10 days in Santa Cruz & Moss Landing Itinerary

10 days in Santa Cruz & Moss Landing Itinerary

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10 days in Santa Cruz & Moss Landing Itinerary

Start: Santa Cruz
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Santa Cruz
— 6 nights
Drive:  30​min
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Moss Landing
— 3 nights
Drive:  30​min
End: Santa Cruz

6
nights
Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz ©
Santa Cruz remains synonymous with surfing, but this counterculture bastion offers plenty even if you don't plan to catch any waves.
Change things up with these side-trips from Santa Cruz: Vasona Lake County Park (in Los Gatos), Big Basin Redwoods State Park (in Boulder Creek) and Pescadero (Ano Nuevo State Reserve & Pigeon Point Light Station). There's lots more to do: find something for the whole family at Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, take an unorthodox tour of Mystery Spot, get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and immerse yourself in nature at Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park.

To find where to stay, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Santa Cruz trip planning app .

The Route module shows you travel options from your home to Santa Cruz. In May, daily temperatures in Santa Cruz can reach 69°F, while at night they dip to 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Moss Landing.

Things to do in Santa Cruz

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Pescadero, Shark Fin Cove, Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park, Vasona Lake County Park, Big Basin Redwoods State Park
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Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park ©
Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park
Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk ©
Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
Dolphin & Whale Watching

3
nights
Moss Landing

Moss Landing ©
Moss Landing is a census designated place in Monterey County, California, United States. You've now added Blue Ocean Whale Watch to your itinerary. On the 10th (Sun), look for all kinds of wild species at Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve, savor the flavors at Pacific Grove Certified Farmers' Market, and then get interesting insight from Blue Ocean Whale Watch. On the 11th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to The Shakespeare Society of America, then cruise along 17-Mile Drive, then admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos, and finally appreciate the history behind The Cannery Row Monument.

For ratings, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, use the Moss Landing trip builder website .

Moss Landing is just a short distance from Santa Cruz. In May in Moss Landing, expect temperatures between 69°F during the day and 49°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Tue) to allow time for the car ride back home.

Things to do in Moss Landing

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Monterey, Pacific Grove Certified Farmers' Market, Point Lobos
Highlights from your plan
Monterey Bay Aquarium ©
Monterey Bay Aquarium
17-Mile Drive ©
17-Mile Drive
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos

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