7 days in Santa Cruz, Watsonville & Milpitas Itinerary

7 days in Santa Cruz, Watsonville & Milpitas Itinerary

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Santa Cruz
— 2 nights
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Watsonville
— 3 nights
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Milpitas
— 1 night
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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 21st (Sat), kick back and relax at Santa Cruz Harbor Beach, then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and then stop by Bookshop Santa Cruz. On your second day here, stroll through Pleasure Point Beach and then see the interesting displays at Santa Cruz Surfing Museum.

For ratings, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Santa Cruz day trip planning site.

San Francisco to Santa Cruz is an approximately 1.5-hour car ride. You can also take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 74°F in August, and nighttime lows around 57°F. You'll set off for Watsonville on the 23rd (Mon).
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Watsonville — 3 nights

Watsonville is a city in Santa Cruz County, California, United States. Get in touch with nature at Elkhorn Slough Safari and Sunset State Beach. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Manresa State Beach and Agricultural History Project Center and Museum. Go for a jaunt from Watsonville to San Martin to see LJB Farms about 32 minutes away. There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Salinas River State Beach, don't miss a visit to Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds, and look for gifts at Corralitos Market and Sausage Co.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Watsonville travel website.

Watsonville is just a stone's throw from Santa Cruz. In August, daily temperatures in Watsonville can reach 74°F, while at night they dip to 57°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can go by car to Milpitas.
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Milpitas — 1 night

Milpitas is a city in Santa Clara County, California. On the 26th (Thu), walk around Ed Levin County Park and then see the sky in a new way at Lick Observatory. On the next day, take in the spiritual surroundings of Shirdi Sai Center and then take in the history at Old Mission San Jose.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, go to the Milpitas day trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Watsonville to Milpitas takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Watsonville in August, you will find days in Milpitas are a bit warmer (80°F), and nights are about the same (60°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can go by car back home.
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Historic Sites · Childrens Museums · Parks · Museums
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