11 days in Santa Monica, Cambria & Santa Barbara Itinerary

11 days in Santa Monica, Cambria & Santa Barbara Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Sydney
Fly:  18 h 30 min
1
Santa Monica
— 3 nights
Drive:  4 h 15 min
2
Cambria
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
3
Santa Barbara
— 2 nights
Fly:  20 h
End: Sydney

3
nights
Santa Monica

Santa Monica ©
A famed resort town since the early 20th century, Santa Monica sits on the picturesque Santa Monica Bay, bordered on three sides by the city of Los Angeles.
Step out of Santa Monica to go to Santa Clarita and see Six Flags Magic Mountain, which is approximately 42 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Santa Monica Pier, see the interesting displays at The Getty Villa, head outdoors with Santa Monica Beach Bicycle Rentals, and immerse yourself in nature at Santa Monica State Beach.

To see more things to do, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read Santa Monica journey planner.

Sydney, Australia to Santa Monica is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. You'll gain 18 hours traveling from Sydney to Santa Monica due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Sydney in November, things will get little chillier in Santa Monica: highs are around 26°C and lows about 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can go by car to Cambria.

Things to do in Santa Monica

Theme Parks Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Six Flags Magic Mountain, The Getty Villa
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Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier
Santa Monica State Beach ©
Santa Monica State Beach
Third Street Promenade ©
Third Street Promenade

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). Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cambria: Hearst Castle (in San Simeon), Monarch Butterfly Grove (in Pismo Beach) and Morro Rock (in Morro Bay). And it doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Friends of the Elephant Seal, cruise along Moonstone Beach Dr, look for gifts at Brown Butter Cookie Company, and kick back and relax at Moonstone Beach.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Cambria trip itinerary site.

You can drive from Santa Monica to Cambria in 4.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Santa Monica in November, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Cambria, with lows of 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Cambria

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

San Simeon, Brown Butter Cookie Company, Monarch Butterfly Grove, Morro Rock
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Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach

2
nights
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 Santa Barbara with an excursion to Bart's Books in Ojai--about 50 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area, don't miss a visit to Moreton Bay Fig Tree, take a stroll through State Street Underpass, and take in the waterfront at Stearns Wharf.

To find maps, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Santa Barbara trip planner.

Drive from Cambria to Santa Barbara in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Cambria in November, Santa Barbara is a bit warmer at night with lows of 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Tours Wineries Historic Sites

Side Trip

Bart's Books
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Wine Tours & Tastings
Old Mission Santa Barbara ©
Old Mission Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara Zoo ©
Santa Barbara Zoo

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