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Las Vegas to Santa Cruz drive

driving   /   2 days   /   no pets   /   no RV

Las Vegas to Santa Cruz road trip planner

Here's a sample itinerary for a drive from Las Vegas to Santa Cruz. If you're planning a road trip to Santa Cruz, you can research locations to stop along the way. Make sure you check road conditions to double check the weather. Traveling with a dog or cat? Find pet-friendly stops. Camping along the way? Search for RV campgrounds. Find the best hotels, restaurants, and attractions based on the most talked about places recommended by Trippy members.

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 Day 1

9:00 am  start in Las Vegas
drive for about 58 minutes

9:58 am  Fashion Outlets of Las Vegas
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 10:58 am
drive for about 1.5 hours

12:34 pm  Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 1:34 pm
drive for about 2 hours

3:38 pm  Mojave
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 4:38 pm
drive for about 1 hour

5:42 pm  Bakersfield
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 6:42 pm
drive for about 49 minutes

7:30 pm  Lost Hills
stay overnight and leave the next day around 9:00 am

day 1 driving ≈ 6.5 hours
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 Day 2

9:00 am  leave from Lost Hills
drive for about 2 hours

10:49 am  Hearst Castle
stay for about 2.5 hours
and leave at 1:19 pm
drive for about 1 hour

2:33 pm  Big Sur
stay for about 4 hours
and leave at 6:33 pm
drive for about 1.5 hours

7:58 pm  arrive in Santa Cruz
eat at Gayle's Bakery & Rosticceria

day 2 driving ≈ 4.5 hours
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Where should I stop along the way?

Fashion Outlets of Las Vegas  (3 mentions)

Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA

Mojave  (2 answers)

Bakersfield  (19 answers)
    questions about Bakersfield:
        Best free things to do in Bakersfield?

Lost Hills

Hearst Castle  (101 mentions)

Big Sur  (203 answers)
    Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park  (22 mentions)
    McWay Falls  (16 mentions)
    Pfeiffer State Beach  (9 mentions)
    Pfeiffer Beach  (6 mentions)
    Andrew Molera State Park  (5 mentions)
    restaurants around Big Sur:
        Nepenthe
        Post Ranch Inn
        Big Sur Bakery and Restaurant
        Coast Gallery & Cafe
        Big Sur River Inn
    questions about Big Sur:
        Whats the best hike in Big Sur? Best beach?
        First-come, first-serve camping sites in Big Sur?
        how far is the drive to sequoia national aprk


Where's the best place to eat in Santa Cruz?

Need some recommendations on somewhere to get food?

Trippy members suggest Gayle's Bakery & Rosticceria, which was mentioned 3 times.

Here are some more restaurants people talk about:

Want to research more popular restaurants in Santa Cruz? Click the blue button below.




What are some things to do in Santa Cruz?

This section could be endless, so rather than trying to suggest every local activity or attraction, we'll leave it open-ended.

These are some of the places people talk about on Trippy:

The Mystery Spot  (4 mentions)
Santa Cruz Beach  (4 mentions)
Seabright State Beach  (3 mentions)

Of course, Trippy is the perfect place to ask questions because there's an entire community of travelers talking to each other and sharing tips and advice. Trippy is where you can get answers personalized for your tastes, budgets, trip dates & more!

For example, here are some questions people have asked about Santa Cruz. Click on any question to see answers from the community!

profile  Drew from Angelika Film Center & Cafe asked:
Activities during reunion in santa cruz  (4 answers)

profile  Allysia from Boston asked:
What are some must places to go to in Santa Cruz, CA  (2 answers)

profile  Paul from Redmond (Washington) asked:
Are there any good restaurants in Santa Cruz?  (2 answers)

profile  Lily from asked:
Names of beaches that aren't so crowded  (1 answer)

profile  Eddie from Bronx asked:
Best Things To Do In Santa Cruz?  (1 answer)

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Do I really have to go back home?

Yes, even this step is optional, because if you're on vacation who wants the trip to end? It's okay, you can start planning your next trip!

Want to plan the trip back? Get the reverse directions for a Santa Cruz to Las Vegas drive, or go to the main page to plan a new road trip.

You can also compare the travel time if you're flying or driving by calculating the distance from Las Vegas to Santa Cruz. Or get a full Las Vegas to Santa Cruz flight plan.

Don't forget about exploring your own hometown with a staycation. You can also find some cool day trips or get away for a weekend. Maybe try typing in a faraway location like London, Hong Kong, or Sydney, and get inspired for your dream trip around the world.

And if you know Las Vegas well, please help your fellow travelers and answer their questions about Las Vegas!





At a Glance
without making any stops
total driving distance is 533 miles
driving time of 8 hours, 16 minutes
Santa Cruz is the same time as Las Vegas
324 Las Vegas travel answers
2 Mojave travel answers
19 Bakersfield travel answers
203 Big Sur travel answers
85 Santa Cruz travel answers





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