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Oakland to Santa Cruz drive

driving   /   1 day   /   no pets   /   no RV

Oakland to Santa Cruz road trip planner

Here's a sample itinerary for a drive from Oakland 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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10:00 am  start in Oakland
drive for about 26 minutes

10:26 am  Hayward
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 11:26 am
drive for about 19 minutes

11:46 am  Fremont (California)
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 12:46 pm
drive for about 12 minutes

12:58 pm  Mission Peak Regional Preserve
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 1:58 pm
drive for about 22 minutes

2:20 pm  San Jose
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 3:20 pm
drive for about 15 minutes

3:35 pm  Los Gatos
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 4:35 pm
drive for about 20 minutes

4:56 pm  Scotts Valley
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 5:56 pm
drive for about 11 minutes

6:07 pm  arrive in Santa Cruz
eat at Gayle's Bakery & Rosticceria

driving ≈ 2 hours




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Where should I stop along the way?

Hayward

Fremont (California)  (5 answers)
    questions about Fremont (California):
        What is your favorite restaurant in Fremont (California)?
        Best stop over in between Fremont and Truckee

Mission Peak Regional Preserve

San Jose  (39 answers)
    The Tech Museum of Innovation  (3 mentions)
    San Jose Museum of Art  (3 mentions)
    Santana Row  (3 mentions)
    Winchester Mystery House  (2 mentions)
    California's Great America  (2 mentions)
    questions about San Jose:
        What's the best neighborhood in San Jose for a first time visitor?
        Hotels with airport parking in San Jose
        Best missions to see & other good activities for kids
        Neighborhood for young professional in San Jose
        Free things to do in San Jose?

Los Gatos  (6 answers)
    The Tech Museum of Innovation  (3 mentions)
    San Jose Museum of Art  (3 mentions)
    Santana Row  (3 mentions)
    San José State University  (2 mentions)
    Sanborn County Park  (2 mentions)

Scotts Valley
    Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk  (20 mentions)
    Natural Bridges State Beach  (4 mentions)
    The Mystery Spot  (4 mentions)
    Santa Cruz Beach  (4 mentions)
    Seabright State Beach  (3 mentions)
    restaurants around Scotts Valley:
        Gayle's Bakery & Rosticceria
        Marianne's Ice Cream‎


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)

Click the button below to explore more questions and answers related to Santa Cruz.




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 Oakland drive, or go to the main page to plan a new road trip.

Looking for ideas for more destinations within driving distance of Oakland? Try searching for places within 1 hour of Oakland.

You can also compare the travel time if you're flying or driving by calculating the distance from Oakland to Santa Cruz. Or get a full Oakland 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 Oakland well, please help your fellow travelers and answer their questions about Oakland!





At a Glance
without making any stops
total driving distance is 72 miles
driving time of 1 hour, 19 minutes
57 Oakland travel answers
5 Fremont (California) travel answers
39 San Jose travel answers
6 Los Gatos travel answers
85 Santa Cruz travel answers





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