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: New York City
Fly + bus:  11​h 15​min
1
Santa Barbara
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Paso Robles
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Monterey
— 1 night
shuttle + Fly:  11​h
End: New York City

3
nights
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Carpinteria State Beach and State Street Underpass. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to La Purisima State Historical Park and Cold Spring Tavern. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Santa Barbara: Old Mission Santa Ines (in Solvang), Taste of Sta. Rita Hills (in Lompoc) and Fess Parker (in Los Olivos). And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Arroyo Burro County Beach Park, do a tasting at Margerum Wine Company, admire the masterpieces at Santa Barbara Museum of Art, and hike along Cabrillo Bike Path.

To see photos, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read Santa Barbara tour itinerary planner.

New York City to Santa Barbara is an approximately 11.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time is minus 3 hours. While traveling from New York City, expect much warmer days and somewhat warmer nights in Santa Barbara, ranging from highs of 67°F to lows of 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to drive to Paso Robles.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Lompoc, Old Mission Santa Ines, Carpinteria State Beach, Fess Parker
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Carpinteria State Beach ©
Carpinteria State Beach
La Purisima State Historical Park ©
La Purisima State Historical Park
Cold Spring Tavern ©
Cold Spring Tavern

3
nights
Paso Robles

A town of hot springs and wine, Paso Robles (or "Pass of the Oaks") feels like a desert paradise to those who travel here.
Get in touch with nature at Speed Boats Tours and Moonstone Beach Dr. Discover out-of-the-way places like Piedras Blancas and Eberle Winery. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Paso Robles: Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa (in San Luis Obispo) and Montana de Oro State Park (in Los Osos). It doesn't end there: learn about winemaking at Tobin James Cellars.

For where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Paso Robles trip itinerary builder tool .

You can drive from Santa Barbara to Paso Robles in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Santa Barbara in February since evenings lows in Paso Robles dip to 38°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) early enough to drive to Monterey.

Things to do in Paso Robles

Outdoors Wineries Parks

Side Trips

Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa, Piedras Blancas, Speed Boats Tours, Montana de Oro State Park, Moonstone Beach Dr
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Speed Boats Tours
Montana de Oro State Park ©
Montana de Oro State Park
Piedras Blancas ©
Piedras Blancas

1
night
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 27th (Wed): explore the landscape on two wheels at Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail, enjoy the sand and surf at Del Monte Beach, then contemplate the waterfront views at Monterey Bay, and finally stop by Monterey's Tasty Olive Bar.

To find traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Monterey visit planner.

You can drive from Paso Robles to Monterey in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Paso Robles in February, expect a bit warmer with lows of 45°F in Monterey. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Monterey

Parks Outdoors Trails
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Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail ©
Del Monte Beach ©
Del Monte Beach
Monterey Bay ©
Monterey Bay

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