15 days in California's Central Coast Itinerary

15 days in California's Central Coast Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California's Central Coast itinerary maker

Make it your trip
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Monterey
— 4 nights
Drive
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San Luis Obispo
— 5 nights
Drive
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Santa Barbara
— 5 nights
Bus to Los Angeles, Fly to Tampa

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Monterey

— 4 nights
Monterey is a city in the U.S. state of California, on the southern edge of Monterey Bay on California's Central Coast. Step out of Monterey to go to Moss Landing and see Dolphin & Whale Watching, which is approximately 40 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Monterey Bay Aquarium, take in the waterfront at Old Fisherman's Wharf, sample some tasty brews at Monterey Bay Food Tours, and walk around Dennis the Menace Park.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Monterey online day trip planner.

Tampa to Monterey is an approximately 11-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from Tampa to Monterey due to the time zone difference. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Tampa in March; daily highs in Monterey reach 64°F and lows reach 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to drive to San Luis Obispo.

Things to do in Monterey

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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San Luis Obispo

— 5 nights
San Luis Obispo, or SLO for short, is a city in the U.S. state of California, located roughly midway between Los Angeles and San Francisco on the Central Coast. Change things up with these side-trips from San Luis Obispo: San Simeon (Ragged Point Overlook, Friends of the Elephant Seal Visitor Center and Gift Shop, &more), Montana de Oro State Park (in Los Osos) and Cambria (Fiscalini Ranch Preserve, Moonstone Beach, &more). The adventure continues: indulge your taste buds at Central Coast Food and Wine Tours, tour the pleasant surroundings at Bob Jones City to Sea Bike Trail, race across the water with a speed boat tour, and examine the collection at Morro Bay Skateboard Museum.

To find maps, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read our San Luis Obispo driving holiday planning tool.

Getting from Monterey to San Luis Obispo by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or fly. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Monterey in March: highs in San Luis Obispo hover around 71°F, while lows dip to 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to drive to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in San Luis Obispo

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trips

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Santa Barbara

— 5 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.
Santa Barbara is known for wineries, historic sites, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: savor the flavors at Food & Drink, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Santa Barbara Zoo, admire the striking features of Santa Barbara County Courthouse, and take an exotic tour of Santa Barbara Safaris.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, use the Santa Barbara trip maker site.

Traveling by car from San Luis Obispo to Santa Barbara takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In March, daily temperatures in Santa Barbara can reach 69°F, while at night they dip to 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Tours · Wineries · Museums · Parks
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