60 days in California's Central Coast Itinerary

60 days in California's Central Coast Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Santa Cruz
— 12 nights
2
Carmel Valley
— 12 nights
3
Paso Robles
— 12 nights
4
Santa Maria
— 11 nights
5
Santa Barbara
— 12 nights

12
nights
Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz ©
Santa Cruz remains synonymous with surfing, but this counterculture bastion offers plenty even if you don't plan to catch any waves.
Venture out of the city with trips to Mission San Juan Bautista (in San Juan Bautista), Monterey (Monterey Bay Aquarium, Monterey's Tasty Olive Bar, &more) and Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve (in Moss Landing). There's lots more to do: get in on the family fun at Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, walk around Mount Madonna County Park, delve into the mystery of Mystery Spot, and do a tasting at MJA Vineyards.

To find more things to do, maps, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Santa Cruz day trip planner.

McAllen to Santa Cruz is an approximately 9-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time is minus 2 hours. Traveling from McAllen in April, expect Santa Cruz to be cooler, temps between °F and °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can drive to Carmel Valley.

Things to do in Santa Cruz

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Monterey, Watsonville, Mission San Juan Bautista, S.S. Palo Alto Concrete Ship, Eden Rift Vineyards
Highlights from your plan
Monterey Bay Aquarium ©
Monterey Bay Aquarium
17-Mile Drive ©
17-Mile Drive
Dolphin & Whale Watching

12
nights
Carmel Valley

Carmel Valley ©
Carmel Valley Village is a census-designated place in Monterey County, California, United States. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Carmel Valley: Soledad (Balconies Cliffs Trails, Hahn Estate Winery, &more), Paicines (Pinnacles National Park & Bear Gulch Caves) and Jade Cove (in San Simeon). Next up on the itinerary: stroll around Garland Ranch Regional Park, examine the collection at Moto Talbott, and do a tasting at Folktale Winery & Vineyard.

To see where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Carmel Valley trip planner.

You can drive from Santa Cruz to Carmel Valley in 1.5 hours. In May in Carmel Valley, expect temperatures between °F during the day and °F at night. On the 16th (Thu), you're off to Paso Robles.

Things to do in Carmel Valley

Wineries Parks Nature

Side Trips

Soledad, Paicines, Jade Cove
Highlights from your plan
Parsonage Winery Tasting Room ©
Parsonage Winery Tasting Room
Garland Ranch Regional Park ©
Garland Ranch Regional Park
Joullian Vineyards & Winery ©
Joullian Vineyards & Winery

12
nights
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Paso Robles side-trips: Cambria (Cambria Nursery and Florist, Fiscalini Ranch Preserve, &more), San Simeon (Hearst Castle, Friends of the Elephant Seal, &more) and Morro Bay (Anchor Memorial Park, Fiona Bleu Gallery, &more). And it doesn't end there: awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area, learn about winemaking at Caliza Winery, take a memorable drive along Highway 1 Discovery Route, and immerse yourself in nature at Montana de Oro State Park.

To find where to stay, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Paso Robles journey maker site.

Drive from Carmel Valley to Paso Robles in 2 hours. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Carmel Valley in May: highs in Paso Robles hover around °F, while lows dip to °F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can go by car to Santa Maria.

Things to do in Paso Robles

Parks Outdoors Wineries

Side Trips

San Luis Obispo, Cambria, San Simeon, Templeton, Morro Bay
Highlights from your plan
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal
Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle
Fiscalini Ranch Preserve ©
Fiscalini Ranch Preserve

11
nights
Santa Maria

Santa Maria ©
Santa Maria is a city near the Southern California coast in Santa Barbara County. Change things up with these side-trips from Santa Maria: Arroyo Grande (Talley Vineyards, Kynsi Winery, &more), Margo Dodd Park (in Pismo Beach) and Avila Beach (Point San Luis Lighthouse & Speed Boats Tours). There's much more to do: grab your bike and head to Bob Jones City to Sea Bike Trail, learn about winemaking at Rusack Vineyards, examine the collection at Elverhoj Museum, and trek along Foxen Canyon Wine Trail.

For traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Santa Maria route planning app.

Traveling by car from Paso Robles to Santa Maria takes 1.5 hours. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Paso Robles in May: highs in Santa Maria hover around °F, while lows dip to °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Santa Maria

Wineries Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Lompoc, San Luis Obispo, Arroyo Grande, Pismo Beach, Los Olivos
Highlights from your plan
Rancho Sisquoc Winery ©
Rancho Sisquoc Winery
Rusack Vineyards ©
Rusack Vineyards
Speed Boats Tours

12
nights
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Santa Barbara: Santa Ynez (Santa Barbara Soaring & Sunstone Vineyards & Winery), Ojai (Sespe Creek & Sulphur Mountain) and Sunny Fields Park (in Solvang). Next up on the itinerary: savor the flavors at Food & Drink, steep yourself in history at Old Mission Santa Barbara, explore the world behind art at Santa Barbara Museum of Art, and take in panoramic vistas at Santa Barbara County Courthouse.

To find photos, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Santa Barbara trip itinerary planning tool.

Getting from Santa Maria to Santa Barbara by car takes about 1.5 hours. In June in Santa Barbara, expect temperatures between °F during the day and °F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Thu) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Parks Outdoors Wineries

Side Trips

Carpinteria, Santa Ynez, Ojai, Sunny Fields Park, Ganna Walska Lotusland
Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings
Old Mission Santa Barbara ©
Old Mission Santa Barbara
Stearns Wharf ©
Stearns Wharf

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