9 days in California's Central Coast & Yosemite National Park Itinerary

9 days in California's Central Coast & Yosemite National Park Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Kalamazoo
Fly + Drive:  10 h 15 min
1
Santa Barbara
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 45 min
2
San Simeon
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
3
Avila Beach
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h 45 min
4
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  12 h
End: Kalamazoo

1
night
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 12th (Fri), learn about winemaking at Margerum Wine Company Tasting Room and then identify plant and animal life at Douglas Family Preserve.

Start your trip to Santa Barbara by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

Kalamazoo to Santa Barbara is an approximately 10.5- hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time is minus 3 hours. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Kalamazoo in April: high temperatures in Santa Barbara hover around 71°F and lows are around 50°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to go by car to San Simeon.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Carpinteria State Beach
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Cold Spring Tavern ©
Cold Spring Tavern
Douglas Family Preserve ©
Douglas Family Preserve
Margerum Wine Company Tasting Room ©
Margerum Wine Company Tasting Room

2
nights
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.
On the 14th (Sun), step into the grandiose world of Hearst Castle, then enjoy the sand and surf at Piedras Blancas, and then visit a coastal fixture at Piedras Blancas Light Station. On the 15th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore and take pictures at Moonstone Beach Dr, then kick back and relax at Moonstone Beach, and then hike along Fiscalini Ranch Preserve.

For reviews, photos, maps, and other tourist information, use the San Simeon sightseeing planner.

Drive from Santa Barbara to San Simeon in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Santa Barbara in April, expect nights in San Simeon to be little chillier, around 43°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 78°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Avila Beach.

Things to do in San Simeon

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Cambria
Highlights from your plan
Fiscalini Ranch Preserve ©
Fiscalini Ranch Preserve
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach
Piedras Blancas Light Station ©
Piedras Blancas Light Station

1
night
Avila Beach

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. Start off your visit on the 16th (Tue): explore the landscape on two wheels at Bob Jones City to Sea Bike Trail, enjoy the sea views from Point San Luis Lighthouse, then take a memorable tour with Tours, and finally stop by Alapay Cellars.

For ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Avila Beach trip maker website.

Drive from San Simeon to Avila Beach in an hour. When traveling from San Simeon in April, plan for little chillier days in Avila Beach, with highs around 72°F, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 49°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Avila Beach

Outdoors Trails Parks
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Speed Boats Tours
Point San Luis Lighthouse ©
Point San Luis Lighthouse
Alapay Cellars ©
Alapay Cellars

3
nights
Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park ©
Massive granite mountains, towering waterfalls, groves of Giant Sequoia trees, and wilderness as far as the eye can see distinguish the landscape of Yosemite National Park.
Take a break from the city and head to Yosemite Falls and Nevada Falls Loop. Discover out-of-the-way places like Panorama Trail and Cathedral Beach Picnic Area. Spend the 18th (Thu) exploring nature at Elizabeth Lake. The adventure continues: admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall, get all the information you need at Yosemite Conservation Heritage Center, and take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point.

To find photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park tour planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Avila Beach to Yosemite National Park. While traveling from Avila Beach, expect a bit cooler days and colder nights in Yosemite National Park, ranging from highs of 59°F to lows of 28°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Panorama Trail ©
Panorama Trail
Nevada Falls Loop ©
Nevada Falls Loop
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point

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