11 days in San Diego, Corona & California's Central Coast Itinerary

11 days in San Diego, Corona & California's Central Coast Itinerary

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11 days in San Diego, Corona & California's Central Coast Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
+2
Train + Bus + Fly:  7 h 30 min
1
San Diego
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 45 min
2
Corona
— 1 day
Drive:  2 h 30 min
3
Santa Barbara
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
4
Morro Bay
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
5
Monterey
— 3 nights
+3
Shuttle + Fly + Bus + Train:  10 h
End: Washington DC

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night
San Diego

San Diego ©
Divided into neighborhoods with distinct characters and cultural heritages, San Diego sits just north of the Mexican border and offers visitors a blend of tourist attractions, including a lively nightlife, diverse cuisine, and a thriving musical scene.
You've now added Point Loma to your itinerary. Take a break from San Diego with a short trip to Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens in Encinitas, about 30 minutes away. There's still lots to do: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at San Diego Zoo, stroll around Scripps Institute of Oceanography Coastal Reserve, let little ones run wild at Balboa Park, and find something for the whole family at SeaWorld San Diego.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the San Diego day trip planner .

Washington DC to San Diego is an approximately 7.5-hour combination of train and flight. You can also do a combination of subway, bus, and flight; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -3 hour difference. Traveling from Washington DC in March, expect San Diego to be somewhat warmer, temps between 69°F and 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Corona.

Things to do in San Diego

Museums
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Maritime Museum of San Diego ©
Maritime Museum of San Diego

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Corona

Corona ©
Corona is a city in Riverside County, California, United States. Start off your visit on the 14th (Sat): contemplate the long history of Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum and then get your game on at Pole Position Raceway.

For traveler tips, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Corona holiday app .

Getting from San Diego to Corona by car takes about 2 hours. Traveling from San Diego in March, expect nights in Corona to be a bit cooler, around 44°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 75°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Corona

Museums Historic Sites Fun & Games

Side Trip

Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum
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Pole Position Raceway ©
Pole Position Raceway

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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.
On the 14th (Sat), do a tasting at Jaffurs Wine Cellars. Keep things going the next day: steep yourself in history at Old Mission Santa Barbara and then indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area.

To see maps, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Santa Barbara itinerary maker app .

Drive from Corona to Santa Barbara in 2.5 hours. When traveling from Corona in March, plan for little chillier days in Santa Barbara, with highs around 69°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 48°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Morro Bay.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Tours Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums
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Wine Tours & Tastings
Old Mission Santa Barbara ©
Old Mission Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara Zoo ©
Santa Barbara Zoo

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nights
Morro Bay

Morro Bay ©
Morro Bay is a waterfront city in San Luis Obispo County, California located along California State Route 1 on California's Central Coast. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Morro Bay: San Simeon (Friends of the Elephant Seal, Hearst Castle, &more) and Pismo Beach (Monarch Butterfly Grove & Pismo Pier). The adventure continues: take in the dramatic natural features at Morro Rock, take in the exciting artwork at Fiona Bleu Gallery, tour the pleasant surroundings at Moonstone Beach, and look for gifts at Amphora Gallery.

For ratings, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read our Morro Bay trip itinerary maker website .

Traveling by car from Santa Barbara to Morro Bay takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 71°F in March, and nighttime lows around 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to drive to Monterey.

Things to do in Morro Bay

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

San Simeon, Pismo Beach, Cambria, Ancient Peaks Winery
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Morro Rock ©
Morro Rock
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal
Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle

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nights
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Take a break from Monterey with a short trip to West Cliff Drive in Santa Cruz, about 52 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Point Lobos, stop by Monterey's Tasty Olive Bar, pause for some photo ops at The Cannery Row Monument, and explore the landscape on two wheels at Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail.

To find where to stay, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read Monterey online trip planner .

Getting from Morro Bay to Monterey by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Morro Bay in March, expect nights in Monterey to be about the same, around 47°F, while days are slightly colder, around 64°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Monterey

Outdoors Parks Scenic Drive

Side Trips

West Cliff Drive, Point Lobos
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Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
17-Mile Drive ©
17-Mile Drive
Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail ©

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