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: Santa Barbara
1
Santa Barbara
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Lompoc
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Cambria
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Monterey
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
End: Santa Barbara

2
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.
On the 23rd (Sat), explore the fascinating underground world of Salt Cave, then do a tasting at Grassini Family Vineyards, then explore the landscape on two wheels at Carpenteria Bluffs Nature Preserve, and finally kick back and relax at Carpinteria State Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Sun): identify plant and animal life at Santa Monica Mountains, then enjoy the sand and surf at El Matador State Beach, and then make a trip to State Street Underpass.

To see traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Santa Barbara travel planner.

Use the Route module to see travel options from your home to Santa Barbara. March in Santa Barbara sees daily highs of 69°F and lows of 48°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough to travel to Lompoc.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Carpinteria, Santa Monica Mountains, El Matador State Beach
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Santa Monica Mountains ©
Santa Monica Mountains
Old Mission Santa Barbara ©
Old Mission Santa Barbara
Carpinteria State Beach ©
Carpinteria State Beach

2
nights
Lompoc

Lompoc ©
Lompoc is a city in Santa Barbara County, California, on the west coast of the United States. On your second day here, admire the architecture and history at La Purisima State Historical Park, experience rural life at Ostrich Land, learn about winemaking at Fess Parker, then learn about winemaking at Sunstone Vineyards & Winery, then admire the architecture and history at Old Mission Santa Ines, and finally stroll through Hans Christian Andersen Park.

Ask Inspirock to suggest an itinerary and make planning a trip to Lompoc fast, fun, and easy.

You can drive from Santa Barbara to Lompoc in an hour. In March, daily temperatures in Lompoc can reach 67°F, while at night they dip to 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Cambria.

Things to do in Lompoc

Wineries Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Solvang, Santa Maria, Los Olivos, Ostrich Land, Sunstone Vineyards & Winery
Highlights from your plan
Fess Parker ©
Fess Parker
Foxen Vineyard & Winery ©
Foxen Vineyard & Winery
Rancho Sisquoc Winery ©
Rancho Sisquoc Winery

2
nights
Cambria

Cambria ©
Cambria is a seaside village in San Luis Obispo County, California, United States midway between San Francisco and Los Angeles along California State Route 1 (Highway 1). On the 28th (Thu), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Old Santa Rosa Creek Chapel, then explore the historical opulence of Hearst Castle, then cruise along Moonstone Beach Dr, and finally kick back and relax at Moonstone Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: look for all kinds of wild species at Elephant Seal Rookery, enjoy the sand and surf at Piedras Blancas, and then hike along Fiscalini Ranch Preserve.

For where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Cambria trip planning website .

You can drive from Lompoc to Cambria in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 72°F in March, and nighttime lows around 41°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) so you can go by car to Monterey.

Things to do in Cambria

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

San Simeon
Highlights from your plan
Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach

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nights
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 30th (Sat): steep yourself in history at Cannery Row, appreciate the extensive heritage of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, then immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos, and finally take in the history at San Carlos Borromeo de Carmelo Mission.

To see where to stay, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Monterey trip planner.

Getting from Cambria to Monterey by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi, train, and bus. When traveling from Cambria in March, plan for slightly colder days and somewhat warmer nights in Monterey: temperatures range from 64°F by day to 47°F at night. On the 31st (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive back home.

Things to do in Monterey

Parks Beaches Historic Sites

Side Trips

Carmel, Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach
Cannery Row ©
Cannery Row

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