6 days in California's Central Coast Itinerary

6 days in California's Central Coast Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California's Central Coast holiday planner

Make it your trip
Drive
1
Monterey
— 1 day
Drive
2
San Simeon
— 2 nights
Drive
3
Santa Barbara
— 2 nights
Fly

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Monterey

— 1 day
Monterey is a city in the U.S. On the 2nd (Tue), get to know the fascinating history of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, cruise along 17-Mile Drive, and then admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos.

For photos, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Monterey journey planning website.

San Francisco to Monterey is an approximately 2.5-hour car ride. You can also take a bus; or fly. In July, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) so you can go by car to San Simeon.

Things to do in Monterey

Scenic Drive · Nature · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trips

San Simeon

— 2 nights
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 3rd (Wed): kick back and relax at Piedras Blancas, look for all kinds of wild species at Friends of the Elephant Seal Visitor Center and Gift Shop, and then indulge your thirst for a good beer at 927 Beer Company. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Thu): explore the historical opulence of Hearst Castle, take in the exciting artwork at Amphora Gallery, then learn about winemaking at Moonstone Cellars, then take in the exciting artwork at Artifacts Gallery, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Moonstone Beach.

To see maps, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the San Simeon trip planner.

Getting from Monterey to San Simeon by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, train, and taxi; or do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Monterey in July, you will find days in San Simeon are much hotter (40°C), and nights are about the same (15°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trip

Santa Barbara

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Fri): get engrossed in the history at Santa Barbara Historical Museum, steep yourself in history at Old Mission Santa Barbara, then admire the masterpieces at Santa Barbara Museum of Art, and finally look for gifts at Italian Pottery Outlet. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Casa del Herrero, observe the fascinating underwater world at Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History Sea Center, wander the streets of State Street Underpass, then get a new perspective on nature at Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History, and finally get a taste of local nightlife at Grassini Family Vineyards.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Santa Barbara tour builder.

You can drive from San Simeon to Santa Barbara in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. When traveling from San Simeon in July, plan for slightly colder days in Santa Barbara, with highs around 28°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Zoos & Aquariums