8 days in San Diego, California's Central Coast & San Francisco Itinerary

8 days in San Diego, California's Central Coast & San Francisco Itinerary

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8 days in San Diego, California's Central Coast & San Francisco Itinerary

Start: Winnipeg
Fly:  8​h 15​min
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San Diego
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
2
Santa Barbara
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
San Simeon
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
4
Monterey
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Fly:  8​h 45​min
End: Winnipeg

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San Diego

San Diego ©
Divided into neighborhoods with distinct characters and cultural heritages, San Diego sits just north of the Mexican border and offers visitors a blend of tourist attractions, including a lively nightlife, diverse cuisine, and a thriving musical scene.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Wed): appreciate the history behind Cabrillo National Monument and then meet the residents at San Diego Zoo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Thu): examine the collection at USS Midway Museum and then kick back and relax at La Jolla Cove.

To see photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our San Diego itinerary maker .

Winnipeg, Canada to San Diego is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Winnipeg to San Diego due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Winnipeg in January, expect San Diego to be warmer, temps between 22°C and 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can drive to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Beaches
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San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum

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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.
On the 18th (Fri), get a sense of history and politics at Santa Barbara County Courthouse, explore the world behind art at Santa Barbara Museum of Art, then steep yourself in history at Old Mission Santa Barbara, then take a stroll through State Street Underpass, and finally take a leisurely stroll along Stearns Wharf.

To see traveler tips, reviews, photos, and tourist information, go to the Santa Barbara route maker app .

Traveling by car from San Diego to Santa Barbara takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or fly. Traveling from San Diego in January, plan for a bit cooler nights in Santa Barbara, with lows around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) to allow time to drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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Old Mission Santa Barbara ©
Old Mission Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara Museum of Art ©
Santa Barbara Museum of Art
Santa Barbara County Courthouse ©
Santa Barbara County Courthouse

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San Simeon

San Simeon ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Sat): identify plant and animal life at Piedras Blancas, then identify plant and animal life at Elephant Seal Rookery, and then visit a coastal fixture at Piedras Blancas Light Station.

To see more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read San Simeon travel planning app .

You can drive from Santa Barbara to San Simeon in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Santa Barbara in January, expect little chillier with lows of 3°C in San Simeon. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Monterey.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Wildlife Beaches

Side Trip

Piedras Blancas Light Station
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Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal
Piedras Blancas ©
Piedras Blancas
Piedras Blancas Light Station ©
Piedras Blancas Light Station

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Monterey

Monterey
Monterey is a city in the U.S. For where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Monterey tour itinerary maker website .

Traveling by car from San Simeon to Monterey takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, train, and bus; or do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from San Simeon in January, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 7°C in Monterey. On the 20th (Sun), you'll travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Monterey

Outdoors Parks Tours

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San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Sun): take a leisurely stroll along The Embarcadero, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Alcatraz Island, then take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, and finally snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge. On the next day, savor the flavors at Food & Drink.

To find reviews, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, use the San Francisco online road trip planner .

Getting from Monterey to San Francisco by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of bus and train. In January, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 9°C. On the 22nd (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Tours Neighborhoods Historic Sites

Side Trip

Wine Tours & Tastings
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Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Wine Tours & Tastings
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

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