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: San Diego
Drive:  5​h
1
Avila Beach
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
San Simeon
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
3
Paso Robles
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Monterey
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h
End: San Diego

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Avila Beach

Avila Beach is an unincorporated community in San Luis Obispo County, California, United States, located on San Luis Obispo Bay about 160 miles (257 km) northwest of Los Angeles, and about 200 miles south of San Francisco. Start off your visit on the 25th (Mon): stop by Alapay Cellars and then race across the water with a speed boat tour.

To find reviews, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Avila Beach trip planner.

San Diego to Avila Beach is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive. Traveling from San Diego in March, expect slightly colder with lows of 48°F in Avila Beach. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to San Simeon.

Things to do in Avila Beach

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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Speed Boats Tours
Alapay Cellars ©
Alapay Cellars

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San Simeon

San Simeon ©
When you arriveĀ 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 26th (Tue), admire the majestic nature at Leffingwell Landing, then take a memorable drive along Moonstone Beach Dr, then learn about winemaking at Hearst Ranch Winery, and finally make a trip to San Simeon Pier. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the different monuments and memorials at Cambria Cemetery, get a taste of the local shopping with Cambria Nursery & Florist, then identify plant and animal life at Elephant Seal Rookery, and finally stroll through Piedras Blancas.

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You can drive from Avila Beach to San Simeon in an hour. Traveling from Avila Beach in March, San Simeon is little chillier at night with lows of 41°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) so you can drive to Paso Robles.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Cambria
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Cambria Nursery and Florist ©
Cambria Nursery and Florist
Piedras Blancas ©
Piedras Blancas
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Thu): do a tasting at Denner Winery, learn about winemaking at Whalebone Vineyard, then examine the collection at Paso Robles Pioneer Museum, and finally learn about winemaking at Tobin James Cellars. Here are some ideas for day two: do a tasting at JUSTIN Vineyards and Winery, do a tasting at Ecluse Wines, and then awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area.

For more things to do, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Paso Robles route planner.

Traveling by car from San Simeon to Paso Robles takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In March in Paso Robles, expect temperatures between 72°F during the day and 41°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) so you can drive to Monterey.

Things to do in Paso Robles

Wineries Tours Museums
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Ecluse Wines ©
Ecluse Wines
Wine Tours & Tastings
Tobin James Cellars ©
Tobin James Cellars

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Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. On the 30th (Sat), tour the pleasant surroundings at Dennis the Menace Park, then contemplate the waterfront views at Monterey Bay, then stop by Monterey's Tasty Olive Bar, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard.

To find traveler tips and more tourist information, refer to the Monterey online visit planner .

Getting from Paso Robles to Monterey by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. When traveling from Paso Robles in March, plan for a bit cooler days in Monterey, with highs around 64°F, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Monterey

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
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Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
Dennis the Menace Park ©
Dennis the Menace Park
Monterey Bay ©
Monterey Bay

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