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Santa Cruz to West Hollywood drive

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  Santa Cruz
 Monterey
 Pinnacles National Park
 Villicana Winery
 Lost Hills
 Bakersfield
 Six Flags Magic Mountain
   West Hollywood 
driving   /   2 days   /   no pets   /   no RV

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Santa Cruz to West Hollywood road trip planner

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

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 Day 1

10:00 am  start in Santa Cruz
drive for about 47 minutes

10:47 am  Monterey
stay for about 4 hours
and leave at 2:47 pm
drive for about 58 minutes

3:45 pm  Pinnacles National Park
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 4:45 pm
drive for about 1.5 hours

6:09 pm  Villicana Winery
stay overnight and leave the next day around 10:00 am

day 1 driving ≈ 3 hours

 Day 2

10:00 am  leave from Villicana Winery
drive for about 1.5 hours

11:22 am  Lost Hills
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 12:22 pm
drive for about 49 minutes

1:11 pm  Bakersfield
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 2:11 pm
drive for about 1.5 hours

3:43 pm  eat at Six Flags Magic Mountain
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 4:43 pm
drive for about 41 minutes

5:24 pm  arrive in West Hollywood
eat at Gjelina
stay at The Standard Downtown LA

day 2 driving ≈ 4.5 hours

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Where should I stop along the way?

Monterey  (167 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 Monterey:
        Passionfish
        Katy's Place
        Epsilon Fine Greek Restaurant
        Flaherty's Seafood Grill & Oyster Bar
        Sunset Lounge
    questions about Monterey:
        Restaurant recommendations for a large group dinner?
        What to do for a family outing in Monterey?
        hotels in Monterey, CA
        Things to do with the kiddos besides the aquarium

Pinnacles National Park  (2 mentions)
    questions about Pinnacles National Park:
        Best hikes in Pinnacles National Park?

Villicana Winery  (5 mentions)

Lost Hills

Bakersfield  (16 answers)
    questions about Bakersfield:
        Best free things to do in Bakersfield?

Six Flags Magic Mountain  (9 mentions)


Where's the best place to stay in West Hollywood?

Are you going straight to a hotel, or looking for a vacation rental or Airbnb?

The best resource on neighborhoods, areas, and hotels is the Trippy page on where to stay in West Hollywood.

If you're looking for a quick answer, you can check out The Standard Downtown LA, which was mentioned 20 times on Trippy.

Here are some more hotels people talk about:

Ace Hotel Los Angeles  (17 mentions)
The Huntley Hotel  (15 mentions)
Chateau Marmont  (13 mentions)

Want to research more popular hotels in West Hollywood? Click the blue button below.




Where's the best place to eat in West Hollywood?

Need some recommendations on somewhere to get food?

Trippy members suggest Gjelina, which was mentioned 44 times.

Here are some more restaurants people talk about:

Perch  (25 mentions)
Bottega Louie  (18 mentions)
Grand Central Market  (16 mentions)
Eggslut  (14 mentions)

Want to research more popular restaurants in West Hollywood? Click the blue button below.




What are some things to do in West Hollywood?

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:

Griffith Observatory  (63 mentions)
Abbot Kinney  (56 mentions)
Third Street Promenade  (55 mentions)
Hollywood  (54 mentions)
LACMA  (50 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 West Hollywood. Click on any question to see answers from the community!

profile  Valerie from Los Angeles asked:
Best free things to do in West Hollywood?  (1 answer)

profile  Katie from Los Angeles asked:
Favorite restaurant in West Hollywood?  (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 West Hollywood to Santa Cruz drive, or go to the main page to plan a new road trip.

Looking for ideas for more destinations within driving distance of Santa Cruz? Try searching for places within 5.5 hours of Santa Cruz.

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





At a Glance
without making any stops
total driving distance is 341 miles
driving time of 5 hours, 32 minutes
85 Santa Cruz travel answers
167 Monterey travel answers
16 Bakersfield travel answers
40 West Hollywood travel answers





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