9 days in California's Central Coast Itinerary

9 days in California's Central Coast Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Santa Barbara
— 2 nights
2
Santa Maria
— 2 nights
3
San Simeon
— 1 night
4
Monterey
— 3 nights

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.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the long history of Old Mission Santa Barbara and then indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area.

To find ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Santa Barbara travel planner.

Orlando to Santa Barbara is an approximately 11-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from Orlando to Santa Barbara due to the time zone difference. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Orlando in May; daily highs in Santa Barbara reach °F and lows reach °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Santa Maria.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Tours Wineries Parks
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Wine Tours & Tastings
Old Mission Santa Barbara ©
Old Mission Santa Barbara
Stearns Wharf ©
Stearns Wharf

2
nights
Santa Maria

Santa Maria ©
Santa Maria is a city near the Southern California coast in Santa Barbara County. Start off your visit on the 26th (Wed): do a tasting at Rancho Sisquoc Winery, do a tasting at Foxen Vineyard & Winery, and then walk around Hans Christian Andersen Park. On the 27th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the landscape on two wheels at Bob Jones City to Sea Bike Trail, look for gifts at SLO Sweets, thenadmire the majestic nature at Montana de Oro State Park, and finally learn about winemaking at Ancient Peaks Winery.

For photos, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read Santa Maria online route planner.

You can drive from Santa Barbara to Santa Maria in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around °F in May, and nighttime lows around °F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to go by car to San Simeon.

Things to do in Santa Maria

Parks Wineries Outdoors

Side Trips

Montana de Oro State Park, SLO Sweets, Bob Jones City to Sea Bike Trail, Ancient Peaks Winery, Hans Christian Andersen Park
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Montana de Oro State Park ©
Montana de Oro State Park
Rancho Sisquoc Winery ©
Rancho Sisquoc Winery
Foxen Vineyard & Winery ©
Foxen Vineyard & Winery

1
night
San Simeon

San Simeon ©
When you arriveĀ 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 28th (Fri), take in the waterfront at San Simeon Pier, step into the grandiose world of Hearst Castle, thendon't miss a visit to Ragged Point Overlook, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Friends of the Elephant Seal.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, use the San Simeon trip planner.

You can drive from Santa Maria to San Simeon in 1.5 hours. Traveling from Santa Maria in May, you will find days in San Simeon are somewhat warmer (°F), and nights are about the same (°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Monterey.

Things to do in San Simeon

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife
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Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal
Ragged Point Overlook ©
Ragged Point Overlook

3
nights
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. On the 29th (Sat), observe the fascinating underwater world at Monterey Bay Aquarium, thenexplore and take pictures at 17-Mile Drive, and then see the interesting displays at Casa Serrano, Historic Adobe. On the 30th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: grab your bike and head to Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail, stop by Monterey's Tasty Olive Bar, and then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

For photos, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Monterey vacation maker.

Traveling by car from San Simeon to Monterey takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, train, and bus; or do a combination of car and bus. When traveling from San Simeon in May, plan for little chillier days in Monterey, with highs around °F, while nights are about the same with lows around °F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Monterey

Outdoors Parks Tours
Highlights from your plan
17-Mile Drive ©
17-Mile Drive
Monterey Bay Aquarium ©
Monterey Bay Aquarium
Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail ©
Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail

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