19 days in Santa Clara & Oceanside Itinerary

19 days in Santa Clara & Oceanside Itinerary

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Santa Clara
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Santa Clara

— 9 nights
Santa Clara is a city in Santa Clara County, California. Kids will appreciate attractions like Monterey Bay Aquarium and Point Lobos. Change things up with these side-trips from Santa Clara: Carmel (San Carlos Borromeo de Carmelo Mission, Scenic Road Walkway, &more), Palo Alto (Stanford University & Stanford Memorial Church) and Pacific Grove (John Denver Memorial, Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, &more). There's much more to do: cruise along 17-Mile Drive, take in the history at Mission Santa Clara de Asis, immerse yourself in nature at Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park, and deepen your understanding at Santa Clara University.

To find reviews, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Santa Clara day trip tool.

San Francisco to Santa Clara is an approximately 1-hour car ride. You can also take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 61°F in December, and nighttime lows around 41°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) early enough to fly to Oceanside.

Things to do in Santa Clara

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Oceanside

— 9 nights
Oceanside is a coastal city located on California's South Coast. Bring the kids along to LEGOLAND California and Oceanside Pier. Get out of town with these interesting Oceanside side-trips: San Diego Zoo Safari Park (in Escondido), Laguna Beach (Victoria Beach, Heisler Park, &more) and Julian (Eagle and High Peak Mine, California Wolf Center, &more). And it doesn't end there: take in nature's colorful creations at Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens, let your taste buds guide you at Carla and Linda's Walking Food Tours, examine the collection at Mission San Luis Rey, and browse the eclectic array of goods at MainStreet Oceanside.

To see photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Oceanside attractions website.

Traveling by flight from Santa Clara to Oceanside takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Santa Clara in December: highs in Oceanside hover around 68°F, while lows dip to 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Oceanside

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips