7 days in California's Central Coast Itinerary

7 days in California's Central Coast Itinerary

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Drive
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Carmel Valley
— 1 day
Drive
2
San Simeon
— 2 nights
Drive
3
Santa Maria
— 1 night
Drive
4
Santa Barbara
— 2 nights
Fly

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Carmel Valley

— 1 day
Carmel Valley Village is a census-designated place in Monterey County, California, United States. Kick off your visit on the 1st (Mon): learn about winemaking at Cima Collina, do a tasting at Parsonage Winery Tasting Room, do a tasting at Joyce Vineyards, then do a tasting at Joullian Vineyards & Winery, and finally learn about winemaking at Georis.

To find reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Carmel Valley driving holiday planner.

San Francisco to Carmel Valley is an approximately 2.5-hour car ride. In July, daily temperatures in Carmel Valley can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) early enough to drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Carmel Valley

Wineries

San Simeon

— 2 nights
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.
On the 2nd (Tue), step into the grandiose world of Hearst Castle, do a tasting at Moonstone Cellars, then sample the tasty concoctions at 927 Beer Company, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Friends of the Elephant Seal Visitor Center and Gift Shop. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Piedras Blancas, then take in the exciting artwork at Artifacts Gallery, then get a taste of the local shopping with Amphora Gallery, and finally kick back and relax at Moonstone Beach.

To find more things to do, maps, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the San Simeon online sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Carmel Valley to San Simeon in 2.5 hours. Traveling from Carmel Valley in July, expect nights in San Simeon to be about the same, around 15°C, while days are warmer, around 40°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) early enough to go by car to Santa Maria.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks · Wildlife · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trip

Santa Maria

— 1 night
Santa Maria is a city near the Southern California coast in Santa Barbara County. Kick off your visit on the 4th (Thu): learn about winemaking at Kenneth Volk Vineyards, then learn about winemaking at Foxen Vineyard & Winery, then do a tasting at Rancho Sisquoc Winery, and finally do a tasting at Riverbench Vineyard and Winery.

For more things to do, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read our Santa Maria trip planner.

You can drive from San Simeon to Santa Maria in 1.5 hours. When traveling from San Simeon in July, plan for a bit cooler days in Santa Maria, with highs around 28°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Santa Maria

Wineries

Santa Barbara

— 2 nights

The American Riviera

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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Fri): get engrossed in the history at Santa Barbara Historical Museum, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History Sea Center, then learn about winemaking at Rusack Vineyards, then learn about winemaking at Sunstone Winery, and finally take a stroll through State Street Underpass. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get engrossed in the history at Casa del Herrero, learn more about the world around you at Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History, admire the masterpieces at Santa Barbara Museum of Art, then join in the after-dark buzz at Grassini Family Vineyards, and finally do a tasting at Margerum Wine Company Tasting Room.

For reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Santa Barbara online driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Santa Maria to Santa Barbara takes 1.5 hours. July in Santa Barbara sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 18°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Museums · Wineries · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips