9 days in San Jose, Santa Cruz & San Francisco Itinerary

9 days in San Jose, Santa Cruz & San Francisco Itinerary

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San Jose
— 4 nights
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Santa Cruz
— 2 nights
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San Francisco
— 2 nights

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San Jose — 4 nights

Capital of Silicon Valley

The metropolitan center of Silicon Valley, San Jose considers itself a global city.
Venture out of the city with trips to Palo Alto (Cantor Arts Center, Stanford University, &more). Next up on the itinerary: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral Basilica of St. Joseph, contemplate the long history of Winchester Mystery House, get engrossed in the history at Computer History Museum, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at San Jose Betsuin Buddhist Church.

To find photos, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our San Jose trip itinerary planner.

Use the Route module to find travel options from your starting location to San Jose. Expect a daytime high around 77°F in October, and nighttime lows around 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to drive to Santa Cruz.
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Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums · Shopping
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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 17th (Mon), admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos, then explore and take pictures at West Cliff Drive, and then get interesting insight from Tours. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a trip to The Shakespeare Society of America, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Monterey Bay Aquarium, then take a memorable drive along 17-Mile Drive, and finally pause for some photo ops at The Cannery Row Monument.

For other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Santa Cruz trip planner.

Getting from San Jose to Santa Cruz by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Santa Cruz are 76°F, while nighttime lows are 51°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can go by car to San Francisco.
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Outdoors · Parks · Scenic Drive · Zoos & Aquariums
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San Francisco — 2 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
On the 19th (Wed), buy something for everyone on your list at Ferry Building Marketplace, step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, and then take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf. On the next day, walk around Golden Gate Park, snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, and then admire the natural beauty at Japanese Tea Garden.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read San Francisco trip maker site.

You can drive from Santa Cruz to San Francisco in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. October in San Francisco sees daily highs of 73°F and lows of 56°F at night.
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