8 days in California's Central Coast Itinerary

8 days in California's Central Coast Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California's Central Coast itinerary maker

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

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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.
Santa Barbara is known for wineries, adventure, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, admire all the interesting features of State Street Underpass, make a trip to Chaucer's Bookstore, and steep yourself in history at Old Mission Santa Barbara.

For other places to visit, ratings, photos, and tourist information, go to the Santa Barbara itinerary planner.

Los Angeles to Santa Barbara is an approximately 2-hour car ride. You can also take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Los Angeles in August, things will get a bit cooler in Santa Barbara: highs are around 76°F and lows about 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to drive to Cambria.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Wineries · Tours · Historic Sites · Parks

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). Kick off your visit on the 10th (Mon): kick back and relax at Moonstone Beach, admire all the interesting features of Moonstone Beach Dr, view the masterpieces at Artifacts Gallery, then do a tasting at Moonstone Cellars, and finally sample the tasty concoctions at 927 Beer Company. On the 11th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the historical opulence of Hearst Castle, take some stellar pictures from Ragged Point Overlook, then stop by Friends of the Elephant Seal Visitor Center and Gift Shop, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Piedras Blancas.

To find reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Cambria visit website.

Getting from Santa Barbara to Cambria by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Santa Barbara in August: highs in Cambria hover around 94°F, while lows dip to 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to drive to Monterey.

Things to do in Cambria

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trip

Monterey

— 3 nights
Monterey is a city in the U.S. state of California, on the southern edge of Monterey Bay on California's Central Coast. Step out of Monterey with an excursion to Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk in Santa Cruz--about 54 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Monterey Bay Aquarium, explore the activities along Monterey Bay, stroll around Garland Ranch Regional Park, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at San Carlos Cathedral.

To see other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read Monterey route planner.

Traveling by car from Cambria to Monterey takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, train, and bus. Traveling from Cambria in August, you will find days in Monterey are cooler (70°F), and nights are about the same (57°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Monterey

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trips