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: New York City
Fly + Shuttle:  11​h
1
Monterey
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
San Luis Obispo
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
3
Santa Barbara
— 3 nights
Bus + Fly:  11​h 15​min
End: New York City

1
night
Monterey

Monterey is a city in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 28th (Fri): pause for some photo ops at The Cannery Row Monument.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read our Monterey road trip planning tool .

New York City to Monterey is an approximately 11-hour combination of bus, flight, and shuttle. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 3 hours. Traveling from New York City in December, expect Monterey to be somewhat warmer, temps between 62°F and 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can drive to San Luis Obispo.

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Dennis the Menace Park ©
Dennis the Menace Park
The Cannery Row Monument ©
The Cannery Row Monument

1
night
San Luis Obispo

San Luis Obispo ©
San Luis Obispo, or SLO for short, is a city in the U.S. On the 30th (Sun), take some stellar pictures from Bishop Peak, explore and take pictures at California Polytechnic University, then relax in the rural setting at Avila Valley Barn, and finally admire the architecture and history at Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa.

For more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the San Luis Obispo trip planner.

Getting from Monterey to San Luis Obispo by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of shuttle, flight, and bus. In December, daily temperatures in San Luis Obispo can reach 67°F, while at night they dip to 42°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can go by car to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in San Luis Obispo

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Bishop Peak ©
Bishop Peak
California Polytechnic University ©
California Polytechnic University
Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa ©
Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa

3
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Shoreline Park and Santa Barbara Museum of Art. Dedicate the 1st (Tue) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Old Mission Santa Barbara, take in panoramic vistas at Santa Barbara County Courthouse, make a trip to Moreton Bay Fig Tree, and admire the natural beauty at Santa Barbara Botanic Garden.

To see where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Santa Barbara tour planner .

You can drive from San Luis Obispo to Santa Barbara in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In December, daily temperatures in Santa Barbara can reach 67°F, while at night they dip to 41°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

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Shoreline Park ©
Shoreline Park
Cold Spring Tavern ©
Cold Spring Tavern

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