11 days in Santa Cruz & San Francisco Itinerary

11 days in Santa Cruz & San Francisco Itinerary

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Santa Cruz
— 5 nights
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San Francisco
— 5 nights

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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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Point Lobos and Carmel River State Beach. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Asilomar State Beach and Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park. Venture out of the city with trips to Monterey (The Cannery Row Monument & Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail), Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard (in Pacific Grove) and Carmel Beach Boardwalk (in Carmel). Next up on the itinerary: get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, find something for the whole family at Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, take a leisurely stroll along Boardwalk's Cocoanut Grove, and kick back and relax at Pfeiffer State Beach.

To find ratings, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Santa Cruz trip planner.

Santiago, Chile to Santa Cruz is an approximately 18.5-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone changes from Chile Standard Time (CLT) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -4 hour difference. In October in Santa Cruz, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 12°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Santa Cruz

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

Carmel, Monterey, Pacific Grove, Big Sur, Dolphin & Whale Watching
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Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach

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nights
San Francisco

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Kids will enjoy Armstrong Redwood State Reserve and Walking tours. Discover out-of-the-way places like San Francisco Bay and Wine Tours & Tastings. When in San Francisco, make a side trip to see VJB Cellars in Kenwood, approximately Kenwood away. And it doesn't end there: snap pictures at San Francisco Bay Bridge, learn the secrets of beer at a beer tour and tasting, stroll around Crissy Field, and engage your brain at California Academy of Sciences.

To see other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the San Francisco travel route planning app.

Traveling by car from Santa Cruz to San Francisco takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Santa Cruz in November, plan for somewhat warmer nights in San Francisco, with lows around 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Tours · Parks · Wineries

Side Trips

VJB Cellars, Armstrong Redwood State Reserve
Highlights from your plan
Walking tours
California Academy of Sciences ©
California Academy of Sciences
Crissy Field ©
Crissy Field

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