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

Start: Kalamazoo
Fly:  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
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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Fri): learn about winemaking at Margerum Wine Company and then look for all kinds of wild species at Douglas Family Preserve.

For maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Santa Barbara itinerary maker tool .

Kalamazoo to Santa Barbara is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. You can also drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 3 hours traveling from Kalamazoo to Santa Barbara. Traveling from Kalamazoo in April, expect Santa Barbara to be somewhat warmer, temps between 71°F and 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Carpinteria State Beach
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Carpinteria State Beach ©
Carpinteria State Beach
Cold Spring Tavern ©
Cold Spring Tavern
Douglas Family Preserve ©
Douglas Family Preserve

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), explore the historical opulence of Hearst Castle, look for all kinds of wild species at Piedras Blancas, and then visit a coastal fixture at Piedras Blancas Light Station. On your second day here, explore and take pictures at Moonstone Beach Dr, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Moonstone Beach, and then hike along Fiscalini Ranch Preserve.

To find traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the San Simeon road trip planning website .

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 slightly colder, around 43°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 78°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to travel to Avila Beach.

Things to do in San Simeon

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Cambria
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Piedras Blancas ©
Piedras Blancas
Moonstone Beach Dr ©
Moonstone Beach Dr
Fiscalini Ranch Preserve ©
Fiscalini Ranch Preserve

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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. On the 16th (Tue), grab your bike and head to Bob Jones City to Sea Bike Trail, visit a coastal fixture at Point San Luis Lighthouse, then race across the water with a speed boat tour, and finally stop by Alapay Cellars.

To find ratings, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Avila Beach trip maker app .

You can drive from San Simeon to Avila Beach in an hour. While traveling from San Simeon, expect slightly colder days and somewhat warmer nights in Avila Beach, ranging from highs of 72°F to lows of 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) to allow enough time 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

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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.
Get outdoors at Nevada Falls Loop and Glacier Point. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Sentinel Dome and Panorama Trail. Spend the 18th (Thu) exploring nature at Elizabeth Lake, Yosemite National Park. And it doesn't end there: admire the sheer force of Yosemite Falls, tour the pleasant surroundings at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area, and make a trip to Yosemite Conservation Heritage Center.

To find ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park online day trip planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Avila Beach to Yosemite National Park. Traveling from Avila Beach in April, you will find days in Yosemite National Park are a bit cooler (59°F), and nights are colder (28°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome
Nevada Falls Loop ©
Nevada Falls Loop

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