7 days in Santa Barbara, Monterey & San Luis Obispo Itinerary

7 days in Santa Barbara, Monterey & San Luis Obispo Itinerary

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Santa Barbara
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Monterey
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San Luis Obispo
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Santa Barbara

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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sun): contemplate the long history of Old Mission Santa Barbara and then awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to Santa Barbara County Courthouse, do a tasting at Jaffurs Wine Cellars, take a leisurely stroll along Stearns Wharf, then look for all kinds of wild species at Douglas Family Preserve, and finally wander the streets of State Street Underpass.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Santa Barbara online holiday planner.

Los Angeles to Santa Barbara is an approximately 2-hour car ride. You can also drive; or take a bus; or take a train. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Los Angeles in October; daily highs in Santa Barbara reach 77°F and lows reach 53°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) so you can go by car to Monterey.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Wineries · Tours · Historic Sites · Outdoors
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Wine Tours & Tastings
Old Mission Santa Barbara ©
Old Mission Santa Barbara
Stearns Wharf ©
Stearns Wharf

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Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Monterey is known for zoos & aquariums, scenic drive, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take a memorable drive along 17-Mile Drive, get the lay of the land with Carmel Walks, meet the residents at Monterey Bay Aquarium, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Scenic Road Walkway.

For other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Monterey online tour itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Santa Barbara to Monterey takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly; or take a bus. When traveling from Santa Barbara in October, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Monterey: temperatures range from 70°F by day to 52°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can go by car to San Luis Obispo.

Things to do in Monterey

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Nature

Side Trips

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17-Mile Drive ©
17-Mile Drive
Monterey Bay Aquarium ©
Monterey Bay Aquarium
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos

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San Luis Obispo

San Luis Obispo ©
San Luis Obispo, or SLO for short, is a city in the U.S. On the 9th (Fri), take in the history at Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa, take a leisurely stroll along Pismo Pier, and then look for gifts at Alapay Cellars. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at Morro Bay State Park, find your balance on the water with Avila Beach Paddlesports, and then experience rural life at Avila Valley Barn.

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Traveling by car from Monterey to San Luis Obispo takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus; or fly. When traveling from Monterey in October, plan for a bit warmer days in San Luis Obispo, with highs around 81°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 54°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can go by car back home.

Things to do in San Luis Obispo

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors · Adventure

Side Trips

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Avila Beach Paddlesports ©
Avila Beach Paddlesports
Pismo Pier ©
Pismo Pier
Avila Valley Barn ©
Avila Valley Barn

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