8 days in California's Central Coast, Death Valley National Park & Las Vegas Itinerary

8 days in California's Central Coast, Death Valley National Park & Las Vegas Itinerary

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Route & dates

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Paso Robles
— 2 nights
2
Morro Bay
— 1 day
3
Solvang
— 1 night
4
Santa Barbara
— 1 night
5
Death Valley National Park
— 1 night
6
Las Vegas
— 2 nights

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nights
Paso Robles

Paso Robles ©
A town of hot springs and wine, Paso Robles (or "Pass of the Oaks") feels like a desert paradise to those who travel here.
Your day by day itinerary now includes River Oaks Hot Springs Spa. Start off your visit on the 17th (Sat): indulge in some personalized pampering at River Oaks Hot Springs Spa, then learn about winemaking at Calcareous Vineyard, and then stop by We Olive. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Sun): learn about winemaking at DAOU Vineyards, learn about winemaking at JUSTIN Vineyards & Winery, and then learn about winemaking at Opolo Vineyards.

To see maps, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Paso Robles tour itinerary builder.

San Jose to Paso Robles is an approximately 3-hour car ride. You can also take a bus; or take a train. When traveling from San Jose in October, plan for a bit warmer days in Paso Robles, with highs around 83°F, while nights are little chillier with lows around 46°F. You'll have a few hours on the 19th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling to Morro Bay.

Things to do in Paso Robles

Wineries · Spas · Shopping
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DAOU Vineyards ©
DAOU Vineyards
Calcareous Vineyard ©
Calcareous Vineyard
Opolo Vineyards ©
Opolo Vineyards

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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. On the 19th (Mon), stroll through Fiscalini Ranch Preserve, enjoy the sand and surf at Moonstone Beach, then stop by The Shell Shop, and finally explore the striking landscape at Morro Rock.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Morro Bay tour planner.

Drive from Paso Robles to Morro Bay in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Paso Robles in October, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 54°F in Morro Bay. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Solvang.

Things to do in Morro Bay

Parks · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trip

Cambria
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Morro Rock ©
Morro Rock
Fiscalini Ranch Preserve ©
Fiscalini Ranch Preserve
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach

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Solvang

Solvang ©
Solvang is a city in Santa Barbara County, California. Your day by day itinerary now includes Visitor Center.

To find photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Solvang online travel route planner.

Drive from Morro Bay to Solvang in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Morro Bay in October since evenings lows in Solvang dip to 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Solvang

Shopping · Parks
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Hans Christian Andersen Park ©
Hans Christian Andersen Park

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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.
You've now added State Street Underpass to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 20th (Tue): wander the streets of State Street Underpass, look for all kinds of wild species at Douglas Family Preserve, and then stop by Fox Fine Jewelry.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Santa Barbara trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Solvang to Santa Barbara takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from Solvang in October, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Santa Barbara: temperatures range from 77°F by day to 53°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Shopping · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Fox Fine Jewelry
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Fox Fine Jewelry ©
Fox Fine Jewelry
Douglas Family Preserve ©
Douglas Family Preserve
Alice Keck Park Memorial Gardens ©
Alice Keck Park Memorial Gardens

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Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
For maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Death Valley National Park trip itinerary builder tool.

Getting from Santa Barbara to Death Valley National Park by car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of train, bus, and car. In October, plan for daily highs up to 79°F, and evening lows to 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Nature · Parks · Scenic Drive
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Badwater Basin ©
Badwater Basin
Zabriskie Point ©
Zabriskie Point
Artists Dr
Artists Dr

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Las Vegas

Las Vegas ©
Nicknamed the "Entertainment Capital of the World," Las Vegas sits in the middle of a desert in the southern section of Nevada.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): admire the local landmark of Fountains of Bellagio, admire the natural beauty at Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens, take in panoramic vistas at High Roller, then take an unforgettable tour with 702 Helicopters, and finally immerse yourself in nature at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area.

For reviews, maps, and more tourist information, use the Las Vegas trip itinerary site.

Drive from Death Valley National Park to Las Vegas in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Death Valley National Park in October since evenings lows in Las Vegas dip to 60°F. You will have some time to spend on the 24th (Sat) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Parks · Nature · Casinos

Side Trip

702 Helicopters
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Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area ©
Fountains of Bellagio ©
Fountains of Bellagio
Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens ©
Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens

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