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

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

Created using Inspirock California travel planner

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Ferry to Caticlan, Fly to San Diego
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San Diego
— 1 night
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Santa Barbara
— 13 nights
Drive
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Santa Maria
— 11 nights
Drive
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Paso Robles
— 12 nights
Drive
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Monterey
— 13 nights
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Shuttle to San Francisco International Airport, Fly to Boracay, Ferry to Boracay

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San Diego

— 1 night

America's Finest City

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, then see the interesting displays at USS Midway Museum, then appreciate 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 combination of ferry and 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 26°C and lows at 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to travel to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in San Diego

Zoos & Aquariums · Parks · Historic Sites · Museums

Santa Barbara

— 13 nights

The American Riviera

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 State Street Underpass. Let the collections at Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum and Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History capture your imagination. Change things up with these side-trips from Santa Barbara: Santa Monica Mountains (in Santa Monica), Malibu (Point Dume State Beach and Preserve, Zuma and Trancas Canyons, &more) and Serra Cross Park (in Ventura). Pack the 15th (Sat) with family-friendly diversions at Six Flags Magic Mountain. There's much more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Santa Barbara County Courthouse, awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area, steep yourself in history at Casa del Herrero, and take in the waterfront at Stearns Wharf.

To find reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Santa Barbara online journey planner.

You can fly from San Diego to Santa Barbara in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Expect slightly colder evenings in Santa Barbara when traveling from San Diego in June, with lows around 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Santa Maria.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Santa Maria

— 11 nights
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 Santa Ynez Valley (in Santa Ynez), Solvang (Rusack Vineyards, Old Mission Santa Ines, &more) and Lompoc (Taste of Santa 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 Avila Main 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 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 · Wineries

Side Trips

Paso Robles

— 12 nights

Paso

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 Visitor Center and Gift Shop and Piedras Blancas. Museum-lovers will appreciate Paso Robles Pioneer Museum and Camp Roberts Historical Museum. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Paso Robles: Morro Bay (Morro Bay Maritime Museum, Morro Bay Skateboard Museum, &more), Cambria (Greenspace Creekside Reserve, Amphora Gallery, &more) and San Simeon (Hearst Castle & Coastal Discovery Center at San Simeon Bay (Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary)). The adventure continues: immerse yourself in nature at Montana de Oro State Park, examine the collection at Woodland Auto Display, view the masterpieces at Harmony Pottery Works, and deepen your understanding at Studios on the Park.

For maps, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Paso Robles day trip planning app.

Drive from Santa Maria to Paso Robles in 1.5 hours. Traveling from Santa Maria in June, expect nights in Paso Robles to be about the same, around 13°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 39°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Monterey.

Things to do in Paso Robles

Museums · Parks · Wineries · Outdoors

Side Trips

Monterey

— 13 nights
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 Monterey Bay. Get out of town with these interesting Monterey side-trips: National Steinbeck Center (in Salinas), Santa Cruz (Santa Cruz Surfing Museum, Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Exploration Center, &more) and San Juan Bautista (San Juan Bautista State Historic Park & Mission San Juan Bautista). Next up on the itinerary: get to know the fascinating history of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, contemplate the long history of Cannery Row, pause for some serene contemplation at San Carlos Cathedral, and take in the history at San Carlos Borromeo de Carmelo Mission.

For other places to visit and other tourist information, read Monterey trip planner.

Drive from Paso Robles to Monterey in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. While traveling from Paso Robles, expect colder days and about the same nights in Monterey, ranging from highs of 24°C to lows of 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Monterey

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips