8 days in California's Central Coast Itinerary

8 days in California's Central Coast Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California's Central Coast holiday maker

Make it your trip
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Santa Barbara
— 2 nights
Drive
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Cambria
— 2 nights
Drive
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Monterey
— 3 nights
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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.
Dedicate the 5th (Mon) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Old Mission Santa Barbara, stop by Chocolate Maya, admire the striking features of Santa Barbara County Courthouse, and learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Santa Barbara Zoo.

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Durham to Santa Barbara is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from Durham to Santa Barbara due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Durham in September, expect slightly colder with lows of 58°F in Santa Barbara. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can drive to Cambria.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Wineries · Tours · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums
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Cambria

— 2 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). On the 7th (Wed), stop by Friends of the Elephant Seal Visitor Center and Gift Shop, explore the historical opulence of Hearst Castle, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Piedras Blancas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Thu): hike along Fiscalini Ranch Preserve, surround yourself with nature on Stepladder Ranch & Creamery, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Moonstone Beach.

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You can drive from Santa Barbara to Cambria in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Santa Barbara in September, expect nights in Cambria to be slightly colder, around 53°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 90°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to drive to Monterey.

Things to do in Cambria

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trip

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Monterey

— 3 nights
Monterey is a city in the U.S. state of California, on the southern edge of Monterey Bay on California's Central Coast. On the 9th (Fri), explore and take pictures at 17-Mile Drive, then visit Old Fisherman's Wharf, and then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour. On your second day here, contemplate the waterfront views at Monterey Bay and then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Monterey Bay Aquarium.

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Drive from Cambria to Monterey in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, train, and bus. While traveling from Cambria, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Monterey, ranging from highs of 72°F to lows of 56°F. On the 11th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Monterey

Parks · Outdoors · Zoos & Aquariums · Wildlife

Side Trip

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