7 days in California’s Central Coast Itinerary

7 days in California’s Central Coast Itinerary

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7 days in California’s Central Coast Itinerary

Start: Boston
Fly + shuttle:  10​h 45​min
1
Monterey
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Morro Bay
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Santa Barbara
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  11​h
End: Boston

1
night
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sat): get engrossed in the history at Casa Serrano, Historic Adobe.

To find more things to do, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Monterey trip maker tool .

Boston to Monterey is an approximately 11-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also fly; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 3 hours traveling from Boston to Monterey. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Boston in April, with highs in Monterey at 64°F and lows at 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Morro Bay.

Things to do in Monterey

Parks Nature Museums
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Monterey Bay ©
Monterey Bay
Dennis the Menace Park ©
Dennis the Menace Park
Casa Serrano, Historic Adobe ©
Casa Serrano, Historic Adobe

2
nights
Morro Bay

Morro Bay is a waterfront city in San Luis Obispo County, California located along California State Route 1 on California's Central Coast. On the 15th (Mon), take a memorable drive along Moonstone Beach Dr, do a tasting at Tobin James Cellars, and then race across the water with a speed boat tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in nature's colorful creations at Cambria Nursery & Florist, enjoy the sand and surf at Piedras Blancas, and then admire the majestic nature at Montana de Oro State Park.

To see ratings, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read our Morro Bay day trip planning website .

Traveling by car from Monterey to Morro Bay takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. While traveling from Monterey, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Morro Bay, ranging from highs of 72°F to lows of 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Morro Bay

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Cambria, Piedras Blancas, Tobin James Cellars, Montana de Oro State Park, Speed Boats Tours
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Speed Boats Tours
Montana de Oro State Park ©
Montana de Oro State Park
Piedras Blancas ©
Piedras Blancas

2
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.
On the 17th (Wed), awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area. On your second day here, steep yourself in history at Old Mission Santa Barbara, then stroll through Shoreline Park, and then take in the waterfront at Santa Barbara Harbor.

For reviews, photos, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Santa Barbara trip maker app .

You can drive from Morro Bay to Santa Barbara in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In April in Santa Barbara, expect temperatures between 71°F during the day and 50°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Tours Parks Historic Sites
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Wine Tours & Tastings
Shoreline Park ©
Shoreline Park
Santa Barbara Harbor ©
Santa Barbara Harbor

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