53 days in San Diego & California’s Central Coast Itinerary

53 days in San Diego & California’s Central Coast Itinerary

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53 days in San Diego & California’s Central Coast Itinerary

Start: Boracay
+2
ferry + bus + Fly:  27​h
1
San Diego
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
2
Santa Barbara
— 13 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Santa Maria
— 11 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Paso Robles
— 12 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Monterey
— 13 nights
+4
shuttle + foot + Fly + foot + ferry:  29​h
End: Boracay

1
night
San Diego

San Diego ©
Divided into neighborhoods with distinct characters and cultural heritages, San Diego sits just north of the Mexican border and offers visitors a blend of tourist attractions, including a lively nightlife, diverse cuisine, and a thriving musical scene.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Fort Rosecrans Cemetery. On the 5th (Wed), stroll through San Diego Zoo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the long history of Gaslamp Museum at the Davis-Horton House, then examine the collection at USS Midway Museum, then take in the waterfront at Embarcadero, and finally stroll the grounds of Fort Rosecrans Cemetery.

To see more things to do, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, go to the San Diego road trip planning website .

Boracay, Philippines to San Diego is an approximately 27-hour combination of ferry, bus, and flight. You can also do a combination of ferry and flight. Traveling from Boracay to San Diego, you'll gain 16 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Boracay in June, expect San Diego to be little chillier, temps between 26°C and 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in San Diego

Outdoors Zoos & Aquariums Parks
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San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum
Fort Rosecrans Cemetery ©
Fort Rosecrans Cemetery

13
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.
Get in touch with nature at State Street Underpass and Point Dume State Beach and Preserve. Let the collections at Old Mission Santa Barbara and Santa Monica Mountains capture your imagination. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Santa Barbara: Serra Cross Park (in Ventura), Six Flags Magic Mountain (in Santa Clarita) and Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum (in Simi Valley). On the 16th (Sun), enjoy a day of scenic exploration at Zuma and Trancas Canyons. There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Casa del Herrero, get to know the resident critters at Santa Barbara Zoo, get engrossed in the history at Santa Barbara Historical Museum, and kick back and relax at Nicholas Canyon Beach.

For where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Santa Barbara day trip planning site .

Traveling by car from San Diego to Santa Barbara takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or fly. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from San Diego in June since evenings lows in Santa Barbara dip to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can drive to Santa Maria.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Malibu, Carpinteria, Serra Cross Park, Six Flags Magic Mountain, Santa Monica Mountains
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Old Mission Santa Barbara ©
Old Mission Santa Barbara
Santa Monica Mountains ©
Santa Monica Mountains

11
nights
Santa Maria

Santa Maria ©
Santa Maria is a city near the Southern California coast in Santa Barbara County. Take a break from the city and head to Bob Jones City to Sea Bike Trail and Foxen Canyon Wine Trail. Museum-lovers will appreciate Point San Luis Lighthouse and La Purisima State Historical Park. Venture out of the city with trips to Santa Ynez Valley (in Santa Ynez), Lompoc (Taste of Sta. Rita Hills, Sanford Winery & Vineyards, & more) and Solvang (Rusack Vineyards, Old Mission Santa Ines, & more). Next up on the itinerary: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Labyrinth at St. Mark's-in-the-Valley Episcopal Church, hike along Los Flores Ranch Park, get engrossed in the history at Heritage House Museum, and examine the collection at Mendenhall's Museum.

For traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, use the Santa Maria trip itinerary builder app .

You can drive from Santa Barbara to Santa Maria in 1.5 hours. June in Santa Maria sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can drive to Paso Robles.

Things to do in Santa Maria

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Lompoc, Solvang, Avila Beach, Pismo Beach, Buellton
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Los Flores Ranch Park ©
Los Flores Ranch Park
Speed Boats Tours
Point San Luis Lighthouse ©
Point San Luis Lighthouse

12
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.
Get in touch with nature at Elephant Seal Rookery and Montana de Oro State Park. Visit Hearst Castle and Moonstone Beach Dr for their historical value. Explore Paso Robles' surroundings by going to Morro Bay (Morro Bay Maritime Museum, Morro Bay Skateboard Museum, & more), Cambria (Greenspace Creekside Reserve, Amphora Gallery, & more) and San Luis Obispo (San Luis Obispo Children's Museum, History Center and Museum of San Luis Obispo County, & more). There's lots more to do: awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area, see the interesting displays at Woodland Auto Display, view the masterpieces at Studios on the Park, and explore the world behind art at Clark Center for Japanese Art and Culture.

To see reviews, maps, and other tourist information, use the Paso Robles route maker site .

Traveling by car from Santa Maria to Paso Robles takes 1.5 hours. When traveling from Santa Maria in June, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Paso Robles: temperatures range from 39°C by day to 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can drive to Monterey.

Things to do in Paso Robles

Museums Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Morro Bay, Cambria, San Luis Obispo, San Simeon, Templeton
Find places to stay Jun 30 — Jul 12:
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Morro Bay State Park ©
Morro Bay State Park
Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle
Fiscalini Ranch Preserve ©
Fiscalini Ranch Preserve

13
nights
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Museum-lovers will get to explore Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard and 17-Mile Drive. Escape the urban bustle at Point Lobos and Monterey Bay. Get out of town with these interesting Monterey side-trips: Salinas (The Steinbeck House / Best Cellar Gift Shop & National Steinbeck Center), San Juan Bautista (San Juan Bautista State Historic Park & Mission San Juan Bautista) and Carmel Valley (Joyce Vineyards & Moto Talbott). There's still lots to do: get to know the fascinating history of Cannery Row, contemplate the long history of Perry House, admire the architecture and history at San Carlos Borromeo de Carmelo Mission, and grab your bike and head to Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail.

For maps, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, use the Monterey day trip planning tool .

Drive from Paso Robles to Monterey in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. While traveling from Paso Robles, expect much colder days and about the same nights in Monterey, ranging from highs of 24°C to lows of 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Monterey

Museums Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Carmel, Santa Cruz, Pacific Grove, Salinas, San Juan Bautista
Find places to stay Jul 12 — 25:
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Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
17-Mile Drive ©
17-Mile Drive

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