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: Orlando
Fly + Drive:  9​h 30​min
1
Avila Beach
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
San Simeon
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Monterey
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
4
Lompoc
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  10​h 30​min
End: Orlando

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Avila Beach

Avila Beach is an unincorporated community in San Luis Obispo County, California, United States, located on San Luis Obispo Bay about 160 miles (257 km) northwest of Los Angeles, and about 200 miles south of San Francisco. To see ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Avila Beach trip planner .

Orlando to Avila Beach is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -3 hour difference. Traveling from Orlando in April, expect Avila Beach to be slightly colder, temps between 72°F and 49°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to travel to San Simeon.

Things to do in Avila Beach

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
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Speed Boats Tours

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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 24th (Wed): steep yourself in history at Hearst Castle, then kick back and relax at Piedras Blancas, and then visit a coastal fixture at Piedras Blancas Light Station. On the next day, cruise along Moonstone Beach Dr, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Moonstone Beach, and then trek along Fiscalini Ranch Preserve.

To see maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our San Simeon tour itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Avila Beach to San Simeon takes an hour. Traveling from Avila Beach in April, expect nights in San Simeon to be little chillier, around 43°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 78°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Monterey.

Things to do in San Simeon

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Cambria
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Piedras Blancas ©
Piedras Blancas
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach
Fiscalini Ranch Preserve ©
Fiscalini Ranch Preserve

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Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 26th (Fri): look for all kinds of wild species at Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve, take in the history at Mission San Juan Bautista, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Breakwater. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the waterfront views at Monterey Bay, then stop by Monterey's Tasty Olive Bar, then contemplate the long history of Perry House, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail.

For other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Monterey trip builder .

Traveling by car from San Simeon to Monterey takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from San Simeon in April, expect nights in Monterey to be about the same, around 48°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 64°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) early enough to travel to Lompoc.

Things to do in Monterey

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve, Mission San Juan Bautista
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Lompoc

Lompoc ©
Lompoc is a city in Santa Barbara County, California, on the west coast of the United States. Start off your visit on the 28th (Sun): admire the architecture and history at La Purisima State Historical Park, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Labyrinth at St. Mark's-in-the-Valley Episcopal Church, then pause for some serene contemplation at Bethania Lutheran Church, then take in the history at Old Mission Santa Ines, and finally stroll through Hans Christian Andersen Park.

To see ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Lompoc online journey planner .

You can drive from Monterey to Lompoc in 3.5 hours. In April, daytime highs in Lompoc are 68°F, while nighttime lows are 46°F. On the 29th (Mon), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Lompoc

Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Solvang, Labyrinth at St. Mark's-in-the-Valley Episcopal Church
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La Purisima State Historical Park ©
La Purisima State Historical Park
Old Mission Santa Ines ©
Old Mission Santa Ines
Bethania Lutheran Church ©
Bethania Lutheran Church

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