5 days in Santa Cruz & Monterey Itinerary

5 days in Santa Cruz & Monterey Itinerary

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Drive
1
Santa Cruz
— 1 night
Drive
2
Monterey
— 2 nights

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Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz remains synonymous with surfing, but this counterculture bastion offers plenty even if you don't plan to catch any waves.
On the 19th (Mon), delve into the mystery of Mystery Spot, then take a leisurely stroll along Santa Cruz Wharf, and then cruise along West Cliff Drive. Here are some ideas for day two: immerse yourself in nature at Big Basin Redwoods State Park, relax in the rural setting at Swanton Berry Farm, and then immerse yourself in nature at Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Santa Cruz road trip planner.

Monterey to Santa Cruz is an approximately 1-hour car ride. You can also take a bus. In June, daytime highs in Santa Cruz are 72°F, while nighttime lows are 52°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can go by car to Monterey.

Things to do in Santa Cruz

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

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2
nights
Monterey

Monterey is a city in the U.S. Take a break from Monterey with a short trip to Bixby Bridge in Big Sur, about 30 minutes away. There's lots more to do: meet the residents at Monterey Bay Aquarium, appreciate the extensive heritage of Cannery Row, take in the architecture and atmosphere at San Carlos Cathedral, and admire all the interesting features of 17-Mile Drive.

To find other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read our Monterey online vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Santa Cruz to Monterey takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 68°F, and evening lows to 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Monterey

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

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