6 days in California’s Central Coast Itinerary

6 days in California’s Central Coast Itinerary

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6 days in California’s Central Coast Itinerary

Start: Vancouver
Fly + bus:  7​h 30​min
1
Santa Barbara
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Santa Maria
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
San Simeon
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
4
Monterey
— 1 night
shuttle + Fly:  6​h 15​min
End: Vancouver

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): wander the streets of State Street Underpass, admire the masterpieces at Santa Barbara Museum of Art, then steep yourself in history at Old Mission Santa Barbara, then do a tasting at Jaffurs Wine Cellars, and finally trek along Carpenteria Bluffs Nature Preserve.

For more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Santa Barbara trip itinerary planner .

Vancouver, Canada to Santa Barbara is an approximately 7.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also fly; or drive. In June in Santa Barbara, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to drive to Santa Maria.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Outdoors Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Carpenteria Bluffs Nature Preserve
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Carpenteria Bluffs Nature Preserve ©
Old Mission Santa Barbara ©
Old Mission Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara Museum of Art ©
Santa Barbara Museum of Art

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nights
Santa Maria

Santa Maria ©
Santa Maria is a city near the Southern California coast in Santa Barbara County. Kick off your visit on the 24th (Mon): do a tasting at Rancho Sisquoc Winery, then learn about winemaking at Foxen Vineyard & Winery, then learn about winemaking at Rusack Vineyards, and finally do a tasting at Artiste Winery & Tasting Studio. On the 25th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sand and surf at Eldwaylen Ocean Park, learn about winemaking at Sanford Winery & Vineyards, then learn about winemaking at Sunstone Vineyards & Winery, and finally do a tasting at Toccata Tasting Room.

For ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read our Santa Maria tour itinerary maker .

Getting from Santa Barbara to Santa Maria by car takes about 1.5 hours. In June in Santa Maria, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Santa Maria

Wineries Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Solvang, Sanford Winery & Vineyards, Sunstone Vineyards & Winery, Artiste Winery & Tasting Studio, Eldwaylen Ocean Park
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Rancho Sisquoc Winery ©
Rancho Sisquoc Winery
Foxen Vineyard & Winery ©
Foxen Vineyard & Winery
Rusack Vineyards ©
Rusack Vineyards

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Wed): steep yourself in history at Hearst Castle, sample the tasty concoctions at 927 Beer Company, then do a tasting at Moonstone Cellars, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Moonstone Beach.

To find photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the San Simeon trip planner .

Traveling by car from Santa Maria to San Simeon takes 1.5 hours. Traveling from Santa Maria in June, expect nights in San Simeon to be about the same, around 13°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 39°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Monterey.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Cambria
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Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach
927 Beer Company ©
927 Beer Company

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Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 27th (Thu): get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Monterey Bay Aquarium and then cruise along 17-Mile Drive.

For ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Monterey sightseeing planner.

You can drive from San Simeon to Monterey in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of car and bus. Expect cooler weather when traveling from San Simeon in June: highs in Monterey hover around 23°C, while lows dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Monterey

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Outdoors
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17-Mile Drive ©
17-Mile Drive
Monterey Bay Aquarium ©
Monterey Bay Aquarium

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