60 days in California's Central Coast Itinerary

60 days in California's Central Coast Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California's Central Coast visit planner

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Santa Barbara
— 20 nights
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Paso Robles
— 23 nights
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Carmel Valley
— 5 nights
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Santa Cruz
— 11 nights
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Santa Barbara

— 20 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Santa Barbara: Foxen Canyon Wine Trail (in Santa Maria), Los Olivos (Demetria Winery & Vineyard, Tercero Wines, &more) and Solvang (Toccata Tasting Room, Shoestring Winery, &more). There's lots more to do: indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area, take a leisurely stroll along Stearns Wharf, admire the natural beauty at Alice Keck Park Memorial Gardens, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Santa Barbara Zoo.

For other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Santa Barbara trip itinerary planning tool.

Detroit to Santa Barbara is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from Detroit to Santa Barbara due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Detroit in April, with highs in Santa Barbara at 71°F and lows at 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) to allow time to drive to Paso Robles.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Parks · Museums · Outdoors · Wineries

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 1 — 21:

Paso Robles

— 23 nights

Paso

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 out of town with these interesting Paso Robles side-trips: San Simeon (Hearst Castle, Ragged Point Overlook, &more), Morro Bay (Anchor Memorial Park, Morro Bay National Estuary, &more) and Cambria (Cambria Cemetery, Therapy by the Sea, &more). The adventure continues: get a tailor-made plan with Central Coast Food and Wine Tours, do a tasting at Adelaida Vineyards & Winery, explore the landscape on two wheels at Bob Jones City to Sea Bike Trail, and take a memorable drive along Highway 1 Discovery Route.

For where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Paso Robles journey maker site.

You can drive from Santa Barbara to Paso Robles in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. While traveling from Santa Barbara, expect somewhat warmer days and a bit cooler nights in Paso Robles, ranging from highs of 78°F to lows of 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Carmel Valley.

Things to do in Paso Robles

Wineries · Parks · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 21 — May 14:

Carmel Valley

— 5 nights
Carmel Valley Village is a census-designated place in Monterey County, California, United States. Explore Carmel Valley's surroundings by going to Paicines (Bear Gulch Caves & Pinnacles National Park) and Soledad (Mission Nuestra Senora de la Soledad, Balconies Cliffs Trails, &more). There's still lots to do: stroll around Garland Ranch Regional Park, learn about winemaking at Talbott Vineyards, and examine the collection at Moto Talbott.

For maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Carmel Valley day trip planner.

Drive from Paso Robles to Carmel Valley in 2 hours. Traveling from Paso Robles in May, you will find days in Carmel Valley are little chillier (65°F), and nights are about the same (51°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can go by car to Santa Cruz.

Things to do in Carmel Valley

Parks · Wineries · Nature · Trails

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 14 — 19:

Santa Cruz

— 11 nights
Santa Cruz remains synonymous with surfing, but this counterculture bastion offers plenty even if you don't plan to catch any waves.
Get out of town with these interesting Santa Cruz side-trips: Moss Landing (The Shakespeare Society of America, Salinas River State Beach, &more) and Monterey (Dennis the Menace Park, Cannery Row, &more). Next up on the itinerary: get in on the family fun at Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, kick back and relax at Manresa State Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Santa Cruz Harbor Beach, and take in the waterfront at Santa Cruz Wharf.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Santa Cruz day trip tool.

You can drive from Carmel Valley to Santa Cruz in 1.5 hours. In May, daytime highs in Santa Cruz are 69°F, while nighttime lows are 49°F. You will have some time to spend on the 30th (Sun) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Santa Cruz

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wineries

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 19 — 30: