15 days in California's Central Coast Itinerary

15 days in California's Central Coast Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California's Central Coast route planner

Make it your trip
Fly to Los Angeles, Bus to Santa Barbara
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Santa Barbara
— 5 nights
Drive
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San Simeon
— 4 nights
Drive
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Monterey
— 5 nights
Fly

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Santa Barbara

— 5 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Santa Barbara: Rusack Vineyards (in Solvang), The Luffa Farm (in Nipomo) and 246 Wine & Brew Tours (in Lompoc). There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Old Mission Santa Barbara, take in the waterfront at Stearns Wharf, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Santa Barbara Zoo, and take an in-depth tour of Santa Barbara Historical Museum.

To see ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Santa Barbara trip planner.

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. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 3 hours. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from New York City in June; daily highs in Santa Barbara reach 72°F and lows reach 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Wineries · Parks · Tours · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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San Simeon

— 4 nights
When you arrive in tiny San Simeon, which lies halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, you can see why William Randolph Hearst chose this coastal locale for his famous hilltop castle.
San Simeon is known for historic sites, shopping, and beaches. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: step into the grandiose world of Hearst Castle, get a taste of the local shopping with Friends of the Elephant Seal Visitor Center and Gift Shop, trek along Fiscalini Ranch Preserve, and take a memorable drive along Moonstone Beach Dr.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, go to the San Simeon vacation planner.

Getting from Santa Barbara to San Simeon by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. While traveling from Santa Barbara, expect much warmer days and about the same nights in San Simeon, ranging from highs of 93°F to lows of 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to drive to Monterey.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trip

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Monterey

— 5 nights
Monterey is a city in the U.S. state of California, on the southern edge of Monterey Bay on California's Central Coast. Step out of Monterey with an excursion to Dolphin & Whale Watching in Moss Landing--about 40 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Monterey Bay Aquarium, take in the waterfront at Old Fisherman's Wharf, stroll around Garland Ranch Regional Park, and admire all the interesting features of 17-Mile Drive.

You can plan Monterey trip in no time by asking Inspirock to help create your itinerary.

Drive from San Simeon to Monterey in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, train, and bus; or do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from San Simeon in June, you will find days in Monterey are colder (68°F), and nights are about the same (53°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Monterey

Parks · Tours · Outdoors · Wineries

Side Trips

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