60 days in California's Central Coast Itinerary

60 days in California's Central Coast Itinerary

Make it your trip
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Monterey
— 18 nights
Drive
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Morro Bay
— 18 nights
Drive
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Santa Barbara
— 23 nights
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Monterey — 18 nights

Monterey is a city in the U.S. state of California, on the southern edge of Monterey Bay on California's Central Coast. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Monterey Bay Aquarium and 17-Mile Drive. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Monterey: Watsonville (Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds & Gizdich Ranch), Santa Cruz (UCSC Arboretum, West Cliff Drive, &more) and Soledad (Mission Nuestra Senora de la Soledad & Balconies Cliffs Trails). The adventure continues: get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, stroll around Dennis the Menace Park, explore the landscape on two wheels at Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail, and enjoy the sand and surf at Breakwater.

To see maps, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, use the Monterey trip planner.

Atlanta to Monterey is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time is minus 3 hours. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Atlanta in September; daily highs in Monterey reach 72°F and lows reach 56°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can go by car to Morro Bay.
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Morro Bay — 18 nights

Morro Bay is a waterfront city in San Luis Obispo County, California located along California State Route 1 on California's Central Coast. Bring the kids along to Stepladder Ranch & Creamery and Piedras Blancas. Get out of town with these interesting Morro Bay side-trips: Cambria (Therapy by the Sea & Bluff Trail), San Simeon (Friends of the Elephant Seal Visitor Center and Gift Shop, Hearst Castle, &more) and Speed Boats Tours (in Avila Beach). And it doesn't end there: cruise along Highway 1 Discovery Route, explore the striking landscape at Morro Rock, stroll through Morro Bay National Estuary, and enjoy the sand and surf at Moonstone Beach.

For other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Morro Bay trip itinerary builder site.

You can drive from Monterey to Morro Bay in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Monterey in September: highs in Morro Bay hover around 83°F, while lows dip to 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to drive to Santa Barbara.
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Santa Barbara — 23 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 Stearns Wharf. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Santa Barbara: Boat Tours & Water Sports (in Oxnard), Santa Barbara Soaring (in Santa Ynez) and Ojai (Ojai Valley Inn & Spa, Sespe Creek, &more). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Old Mission Santa Barbara, make a trip to Santa Barbara County Courthouse, admire the majestic nature at El Presidio de Santa Barbara State Historic Park, and see the world from above with a helicopter tour.

For ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Santa Barbara trip itinerary website.

You can drive from Morro Bay to Santa Barbara in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In October in Santa Barbara, expect temperatures between 77°F during the day and 53°F at night. You'll set off for home on the 30th (Sun).
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