8 days in California's Central Coast Itinerary

8 days in California's Central Coast Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California's Central Coast journey builder

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Santa Barbara
— 1 night
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Morro Bay
— 4 nights
Drive
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Monterey
— 2 nights
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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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Fri): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Cold Spring Tavern.

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Las Vegas to Santa Barbara is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and train. When traveling from Las Vegas in August, plan for colder days in Santa Barbara, with highs around 76°F, while nights are slightly colder with lows around 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can drive to Morro Bay.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches

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Morro Bay

— 4 nights
Morro Bay is a waterfront city in San Luis Obispo County, California located along California State Route 1 on California's Central Coast. Get outdoors at Morro Rock and Speed Boats Tours. Discover out-of-the-way places like Moonstone Beach and Morro Strand State Beach. Step out of Morro Bay to go to San Simeon and see Piedras Blancas, which is approximately 40 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: grab your bike and head to Bob Jones City to Sea Bike Trail, cruise along Moonstone Beach Dr, get a new perspective on nature at Greenspace Creekside Reserve, and hike along Fiscalini Ranch Preserve.

To see ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Morro Bay itinerary builder tool.

Drive from Santa Barbara to Morro Bay in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In August in Morro Bay, expect temperatures between 79°F during the day and 58°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Monterey.

Things to do in Morro Bay

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Trails

Side Trips

Monterey

— 2 nights
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 8th (Thu): look for gifts at Venture Gallery, get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and then grab your bike and head to Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: observe the fascinating underwater world at Monterey Bay Aquarium, then take a memorable drive along 17-Mile Drive, and then take an in-depth tour of Casa Serrano, Historic Adobe.

To find traveler tips, photos, maps, and tourist information, read our Monterey day trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Morro Bay to Monterey takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Morro Bay in August, expect nights in Monterey to be about the same, around 57°F, while days are slightly colder, around 70°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Monterey

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trip