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:  9​h
1
Santa Barbara
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
2
Monterey
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  10​h 15​min
End: Newark

3
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.
Family-friendly places like Old Mission Santa Barbara and Stearns Wharf will thrill your kids. Dedicate the 11th (Sun) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. And it doesn't end there: meet the residents at Santa Barbara Zoo, enjoy the sand and surf at East Beach, learn about winemaking at Margerum Wine Company, and don't miss a visit to Moreton Bay Fig Tree.

To see photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Santa Barbara tour itinerary app .

Newark to Santa Barbara is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 3 hours. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Newark in August: high temperatures in Santa Barbara hover around 76°F and lows are around 60°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Monterey.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Tours Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings
Santa Barbara Zoo ©
Santa Barbara Zoo
Old Mission Santa Barbara ©
Old Mission Santa Barbara

3
nights
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Kids will appreciate attractions like Monterey Bay Aquarium and Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. There's lots more to do: cruise along 17-Mile Drive, see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, appreciate the extensive heritage of Cannery Row, and pause for some photo ops at The Cannery Row Monument.

To see photos, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Monterey itinerary planner.

Getting from Santa Barbara to Monterey by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. Traveling from Santa Barbara in August, you will find days in Monterey are slightly colder (70°F), and nights are about the same (57°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Monterey

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
Highlights from your plan
Monterey Bay Aquarium ©
Monterey Bay Aquarium
17-Mile Drive ©
17-Mile Drive
Dolphin & Whale Watching

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