31 days in Ocean City & Santa Cruz Itinerary

31 days in Ocean City & Santa Cruz Itinerary

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31 days in Ocean City & Santa Cruz Itinerary

Start: Philadelphia
Drive:  1​h 15​min
1
Ocean City
— 13 nights
+3
bus + foot + Fly + shuttle:  12​h
2
Santa Cruz
— 17 nights
shuttle + Fly:  10​h 30​min
End: Philadelphia

13
nights
Ocean City

Ocean City ©
Ocean City is a city in Cape May County, New Jersey, United States. Your inner history buff will appreciate Cape May Lighthouse and Lucy the Elephant. Head to Historic Smithville and Village Greene and Glazed Over Studiosfor plenty of shopping. Change things up with these side-trips from Ocean City: Cape May (Washington Street Mall, World War II Lookout Tower, & more), North Wildwood Beach (in North Wildwood) and Higbee Beach (in North Cape May). The adventure continues: take a stroll through Ocean City Beach, get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour, stroll through Sunset Beach, and get outside with Black Pearl Pirate Excursion.

Plan my day in Ocean City using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Philadelphia to Ocean City is an approximately 1.5-hour car ride. You can also take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 79°F, and evening lows to 59°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to travel to Santa Cruz.

Things to do in Ocean City

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Cape May, Atlantic City, Somers Point, Ship Bottom Beach, Seaside Park Beach
Highlights from your plan
North Wildwood Beach ©
North Wildwood Beach
Cape May Lighthouse ©
Cape May Lighthouse
Cape May City Beaches ©
Cape May City Beaches

17
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.
Do your shopping at AiX and Pacific Grove Certified Farmers' Market. Get some cultural insight at Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard and Carmel Mission. Explore Santa Cruz's surroundings by going to Portola Redwoods State Park (in La Honda), Skyline to the Sea Trail (in Saratoga) and Big Sur (Hawthorne Gallery, Pfeiffer State Beach, & more). There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Natural Bridges State Beach, explore the landscape on two wheels at Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail, see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and trek along Scenic Road Walkway.

To find reviews, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Santa Cruz road trip planning app .

Traveling by combination of bus, flight, and shuttle from Ocean City to Santa Cruz takes 12 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Ocean City to Santa Cruz, you'll gain 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 78°F in September, and nighttime lows around 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Santa Cruz

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Big Sur, Carmel, Pacific Grove, Salinas, Pescadero
Highlights from your plan
Pfeiffer State Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Big Basin Redwoods State Park ©
Big Basin Redwoods State Park

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