11 days in Santa Monica, Cambria & Santa Barbara Itinerary

11 days in Santa Monica, Cambria & Santa Barbara Itinerary

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1
Santa Monica
— 3 nights
2
Cambria
— 3 nights
3
Santa Barbara
— 2 nights

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 · Beaches

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

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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: Morro Rock (in Morro Bay), Monarch Butterfly Grove (in Pismo Beach) and Hearst Castle (in San Simeon). There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Moonstone Beach, look for gifts at Brown Butter Cookie Company, admire all the interesting features of Moonstone Beach Dr, and look for all kinds of wild species at Friends of the Elephant Seal.

To see traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read Cambria trip planner.

Traveling by car from Santa Monica to Cambria takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. Traveling from Santa Monica in November, expect a bit cooler with lows of 5°C in Cambria. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can go by car to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Cambria

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

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

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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.
When in Santa Barbara, make a side trip to see Bart's Books in Ojai, approximately Ojai away. There's still lots to do: indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area, contemplate the long history of Old Mission Santa Barbara, don't miss a visit to Moreton Bay Fig Tree, 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 do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus, taxi, 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

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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