7 days in California's Central Coast Itinerary

7 days in California's Central Coast Itinerary

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7 days in California's Central Coast Itinerary

Start: Montreal, Quebec
Fly:  10​h 15​min
1
Santa Barbara
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
San Simeon
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
3
Monterey
— 2 nights
+2
Shuttle + Foot + Fly:  10​h 30​min
End: Montreal, Quebec

2
nights
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 25th (Tue): do a tasting at Margerum Wine Company and then take a memorable drive along State Street Underpass. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Wed): awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area.

For reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Santa Barbara driving holiday app .

Montreal, Canada to Santa Barbara is an approximately 10.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also fly; or drive. Traveling from Montreal to Santa Barbara, you'll gain 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in June, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) to allow time to drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Tours Zoos & Aquariums Parks
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Wine Tours & Tastings
Old Mission Santa Barbara ©
Old Mission Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara Zoo ©
Santa Barbara Zoo

1
night
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.
On the 28th (Fri), steep yourself in history at Hearst Castle, then visit a coastal fixture at Piedras Blancas Light Station Fresnel Lens, and then identify plant and animal life at Elephant Seal Rookery.

To see maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read San Simeon route planner .

Drive from Santa Barbara to San Simeon in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect much warmer weather when traveling from Santa Barbara in June: highs in San Simeon hover around 39°C, while lows dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Monterey.

Things to do in San Simeon

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks

Side Trip

Piedras Blancas Light House Lens
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Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal
Piedras Blancas Light House Lens ©
Piedras Blancas Light House Lens

2
nights
Monterey

Monterey is a city in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sat): cruise along 17-Mile Drive, explore the activities along Monterey Bay, and then take a leisurely stroll along Old Fisherman's Wharf. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take a memorable tour with Tours.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Monterey sightseeing planning tool .

You can drive from San Simeon to Monterey in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi, train, and bus; or do a combination of car and bus. When traveling from San Simeon in June, plan for cooler days and about the same nights in Monterey: temperatures range from 23°C by day to 13°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Monterey

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
17-Mile Drive ©
17-Mile Drive
Monterey Bay ©
Monterey Bay

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