7 days in California's Central Coast Itinerary

7 days in California's Central Coast Itinerary

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Route & dates

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Monterey
— 1 night
2
Santa Cruz
— 1 night
3
San Simeon
— 2 nights
4
Santa Barbara
— 1 night

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Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 15th (Fri): get to know the fascinating history of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read Monterey online route builder.

San Francisco to Monterey is an approximately 2.5-hour car ride. You can also fly; or take a shuttle. In February, daily temperatures in Monterey can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can drive to Santa Cruz.

Things to do in Monterey

Historic Sites · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

Carmel, Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
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Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
Cannery Row ©
Cannery Row

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Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz ©
Santa Cruz remains synonymous with surfing, but this counterculture bastion offers plenty even if you don't plan to catch any waves.
On the 17th (Sun), stroll through Natural Bridges State Beach, make a trip to S.S. Palo Alto Concrete Ship, and then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, go to the Santa Cruz route tool.

Traveling by car from Monterey to Santa Cruz takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. February in Santa Cruz sees daily highs of 21°C and lows of 7°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Santa Cruz

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trips

Dolphin & Whale Watching, S.S. Palo Alto Concrete Ship
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Natural Bridges State Beach ©
Natural Bridges State Beach
Dolphin & Whale Watching
S.S. Palo Alto Concrete Ship ©
S.S. Palo Alto Concrete Ship

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Mon): identify plant and animal life at Friends of the Elephant Seal, enjoy the sand and surf at Piedras Blancas, and then enjoy the sea views from Piedras Blancas Light Station.

To find maps, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the San Simeon sightseeing planner.

Getting from Santa Cruz to San Simeon by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and car; or do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. Traveling from Santa Cruz in February, expect little chillier with lows of 3°C in San Simeon. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in San Simeon

Wildlife · Parks · Beaches
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Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal
Piedras Blancas Light Station ©
Piedras Blancas Light Station

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Santa Barbara

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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Tue): take a stroll through State Street Underpass, stroll through Carpinteria State Beach, then make a trip to Old Mission Santa Barbara, then admire the natural beauty at Alice Keck Park Memorial Gardens, and finally identify plant and animal life at Douglas Family Preserve.

To find where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Santa Barbara tour itinerary planner.

Getting from San Simeon to Santa Barbara by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus, taxi, and train. Traveling from San Simeon in February, Santa Barbara is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Parks · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trip

Carpinteria State Beach
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Old Mission Santa Barbara ©
Old Mission Santa Barbara
Douglas Family Preserve ©
Douglas Family Preserve
Santa Barbara Zoo ©
Santa Barbara Zoo

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