7 days in San Francisco & Santa Cruz Itinerary

7 days in San Francisco & Santa Cruz Itinerary

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7 days in San Francisco & Santa Cruz Itinerary

Start: Charleston
Fly:  8​h 45​min
1
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Santa Cruz
— 1 night
Fly:  11​h
End: Charleston

4
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
San Francisco is known for nature, museums, nightlife, shopping, and childrens museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, browse the different shops at Ferry Building Marketplace, admire all the interesting features of AT&T Park, and get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, use the San Francisco sightseeing planner.

Charleston to San Francisco is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from Charleston to San Francisco due to the time zone difference. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Charleston in June: high temperatures in San Francisco hover around 71°F and lows are around 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Santa Cruz.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Neighborhoods Childrens Museums
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

1
night
Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz remains synonymous with surfing, but this counterculture bastion offers plenty even if you don't plan to catch any waves.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Tue): admire the majestic nature at Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park, explore the engaging exhibits at Santa Cruz Children's Museum of Discovery, and then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To see reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Santa Cruz tour planner.

Drive from San Francisco to Santa Cruz in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 73°F in July, and nighttime lows around 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Santa Cruz

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Dolphin & Whale Watching, Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park ©
Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park

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