6 days in California’s Central Coast Itinerary

6 days in California’s Central Coast Itinerary

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6 days in California’s Central Coast Itinerary

Start: Los Angeles
Drive:  1​h 45​min
1
Santa Barbara
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
San Simeon
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Monterey
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
End: Los Angeles

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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Fri): get engrossed in the history at Santa Barbara Historical Museum, then meet the residents at Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History Sea Center, then brush up on your military savvy at Santa Barbara Maritime Museum, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with State Street Underpass. On the 13th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the long history of Casa del Herrero, then explore the world behind art at Santa Barbara Museum of Art, then make a trip to Old Mission Santa Barbara, and finally do a tasting at Riverbench Vineyard & Winery.

To see ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the 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. Traveling from Los Angeles in April, plan for little chillier nights in Santa Barbara, with lows around 50°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to go by car to San Simeon.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Museums Historic Sites Childrens Museums
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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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nights
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.
On the 14th (Sun), step into the grandiose world of Hearst Castle, then examine the collection at Coastal Discovery Center at San Simeon Bay (Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary), and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Piedras Blancas. On the next day, look for all kinds of wild species at Elephant Seal Rookery, shop like a local with Ephraim Pottery West Gallery, then take in the exciting artwork at artifacts gallery, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Moonstone Beach.

Plan my day in San Simeon using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Getting from Santa Barbara to San Simeon by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. While traveling from Santa Barbara, expect a bit warmer days and slightly colder nights in San Simeon, ranging from highs of 78°F to lows of 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can drive to Monterey.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Beaches Wildlife

Side Trip

Cambria
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Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach
Piedras Blancas ©
Piedras Blancas

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nights
Monterey

Monterey is a city in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 16th (Tue): get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Wed): take a leisurely stroll along Old Fisherman's Wharf, make a trip to Cannery Row, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Monterey Bay.

For ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read Monterey trip itinerary tool .

Drive from San Simeon to Monterey in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from San Simeon in April, you will find days in Monterey are little chillier (64°F), and nights are about the same (48°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Monterey

Tours Wildlife Outdoors
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Cannery Row ©
Cannery Row
Old Fisherman's Wharf ©
Old Fisherman's Wharf

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