32 days in California's Central Coast Itinerary

32 days in California's Central Coast Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California's Central Coast trip itinerary planner

Make it your trip
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Monterey
— 9 nights
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Morro Bay
— 6 nights
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Santa Barbara
— 16 nights
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Monterey

— 9 nights
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Visiting Pinnacles National Park and Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve will get you outdoors. Visit Mission San Juan Bautista and San Carlos Cathedral for their historical value. Get out of town with these interesting Monterey side-trips: Moss Landing (Zmudowski State Beach & Dolphin & Whale Watching), Santa Cruz (Seymour Marine Discovery Center, Natural Bridges State Beach, &more) and San Juan Bautista State Historic Park (in San Juan Bautista). There's still lots to do: explore the landscape on two wheels at Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Monterey Bay Aquarium, take a leisurely stroll along Coast Guard Pier, and make a trip to Cannery Row.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read Monterey online trip itinerary planner.

New York City to Monterey is an approximately 11-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from New York City to Monterey is minus 3 hours. May in Monterey sees daily highs of 65°F and lows of 51°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Morro Bay.

Things to do in Monterey

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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Morro Bay

— 6 nights
Morro Bay is a waterfront city in San Luis Obispo County, California located along California State Route 1 on California's Central Coast. Visiting Morro Rock and Montana de Oro State Park will get you outdoors. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Hearst Castle and Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa. Venture out of the city with trips to Pismo Beach (Monarch Butterfly Grove & Pismo Pier), San Simeon (Friends of the Elephant Seal Visitor Center and Gift Shop, Piedras Blancas, &more) and Cambria Cemetery (in Cambria). The adventure continues: grab your bike and head to Bob Jones City to Sea Bike Trail, steep yourself in history at Point San Luis Lighthouse, stroll through Fiscalini Ranch Preserve, and explore and take pictures at Moonstone Beach Dr.

To find where to stay, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, use the Morro Bay day trip planning site.

Drive from Monterey to Morro Bay in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. While traveling from Monterey, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Morro Bay, ranging from highs of 73°F to lows of 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to drive to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Morro Bay

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 10 — 16:

Santa Barbara

— 16 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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Cabrillo Bike Path and Arroyo Burro County Beach Park. Get in touch with nature at Cold Spring Tavern and Boat Tours & Water Sports. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Santa Barbara: Lompoc (Taste of Sta. Rita Hills, La Purisima State Historical Park, &more), Los Olivos (Global Gardens, Labyrinth at St. Mark's-in-the-Valley Episcopal Church, &more) and Santa Ynez (Sunstone Winery & Santa Barbara Soaring). There's still lots to do: make a trip to Old Mission Santa Barbara, immerse yourself in nature at Carpinteria State Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Rattlesnake Canyon Trail, and awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area.

For traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Santa Barbara trip itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by car from Morro Bay to Santa Barbara takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. May in Santa Barbara sees daily highs of 71°F and lows of 52°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Parks · Outdoors · Wineries · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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