40 days in California’s Central Coast Itinerary

40 days in California’s Central Coast Itinerary

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40 days in California’s Central Coast Itinerary

Start: Kuala Lumpur
Fly:  26​h
1
Santa Cruz
— 7 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Carmel Valley
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
San Simeon
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Avila Beach
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Lompoc
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Santa Barbara
— 10 nights
Fly:  29​h
End: Kuala Lumpur

7
nights
Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz ©
Santa Cruz remains synonymous with surfing, but this counterculture bastion offers plenty even if you don't plan to catch any waves.
Venture out of the city with trips to Monterey (Monterey Bay Aquarium, Cannery Row, & more), Mission San Juan Bautista (in San Juan Bautista) and Eden Rift Vineyards (in Hollister). There's still lots to do: find something for the whole family at Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, admire all the interesting features of Mystery Spot, take a memorable tour with Monterey Bay Hydrobikes, and admire the natural beauty at UCSC Arboretum.

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Santa Cruz is an approximately 26-hour flight. The time zone changes from Malaysia Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -16 hour difference. Traveling from Kuala Lumpur in May, expect Santa Cruz to be colder, temps between 24°C and 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) so you can travel to Carmel Valley.

Things to do in Santa Cruz

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Monterey, Eden Rift Vineyards, Monterey Bay Hydrobikes, Mission San Juan Bautista
Find places to stay May 24 — 31:
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Monterey Bay ©
Monterey Bay
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Monterey Bay Aquarium ©
Monterey Bay Aquarium

4
nights
Carmel Valley

Carmel Valley ©
Carmel Valley Village is a census-designated place in Monterey County, California, United States. Venture out of the city with trips to Soledad (Hahn Estate Winery, Wrath Winery, & more) and Paicines (Pinnacles National Park & Bear Gulch Caves). And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Garland Ranch Regional Park, learn about winemaking at Joyce Vineyards, and examine the collection at Moto Talbott.

For more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Carmel Valley trip maker tool .

You can drive from Santa Cruz to Carmel Valley in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 21°C in May, and nighttime lows around 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to San Simeon.

Things to do in Carmel Valley

Parks Wineries Nature

Side Trips

Soledad, Paicines
Find places to stay May 31 — Jun 4:
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Garland Ranch Regional Park ©
Garland Ranch Regional Park
Pinnacles National Park ©
Pinnacles National Park
Parsonage Winery Tasting Room ©
Parsonage Winery Tasting Room

5
nights
San Simeon

San Simeon ©
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, wildlife, beaches, nature, and wineries. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Hearst Castle, look for all kinds of wild species at Elephant Seal Rookery, trek along Fiscalini Ranch Preserve, and enjoy the sand and surf at Piedras Blancas.

To find maps, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the San Simeon trip itinerary planning app .

You can drive from Carmel Valley to San Simeon in 3 hours. Expect much warmer weather when traveling from Carmel Valley in June: highs in San Simeon hover around 39°C, while lows dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Avila Beach.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Cambria, Harmony Headlands State Park
Find places to stay Jun 4 — 9:
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Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle
Elephant Seal Rookery ©
Elephant Seal Rookery
Moonstone Beach Dr ©
Moonstone Beach Dr

4
nights
Avila Beach

Avila Beach ©
Avila Beach is an unincorporated community in San Luis Obispo County, California, United States, located on San Luis Obispo Bay about 160 miles (257 km) northwest of Los Angeles, and about 200 miles south of San Francisco. Avila Beach is known for adventure, trails, historic sites, beaches, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the landscape on two wheels at Bob Jones City to Sea Bike Trail, meet the residents at Central Coast Aquarium, immerse yourself in nature at Los Osos Oaks State Reserve, and contemplate the long history of Point San Luis Lighthouse.

To see traveler tips, photos, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Avila Beach journey builder .

You can drive from San Simeon to Avila Beach in an hour. Traveling from San Simeon in June, you will find days in Avila Beach are little chillier (30°C), and nights are about the same (13°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Lompoc.

Things to do in Avila Beach

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Los Osos
Find places to stay Jun 9 — 13:
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Point Buchon Trail ©
Point Buchon Trail
Speed Boats Tours
Point San Luis Lighthouse ©
Point San Luis Lighthouse

6
nights
Lompoc

Lompoc ©
Lompoc is a city in Santa Barbara County, California, on the west coast of the United States. Change things up with these side-trips from Lompoc: Pismo Beach (Monarch Butterfly Grove & Pismo Pier), Morro Rock (in Morro Bay) and The Luffa Farm (in Nipomo). And it doesn't end there: immerse yourself in nature at Montana de Oro State Park, do a tasting at Rusack Vineyards, stroll through Valencia Peak Trail, and indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink.

For maps, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Lompoc trip builder website .

Traveling by car from Avila Beach to Lompoc takes an hour. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Avila Beach in June: highs in Lompoc hover around 24°C, while lows dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can travel to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Lompoc

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Santa Ynez, Solvang, Pismo Beach, San Luis Obispo, Santa Maria
Find places to stay Jun 13 — 19:
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Morro Rock ©
Morro Rock
Montana de Oro State Park ©
Montana de Oro State Park
Rusack Vineyards ©
Rusack Vineyards

10
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Santa Barbara: Ojai (Bart's Books, Meditation Mount, & more). Dedicate the 20th (Sun) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Old Mission Santa Barbara, stroll through Shoreline Park, take a leisurely stroll along Stearns Wharf, and explore the world behind art at Santa Barbara Museum of Art.

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You can drive from Lompoc to Santa Barbara in an hour. In June in Santa Barbara, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Tue) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Parks Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

Ojai, Lotusland, Los Padres Outfitters
Find places to stay Jun 19 — 29:
Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings
Old Mission Santa Barbara ©
Old Mission Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara County Courthouse ©
Santa Barbara County Courthouse

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