11 days in Santa Cruz & San Francisco Itinerary

11 days in Santa Cruz & San Francisco Itinerary

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Santa Cruz
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San Francisco
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Santa Cruz

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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 Asilomar State Beach and Point Lobos. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Dolphin & Whale Watching and Carmel River State Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard (in Pacific Grove), Monterey (The Cannery Row Monument & Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail) and Carmel Beach Boardwalk (in Carmel). Next up on the itinerary: cruise along West Cliff Drive, 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 · Nature

Side Trips

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Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach
Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk ©
Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
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Carmel River State Beach

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San Francisco

City by the Bay

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 San Francisco Bay Bridge. When in San Francisco, make a side trip to see VJB Cellars in Kenwood, approximately Kenwood away. There's much more to do: engage your brain at California Academy of Sciences, sample some tasty brews at a beer tour and tasting, indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area, and stroll around Crissy Field.

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You can drive from Santa Cruz to San Francisco in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a bit warmer evenings in San Francisco when traveling from Santa Cruz in November, with lows around 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Tours · Parks · Wineries · Nature

Side Trips

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Walking tours
California Academy of Sciences ©
California Academy of Sciences
Crissy Field ©
Crissy Field

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