8 days in California's Central Coast Itinerary

8 days in California's Central Coast Itinerary

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Fly to Los Angeles, Bus to Santa Barbara
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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

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, historic sites, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area, walk around Alice Keck Park Memorial Gardens, examine the collection at Reagan Ranch Center, and take in the waterfront at Stearns Wharf.

To find traveler tips, maps, photos, and tourist information, use the Santa Barbara route planner.

Philadelphia to Santa Barbara is an approximately 11-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -3 hour difference. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Philadelphia in December: high temperatures in Santa Barbara hover around 67°F and lows are around 41°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) early enough to drive to Cambria.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Tours · Wineries · Historic Sites · Museums
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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). Kick off your visit on the 29th (Tue): enjoy the sand and surf at Piedras Blancas, then look for all kinds of wild species at Friends of the Elephant Seal Visitor Center and Gift Shop, then step into the grandiose world of Hearst Castle, and finally take some stellar pictures from Ragged Point Overlook. On the 30th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the exciting artwork at Amphora Gallery, cruise along Moonstone Beach Dr, enjoy the sand and surf at Moonstone Beach, then do a tasting at Moonstone Cellars, and finally relax and rejuvenate at Therapy by the Sea.

To find maps, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Cambria vacation planner.

You can drive from Santa Barbara to Cambria in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Santa Barbara in December since evenings lows in Cambria dip to 33°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) early enough to drive to Monterey.

Things to do in Cambria

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Beaches

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Monterey

Monterey is a city in the U.S. On the 31st (Thu), observe the fascinating underwater world at Monterey Bay Aquarium, cruise along 17-Mile Drive, and then walk around Garland Ranch Regional Park. Keep things going the next day: explore the landscape on two wheels at Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail, then indulge your senses at Monterey Bay Food Tours, and then see the interesting displays at Casa Serrano, Historic Adobe.

To see photos, ratings, and tourist information, read our Monterey trip itinerary maker tool.

Getting from Cambria to Monterey by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi, train, and bus. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Monterey when traveling from Cambria in December, with lows around 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Monterey

Parks · Breweries & Distilleries · Outdoors · Tours

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17-Mile Drive ©
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