8 days in California's Central Coast Itinerary

8 days in California's Central Coast Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California's Central Coast route planner

Make it your trip
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Monterey
— 1 night
Drive
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San Simeon
— 3 nights
Drive
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Avila Beach
— 1 night
Drive
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Santa Barbara
— 2 nights
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Monterey

— 1 night
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 6th (Sat): identify plant and animal life at Breakwater.

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Chicago to Monterey is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, subway, and shuttle. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Chicago in April, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Monterey, with lows around 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Monterey

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trip

San Simeon

— 3 nights
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.
Popular historic sites such as Hearst Castle and Piedras Blancas Light House Lens are in your itinerary. Get outdoors at Moonstone Beach and Moonstone Beach Dr. There's still lots to do: hike along Fiscalini Ranch Preserve, enjoy the sand and surf at William Randolph Hearst Memorial Beach, enjoy the sea views from Piedras Blancas Light Station, and look for all kinds of wild species at Piedras Blancas.

To see traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the San Simeon online visit planner.

Getting from Monterey to San Simeon by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, train, and taxi; or do a combination of bus and car. When traveling from Monterey in April, plan for somewhat warmer days and a bit cooler nights in San Simeon: temperatures range from 78°F by day to 43°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can go by car to Avila Beach.

Things to do in San Simeon

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Avila Beach

— 1 night
Avila Beach is an unincorporated community in San Luis Obispo County, California, United States, located on San Luis Obispo Bay about 160 miles (257 km) northwest of Los Angeles, and about 200 miles south of San Francisco. Kick off your visit on the 11th (Thu): explore the landscape on two wheels at Bob Jones City to Sea Bike Trail, visit a coastal fixture at Point San Luis Lighthouse, then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and finally stop by Alapay Cellars.

For ratings, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Avila Beach trip builder tool.

You can drive from San Simeon to Avila Beach in an hour. When traveling from San Simeon in April, plan for slightly colder days and somewhat warmer nights in Avila Beach: temperatures range from 72°F by day to 49°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can travel to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Avila Beach

Outdoors · Trails · Parks · Historic Sites

Santa Barbara

— 2 nights

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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Fri): contemplate the long history of Old Mission Santa Barbara, immerse yourself in nature at Carpinteria State Beach, and then walk around Arroyo Burro County Beach Park.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, use the Santa Barbara trip itinerary planning site.

Traveling by car from Avila Beach to Santa Barbara takes 2 hours. In April, daytime highs in Santa Barbara are 71°F, while nighttime lows are 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trip