31 days in California's Central Coast & Northwest Ohio Itinerary

31 days in California's Central Coast & Northwest Ohio Itinerary

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31 days in California's Central Coast & Northwest Ohio Itinerary

Start: New York City
Fly + shuttle:  11​h
1
Monterey
— 5 nights
2
Paso Robles
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Santa Maria
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Santa Barbara
— 6 nights
+4
bus + Fly + subway + foot + train:  10​h 45​min
5
Sandusky
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 15​min
6
Toledo
— 6 nights
+2
bus + Fly + foot:  7​h
End: New York City

5
nights
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Monterey: Manresa State Beach (in Aptos) and Santa Cruz (West Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, & more). There's lots more to do: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Monterey Bay Aquarium, see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, stroll through Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail, and cruise along 17-Mile Drive.

To find traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Monterey attractions planner .

New York City to Monterey is an approximately 11-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from New York City to Monterey, you'll gain 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from New York City in September: high temperatures in Monterey hover around 72°F and lows are around 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can drive to Paso Robles.

Things to do in Monterey

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Santa Cruz, The Shakespeare Society of America, Garland Ranch Regional Park, Manresa State Beach
Find places to stay Sep 9 — 14:
Highlights from your plan
Monterey Bay Aquarium ©
Monterey Bay Aquarium
17-Mile Drive ©
17-Mile Drive
Dolphin & Whale Watching

6
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Cambria (Moonstone Beach Dr, Moonstone Beach, & more), Montana de Oro State Park (in Los Osos) and San Simeon (Elephant Seal Rookery, Hearst Castle, & more). There's much more to do: awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area, do a tasting at Anglim Winery, sample the tasty concoctions at Firestone Walker Brewing Company, and take in the dramatic natural features at Morro Rock.

For more things to do, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read our Paso Robles road trip planning website .

Getting from Monterey to Paso Robles by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Monterey in September, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Paso Robles: temperatures range from 90°F by day to 53°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Santa Maria.

Things to do in Paso Robles

Parks Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

Cambria, San Simeon, Montana de Oro State Park, Morro Rock, Beer Tastings & Tours
Find places to stay Sep 14 — 20:
Highlights from your plan
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal
Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle
Wine Tours & Tastings

3
nights
Santa Maria

Santa Maria is a city near the Southern California coast in Santa Barbara County. Change things up with these side-trips from Santa Maria: Avila Beach (Speed Boats Tours & Point San Luis Lighthouse), Solvang (Rusack Vineyards & Hans Christian Andersen Park) and Jalama Beach (in Lompoc). The adventure continues: do a tasting at Rancho Sisquoc Winery, relax in the rural setting at The Luffa Farm, tour the pleasant surroundings at Bob Jones City to Sea Bike Trail, and get engrossed in the history at Heritage House Museum.

To find reviews, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Santa Maria holiday maker site .

You can drive from Paso Robles to Santa Maria in 1.5 hours. Traveling from Paso Robles in September, you will find days in Santa Maria are slightly colder (79°F), and nights are about the same (56°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can go by car to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Santa Maria

Outdoors Parks Wineries

Side Trips

Avila Beach, Solvang, The Luffa Farm, Jalama Beach, Heritage House Museum
Find places to stay Sep 20 — 23:
Highlights from your plan
Speed Boats Tours
Foxen Vineyard & Winery ©
Foxen Vineyard & Winery
Rancho Sisquoc Winery ©
Rancho Sisquoc Winery

6
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Santa Barbara: Vinhus (in Solvang), Sunstone Vineyards & Winery (in Santa Ynez) and Silver Strand Beach (in Oxnard). There's still lots to do: awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area, take a stroll through State Street Underpass, contemplate the long history of Old Mission Santa Barbara, and immerse yourself in nature at El Presidio de Santa Barbara State Historic Park.

For photos, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Santa Barbara online tour itinerary planner .

Getting from Santa Maria to Santa Barbara by car takes about 1.5 hours. September in Santa Barbara sees daily highs of 79°F and lows of 58°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can travel to Sandusky.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Parks Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

Vinhus, Sunstone Vineyards & Winery, Silver Strand Beach
Find places to stay Sep 23 — 29:
Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings
Old Mission Santa Barbara ©
Old Mission Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara Zoo ©
Santa Barbara Zoo

3
nights
Sandusky

Sandusky ©
Sandusky positively bustles in the summertime due to its famed amusement park.
Explore Sandusky's surroundings by going to Perry's Victory & International Peace Memorial (in Put in Bay), Charles Herndon Sculpture Garden and Galleries (in Kelleys Island) and Collier (Howard) State Nature Preserve (in Tiffin). And it doesn't end there: make a splash at Cedar Point, look for all kinds of wild species at Old Woman Creek State Nature Preserve, visit a coastal fixture at Port Clinton Lighthouse, and experience rural life at Mulberry Creek Herb Farm.

To find photos, ratings, maps, and tourist information, use the Sandusky trip builder website .

You can do a combination of bus, flight, and train from Santa Barbara to Sandusky in 11 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Santa Barbara to Sandusky, you'll lose 3 hours due to the time zone difference. In September, daily temperatures in Sandusky can reach 77°F, while at night they dip to 59°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can catch the train to Toledo.

Things to do in Sandusky

Parks Wildlife Trails

Side Trips

Huron, Vermilion River Reservation, Charles Herndon Sculpture Garden and Galleries, Marblehead Lighthouse State Park, Thomas Edison Birthplace
Find places to stay Sep 30 — Oct 3:
Highlights from your plan
Vermilion River Reservation ©
Vermilion River Reservation
Cedar Point ©
Cedar Point

6
nights
Toledo

Toledo ©
Toledo is a city in and the county seat of Lucas County, Ohio, United States. Get out of town with these interesting Toledo side-trips: Old Fort Defiance Park (in Defiance), Leisure Time Winery (in Napoleon) and Goll Woods State Nature Preserve (in Archbold). The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at Oak Openings Preserve Metropark, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Queen of the Most Holy Rosary Cathedral, explore the world behind art at Toledo Museum of Art, and stroll around Swan Creek Metropark.

To see ratings, reviews, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Toledo travel app .

Getting from Sandusky to Toledo by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive. In October, plan for daily highs up to 65°F, and evening lows to 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Toledo

Parks Wildlife Museums

Side Trips

Perrysburg, Bowling Green, Leisure Time Winery, Goll Woods State Nature Preserve, Perennial Plant Peddler
Find places to stay Oct 3 — 9:
Highlights from your plan
Oak Openings Preserve Metropark ©
Oak Openings Preserve Metropark
Toledo Museum of Art ©
Toledo Museum of Art
National Museum of the Great Lakes ©

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