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
Drive
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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 18.5-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 · Shopping

Side Trips

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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), Hearst Castle (in San Simeon) and Morro Rock (in Morro Bay). 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 Visitor Center and Gift Shop.

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 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 · Beaches

Side Trips

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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. 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 · Zoos & Aquariums

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