9 days in California's Central Coast Itinerary

9 days in California's Central Coast Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California's Central Coast route builder

Make it your trip
Fly to Los Angeles, Bus to Santa Barbara
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Santa Barbara
— 3 nights
Drive
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Paso Robles
— 3 nights
Drive
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Monterey
— 1 night
Fly

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Santa Barbara

— 3 nights

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Old Mission Santa Ines and La Purisima State Historical Park. Visiting Cabrillo Bike Path and Arroyo Burro County Beach Park will get you outdoors. Venture out of the city with trips to Taste of Sta. Rita Hills (in Lompoc) and Fess Parker (in Los Olivos). There's lots more to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Cold Spring Tavern, shop like a local with State Street Underpass, learn about winemaking at Margerum Wine Company Tasting Room, and explore the world behind art at Santa Barbara Museum of Art.

To find traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Santa Barbara holiday maker tool.

New York City to Santa Barbara is an approximately 11.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from New York City to Santa Barbara, you'll gain 3 hours due to the time zone difference. While traveling from New York City, expect warmer days and a bit warmer nights in Santa Barbara, ranging from highs of 67°F to lows of 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) to allow time to drive to Paso Robles.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Beaches

Side Trips

Paso Robles

— 3 nights

Paso

A town of hot springs and wine, Paso Robles (or "Pass of the Oaks") feels like a desert paradise to those who travel here.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Tobin James Cellars and Sculpterra Winery & Sculpture Garden. Get some cultural insight at Eberle Winery and Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa. Venture out of the city with trips to Moonstone Beach Dr (in Cambria), Montana de Oro State Park (in Los Osos) and Speed Boats Tours (in Avila Beach). There's more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Piedras Blancas and do a tasting at J Dusi Winery.

To see maps, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Paso Robles route builder tool.

Traveling by car from Santa Barbara to Paso Robles takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Paso Robles when traveling from Santa Barbara in February, with lows around 38°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Monterey.

Things to do in Paso Robles

Outdoors · Wineries · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Monterey

— 1 night
Monterey is a city in the U.S. On the 27th (Wed), grab your bike and head to Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail, stroll through Del Monte Beach, then explore the activities along Monterey Bay, and finally stop by Monterey's Tasty Olive Bar.

For reviews, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read Monterey day trip tool.

Traveling by car from Paso Robles to Monterey takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Monterey when traveling from Paso Robles in February, with lows around 45°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Monterey

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature