7 days in California's Central Coast Itinerary

7 days in California's Central Coast Itinerary

Make it your trip
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Santa Barbara
— 1 night
Drive
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Santa Maria
— 2 nights
Drive
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Cambria
— 1 night
Drive
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Monterey
— 2 nights
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Santa Barbara — 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Tue): explore the world behind art at Santa Barbara Museum of Art, then steep yourself in history at Old Mission Santa Barbara, and then look for gifts at Chocolate Maya. On the 19th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink.

To see more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Santa Barbara trip itinerary site.

Newark to Santa Barbara is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. The time zone difference when traveling from Newark to Santa Barbara is minus 3 hours. While traveling from Newark, expect warmer days and somewhat warmer nights in Santa Barbara, ranging from highs of 66°F to lows of 43°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Santa Maria.
Tours · Wineries · Museums · Historic Sites

Santa Maria — 2 nights

Santa Maria is a city near the Southern California coast in Santa Barbara County. On the 20th (Thu), learn about winemaking at Fess Parker and then awaken your taste buds at 246 Wine & Brew Tours. On the 21st (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: catch all the local highlights with BoltAbout, then grab your bike and head to Bob Jones City to Sea Bike Trail, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Monarch Butterfly Grove.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read Santa Maria journey maker app.

Drive from Santa Barbara to Santa Maria in 1.5 hours. January in Santa Maria sees daily highs of 67°F and lows of 42°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to go by car to Cambria.
Wineries · Tours · Parks · Breweries & Distilleries
Side Trips

Cambria — 1 night

Cambria is a seaside village in San Luis Obispo County, California, United States midway between San Francisco and Los Angeles along California State Route 1 (Highway 1). Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): stop by Friends of the Elephant Seal Visitor Center and Gift Shop, then contemplate the long history of Hearst Castle, and then stroll through Fiscalini Ranch Preserve.

To see more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Cambria sightseeing planning site.

Getting from Santa Maria to Cambria by car takes about 1.5 hours. Traveling from Santa Maria in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Cambria, with lows of 37°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Monterey.
Parks · Historic Sites · Trails · Outdoors
Side Trip

Monterey — 2 nights

Monterey is a city in the U.S. state of California, on the southern edge of Monterey Bay on California's Central Coast. Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Monterey Bay Aquarium, then take a memorable drive along 17-Mile Drive, and then look for gifts at Bookshop Santa Cruz.

To see other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, use the Monterey trip itinerary maker site.

Getting from Cambria to Monterey by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi, train, and bus. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Monterey when traveling from Cambria in January, with lows around 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly back home.
Outdoors · Zoos & Aquariums · Parks · Scenic Drive
Side Trips