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: Gahanna
Fly:  12​h
1
Monterey
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
2
San Simeon
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Santa Barbara
— 1 night
Fly:  9​h
End: Gahanna

2
nights
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Get some cultural insight at Cannery Row and Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard. Head to The Cheese Shop and Gallery by the Sea Carmelfor some retail therapy. Spend the 16th (Tue) observing fascinating marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour. And it doesn't end there: admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos, take a stroll through Old Fisherman's Wharf, and browse the fresh offerings at Pacific Grove Certified Farmers' Market.

For traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Monterey trip planning app .

Gahanna to Monterey is an approximately 12-hour flight. You can also drive. Traveling from Gahanna to Monterey, you'll gain 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Gahanna in July: high temperatures in Monterey hover around 69°F and lows are around 55°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to go by car to San Simeon.

Things to do in Monterey

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Carmel, Pacific Grove
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Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
Dolphin & Whale Watching

2
nights
San Simeon

San Simeon ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Wed): explore the historical opulence of Hearst Castle, then look for all kinds of wild species at Elephant Seal Rookery, and then visit a coastal fixture at Piedras Blancas Light Station. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Thu): stroll through Moonstone Beach, then stop by Sebastian General Store, then do a tasting at Hearst Ranch Winery, and finally kick back and relax at Piedras Blancas.

For traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the San Simeon trip itinerary builder site .

Drive from Monterey to San Simeon in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and car. While traveling from Monterey, expect much warmer days and about the same nights in San Simeon, ranging from highs of 94°F to lows of 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to drive to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Cambria
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Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach
Piedras Blancas ©
Piedras Blancas

1
night
Santa Barbara

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 19th (Fri), take in panoramic vistas at Santa Barbara County Courthouse, steep yourself in history at Old Mission Santa Barbara, then identify plant and animal life at Douglas Family Preserve, then wander the streets of State Street Underpass, and finally stroll through Butterfly Beach.

To find photos, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Santa Barbara trip itinerary planner.

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 little chillier days and about the same nights in Santa Barbara: temperatures range from 75°F by day to 60°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Butterfly Beach
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Butterfly Beach ©
Butterfly Beach
Old Mission Santa Barbara ©
Old Mission Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara County Courthouse ©
Santa Barbara County Courthouse

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