9 days in Santa Cruz & Yakima Valley Itinerary

9 days in Santa Cruz & Yakima Valley Itinerary

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9 days in Santa Cruz & Yakima Valley Itinerary

Start: New York City
Fly:  10​h 30​min
1
Santa Cruz
— 4 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  6​h
2
Benton City
— 4 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  11​h 15​min
End: New York City

4
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.
Visit Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard and San Carlos Cathedral for their historical value. Family-friendly places like Point Lobos and Shark Fin Cove will thrill your kids. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Santa Cruz: Monterey (Casa Serrano, Historic Adobe, 17-Mile Drive, & more), Mission San Juan Bautista (in San Juan Bautista) and San Carlos Borromeo de Carmelo Mission (in Carmel). And it doesn't end there: see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, don't miss a visit to The Shakespeare Society of America, and observe the fascinating underwater world at Seymour Marine Discovery Center.

To find ratings, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Santa Cruz trip builder tool .

New York City to Santa Cruz is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -3 hour difference. Traveling from New York City in July, things will get little chillier in Santa Cruz: highs are around 73°F and lows about 55°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to travel to Benton City.

Things to do in Santa Cruz

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Monterey, Moss Landing, Carmel, Shark Fin Cove, Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
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Seymour Marine Discovery Center ©
Seymour Marine Discovery Center
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Dolphin & Whale Watching

4
nights
Benton City

Benton City ©
Benton City is a city in Benton County, Washington, United States. Chandler Reach and Tucannon Cellars are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore Benton City's surroundings by going to Cultura Winery (in Zillah) and Prosser (Barrel Springs Winery, 14 Hands Winery, & more). There's still lots to do: do a tasting at Hedges Family Estate.

To see photos, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read Benton City online trip itinerary maker .

Explore your travel options from Santa Cruz to Benton City with the Route module. While traveling from Santa Cruz, expect much warmer days and about the same nights in Benton City, ranging from highs of 95°F to lows of 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Benton City

Wineries

Side Trips

Prosser, Cultura Winery
Highlights from your plan
Chandler Reach ©
Chandler Reach
Tucannon Cellars ©
Tucannon Cellars
Cultura Winery ©
Cultura Winery

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