60 days in California's Central Coast Itinerary

60 days in California's Central Coast Itinerary

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Santa Barbara
— 21 nights
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San Luis Obispo
— 19 nights
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Monterey
— 19 nights
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Santa Barbara — 21 nights

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.
Bring the kids along to Santa Barbara Zoo and Santa Barbara County Courthouse. Get out of town with these interesting Santa Barbara side-trips: Solvang (Apple Lane Solvang, Sunny Fields Park, &more), La Purisima Mission State Historic Park (in Lompoc) and Arroyo Hondo Vista Point (in Goleta). There's lots more to do: make a trip to Old Mission Santa Barbara, get a new perspective on nature at Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History Sea Center, take a leisurely stroll along Stearns Wharf, and get engrossed in the history at Santa Barbara Historical Museum.

To find reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Santa Barbara trip tool.

Fresno to Santa Barbara is an approximately 4.5-hour car ride. You can also drive; or fly; or take a bus. In March, daytime highs in Santa Barbara are 69°F, while nighttime lows are 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to San Luis Obispo.
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San Luis Obispo — 19 nights

San Luis Obispo, or SLO for short, is a city in the U.S. state of California, located roughly midway between Los Angeles and San Francisco on the Central Coast. Family-friendly places like Fiscalini Ranch Preserve and Highway 1 Discovery Route will thrill your kids. Explore San Luis Obispo's surroundings by going to Cambria (Leffingwell Landing, Cambria Cemetery, &more), San Simeon (Ragged Point Overlook, Hearst Castle, &more) and Paso Robles (Jada Vineyard & Winery, Fratelli Perata Winery, &more). The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Point San Luis Lighthouse, stroll through Bob Jones City to Sea Bike Trail, trek along Valencia Peak Trail, and race across the water with a speed boat tour.

For ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read San Luis Obispo road trip tool.

You can drive from Santa Barbara to San Luis Obispo in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In March, daily temperatures in San Luis Obispo can reach 71°F, while at night they dip to 48°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Monterey.
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Monterey — 19 nights

Monterey is a city in the U.S. state of California, on the southern edge of Monterey Bay on California's Central Coast. Attractions like Monterey Bay Aquarium and 17-Mile Drive make great kid-friendly stops. Change things up with these side-trips from Monterey: Mission San Juan Bautista (in San Juan Bautista), Mount Madonna County Park (in Watsonville) and Santa Cruz (West Cliff Drive, Natural Bridges State Beach, &more). Spend the 23rd (Sat) exploring nature at Pinnacles National Park. Next up on the itinerary: get a dose of the wild on Elkhorn Slough Safari, admire the masterpieces at Casa Serrano, Historic Adobe, walk around Garland Ranch Regional Park, and get to know the fascinating history of Cannery Row.

For maps, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Monterey trip itinerary builder.

Drive from San Luis Obispo to Monterey in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. When traveling from San Luis Obispo in April, plan for little chillier days in Monterey, with highs around 64°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can drive back home.
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