7 days in California's Central Coast Itinerary

7 days in California's Central Coast Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California's Central Coast sightseeing planner

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Make it your trip
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Santa Cruz
— 1 night
Drive
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Paicines
— 1 night
Drive
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Morro Bay
— 4 nights
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Santa Cruz

— 1 night
Santa Cruz remains synonymous with surfing, but this counterculture bastion offers plenty even if you don't plan to catch any waves.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Thu): see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Fri): stroll through Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail, then take a memorable drive along West Cliff Drive, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Natural Bridges State Beach.

To find reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Santa Cruz travel planner.

New York City to Santa Cruz is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from New York City to Santa Cruz is minus 3 hours. Traveling from New York City in May, expect a bit cooler with lows of 49°F in Santa Cruz. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) to allow time to drive to Paicines.

Things to do in Santa Cruz

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trip

Paicines

— 1 night
The unincorporated community of Paicines, formerly Tres Pinos, is located at 680ft above mean sea level (AMSL) in San Benito County, California along State Route 25. Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): explore the striking landscape of Pinnacles National Park.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Paicines online journey planner.

Traveling by car from Santa Cruz to Paicines takes 1.5 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 74°F, and evening lows to 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can travel to Morro Bay.

Things to do in Paicines

Nature · Parks
Highlights from your trip

Morro Bay

— 4 nights
Morro Bay is a waterfront city in San Luis Obispo County, California located along California State Route 1 on California's Central Coast. Explore hidden gems such as Morro Rock and Montana de Oro State Park. Get outdoors at Piedras Blancas and Bob Jones City to Sea Bike Trail. Get out of town with these interesting Morro Bay side-trips: Speed Boats Tours (in Avila Beach) and Pismo Pier (in Pismo Beach). Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Fiscalini Ranch Preserve, take a memorable drive along Moonstone Beach Dr, see the interesting displays at Greenspace Creekside Reserve, and look for gifts at The Shell Shop.

To find more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Morro Bay trip maker site.

You can drive from Paicines to Morro Bay in 2.5 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 73°F, and evening lows to 51°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Morro Bay

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Trails

Side Trips