9 days in California’s Central Coast Itinerary

9 days in California’s Central Coast Itinerary

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9 days in California’s Central Coast Itinerary

Start: Miami
Fly:  9​h 45​min
1
Santa Barbara
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
San Simeon
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Monterey
— 3 nights
Fly:  10​h 45​min
End: Miami

2
nights
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 19th (Tue): take in nature's colorful creations at Alice Keck Park Memorial Gardens and then wander the streets of State Street Underpass. Here are some ideas for day two: indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area.

For traveler tips, photos, reviews, and tourist information, use the Santa Barbara holiday maker .

Miami to Santa Barbara is an approximately 10-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from Miami to Santa Barbara due to the time zone difference. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Miami in March: high temperatures in Santa Barbara hover around 69°F and lows are around 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) to allow time to drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Tours Parks Zoos & Aquariums
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Wine Tours & Tastings
Old Mission Santa Barbara ©
Old Mission Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara Zoo ©
Santa Barbara Zoo

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 22nd (Fri), steep yourself in history at Hearst Castle, then don't miss a visit to San Simeon Pier, then stop by Sebastian General Store, and finally identify plant and animal life at Elephant Seal Rookery. Keep things going the next day: trek along Fiscalini Ranch Preserve, stroll through Moonstone Beach, and then explore and take pictures at Moonstone Beach Dr.

For traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the San Simeon trip itinerary planner .

Getting from Santa Barbara to San Simeon by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Santa Barbara in March since evenings lows in San Simeon dip to 41°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) so you can go by car to Monterey.

Things to do in San Simeon

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trip

Cambria
Highlights from your plan
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach
Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle
Elephant Seal Rookery ©
Elephant Seal Rookery

3
nights
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Spend the 26th (Tue) observing fascinating marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour. And it doesn't end there: contemplate the waterfront views at Monterey Bay, take a leisurely stroll along Old Fisherman's Wharf, admire the masterpieces at Casa Serrano, Historic Adobe, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Monterey Bay Aquarium.

To find ratings, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Monterey day trip planning website .

Traveling by car from San Simeon to Monterey takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of car and bus. When traveling from San Simeon in March, plan for little chillier days and somewhat warmer nights in Monterey: temperatures range from 64°F by day to 47°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Monterey

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
Highlights from your plan
Monterey Bay Aquarium ©
Monterey Bay Aquarium
17-Mile Drive ©
17-Mile Drive
Dolphin & Whale Watching

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