8 days in San Luis Obispo County & Santa Barbara Itinerary

8 days in San Luis Obispo County & Santa Barbara Itinerary

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Morro Bay
— 2 nights
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Santa Barbara
— 5 nights
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Morro Bay

— 2 nights
Morro Bay is a waterfront city in San Luis Obispo County, California located along California State Route 1 on California's Central Coast. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Morro Bay: Stepladder Ranch & Creamery (in Cambria) and San Simeon (Hearst Castle, Ragged Point Overlook, &more). There's lots more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Morro Rock, kick back and relax at Moonstone Beach, and immerse yourself in nature at Montana de Oro State Park.

To find more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Morro Bay sightseeing planner.

Miami to Morro Bay is an approximately 11-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -3 hour difference. Traveling from Miami in September, you will find days in Morro Bay are little chillier (83°F), and nights are much colder (57°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to drive to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Morro Bay

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Santa Barbara

— 5 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.
Explore Santa Barbara's surroundings by going to Calboat Diving - Spectre Dive Boat (in Ventura), Institution Ale Company (in Camarillo) and Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum (in Simi Valley). Pack the 8th (Wed) with family-friendly diversions at Six Flags Magic Mountain. There's still lots to do: awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area, wander the streets of State Street Underpass, take in the waterfront at Stearns Wharf, and admire the landmark architecture of Santa Barbara County Courthouse.

For more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Santa Barbara travel route planner.

Getting from Morro Bay to Santa Barbara by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In September, daytime highs in Santa Barbara are 79°F, while nighttime lows are 58°F. You'll have a few hours on the 9th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Tours · Wineries · Theme Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

San Luis Obispo County travel guide

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Wineries & Vineyards · Castles · Gift & Specialty Shops
The Central Coast
Separated from major metropolitan areas, coastal San Luis Obispo County has preserved its rural character. It includes many small communities with a strong agricultural heritage, and preserves a sense of old California. Many visitors on holiday come here to browse the excellent farmers' markets or tour world-class vineyards. The county offers plentiful outdoor vacation ideas, with beaches, rolling hills, and the Santa Lucia mountain range nearby. You can also take side trips to the area's larger towns, with their historical downtown districts, shopping destinations, and museums.