8 days in California's Central Coast & Washington DC Itinerary

8 days in California's Central Coast & Washington DC Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States tour planner

Make it your trip
Fly to San Francisco, Shuttle to Monterey
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Monterey
— 2 nights
Drive
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Santa Barbara
— 2 nights
Fly
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Washington DC
— 2 nights
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Monterey

— 2 nights
Monterey is a city in the U.S. On the 11th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: observe the fascinating underwater world at Monterey Bay Aquarium, take a memorable drive along 17-Mile Drive, and then do a tasting at Pierce Ranch Vineyards Tasting Room.

Make your Monterey itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Philadelphia to Monterey is an approximately 11.5-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Philadelphia to Monterey is minus 3 hours. In July, Monterey is little chillier than Philadelphia - with highs of 69°F and lows of 55°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Monterey

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trip

Santa Barbara

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Sat): awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to Old Mission Santa Barbara, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Santa Barbara Zoo, then observe the fascinating underwater world at Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History Sea Center, and finally take a leisurely stroll along Stearns Wharf.

For more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Santa Barbara trip itinerary planning site.

You can drive from Monterey to Santa Barbara in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. When traveling from Monterey in July, plan for a bit warmer days in Santa Barbara, with highs around 75°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to travel to Washington DC.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Tours · Wineries · Zoos & Aquariums · Parks

Washington DC

— 2 nights
The capital of the United States, the District of Columbia contains the lion's share of the country's most treasured monuments, memorials, and public museums.
Bring the kids along to National Air and Space Museum and Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. There's much more to do: admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Art, pause for some photo ops at National World War II Memorial, admire nature's wide array of creatures at National Zoological Park, and get a sense of history and politics at United States Capitol.

To find ratings, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Washington DC online driving holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Santa Barbara to Washington DC takes 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Santa Barbara to Washington DC is 3 hours. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Santa Barbara in July, with highs in Washington DC at 89°F and lows at 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to take a train back home.

Things to do in Washington DC

Museums · Zoos & Aquariums · Parks