7 days in California's Central Coast Itinerary

7 days in California's Central Coast Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California's Central Coast trip planner

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

— 1 night
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 2nd (Sat): take in the waterfront at Old Fisherman's Wharf and then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour. On the 3rd (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: observe the fascinating underwater world at Monterey Bay Aquarium, cruise along 17-Mile Drive, and then grab your bike and head to Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail.

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Huntsville to Monterey is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -2 hour difference. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Huntsville in July, with highs in Monterey at 69°F and lows at 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) so you can drive to Cambria.

Things to do in Monterey

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Tours

Cambria

— 2 nights
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). On the 4th (Mon), step into the grandiose world of Hearst Castle, then surround yourself with nature on Stepladder Ranch & Creamery, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Cambria Cemetery, and finally hike along Fiscalini Ranch Preserve. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Tue): get great views at Ragged Point Overlook, then get a taste of the local shopping with Friends of the Elephant Seal Visitor Center and Gift Shop, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Piedras Blancas, and finally hike along Bluff Trail.

For photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Cambria attractions planning tool.

Drive from Monterey to Cambria in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. Traveling from Monterey in July, expect nights in Cambria to be about the same, around 56°F, while days are much warmer, around 94°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Cambria

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Trails

Side Trip

Santa Barbara

— 3 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.
Santa Barbara is known for wineries, adventure, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Old Mission Santa Barbara, don't miss a visit to Chaucer's Bookstore, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Santa Barbara Zoo, and see exotic creatures in open habitats at Santa Barbara Safaris.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Santa Barbara online holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Cambria to Santa Barbara takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. When traveling from Cambria in July, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Santa Barbara: temperatures range from 75°F by day to 60°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Zoos & Aquariums