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: San Carlos de Bariloche
Fly + shuttle:  28​h
1
Monterey
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
2
San Simeon
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Santa Barbara
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  23​h 45​min
End: San Carlos de Bariloche

1
night
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 10th (Sun): get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour. On the 11th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get to know the fascinating history of Cannery Row, then take a memorable drive along 17-Mile Drive, and then take a stroll through Old Fisherman's Wharf.

To see reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Monterey visit planning app .

San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina to Monterey is an approximately 28-hour flight. The time zone changes from Argentine Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -5 hour difference. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Monterey when traveling from San Carlos de Bariloche in March, with lows around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Monterey

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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17-Mile Drive ©
17-Mile Drive
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Cannery Row ©
Cannery Row

2
nights
San Simeon

San Simeon ©
When you arrive in tiny San Simeon, which lies halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, you can see why William Randolph Hearst chose this coastal locale for his famous hilltop castle.
On the 12th (Tue), kick back and relax at Piedras Blancas, identify plant and animal life at Elephant Seal Rookery, then get a taste of the local shopping with Ephraim Pottery West Gallery, and finally see the interesting displays at Greenspace Creekside Reserve. On your second day here, explore the historical opulence of Hearst Castle, then kick back and relax at Moonstone Beach, and then admire all the interesting features of Moonstone Beach Dr.

For ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our San Simeon route planner.

You can drive from Monterey to San Simeon in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, and taxi; or do a combination of bus and car. While traveling from Monterey, expect a bit warmer days and a bit cooler nights in San Simeon, ranging from highs of 26°C to lows of 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can drive to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Cambria
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Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal
Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach

2
nights
Santa Barbara

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 14th (Thu): get engrossed in the history at Santa Barbara Historical Museum, ponder the world of politics at Santa Barbara County Courthouse, get a taste of the local shopping with State Street Underpass, then make a trip to Old Mission Santa Barbara, and finally explore the world behind art at Santa Barbara Museum of Art. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at Santa Barbara Maritime Museum, get a new perspective on nature at Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History Sea Center, get curious at MOXI, The Wolf Museum of Exploration + Innovation, then learn about winemaking at Grassini Family Vineyards, and finally do a tasting at Margerum Wine Company.

For more things to do, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Santa Barbara trip planning site .

Traveling by car from San Simeon to Santa Barbara takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Santa Barbara when traveling from San Simeon in March, with lows around 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Museums Childrens Museums Historic Sites
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Santa Barbara Museum of Art ©
Santa Barbara Museum of Art
Old Mission Santa Barbara ©
Old Mission Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara Historical Museum ©
Santa Barbara Historical Museum

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