10 days in California's Central Coast & Illinois Itinerary

10 days in California's Central Coast & Illinois Itinerary

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Monterey
— 2 nights
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Cambria
— 1 night
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Santa Barbara
— 2 nights
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Chicago
— 4 nights

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Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Monterey is known for zoos & aquariums, scenic drive, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire all the interesting features of 17-Mile Drive, let your taste buds guide you at Monterey Bay Food Tours, glide peacefully along the water with Monterey Bay Kayaks, and stop by Monterey's Tasty Olive Bar.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Monterey day trip planning website.

Detroit to Monterey is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -3 hour difference. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Detroit in October: highs in Monterey hover around 70°F, while lows dip to 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can drive to Cambria.

Things to do in Monterey

Parks · Outdoors · Tours
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Monterey Bay Food Tours ©
Monterey Bay Food Tours
17-Mile Drive ©
17-Mile Drive
Monterey Bay Aquarium ©
Monterey Bay Aquarium

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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). On the 19th (Mon), hike along Fiscalini Ranch Preserve, then get a dose of the wild on Stepladder Ranch & Creamery, then contemplate the long history of Hearst Castle, and finally take some stellar pictures from Ragged Point Overlook.

To see reviews, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Cambria route builder tool.

Traveling by car from Monterey to Cambria takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. When traveling from Monterey in October, plan for somewhat warmer days and a bit cooler nights in Cambria: temperatures range from 83°F by day to 46°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to drive to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Cambria

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Trails

Side Trip

San Simeon
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Stepladder Ranch & Creamery ©
Stepladder Ranch & Creamery
Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle
Fiscalini Ranch Preserve ©
Fiscalini Ranch Preserve

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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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Tue): steep yourself in history at Old Mission Santa Barbara and then awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area.

To find other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Santa Barbara online trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Cambria to Santa Barbara in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. When traveling from Cambria in October, plan for a bit cooler days in Santa Barbara, with highs around 77°F, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Wed) to allow time for travel to Chicago.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Tours · Wineries · Historic Sites
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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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Chicago

Chicago ©
A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Chicago is known for museums, parks, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the world behind art at The Art Institute of Chicago, learn more about the world around you at Field Museum, get curious at Museum of Science and Industry, and get interesting insight from Tours.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, use the Chicago online road trip planner.

You can fly from Santa Barbara to Chicago in 8 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Santa Barbara to Chicago due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Santa Barbara, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Chicago, ranging from highs of 65°F to lows of 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Chicago

Museums · Childrens Museums · Parks
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The Art Institute of Chicago ©
The Art Institute of Chicago
Millennium Park
Millennium Park
Skydeck Chicago - Willis Tower ©
Skydeck Chicago - Willis Tower

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