12 days in Los Angeles, Santa Cruz & Dallas Itinerary

12 days in Los Angeles, Santa Cruz & Dallas Itinerary

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12 days in Los Angeles, Santa Cruz & Dallas Itinerary

Start: Los Angeles
1
Los Angeles
— 5 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
2
Santa Cruz
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h 30​min
3
Dallas
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h
End: Los Angeles

5
nights
Los Angeles

Los Angeles ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Visiting Castle Rock Trail 1W03 and Crystal Cove will get you outdoors. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to The Nethercutt Collection and Dolphin & Whale Watching. Get out of town with these interesting Los Angeles side-trips: Cabrillo Bike Path (in Santa Barbara), Mission San Juan Capistrano (in San Juan Capistrano) and San Clemente Coastal Trail (in San Clemente). Next up on the itinerary: take in nature's colorful creations at The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens, enjoy the sand and surf at The Wedge, learn about all things military at Battleship USS Iowa Museum, and admire the masterpieces at Palm Springs Art Museum.

To see other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read our Los Angeles trip itinerary planning site .

If you are flying in from Australia, the closest major airports are Los Angeles International Airport, John Wayne Airport-Orange County Airport, Ontario International Airport and San Bernardino International Airport. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in October, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens, Mission San Juan Capistrano, San Clemente Coastal Trail, Cabrillo Bike Path, Civic Center Park
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Mission San Juan Capistrano ©
Mission San Juan Capistrano
Crystal Cove ©
Crystal Cove

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Fri): take in the history at Mission San Juan Bautista, then take an in-depth tour of National Steinbeck Center, and then kick back and relax at Rio Del Mar State Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: take an in-depth tour of Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History, see the interesting displays at Santa Cruz Surfing Museum, then see the interesting displays at Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Exploration Center, and finally deepen your understanding at University of California Santa Cruz.

To see ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Santa Cruz trip planner.

Fly from Los Angeles to Santa Cruz in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Los Angeles in October, with highs in Santa Cruz at 28°C and lows at 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Dallas.

Things to do in Santa Cruz

Museums Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Mission San Juan Bautista, National Steinbeck Center, Rio Del Mar State Beach
Highlights from your plan
Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History ©
Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History
Mission San Juan Bautista ©
Mission San Juan Bautista
National Steinbeck Center ©
National Steinbeck Center

3
nights
Dallas

Dallas ©
One of the country's most popular shopping destinations, Dallas and its sprawling suburbs include more shopping centers per capita than any other urban center in America.
Get some cultural insight at Fort Parker State Park and The Ann and Gabriel Barbier-Mueller Museum : The Samurai Collection. Get in touch with nature at Purtis Creek State Park and Cedar Ridge Preserve managed by Audubon Dallas.. Go for a jaunt from Dallas to Jacksboro to see Fort Richardson State Park and Historic Site about 1h 45 min away. The adventure continues: trek along Katy Trail, admire the masterpieces at Meadows Museum, contemplate the long history of Dallas Heritage Village at Old City Park, and look for gifts at Wild Bill's Western Store.

To find where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Dallas planning site .

Traveling by flight from Santa Cruz to Dallas takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Traveling from Santa Cruz to Dallas, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. In October, Dallas is somewhat warmer than Santa Cruz - with highs of 32°C and lows of 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Dallas

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Fort Richardson State Park and Historic Site, Purtis Creek State Park, Fort Parker State Park
Highlights from your plan
Purtis Creek State Park ©
Purtis Creek State Park
Fort Parker State Park ©
Fort Parker State Park

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