8 days in California's Central Coast Itinerary

8 days in California's Central Coast Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California's Central Coast travel planner

Make it your trip
Fly to Los Angeles, Bus to Santa Barbara
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Santa Barbara
— 1 night
Drive
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Santa Maria
— 1 night
Drive
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Paso Robles
— 3 nights
Drive
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Monterey
— 2 nights
Fly

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Santa Barbara

— 1 night

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.
On the 24th (Wed), join in the after-dark buzz at Grassini Family Vineyards.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Santa Barbara travel planning tool.

Pittsburgh to Santa Barbara is an approximately 11-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also drive; or take a train. Traveling from Pittsburgh to Santa Barbara, you'll gain 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Pittsburgh in July, expect Santa Barbara to be little chillier, temps between 75°F and 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) early enough to drive to Santa Maria.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Wineries · Historic Sites · Shopping · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Santa Maria

— 1 night
Santa Maria is a city near the Southern California coast in Santa Barbara County. Kick off your visit on the 26th (Fri): learn about winemaking at Kenneth Volk Vineyards, then learn about winemaking at Foxen Vineyard & Winery, then learn about winemaking at Rancho Sisquoc Winery, and finally learn about winemaking at Presqu'ile Winery.

To find other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Santa Maria trip planner.

You can drive from Santa Barbara to Santa Maria in 1.5 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 76°F, and evening lows to 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) early enough to drive to Paso Robles.

Things to do in Santa Maria

Wineries

Paso Robles

— 3 nights

Paso

A town of hot springs and wine, Paso Robles (or "Pass of the Oaks") feels like a desert paradise to those who travel here.
Hearst Castle and Alta Colina are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll get in some beach time at Piedras Blancas and Moonstone Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Paso Robles: Eldwaylen Ocean Park (in Pismo Beach) and Friends of the Elephant Seal Visitor Center and Gift Shop (in San Simeon). It doesn't end there: do a tasting at Still Waters Vineyards.

To find more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Paso Robles trip planner.

You can drive from Santa Maria to Paso Robles in 1.5 hours. Traveling from Santa Maria in July, expect nights in Paso Robles to be about the same, around 56°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 94°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Monterey.

Things to do in Paso Robles

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Monterey

— 2 nights
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 30th (Tue): get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Monterey Bay Aquarium, then cruise along 17-Mile Drive, and then do a tasting at Pierce Ranch Vineyards Tasting Room.

To see other places to visit, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read Monterey trip builder app.

Traveling by car from Paso Robles to Monterey takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Paso Robles in July, expect nights in Monterey to be about the same, around 55°F, while days are much colder, around 69°F. You will leave for home on the 31st (Wed).

Things to do in Monterey

Zoos & Aquariums · Parks · Scenic Drive · Outdoors