18 days in Santa Cruz Itinerary

18 days in Santa Cruz Itinerary

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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 Santa Cruz Wharf and Natural Bridges State Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Santa Cruz: Carmel (Carmel Beach Boardwalk, Carmel Mission, & more), Big Sur (Pfeiffer State Beach, McWay Falls, & more) and Pacific Grove (Lovers Point, Asilomar State Beach, & more). Spend the 10th (Sun) exploring nature at Pinnacles National Park. The adventure continues: cruise along West Cliff Drive, explore and take pictures at Mission San Juan Bautista, identify plant and animal life at Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve, and take an unorthodox tour of Mystery Spot.

To see reviews, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Santa Cruz driving holiday planning tool .

November in Santa Cruz sees daily highs of 68°F and lows of 45°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) so you can travel back home.

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Carmel, Big Sur, Monterey, Pacific Grove, Pescadero
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Wilder Ranch State Park ©
Wilder Ranch State Park
Natural Bridges State Beach ©
Natural Bridges State Beach
Santa Cruz Surfing Museum ©
Santa Cruz Surfing Museum

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