego, you'll gain 16 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Boracay in June, expect San Diego to be little chillier, temps between 26°C and 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in San Diego

Zoos & Aquariums Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum
Fort Rosecrans Cemetery ©
Fort Rosecrans Cemetery

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.
Get in touch with nature at State Street Underpass and Zuma and Trancas Canyons. Let the collections at Casa del Herrero and Santa Barbara Museum of Art capture your imagination. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Santa Barbara: Malibu (Point Dume State Beach and Preserve, Zuma Beach, & more), Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum (in Simi Valley) and Santa Monica Mountains (in Santa Monica). Pack the 15th (Sat) with family-friendly diversions at Six Flags Magic Mountain. There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Old Mission Santa Barbara, admire the majestic nature at El Presidio de Santa Barbara State Historic Park, take a memorable drive along Rincon Bike Trail, and take an in-depth tour of Santa Barbara Historical Museum.

For where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Santa Barbara day trip planning site .

Traveling by car from San Diego to Santa Barbara takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or fly. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from San Diego in June since evenings lows in Santa Barbara dip to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can drive to Santa Maria.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

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

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 Eldwaylen Ocean Park. Museum-lovers will appreciate Heritage House Museum and Elverhoj Museum. Venture out of the city with trips to Solvang (Rusack Vineyards, Old Mission Santa Ines, & more), Lompoc (Taste of Sta. Rita Hills, Sanford Winery & Vineyards, & more) and Santa Ynez Valley (in Santa Ynez). 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.

For reviews, traveler tips, maps, 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 26°C during the day and 13°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, Buellton
Highlights from your plan
Los Flores Ranch Park ©
Los Flores Ranch Park
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 Elephant Seal Rookery and Moonstone Beach. Museum-lovers will appreciate Morro Bay Skateboard Museum and Central Coast Veterans Memorial 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, Museum of Natural History, & more). There's lots more to do: immerse yourself in nature at Montana de Oro State Park, examine the collection at Paso Robles Pioneer Museum, admire the masterpieces at Sculpterra Winery & Sculpture Garden, and indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area.

Make your Paso Robles itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Drive from Santa Maria to Paso Robles in 1.5 hours. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Santa Maria in June: highs in Paso Robles hover around 39°C, while lows dip to 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can go by car to Monterey.

Things to do in Paso Robles

Museums Parks Outdoors

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
Fiscalini Ranch Preserve ©
Fiscalini Ranch Preserve

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 Canepa Motorsports Museum. Escape the urban bustle at Point Lobos and 17-Mile Drive. Get out of town with these interesting Monterey side-trips: Carmel Valley (Joyce Vineyards & Moto Talbott), National Steinbeck Center (in Salinas) and San Juan Bautista (San Juan Bautista State Historic Park & Mission San Juan Bautista). Spend the 14th (Sun) observing fascinating marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour. The adventure continues: appreciate the extensive heritage of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, steep yourself in history at Perry House, take in the spiritual surroundings of Carmel Mission, and explore the activities along Monterey Bay.

To find other places to visit 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 train; or take a bus. Traveling from Paso Robles in July, you will find days in Monterey are cooler (24°C), and nights are about the same (15°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, Pacific Grove, Carmel Valley, Salinas
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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