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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Santa Barbara
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San Simeon
— 2 nights
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Avila Beach
— 1 night
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Yosemite National Park
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Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara ©

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

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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 · Beaches

Side Trip

Highlights from your plan
Cold Spring Tavern ©
Cold Spring Tavern
Douglas Family Preserve ©
Douglas Family Preserve
Margerum Wine Company Tasting Room ©
Margerum Wine Company Tasting Room

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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.
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.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, photos, 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 · Historic Sites

Side Trip

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

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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.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, 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 · Parks · Trails · Tours
Highlights from your plan
Speed Boats Tours
Point San Luis Lighthouse ©
Point San Luis Lighthouse
Alapay Cellars ©
Alapay Cellars

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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 Vernal Fall. Kids will enjoy Nevada Falls Loop and Panorama Trail. Spend the 18th (Thu) exploring nature at Elizabeth Lake. And it doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area, explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, and get all the information you need at Yosemite Conservation Heritage Center.

To find reviews, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Yosemite National Park online tour planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Avila Beach to Yosemite National Park. While traveling from Avila Beach, expect slightly colder days and much colder nights in Yosemite National Park, ranging from highs of 59°F to lows of 28°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails
Highlights from your plan
Elizabeth Lake ©
Elizabeth Lake
Nevada Falls Loop ©
Nevada Falls Loop
Panorama Trail ©
Panorama Trail

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