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: Newark
Fly + Drive:  13​h
1
Santa Barbara
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Los Osos
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Monterey
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  13​h
End: Newark

2
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 26th (Sun): awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area, don't miss a visit to Old Mission Santa Barbara, and then wander the streets of State Street Underpass. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Mon): take in the waterfront at Stearns Wharf, meet the residents at Santa Barbara Zoo, then enjoy breathtaking views from Santa Barbara County Courthouse, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Alice Keck Park Memorial Gardens.

To see reviews, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read Santa Barbara trip app .

Newark to Santa Barbara is an approximately 13-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from Newark to Santa Barbara due to the time zone difference. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Newark in July; daily highs in Santa Barbara reach 75°F and lows reach 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can travel to Los Osos.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Tours Parks Historic Sites
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Wine Tours & Tastings
Old Mission Santa Barbara ©
Old Mission Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara Zoo ©
Santa Barbara Zoo

2
nights
Los Osos

Los Osos ©
Los Osos is an unincorporated community and a census-designated place located along the Pacific coast of San Luis Obispo County, California. On the 28th (Tue), look for all kinds of wild species at Elephant Seal Rookery, then steep yourself in history at Hearst Castle, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Fiscalini Ranch Preserve. Here are some ideas for day two: race across the water with a speed boat tour, stroll through Bob Jones City to Sea Bike Trail, then look for gifts at The Shell Shop, and finally admire the majestic nature at Montana de Oro State Park.

To find photos, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read our Los Osos trip maker .

Drive from Santa Barbara to Los Osos in 2 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 80°F, and evening lows to 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to travel to Monterey.

Things to do in Los Osos

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

San Simeon, Avila Beach, The Shell Shop, Fiscalini Ranch Preserve
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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
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 30th (Thu): observe the fascinating underwater world at Monterey Bay Aquarium, take a memorable drive along 17-Mile Drive, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Monterey Bay. On the 31st (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail, then make a trip to Cannery Row, and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Monterey tour itinerary planning app .

Traveling by car from Los Osos to Monterey takes 3 hours. Traveling from Los Osos in July, you will find days in Monterey are slightly colder (69°F), and nights are about the same (55°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Monterey

Parks Outdoors Zoos & Aquariums
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Monterey Bay Aquarium ©
Monterey Bay Aquarium
17-Mile Drive ©
17-Mile Drive
Dolphin & Whale Watching

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