15 days in California's Central Coast Itinerary

15 days in California's Central Coast Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California's Central Coast vacation planner

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Monterey
— 4 nights
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Morro Bay
— 5 nights
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Santa Barbara
— 4 nights
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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. Venture out of the city with trips to Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk (in Santa Cruz), Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve (in Moss Landing) and Manresa State Beach (in Aptos). There's much more to do: observe the fascinating underwater world at Monterey Bay Aquarium, cruise along 17-Mile Drive, visit Old Fisherman's Wharf, and explore the activities along Monterey Bay.

For ratings, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Monterey trip itinerary site.

Manchester, UK to Monterey is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Manchester to Monterey is minus 8 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Morro Bay.

Things to do in Monterey

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trips

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Morro Bay

— 5 nights
Morro Bay is a waterfront city in San Luis Obispo County, California located along California State Route 1 on California's Central Coast. Venture out of the city with trips to San Simeon (Hearst Castle, Friends of the Elephant Seal Visitor Center and Gift Shop, &more), Speed Boats Tours (in Avila Beach) and Cambria (Stepladder Ranch & Creamery & Bluff Trail). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the waterfront views at Morro Bay National Estuary, trek along Valencia Peak Trail, tour the pleasant surroundings at Fiscalini Ranch Preserve, and enjoy the sand and surf at Moonstone Beach.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read our Morro Bay trip planner.

You can drive from Monterey to Morro Bay in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Monterey in August, expect nights in Morro Bay to be about the same, around 17°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) early enough to drive to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Morro Bay

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Trails

Side Trips

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Santa Barbara

— 4 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: don't miss a visit to Old Mission Santa Barbara, admire the landmark architecture of Santa Barbara County Courthouse, see what you can catch with Santa Barbara Sportfishing Charter, and get to know the resident critters at Santa Barbara Zoo.

To find more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Santa Barbara day trip site.

You can drive from Morro Bay to Santa Barbara in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In August, daytime highs in Santa Barbara are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Wildlife
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