8 days in California's Central Coast Itinerary

8 days in California's Central Coast Itinerary

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8 days in California's Central Coast Itinerary

Start: Denver
Fly:  5​h 15​min
1
Santa Barbara
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Morro Bay
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Monterey
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
End: Denver

1
night
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.
On the 9th (Sun), don't miss a visit to State Street Underpass and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Cold Spring Tavern. Keep things going the next day: steep yourself in history at Old Mission Santa Barbara, then enjoy the sand and surf at Carpinteria State Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Arroyo Burro County Beach Park.

To find where to stay, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read Santa Barbara trip planner.

Denver to Santa Barbara is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time is minus 1 hour. When traveling from Denver in June, plan for a bit cooler days in Santa Barbara, with highs around 72°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can drive to Morro Bay.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Carpinteria State Beach
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Cold Spring Tavern ©
Cold Spring Tavern
Carpinteria State Beach ©
Carpinteria State Beach
Arroyo Burro County Beach Park ©
Arroyo Burro County Beach Park

3
nights
Morro Bay

Morro Bay ©
Morro Bay is a waterfront city in San Luis Obispo County, California located along California State Route 1 on California's Central Coast. Get some cultural insight at Morro Bay State Park and Hearst Ranch Winery. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Piedras Blancas and Morro Strand State Beach. Step out of Morro Bay to go to Avila Beach and see Speed Boats Tours, which is approximately 34 minutes away. There's much more to do: hike along Fiscalini Ranch Preserve, admire the majestic nature at Montana de Oro State Park, tour the pleasant surroundings at Bob Jones City to Sea Bike Trail, and cruise along Moonstone Beach Dr.

To find photos, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Morro Bay route maker site .

Traveling by car from Santa Barbara to Morro Bay takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Santa Barbara in June, you will find days in Morro Bay are a bit warmer (78°F), and nights are about the same (53°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can drive to Monterey.

Things to do in Morro Bay

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Cambria, San Simeon, Avila Beach, Montana de Oro State Park
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Piedras Blancas ©
Piedras Blancas
Speed Boats Tours
Montana de Oro State Park ©
Montana de Oro State Park

3
nights
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Get in touch with nature at Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail and Monterey Bay. Step off the beaten path and head to Natural Bridges State Beach and Casa Serrano, Historic Adobe. Spend the 14th (Fri) observing fascinating marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour. It doesn't end there: stroll through Dennis the Menace Park.

To find reviews, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Monterey travel route website .

Traveling by car from Morro Bay to Monterey takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Morro Bay in June, you will find days in Monterey are little chillier (68°F), and nights are about the same (53°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Monterey

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Natural Bridges State Beach
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Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail ©
Natural Bridges State Beach ©
Natural Bridges State Beach
Dennis the Menace Park ©
Dennis the Menace Park

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