10 days in California's Central Coast & Southernmost Illinois Itinerary

10 days in California's Central Coast & Southernmost Illinois Itinerary

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Monterey
— 2 nights
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Cambria
— 2 nights
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Santa Barbara
— 3 nights
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Makanda
— 2 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: take a memorable drive along 17-Mile Drive, meet the residents at Monterey Bay Aquarium, look for gifts at Monterey's Tasty Olive Bar, and pause for some photo ops at The Cannery Row Monument.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Monterey trip itinerary planning website.

Detroit to Monterey is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from Detroit to Monterey due to the time zone 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) to allow enough time to drive to Cambria.

Things to do in Monterey

Tours · Outdoors · Parks
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17-Mile Drive ©
17-Mile Drive
Monterey Bay Aquarium ©
Monterey Bay Aquarium
Dolphin & Whale Watching

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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), explore the historical opulence of Hearst Castle, then get a dose of the wild on Stepladder Ranch & Creamery, then admire the natural beauty at Cambria Nursery and Florist, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Fiscalini Ranch Preserve. On your second day here, get great views at Ragged Point Overlook, look for all kinds of wild species at Friends of the Elephant Seal, then kick back and relax at Piedras Blancas, and finally kick back and relax at Moonstone Beach.

To find photos, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Cambria itinerary website.

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 a bit warmer days in Cambria, with highs around 83°F, while nights are slightly colder with lows around 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Cambria

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife

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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Wed): awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area and then take in the waterfront at Stearns Wharf. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu): make a trip to Santa Barbara County Courthouse, steep yourself in history at Old Mission Santa Barbara, and then don't miss a visit to Chaucer's Bookstore.

To see reviews, maps, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Santa Barbara online trip maker.

Drive from Cambria to Santa Barbara in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Cambria in October, you will find days in Santa Barbara are a bit cooler (77°F), and nights are somewhat warmer (53°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) to allow time to travel to Makanda.

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
Chaucer's Bookstore ©
Chaucer's Bookstore

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Makanda

Makanda ©
Makanda is a village in Jackson County, Illinois, United States. Start off your visit on the 24th (Sat): admire the majestic nature at Giant City State Park, get a dose of the wild on Shawnee Bluffs Canopy Tour, then do a tasting at Lincoln Heritage Winery, and finally make a trip to Bald Knob Cross of Peace. On your second day here, stop by Makanda Trading Company and then do a tasting at Alto Vineyards.

To find where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Makanda tour itinerary builder website.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Santa Barbara to Makanda. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time to Central Standard Time is 2 hours. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Santa Barbara in October, with highs in Makanda at 71°F and lows at 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Makanda

Wineries · Tours · Parks

Side Trips

Alto Pass, Lincoln Heritage Winery
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Shawnee Bluffs Canopy Tour ©
Shawnee Bluffs Canopy Tour
Giant City State Park ©
Giant City State Park
Lincoln Heritage Winery ©
Lincoln Heritage Winery

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