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: Cleveland
Fly:  9​h 45​min
1
Monterey
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Cambria
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Santa Barbara
— 3 nights
Fly:  9​h 15​min
End: Cleveland

2
nights
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Monterey Bay Aquarium, take a memorable drive along 17-Mile Drive, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Monterey Bay.

To see traveler tips, ratings, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Monterey trip planner .

Cleveland to Monterey is an approximately 10-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Cleveland to Monterey is minus 3 hours. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Cleveland in August; daily highs in Monterey reach 70°F and lows reach 57°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can go by car to Cambria.

Things to do in Monterey

Outdoors Parks Tours
Highlights from your plan
Monterey Bay Aquarium ©
Monterey Bay Aquarium
Dolphin & Whale Watching
17-Mile Drive ©
17-Mile Drive

2
nights
Cambria

Cambria ©
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). Start off your visit on the 30th (Sun): explore the historical opulence of Hearst Castle, then look for all kinds of wild species at Friends of the Elephant Seal, and then hike along Fiscalini Ranch Preserve. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 31st (Mon): explore the landscape on two wheels at Bob Jones City to Sea Bike Trail, take in the dramatic natural features at Morro Rock, and then immerse yourself in nature at Montana de Oro State Park.

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Traveling by car from Monterey to Cambria takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a train. Traveling from Monterey in August, expect nights in Cambria to be about the same, around 55°F, while days are much hotter, around 94°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Cambria

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

San Simeon, Morro Rock, Montana de Oro State Park, Bob Jones City to Sea Bike Trail
Highlights from your plan
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal
Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle
Montana de Oro State Park ©
Montana de Oro State Park

3
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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Tue): make a trip to Old Mission Santa Barbara and then awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed): get a sense of history and politics at Santa Barbara County Courthouse, take a leisurely stroll along Stearns Wharf, then get to know the resident critters at Santa Barbara Zoo, and finally take a stroll through State Street Underpass.

To see where to stay, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read our Santa Barbara sightseeing planner .

Getting from Cambria to Santa Barbara by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Cambria in August: highs in Santa Barbara hover around 76°F, while lows dip to 60°F. On the 3rd (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Tours Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings
Old Mission Santa Barbara ©
Old Mission Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara Zoo ©
Santa Barbara Zoo

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