32 days in California's Central Coast Itinerary

32 days in California's Central Coast Itinerary

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1
Monterey
— 9 nights
2
Morro Bay
— 6 nights
3
Santa Barbara
— 16 nights

9
nights
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Visiting Dolphin & Whale Watching and Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail will get you outdoors. Visit Mission San Juan Bautista and San Carlos Cathedral for their historical value. Get out of town with these interesting Monterey side-trips: Pinnacles National Park (in Paicines), San Juan Bautista State Historic Park (in San Juan Bautista) and Moss Landing (Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve & Zmudowski State Beach). Next up on the itinerary: cruise along 17-Mile Drive, observe the fascinating underwater world at Monterey Bay Aquarium, go for a walk through West Cliff Drive, and make a trip to Cannery Row.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Monterey trip itinerary maker website.

New York City to Monterey is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from New York City to Monterey due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around °F in May, and nighttime lows around °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can drive to Morro Bay.

Things to do in Monterey

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Santa Cruz, Moss Landing, San Juan Bautista, Pinnacles National Park, Seacliff State Beach
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Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail ©
Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail
Dolphin & Whale Watching

6
nights
Morro Bay

Morro Bay ©
Morro Bay is a waterfront city in San Luis Obispo County, California located along California State Route 1 on California's Central Coast. Visiting Morro Rock and Piedras Blancas will get you outdoors. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Hearst Castle and Point San Luis Lighthouse. Venture out of the city with trips to San Simeon (Friends of the Elephant Seal, William Randolph Hearst Memorial Beach, &more), Pismo Beach (Monarch Butterfly Grove & Pismo Pier) and Cambria Cemetery (in Cambria). There's much more to do: explore the landscape on two wheels at Bob Jones City to Sea Bike Trail, admire the architecture and history at Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa, appreciate the extensive heritage of East Village, and race across the water with a speed boat tour.

To find where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Morro Bay travel planner.

Getting from Monterey to Morro Bay by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. When traveling from Monterey in May, plan for a bit warmer days in Morro Bay, with highs around °F, while nights are about the same with lows around °F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Morro Bay

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Cambria, San Simeon, Avila Beach, Pismo Beach, Montana de Oro State Park
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Morro Rock ©
Morro Rock
Speed Boats Tours
Fiscalini Ranch Preserve ©
Fiscalini Ranch Preserve

16
nights
Santa Barbara

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Cabrillo Bike Path and Arroyo Burro County Beach Park. Get in touch with nature at Cold Spring Tavern and Carpinteria State Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Santa Barbara: Los Olivos (Global Gardens, Labyrinth at St. Mark's-in-the-Valley Episcopal Church, &more), Santa Ynez (Sunstone Vineyards & Winery & Santa Barbara Soaring) and Lompoc (Taste of Sta. Rita Hills, La Purisima State Historical Park, &more). The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Old Mission Santa Barbara, indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, take in the history at Old Mission Santa Ines, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Rattlesnake Canyon Trail.

For other places to visit, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Santa Barbara trip planning 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. Expect a daytime high around °F in May, and nighttime lows around °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Parks Outdoors Wineries

Side Trips

Carpinteria, Solvang, Lompoc, Los Olivos, Santa Ynez
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Cold Spring Tavern ©
Cold Spring Tavern
La Purisima State Historical Park ©
La Purisima State Historical Park
Old Mission Santa Ines ©
Old Mission Santa Ines

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