11 days in Santa Cruz & San Francisco Itinerary

11 days in Santa Cruz & San Francisco Itinerary

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11 days in Santa Cruz & San Francisco Itinerary

Start: Santiago
Fly + Drive:  18​h 15​min
1
Santa Cruz
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
San Francisco
— 5 nights
Fly:  16​h 45​min
End: Santiago

5
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.
Family-friendly places like Point Lobos and Pfeiffer State Beach will thrill your kids. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Carmel River State Beach and Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park. Get out of town with these interesting Santa Cruz side-trips: Carmel Beach Boardwalk (in Carmel), Pacific Grove (Asilomar State Beach & Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard) and Monterey (The Cannery Row Monument & Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail). The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Natural Bridges State Beach, explore the engaging exhibits at Santa Cruz Children's Museum of Discovery, explore and take pictures at West Cliff Drive, and see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

For where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Santa Cruz online trip itinerary maker .

Santiago, Chile to Santa Cruz is an approximately 18.5-hour combination of flight and car. Traveling from Santiago to Santa Cruz, you'll gain 4 hours due to the time zone difference. In October in Santa Cruz, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 12°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to go by car 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

5
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Wine Tours & Tastings and Beer Tastings & Tours. Kids will enjoy California Academy of Sciences and Crissy Field. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around San Francisco: VJB Cellars (in Kenwood) and Armstrong Redwood State Reserve (in Guerneville). The adventure continues: explore the activities along San Francisco Bay, snap pictures at San Francisco Bay Bridge, and take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

For photos and more tourist information, refer to the San Francisco attractions planner.

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. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in San Francisco when traveling from Santa Cruz in November, 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 Nature

Side Trips

VJB Cellars, Armstrong Redwood State Reserve
Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings
California Academy of Sciences ©
California Academy of Sciences
Crissy Field ©
Crissy Field

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