8 days in California's Central Coast Itinerary

8 days in California's Central Coast Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California's Central Coast visit planner

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Route & dates

1
Monterey
— 2 nights
2
Cambria
— 2 nights
3
Santa Barbara
— 3 nights

2
nights
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Manresa State Beach and Rio Del Mar State Beach. There's much more to do: meet the residents at Monterey Bay Aquarium, take in the architecture and atmosphere at San Carlos Cathedral, admire all the interesting features of 17-Mile Drive, and admire the masterpieces at Casa Serrano, Historic Adobe.

To find maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Monterey tour builder app.

Phoenix to Monterey is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Prepare for much colder weather when traveling from Phoenix in August: high temperatures in Monterey hover around 70°F and lows are around 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Cambria.

Things to do in Monterey

Outdoors · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

Aptos, Moss Landing State Beach
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Monterey Bay Aquarium ©
Monterey Bay Aquarium
Monterey Bay Food Tours ©
Monterey Bay Food Tours
Moss Landing State Beach ©
Moss Landing State Beach

2
nights
Cambria

Cambria ©
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). Kick off your visit on the 21st (Fri): step into the grandiose world of Hearst Castle, learn about winemaking at Hearst Ranch Winery, then enjoy the sand and surf at Piedras Blancas, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Friends of the Elephant Seal. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take a leisurely stroll along San Simeon Pier, enjoy the sand and surf at Moonstone Beach, then surround yourself with nature on Stepladder Ranch & Creamery, and finally kick back and relax at William Randolph Hearst Memorial Beach.

For more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read our Cambria trip planning app.

Drive from Monterey to Cambria in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. Traveling from Monterey in August, expect nights in Cambria to be about the same, around 55°F, while days are much warmer, around 94°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) to allow time to drive to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Cambria

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trip

San Simeon
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Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach
Hearst Ranch Winery ©
Hearst Ranch Winery
Stepladder Ranch & Creamery ©
Stepladder Ranch & Creamery

3
nights
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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Jalama Beach and Thousand Steps Beach. Explore Santa Barbara's surroundings by going to Rusack Vineyards (in Solvang) and Oxnard (Oxnard Beach Park & Silver Strand Beach). There's still lots to do: awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area, wander the streets of State Street Underpass, and stroll through Carpinteria State Beach.

For reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Santa Barbara road trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Cambria to Santa Barbara takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus, taxi, and train. When traveling from Cambria in August, plan for slightly colder days in Santa Barbara, with highs around 76°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 60°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks

Side Trips

Oxnard, Rusack Vineyards, Carpinteria State Beach, Jalama Beach
Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings
Rusack Vineyards ©
Rusack Vineyards
Oxnard Beach Park ©
Oxnard Beach Park

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