2 days in Pasadena & Santa Cruz Itinerary

2 days in Pasadena & Santa Cruz Itinerary

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2 days in Pasadena & Santa Cruz Itinerary

Start: Los Angeles
tram:  30​min
1
Pasadena
— 1 day
Fly:  5​h 30​min
2
Santa Cruz
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 45​min
End: Los Angeles

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Pasadena

Pasadena ©
Known as the "City of Roses," Pasadena hosts the annual Rose Bowl parade and football game.
On the 19th (Mon), admire the natural beauty at The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens and then snap pictures at Colorado Street Bridge.

For ratings, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Pasadena online road trip planner .

Los Angeles to Pasadena is an approximately half hour tram ride. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Los Angeles in August, plan for little chillier nights in Pasadena, with lows around 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can travel to Santa Cruz.

Things to do in Pasadena

Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens
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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 20th (Tue): go for a walk through West Cliff Drive, then take in the waterfront at Santa Cruz Wharf, and then admire the majestic nature at Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park.

For traveler tips, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read Santa Cruz trip planning site .

You can fly from Pasadena to Santa Cruz in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. While traveling from Pasadena, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Santa Cruz, ranging from highs of 74°F to lows of 57°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Santa Cruz

Scenic Drive Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park
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Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park ©
Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park
Santa Cruz Wharf ©
Santa Cruz Wharf

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