Here's a sample itinerary for a drive from Santa Barbara 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.
11:00 am start in Santa Barbara
drive for about 4 hours
day 1 driving ≈ 4 hours
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11:00 am leave from Mission Ranch Hotel
drive for about 55 minutes
11:55 am arrive in Santa Cruz
day 2 driving ≈ 55 minutes
Carmel (102 answers)
Monterey Bay Aquarium (41 mentions)
Pebble Beach (21 mentions)
Point Lobos (9 mentions)
Point Lobos State Reserve (8 mentions)
17-Mile Drive (6 mentions)
restaurants around Carmel:
Epsilon Fine Greek Restaurant
Flaherty's Seafood Grill & Oyster Bar
hotels around Carmel:
Mission Ranch Hotel
Lodge at Pebble Beach
Seven Gables Inn
Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa
La Playa Hotel Carmel-By-The-Sea
questions about Carmel:
Favorite Restaurants & Wineries
Luxurious but not pretentious hotels and any restaurant recommendations
Need some recommendations on somewhere to get food?
Trippy members suggest Gayle's Bakery & Rosticceria, which was mentioned 3 times.
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This section could be endless, so rather than trying to suggest every local activity or attraction, we'll leave it open-ended.
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