14 days in California’s Central Coast Itinerary

14 days in California’s Central Coast Itinerary

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14 days in California’s Central Coast Itinerary

Start: Charlotte
Fly + bus:  8​h 30​min
1
Santa Barbara
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Santa Maria
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Cambria
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Monterey
— 4 nights
shuttle + Fly:  8​h
End: Charlotte

4
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.
We've included these beaches for you: Old Mission Santa Barbara and Wine Tours & Tastings. Get some historical perspective at State Street Underpass and Carpenteria Bluffs Nature Preserve. Get out of town with these interesting Santa Barbara side-trips: Oxnard Beach Park (in Oxnard), Sunstone Vineyards & Winery (in Santa Ynez) and Solvang (Vinhus, Shoestring Winery, & more). There's lots more to do: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Santa Barbara Zoo, observe the fascinating underwater world at Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History Sea Center, take a leisurely stroll along Stearns Wharf, and learn about winemaking at Margerum Wine Company.

To find reviews, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Santa Barbara road trip planner .

Charlotte to Santa Barbara is an approximately 8.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also fly; or drive. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from Charlotte to Santa Barbara due to the time zone difference. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Charlotte in June: high temperatures in Santa Barbara hover around 72°F and lows are around 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Santa Maria.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Solvang, Carpinteria, Sunstone Vineyards & Winery, Oxnard Beach Park
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Old Mission Santa Barbara ©
Old Mission Santa Barbara
Carpinteria State Beach ©
Carpinteria State Beach
Oxnard Beach Park ©
Oxnard Beach Park

2
nights
Santa Maria

Santa Maria is a city near the Southern California coast in Santa Barbara County. Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sat): kick back and relax at Avila Main Beach, walk around Eldwaylen Ocean Park, and then get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour. Keep things going the next day: learn about winemaking at Rancho Sisquoc Winery, learn about winemaking at Foxen Vineyard & Winery, then do a tasting at Rusack Vineyards, and finally learn about winemaking at Artiste Winery & Tasting Studio.

To see ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Santa Maria trip itinerary planner .

Getting from Santa Barbara to Santa Maria by car takes about 1.5 hours. June in Santa Maria sees daily highs of 73°F and lows of 53°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can go by car to Cambria.

Things to do in Santa Maria

Outdoors Wineries Beaches

Side Trips

Avila Beach, Rusack Vineyards, Eldwaylen Ocean Park, Artiste Winery & Tasting Studio
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Speed Boats Tours
Rancho Sisquoc Winery ©
Rancho Sisquoc Winery
Foxen Vineyard & Winery ©
Foxen Vineyard & Winery

3
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). Step out of the city life by going to Elephant Seal Rookery and William Randolph Hearst Memorial Beach. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Hearst Castle and Moonstone Beach. The adventure continues: hike along Fiscalini Ranch Preserve, take in the spiritual surroundings of The Old Santa Rosa Creek Chapel, identify plant and animal life at Piedras Blancas, and indulge your thirst for a good beer at 927 Beer Company.

To find reviews, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read our Cambria tour planning tool .

Traveling by car from Santa Maria to Cambria takes 1.5 hours. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Santa Maria in June: highs in Cambria hover around 93°F, while lows dip to 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to drive to Monterey.

Things to do in Cambria

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

San Simeon
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Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach
Fiscalini Ranch Preserve ©
Fiscalini Ranch Preserve

4
nights
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like 17-Mile Drive and Monterey Bay Aquarium. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Dolphin & Whale Watching and Rio Del Mar State Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Manresa State Beach (in Aptos) and To Honor Surfing Monument (in Santa Cruz). There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Cannery Row, take a leisurely stroll along Old Fisherman's Wharf, view the masterpieces at The Dali Expo, and stroll through Breakwater.

To see reviews, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, use the Monterey online tour builder .

Drive from Cambria to Monterey in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a train. Traveling from Cambria in June, expect nights in Monterey to be about the same, around 53°F, while days are much colder, around 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Monterey

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Aptos, To Honor Surfing Monument
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17-Mile Drive ©
17-Mile Drive
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Cannery Row ©
Cannery Row

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