15 days in Maryland & California's Central Coast Itinerary

15 days in Maryland & California's Central Coast Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Baltimore
— 2 nights
2
Ocean City
— 3 nights
3
St. Michaels
— 2 nights
4
Monterey
— 3 nights
5
San Simeon
— 1 night
6
Santa Barbara
— 3 nights

2
nights
Baltimore

Baltimore ©
A major center for tourism and travel, Baltimore is famous as the city where amateur poet Francis Scott Key wrote the lyrics for the United States' national anthem.
Get out of town with these interesting Baltimore side-trips: Annapolis (U.S. Naval Academy & Susan Campbell Park). There's still lots to do: try your luck at Horseshoe Casino, don't miss a visit to National Katyn Memorial, appreciate the history behind Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine, and explore the world behind art at The Walters Art Museum.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, use the Baltimore online trip planner.

Washington DC to Baltimore is an approximately 1.5-hour car ride. You can also take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around °F in August, and nighttime lows around °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can drive to Ocean City.

Things to do in Baltimore

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Annapolis
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Sagamore Spirit Distillery ©
Sagamore Spirit Distillery
Horseshoe Casino ©
Horseshoe Casino

3
nights
Ocean City

Ocean City ©
One of the country's favorite vacation resorts, Ocean City draws nearly 8 million visitors annually with its oceanfront boardwalk, clean beaches, and amusement parks.
Ocean City is known for beaches, theme parks, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the waterfront at Ocean City Boardwalk, fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, tee off at Rum Pointe Seaside Golf Links, and browse the collection at Ocean City Branch Library.

For other places to visit, maps, photos, and tourist information, read our Ocean City driving holiday planner.

Getting from Baltimore to Ocean City by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus. In August in Ocean City, expect temperatures between °F during the day and °F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can go by car to St. Michaels.

Things to do in Ocean City

Parks Outdoors Theme Parks

Side Trip

Berlin
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Ocean City Beach ©
Ocean City Beach
Ocean City Boardwalk ©
Ocean City Boardwalk
Oceancity Watersports ©
Oceancity Watersports

2
nights
St. Michaels

Kick off your visit on the 28th (Fri): head outdoors with Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center, thenidentify plant and animal life at Eastern Neck National Wildlife Refuge, thentake a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and finally sample the fine beverages at Lyon Rum Distillery & Tasting Room. Here are some ideas for day two: shop like a local with Ouvert Gallery, thensee the interesting displays at Historical Society of Kent County, thenget outside with Schooner Sultana, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Old Wye Church.

To find ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our St. Michaels trip maker site.

Traveling by car from Ocean City to St. Michaels takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. August in St. Michaels sees daily highs of °F and lows of °F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can travel to Monterey.

Things to do in St. Michaels

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Chestertown, Old Wye Church, Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center, Eastern Neck National Wildlife Refuge
Highlights from your plan
Boat Tours & Water Sports
Lyon Rum Distillery & Tasting Room ©
Lyon Rum Distillery & Tasting Room
Eastern Neck National Wildlife Refuge ©
Eastern Neck National Wildlife Refuge

3
nights
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. When in Monterey, make a side trip to see Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk in Santa Cruz, approximately Santa Cruz away. There's lots more to do: observe the fascinating underwater world at Monterey Bay Aquarium, get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, take a memorable drive along 17-Mile Drive, and stroll through Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail.

To find traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Monterey online holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from St. Michaels to Monterey takes 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -3 hour difference. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from St. Michaels in August: high temperatures in Monterey hover around °F and lows are around °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Monterey

Parks Outdoors Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Garland Ranch Regional Park, Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
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Monterey Bay Aquarium ©
Monterey Bay Aquarium
17-Mile Drive ©
17-Mile Drive
Dolphin & Whale Watching

1
night
San Simeon

San Simeon ©
When you arriveĀ in tiny San Simeon, which lies halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, you can see why William Randolph Hearst chose this coastal locale for his famous hilltop castle.
On the 2nd (Wed), step into the grandiose world of Hearst Castle, thenget great views at Ragged Point Overlook, thenidentify plant and animal life at Friends of the Elephant Seal, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Piedras Blancas.

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You can drive from Monterey to San Simeon in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, and taxi; or do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Monterey in September, expect nights in San Simeon to be about the same, around °F, while days are a bit warmer, around °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) to allow time to drive to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in San Simeon

Wildlife Parks Historic Sites
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Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal
Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle
Ragged Point Overlook ©
Ragged Point Overlook

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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.
On the 3rd (Thu), make a trip to Old Mission Santa Barbara and then indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area. Here are some ideas for day two: take in panoramic vistas at Santa Barbara County Courthouse, thenlearn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Santa Barbara Zoo, thenget up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History Sea Center, and finally take in the waterfront at Stearns Wharf.

To find more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Santa Barbara online attractions planner.

Drive from San Simeon to Santa Barbara in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus, taxi, and train. Traveling from San Simeon in September, expect nights in Santa Barbara to be about the same, around °F, while days are a bit cooler, around °F. On the 5th (Sat), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Tours Wineries Zoos & Aquariums
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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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