9 days in California’s Central Coast Itinerary

9 days in California’s Central Coast Itinerary

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9 days in California’s Central Coast Itinerary

Start: New York City
Fly + bus:  11​h 15​min
1
Santa Barbara
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Pismo Beach
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Monterey
— 3 nights
shuttle + Fly:  11​h
End: New York City

3
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Cold Spring Tavern and Cabrillo Bike Path. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Santa Barbara Museum of Art and Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History. The adventure continues: examine the collection at Reagan Ranch Center, identify plant and animal life at Douglas Family Preserve, do a tasting at Grassini Family Vineyards, and explore the engaging exhibits at Santa Barbara Maritime Museum.

To find ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Santa Barbara planner .

New York City to Santa Barbara is an approximately 11.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 3 hours traveling from New York City to Santa Barbara. When traveling from New York City in December, plan for somewhat warmer days in Santa Barbara, with highs around 67°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 41°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Pismo Beach.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Museums Parks Historic Sites
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Santa Barbara Museum of Art ©
Santa Barbara Museum of Art
Cold Spring Tavern ©
Cold Spring Tavern
Old Mission Santa Barbara ©
Old Mission Santa Barbara

1
night
Pismo Beach

Pismo Beach ©
Pismo Beach is a city in San Luis Obispo County, in the Central Coast area of California, United States. On the 27th (Thu), look for all kinds of wild species at Monarch Butterfly Grove, take in the history at Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa, and then experience rural life at Avila Valley Barn.

For photos, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read our Pismo Beach online attractions planner .

Drive from Santa Barbara to Pismo Beach in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In December in Pismo Beach, expect temperatures between 67°F during the day and 42°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Monterey.

Things to do in Pismo Beach

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

San Luis Obispo
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Monarch Butterfly Grove ©
Monarch Butterfly Grove
Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa ©
Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa
Avila Valley Barn ©
Avila Valley Barn

3
nights
Monterey

Monterey is a city in the U.S. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Cannery Row and The Old Monterey Jail. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Natural Bridges State Beach and Del Monte Beach. Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at Casa Serrano, Historic Adobe, explore and take pictures at 17-Mile Drive, enjoy the sand and surf at Breakwater, and take in the exciting artwork at Venture Gallery.

For photos, ratings, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Monterey trip planner.

Drive from Pismo Beach to Monterey in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle. When traveling from Pismo Beach in December, plan for little chillier days in Monterey, with highs around 62°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Monterey

Outdoors Wildlife Beaches

Side Trip

Natural Bridges State Beach
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Natural Bridges State Beach ©
Natural Bridges State Beach
Cannery Row ©
Cannery Row

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