31 days in California's Central Coast & Frankfort Itinerary

31 days in California's Central Coast & Frankfort Itinerary

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Fly to San Francisco, Shuttle to Monterey
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Monterey
— 6 nights
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Cambria
— 6 nights
Drive
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Santa Maria
— 4 nights
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Santa Barbara
— 9 nights
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Drive to Los Angeles International Airport, Fly to Indianapolis International Airport, Drive to Frankfort
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Frankfort
— 5 nights
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Monterey

— 6 nights
Monterey is a city in the U.S. state of California, on the southern edge of Monterey Bay on California's Central Coast. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Monterey: Santa Cruz (West Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, &more) and Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Moss Landing). There's still lots to do: get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Monterey Bay Aquarium, stroll around Dennis the Menace Park, cruise along 17-Mile Drive, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at San Carlos Cathedral.

For where to stay, maps, photos, and tourist information, use the Monterey journey planner.

Indianapolis to Monterey is an approximately 8.5-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 3 hours. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Indianapolis in June, with highs in Monterey at 68°F and lows at 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Cambria.

Things to do in Monterey

Parks · Outdoors · Wineries · Tours

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Cambria

— 6 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). Explore Cambria's surroundings by going to Hearst Castle (in San Simeon) and Camp Roberts Historical Museum (in San Miguel). There's still lots to do: look for gifts at Friends of the Elephant Seal Visitor Center and Gift Shop, enjoy the sand and surf at Piedras Blancas, tour the pleasant surroundings at Bluff Trail, and trek along Fiscalini Ranch Preserve.

To see ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Cambria trip site.

Drive from Monterey to Cambria in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. When traveling from Monterey in June, plan for warmer days and about the same nights in Cambria: temperatures range from 93°F by day to 53°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) early enough to drive to Santa Maria.

Things to do in Cambria

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Beaches

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Santa Maria

— 4 nights
Santa Maria is a city near the Southern California coast in Santa Barbara County. Explore Santa Maria's surroundings by going to BoltAbout Electric Bikes (in Avila Beach), Montana de Oro State Park (in Los Osos) and Lompoc (Sanford Winery & Vineyards & 246 Wine & Brew Tours). There's still lots to do: grab your bike and head to Bob Jones City to Sea Bike Trail, do a tasting at Rusack Vineyards, contemplate the waterfront views at Morro Bay National Estuary, and take in the dramatic natural features at Morro Rock.

To find maps, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Santa Maria planner.

You can drive from Cambria to Santa Maria in 1.5 hours. Traveling from Cambria in July, expect nights in Santa Maria to be about the same, around 56°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 76°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Santa Maria

Wineries · Parks · Nature · Tours

Side Trips

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Santa Barbara

— 9 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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Santa Barbara: Santa Ynez (Santa Barbara Soaring & Sunstone Winery). Dedicate the 7th (Thu) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Old Mission Santa Barbara, don't miss a visit to Santa Barbara County Courthouse, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Santa Barbara Zoo, and take in the waterfront at Stearns Wharf.

To see maps, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read our Santa Barbara road trip website.

You can drive from Santa Maria to Santa Barbara in 1.5 hours. July in Santa Barbara sees daily highs of 75°F and lows of 60°F at night. You will leave for Frankfort on the 15th (Fri).

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Tours · Wineries · Outdoors · Parks

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Frankfort

— 5 nights
Frankfort is a city in Clinton County, Indiana, United States. Venture out of the city with trips to Linden Depot Museum (in Linden), Donaldson's Finer Chocolates (in Lebanon) and Wabash Erie Canal Park (in Delphi). There's lots more to do: let little ones run wild at TPA Park, get engrossed in the history at Adams Mill, walk around France Park, and play a few rounds at The Trophy Club.

To see traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Frankfort trip itinerary planning site.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Santa Barbara to Frankfort. You'll lose 3 hours traveling from Santa Barbara to Frankfort due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Santa Barbara in July, expect nights in Frankfort to be about the same, around 62°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 81°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive back home.

Things to do in Frankfort

Parks · Wineries · Museums · Fun & Games

Side Trips

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