11 days in Santa Cruz & Big Sur Itinerary

11 days in Santa Cruz & Big Sur Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California Trip Planner

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Santa Cruz
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Big Sur
— 9 nights
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Santa Cruz

— 1 day
Santa Cruz remains synonymous with surfing, but this counterculture bastion offers plenty even if you don't plan to catch any waves.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sat): relax in the rural setting at Swanton Berry Farm and then immerse yourself in nature at Wilder Ranch State Park.

For maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Santa Cruz trip planner.

Provo to Santa Cruz is an approximately 12.5-hour car ride. You can also fly; or drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Provo in August, expect nights in Santa Cruz to be about the same, around 57°F, while days are slightly colder, around 74°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can go by car to Big Sur.

Things to do in Santa Cruz

Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 5 — 6:

Big Sur

— 9 nights

Big Country of the South

A sparsely populated area with stunning views, Big Sur attracts artists and tourists traveling California’s scenic Highway 1.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Seymour Marine Discovery Center, Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, Big Sur Guides and Hiking, and other attractions you added. Family-friendly places like Bixby Bridge and McWay Falls will thrill your kids. Discover out-of-the-way places like Pfeiffer State Beach and Marina State Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Big Sur: Sunset State Beach (in Watsonville), Aptos (Manresa State Beach & Seacliff State Beach, California) and Moss Landing State Beach (in Moss Landing). The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Lovers Point, tour the pleasant surroundings at Partington Cove, immerse yourself in nature at Point Sur State Historic Park, and take in the exciting artwork at Coast Gallery Big Sur.

To see other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Big Sur tour planner.

Traveling by car from Santa Cruz to Big Sur takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 70°F in August, and nighttime lows around 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Big Sur

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 5 — 14: