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: San Francisco
Drive:  2​h 15​min
1
Monterey
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Cambria
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Santa Barbara
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
End: San Francisco

1
night
Monterey

Monterey is a city in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 16th (Tue): take a memorable drive along 17-Mile Drive and then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour. On your second day here, explore the world behind art at Casa Serrano, Historic Adobe, get engrossed in the history at Pacific House Museum, then take in the waterfront at Old Fisherman's Wharf, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Cannery Row.

To see traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Monterey attractions planner .

San Francisco to Monterey is an approximately 2.5-hour car ride. You can also fly; or do a combination of train and bus. In July in Monterey, expect temperatures between 69°F during the day and 55°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Cambria.

Things to do in Monterey

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Cannery Row ©
Cannery Row
Old Fisherman's Wharf ©
Old Fisherman's Wharf

3
nights
Cambria

Cambria ©
Cambria is a seaside village in San Luis Obispo County, California, United States midway between San Francisco and Los Angeles along California State Route 1 (Highway 1). Museum-lovers will get to explore Morro Bay Skateboard Museum and Morro Bay State Park. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Hearst Castle and artifacts gallery. Venture out of the city with trips to Jack Creek Celllars (in Templeton) and Morro Bay (Museum of Natural History, Anchor Memorial Park, & more). Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at Elephant Seal Rookery, tour the pleasant surroundings at Piedras Blancas, take an in-depth tour of Greenspace Creekside Reserve, and see the interesting displays at Coastal Discovery Center at San Simeon Bay (Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary).

To see photos, ratings, and tourist information, read Cambria online road trip planner .

Traveling by car from Monterey to Cambria takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. When traveling from Monterey in July, plan for warmer days and about the same nights in Cambria: temperatures range from 94°F by day to 56°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) so you can go by car to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Cambria

Parks Museums Beaches

Side Trips

Morro Bay, San Simeon, Jack Creek Celllars
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Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle
Elephant Seal Rookery ©
Elephant Seal Rookery
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach

4
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 some cultural insight at State Street Underpass and Casa del Herrero. Museum-lovers will appreciate Santa Barbara Museum of Art and Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History. Dedicate the 22nd (Mon) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Old Mission Santa Barbara, get a sense of history and politics at Santa Barbara County Courthouse, enjoy the sand and surf at Thousand Steps Beach, and get engrossed in the history at Santa Barbara Historical Museum.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Santa Barbara trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Traveling by car from Cambria to Santa Barbara takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. When traveling from Cambria in July, plan for little chillier days in Santa Barbara, with highs around 75°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Museums Tours Parks
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Santa Barbara Museum of Art ©
Santa Barbara Museum of Art
Old Mission Santa Barbara ©
Old Mission Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara County Courthouse ©
Santa Barbara County Courthouse

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