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: Toronto
Fly + bus:  11​h 15​min
1
Santa Barbara
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Morro Bay
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Monterey
— 2 nights
Fly:  9​h 45​min
End: Toronto

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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Sat): learn about winemaking at Margerum Wine Company. Keep things going the next day: immerse yourself in nature at Carpinteria State Beach, look for all kinds of wild species at Carpinteria Harbor Seal Preserve and Rookery, and then grab your bike and head to Carpenteria Bluffs Nature Preserve.

To see other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Santa Barbara online tour planner .

Toronto, Canada to Santa Barbara is an approximately 11.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also fly; or drive. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from Toronto to Santa Barbara due to the time zone difference. In August, daily temperatures in Santa Barbara can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Morro Bay.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trips

Carpinteria, La Purisima State Historical Park, Old Mission Santa Ines
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Carpinteria State Beach ©
Carpinteria State Beach
Cold Spring Tavern ©
Cold Spring Tavern
La Purisima State Historical Park ©
La Purisima State Historical Park

3
nights
Morro Bay

Morro Bay ©
Morro Bay is a waterfront city in San Luis Obispo County, California located along California State Route 1 on California's Central Coast. Discover out-of-the-way places like Speed Boats Tours and Piedras Blancas. You'll get in some beach time at Morro Strand State Beach and Moonstone Beach. Go for a jaunt from Morro Bay to San Simeon to see Hearst Ranch Winery about 46 minutes away. The adventure continues: cruise along Moonstone Beach Dr, contemplate the long history of Nitt Witt Ridge, take in the history at Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa, and trek along Fiscalini Ranch Preserve.

For where to stay, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, use the Morro Bay road trip planning website .

You can drive from Santa Barbara to Morro Bay in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in August, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Monterey.

Things to do in Morro Bay

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Cambria, San Simeon, Speed Boats Tours, Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa, Montana de Oro State Park
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Piedras Blancas ©
Piedras Blancas
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach
Speed Boats Tours

2
nights
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 9th (Fri): stroll through Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail and then stroll through Dennis the Menace Park.

To see other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Monterey trip planner .

You can drive from Morro Bay to Monterey in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. When traveling from Morro Bay in August, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Monterey: temperatures range from 24°C by day to 16°C at night. You'll set off for home on the 10th (Sat).

Things to do in Monterey

Parks Trails Outdoors
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Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail ©
Dennis the Menace Park ©
Dennis the Menace Park
Coast Guard Pier ©
Coast Guard Pier

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