3 days in Riverside & Santa Cruz Itinerary

3 days in Riverside & Santa Cruz Itinerary

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Riverside
— 1 day
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Santa Cruz
— 2 nights
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Riverside

— 1 day
Riverside is a city in Riverside County, California, United States, located in the Inland Empire metropolitan area. Start off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): take an in-depth tour of Mission Inn Museum and then stroll the grounds of Riverside National Cemetery.

To find other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Riverside road trip app.

Los Angeles to Riverside is an approximately 1.5-hour car ride. You can also take a bus; or take a train. In December, daytime highs in Riverside are 69°F, while nighttime lows are 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to fly to Santa Cruz.

Things to do in Riverside

Historic Sites · Museums

Santa Cruz

— 2 nights
Santa Cruz remains synonymous with surfing, but this counterculture bastion offers plenty even if you don't plan to catch any waves.
On the 4th (Sat), take a memorable drive along 17-Mile Drive and then observe the fascinating underwater world at Monterey Bay Aquarium. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Sun): get in on the family fun at Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, go for a walk through West Cliff Drive, and then look for gifts at Bookshop Santa Cruz.

To find maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Santa Cruz road trip planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Riverside to Santa Cruz takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Riverside in December; daily highs in Santa Cruz reach 63°F and lows reach 40°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Santa Cruz

Scenic Drive · Outdoors · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

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