8 days in California's Central Coast Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California's Central Coast holiday planner
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Santa Cruz
— 1 night
Drive
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Monterey
— 2 nights
Drive
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Morro Bay
— 1 night
Drive
4
San Luis Obispo
— 1 night
Drive
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Solvang
— 1 night
Drive
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Santa Barbara
— 1 night
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Santa Cruz — 1 night

Start off your visit on the 1st (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at Santa Cruz Harbor Beach, then kick back and relax at Capitola Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Seacliff State Beach, California, and finally kick back and relax at New Brighton State Beach.

To find reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Santa Cruz route builder site.

Boise to Santa Cruz is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and train. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Boise to Santa Cruz due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Boise in June; daily highs in Santa Cruz reach 72°F and lows reach 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) to allow time to drive to Monterey.
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Monterey — 2 nights

Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at Carmel River State Beach, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Carmel Mission, then trek along Scenic Road Walkway, then tee off at Pebble Beach Golf Links, and finally admire all the interesting features of 17-Mile Drive. On the 3rd (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: grab your bike and head to Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, then enjoy the sand and surf at Lovers Point, then don't miss a visit to Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Asilomar State Beach.

For photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Monterey trip builder site.

Traveling by car from Santa Cruz to Monterey takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in Monterey can reach 68°F, while at night they dip to 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) early enough to drive to Morro Bay.
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Morro Bay — 1 night

Your day by day itinerary now includes Morro Rock as well as Hearst Castle. Start off your visit on the 4th (Sun): explore the historical opulence of Hearst Castle, steep yourself in history at Nitt Witt Ridge, then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and finally explore the striking landscape at Morro Rock.

To see photos, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Morro Bay road trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Monterey to Morro Bay takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Monterey in June: highs in Morro Bay hover around 78°F, while lows dip to 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) so you can drive to San Luis Obispo.
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San Luis Obispo — 1 night

Kick off your visit on the 5th (Mon): steep yourself in history at Dallidet Adobe and Gardens, tour the pleasant surroundings at Cerro San Luis, then head outdoors with BoltAbout, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Avila Main Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Eldwaylen Ocean Park and then take a tour by water with Pismo Beach Dive Shop.

To see maps, ratings, and tourist information, read San Luis Obispo trip builder site.

San Luis Obispo is just a short distance from Morro Bay. In June in San Luis Obispo, expect temperatures between 78°F during the day and 53°F at night. On the 6th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Solvang.
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Solvang — 1 night

On the 6th (Tue), look for gifts at Swedish Candy Factory and then pause for some serene contemplation at Bethania Lutheran Church.

To find other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read Solvang trip itinerary maker site.

Traveling by car from San Luis Obispo to Solvang takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. June in Solvang sees daily highs of 83°F and lows of 50°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Santa Barbara.
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Santa Barbara — 1 night

The American Riviera

On the 7th (Wed), admire the landmark architecture of Santa Barbara County Courthouse, identify plant and animal life at Douglas Family Preserve, kick back and relax at Arroyo Burro County Beach Park, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Thousand Steps Beach, and finally stroll through Cabrillo Bike Path. Here are some ideas for day two: steep yourself in history at Old Mission Santa Barbara, then stroll around Alice Keck Park Memorial Gardens, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of The Historic La Arcada Courtyard.

To find maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Santa Barbara online road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Solvang to Santa Barbara takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Solvang, expect little chillier days and somewhat warmer nights in Santa Barbara, ranging from highs of 72°F to lows of 56°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight back home.
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