We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Helping in Planning Central Coast Travel

Which Santa Maria hotels are on sale?
mm/dd/yyyy mm/dd/yyyy
See hotels
Level Contributor
1,438 posts
149 reviews
Save Topic
Helping in Planning Central Coast Travel

I need some help with planning a trip to the mid-coast area of California. Please excuse what is going to be a somewhat long rambling.

We're flying into Burbank airport. The original goal was to drive up Highway 1 and leave out of San Jose. We will have 5 days.

My research for the trip has gotten thrown off for several reasons. First, I'm not quite sure if the PCH is open in places. Google maps will not let me map and I'm assuming it's because it thinks it's still closed. I think PCH is open, but the simple fact that it could be closed at any point in time has necessitated a change in plans. All hotels/motels in Big Sur area have cancellation penalties, so I don't want to get stuck if the road is closed.

Here's what I'm attempting to do: base myself in the Solvang area and use it for day trips of the area. Is there enough to do in this general area for about 2 days? Certainly spend a day in Santa Barbara. What else?

Then, I'll make decision to continue up the PCH (if open) or use an alternative route if necessary.

Hope these questions make sense!

(edit - I just realized I posted in wrong forum, but can't change it)

Edited: 11:26 am, June 16, 2011
2 replies to this topic
So. Cal
Level Contributor
1,160 posts
17 reviews
Save Reply
1. Re: Helping in Planning Central Coast Travel

If you base yourself in Solvang you can spend the day wine tasting in Santa Ynez. There is also an Indian Casino and CA. Mission if that interests you. Personally, I would visit Santa Barbara first and not make day trips from Solvang.

Most who are planning on doing Highway 1 stay either in Cambria or San Simeon before making the journey so they have a FULL day to make stops--it isn't necessary to stay in Big Sur for the night.

Grover Beach...
Destination Expert
for Pismo Beach, Cambria, Big Sur
Level Contributor
19,701 posts
10 reviews
Save Reply
2. Re: Helping in Planning Central Coast Travel

Highway 1 through Big Sur is fully open right now, so no worries there. You are correct, though, that the mapping sites are still showing detours around the previous closures.

With 5 days (4 nights?) you could this:

2 nights Santa Barbara (day trip to the wine country)

1 night Cambria (Hearst Castle/Paso Robles wine country, which is much more extensive than Santa Barbara's)

1 night Monterey/Carmel/Pacific Grove

Reply to: Helping in Planning Central Coast Travel
Get notified by e-mail when a reply is posted