11 days in Santa Monica, Cambria & Santa Barbara Itinerary

11 days in Santa Monica, Cambria & Santa Barbara Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California Trip Planner

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Santa Monica
— 3 nights
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Cambria
— 3 nights
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Santa Barbara
— 2 nights
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Santa Monica

— 3 nights

Fortunate People in a Fortunate Land

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-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 catch the flight to Cambria.

Things to do in Santa Monica

Theme Parks · Outdoors · Shopping · Nature

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Cambria

— 3 nights
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: Monarch Butterfly Grove (in Pismo Beach), Morro Rock (in Morro Bay) and Hearst Castle (in San Simeon). There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Moonstone Beach, admire all the interesting features of Moonstone Beach Dr, stop by Brown Butter Cookie Company, and get all the information you need at Friends of the Elephant Seal Visitor Center and Gift Shop.

For other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Cambria road trip planning app.

Getting from Santa Monica to Cambria by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect little chillier evenings in Cambria when traveling from Santa Monica in November, with lows around 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Cambria

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Shopping

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Santa Barbara

— 2 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.
Step out of Santa Barbara with an excursion to Bart's Books in Ojai--about 50 minutes away. Dedicate the 9th (Thu) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Old Mission Santa Barbara, don't miss a visit to Moreton Bay Fig Tree, admire the striking features of Santa Barbara County Courthouse, and wander the streets of State Street Underpass.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Santa Barbara online trip maker.

You can drive from Cambria to Santa Barbara in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Cambria in November, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Santa Barbara, with lows of 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Wineries · Tours · Historic Sites · Shopping

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