6 days in California's Central Coast Itinerary

6 days in California's Central Coast Itinerary

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Santa Barbara
— 1 night
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San Simeon
— 2 nights
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Monterey
— 2 nights

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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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Sun): don't miss a visit to Old Mission Santa Barbara, explore the world behind art at Santa Barbara Museum of Art, then get engrossed in the history at Santa Barbara Historical Museum, and finally unwind over a drink at Grassini Family Vineyards. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: wander the streets of State Street Underpass, explore the engaging exhibits at Santa Barbara Maritime Museum, examine the collection at Reagan Ranch Center, then observe the fascinating underwater world at Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History Sea Center, and finally take a leisurely stroll along Stearns Wharf.

For other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read our Santa Barbara trip planner.

Los Angeles to Santa Barbara is an approximately 2-hour car ride. You can also take a bus; or take a train. In March, Santa Barbara is little chillier than Los Angeles - with highs of 69°F and lows of 48°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough to go by car to San Simeon.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks
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Santa Barbara Museum of Art ©
Santa Barbara Museum of Art
Old Mission Santa Barbara ©
Old Mission Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara Historical Museum ©
Santa Barbara Historical Museum

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San Simeon

San Simeon ©
When you arrive in tiny San Simeon, which lies halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, you can see why William Randolph Hearst chose this coastal locale for his famous hilltop castle.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Tue): kick back and relax at Piedras Blancas, identify plant and animal life at Friends of the Elephant Seal, then admire the natural beauty at Cambria Nursery and Florist, and finally get a new perspective on nature at Greenspace Creekside Reserve. Here are some ideas for day two: step into the grandiose world of Hearst Castle, tour the pleasant surroundings at Moonstone Beach, and then admire all the interesting features of Moonstone Beach Dr.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the San Simeon trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Santa Barbara to San Simeon takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of train, taxi, and bus. Traveling from Santa Barbara in March, plan for little chillier nights in San Simeon, with lows around 41°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Monterey.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trip

Cambria
Highlights from your plan
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal
Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach

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Monterey

Monterey is a city in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 28th (Thu): take a stroll through Old Fisherman's Wharf, appreciate the extensive heritage of Cannery Row, and then explore the activities along Monterey Bay. Here are some ideas for day two: see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To see maps, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Monterey trip itinerary builder app.

Drive from San Simeon to Monterey in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, train, and bus; or do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from San Simeon in March, you will find days in Monterey are a bit cooler (64°F), and nights are a bit warmer (47°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Monterey

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Cannery Row ©
Cannery Row
Monterey Bay ©
Monterey Bay

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