32 days in California's Central Coast Itinerary

32 days in California's Central Coast Itinerary

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1
Monterey
— 9 nights
2
Morro Bay
— 6 nights
3
Santa Barbara
— 16 nights

9
nights
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Visiting 17-Mile Drive and Dolphin & Whale Watching will get you outdoors. Visit Mission San Juan Bautista and Perry House for their historical value. Get out of town with these interesting Monterey side-trips: San Juan Bautista State Historic Park (in San Juan Bautista), Moss Landing (Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve & Zmudowski State Beach) and Pinnacles National Park (in Paicines). Next up on the itinerary: grab your bike and head to Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail, observe the fascinating underwater world at Monterey Bay Aquarium, take a memorable drive along West Cliff Drive, and make a trip to Cannery Row.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Monterey trip itinerary maker website.

New York City to Monterey is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from New York City to Monterey due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around °F in May, and nighttime lows around °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can drive to Morro Bay.

Things to do in Monterey

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Santa Cruz, Moss Landing, San Juan Bautista, Pinnacles National Park, Seacliff State Beach
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Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail ©
Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail
Dolphin & Whale Watching

6
nights
Morro Bay

Morro Bay ©
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 Point San Luis Lighthouse. Venture out of the city with trips to Cambria Cemetery (in Cambria), Pismo Beach (Monarch Butterfly Grove & Pismo Pier) and San Simeon (Friends of the Elephant Seal, Piedras Blancas, &more). The adventure continues: grab your bike and head to Bob Jones City to Sea Bike Trail, get to know the fascinating history of East Village, take in the spiritual surroundings of The Old Santa Rosa Creek Chapel, and admire all the interesting features of Moonstone Beach Dr.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Morro Bay trip maker.

Drive from Monterey to Morro Bay in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. When traveling from Monterey in May, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Morro Bay: temperatures range from °F by day to °F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can go by car to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Morro Bay

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Cambria, San Simeon, Avila Beach, Pismo Beach, Montana de Oro State Park
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Morro Rock ©
Morro Rock
Speed Boats Tours
Fiscalini Ranch Preserve ©
Fiscalini Ranch Preserve

16
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Cabrillo Bike Path and Santa Barbara Scenic Drive. Get in touch with nature at Cold Spring Tavern and Carpinteria State Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Santa Barbara: Los Olivos (Global Gardens, Labyrinth at St. Mark's-in-the-Valley Episcopal Church, &more), Santa Ynez (Sunstone Vineyards & Winery & Santa Barbara Soaring) and Lompoc (Taste of Sta. Rita Hills, La Purisima State Historical Park, &more). The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Old Mission Santa Barbara, indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, take in the history at Old Mission Santa Ines, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Rattlesnake Canyon Trail.

For other places to visit, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Santa Barbara trip planning site.

You can drive from Morro Bay to Santa Barbara in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around °F in May, and nighttime lows around °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Parks Outdoors Wineries

Side Trips

Carpinteria, Solvang, Lompoc, Los Olivos, Santa Ynez
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Cold Spring Tavern ©
Cold Spring Tavern
La Purisima State Historical Park ©
La Purisima State Historical Park
Old Mission Santa Ines ©
Old Mission Santa Ines

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