6 days in Santa Cruz & Monterey Itinerary

6 days in Santa Cruz & Monterey Itinerary

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6 days in Santa Cruz & Monterey Itinerary

Start: Monterey
Drive:  1​h
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Santa Cruz
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
2
Monterey
— 3 nights
End: Monterey

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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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Sat): immerse yourself in nature at Big Basin Redwoods State Park and then stroll through Capitola City Beach. On your second day here, go for a walk through West Cliff Drive, explore the striking landscape at Natural Bridges State Beach, and then admire the majestic nature at Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Santa Cruz custom trip planner.

Monterey to Santa Cruz is an approximately 1-hour car ride. You can also take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in Santa Cruz can reach 72°F, while at night they dip to 52°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Monterey.

Things to do in Santa Cruz

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Big Basin Redwoods State Park, Capitola Beach, Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park
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Big Basin Redwoods State Park ©
Big Basin Redwoods State Park
Capitola Beach ©
Capitola Beach
Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park ©
Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park

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Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Escape the urban bustle at Point Lobos State Reserve and Pfeiffer State Beach. We've included these beaches for you: Carmel City Beach/Carmel River Beach and Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Monterey: Big Sur (McWay Falls & Bixby Bridge). And it doesn't end there: admire the majestic nature at Asilomar State Beach, take a memorable drive along Seventeen Mile Drive, pause for some serene contemplation at San Carlos Cathedral, and steep yourself in history at Cannery Row.

To find traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Monterey itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Santa Cruz to Monterey takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. While traveling from Santa Cruz, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Monterey, ranging from highs of 67°F to lows of 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Monterey

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Big Sur, Carmel, Asilomar State Beach
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Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach

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