12 days in California's Central Coast & Miami Beach Itinerary

12 days in California's Central Coast & Miami Beach Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States route planner

Make it your trip
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Monterey
— 1 night
Drive
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Cambria
— 2 nights
Drive
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Santa Barbara
— 3 nights
Fly
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Miami Beach
— 5 nights
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Monterey

— 1 night
Monterey is a city in the U.S. state of California, on the southern edge of Monterey Bay on California's Central Coast. On the 20th (Wed), admire nature's wide array of creatures at Monterey Bay Aquarium and then explore and take pictures at 17-Mile Drive. Here are some ideas for day two: get the lay of the land with Monterey Bay Food Tours and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see ratings, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read our Monterey tour itinerary planner.

Chicago to Monterey is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, subway, and shuttle. Traveling from Chicago to Monterey, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. In October, plan for daily highs up to 70°F, and evening lows to 52°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) so you can go by car to Cambria.

Things to do in Monterey

Tours · Outdoors · Breweries & Distilleries · Wineries
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Cambria

— 2 nights
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). Start off your visit on the 22nd (Fri): contemplate the long history of Hearst Castle, then get a dose of the wild on Stepladder Ranch & Creamery, and then admire all the interesting features of Moonstone Beach Dr. On the 23rd (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get a taste of the local shopping with Friends of the Elephant Seal Visitor Center and Gift Shop, then kick back and relax at Piedras Blancas, and then trek along Fiscalini Ranch Preserve.

For reviews, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read Cambria tour website.

Traveling by car from Monterey to Cambria takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. While traveling from Monterey, expect somewhat warmer days and slightly colder nights in Cambria, ranging from highs of 83°F to lows of 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to drive to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Cambria

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Trails

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Santa Barbara

— 3 nights

The American Riviera

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 24th (Sun): indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area. On the next day, make a trip to Chaucer's Bookstore, then steep yourself in history at Old Mission Santa Barbara, then learn about winemaking at Jaffurs Wine Cellars, and finally stop by Chocolate Maya.

To see where to stay, ratings, maps, and tourist information, go to the Santa Barbara online visit planner.

Getting from Cambria to Santa Barbara by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. While traveling from Cambria, expect a bit cooler days and somewhat warmer nights in Santa Barbara, ranging from highs of 77°F to lows of 53°F. You will have some time to spend on the 26th (Tue) before leaving for Miami Beach.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Wineries · Tours · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums
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Miami Beach

— 5 nights

The World's Playground

Separated by water from the neighboring city of Miami, Miami Beach sits on a barrier island between Biscayne Bay and the Atlantic Ocean.
Change things up with these side-trips from Miami Beach: Scuba & Snorkeling (in Key Largo), Florida Keys Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (in Tavernier) and Aventura Mall (in Aventura). There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at South Beach, take a stroll through Art Deco Historic District, take in the waterfront at Miami Beach Boardwalk, and shop like a local with Ocean Drive.

For photos, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, use the Miami Beach tour planner.

You can fly from Santa Barbara to Miami Beach in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. You'll lose 3 hours traveling from Santa Barbara to Miami Beach due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Santa Barbara in October, plan for somewhat warmer days and much warmer nights in Miami Beach: temperatures range from 87°F by day to 74°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Sun) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Miami Beach

Shopping · Neighborhoods · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

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