15 days in California's Central Coast Itinerary

15 days in California's Central Coast Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Santa Barbara
— 3 nights
2
Santa Maria
— 4 nights
3
Paso Robles
— 3 nights
4
Monterey
— 4 nights

3
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.
Santa Barbara is known for wineries, historic sites, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Santa Barbara Zoo, take in panoramic vistas at Santa Barbara County Courthouse, and stroll around Shoreline Park.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Santa Barbara trip itinerary planner.

Washington DC to Santa Barbara is an approximately 10-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time is minus 3 hours. In August, Santa Barbara is little chillier than Washington DC - with highs of °F and lows of °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Santa Maria.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Parks Tours Wineries
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Wine Tours & Tastings
Old Mission Santa Barbara ©
Old Mission Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara Zoo ©
Santa Barbara Zoo

4
nights
Santa Maria

Santa Maria ©
Santa Maria is a city near the Southern California coast in Santa Barbara County. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Santa Maria: Sanford Winery & Vineyards (in Lompoc), Wine Tours & Tastings (in Santa Ynez) and Rusack Vineyards (in Solvang). There's much more to do: learn about winemaking at Rancho Sisquoc Winery, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, trek along Los Flores Ranch Park, and sample some tasty brews at a beer tour and tasting.

To find reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Santa Maria journey builder.

Traveling by car from Santa Barbara to Santa Maria takes 1.5 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to °F, and evening lows to °F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can go by car to Paso Robles.

Things to do in Santa Maria

Wineries Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

San Luis Obispo, Avila Beach, Sanford Winery & Vineyards, Wine Tours & Tastings, Montana de Oro State Park
Find places to stay Aug 25 — 29:
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Rusack Vineyards ©
Rusack Vineyards
Foxen Vineyard & Winery ©
Foxen Vineyard & Winery
Rancho Sisquoc Winery ©
Rancho Sisquoc Winery

3
nights
Paso Robles

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Paso Robles: San Simeon (Friends of the Elephant Seal, Hearst Castle, &more), Highway 1 Discovery Route (in San Luis Obispo) and Moonstone Beach Dr (in Cambria). There's much more to do: indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area, learn about winemaking at Peachy Canyon Winery, and make a splash at Ravine Waterpark.

For ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Paso Robles trip builder site.

Getting from Santa Maria to Paso Robles by car takes about 1.5 hours. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Santa Maria in August: highs in Paso Robles hover around °F, while lows dip to °F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can go by car to Monterey.

Things to do in Paso Robles

Outdoors Scenic Drive Wineries

Side Trips

San Simeon, Highway 1 Discovery Route, Moonstone Beach Dr, Peachy Canyon Winery
Find places to stay Aug 29 — Sep 1:
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Moonstone Beach Dr ©
Moonstone Beach Dr
Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle
Wine Tours & Tastings

4
nights
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Monterey: Santa Cruz (Boardwalk's Cocoanut Grove & Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk). There's still lots to do: meet the residents at Monterey Bay Aquarium, get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, look for gifts at Monterey's Tasty Olive Bar, and explore the activities along Monterey Bay.

For more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Monterey itinerary planning tool.

You can drive from Paso Robles to Monterey in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. When traveling from Paso Robles in September, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Monterey: temperatures range from °F by day to °F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Monterey

Parks Outdoors Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Santa Cruz, Garland Ranch Regional Park
Find places to stay Sep 1 — 5:
Highlights from your plan
Monterey Bay Aquarium ©
Monterey Bay Aquarium
17-Mile Drive ©
17-Mile Drive
Dolphin & Whale Watching

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