Top 15 road trips from Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz to Sacramento
starting from Santa Cruz
37 minutes → San Jose
41 minutes → Livermore
39 minutes → Oakland
50 minutes → Napa
35 minutes → Vacaville
46 minutes → California State Railroad Museum
5 minutes → Sacramento

4 hours of driving
Santa Cruz to San Luis Obispo
starting from Santa Cruz
47 minutes → Monterey
1.5 hours → Pinnacles National Park
32 minutes → King City
49 minutes → Re:Find
48 minutes → Morro Bay
18 minutes → San Luis Obispo


5 hours of driving
Santa Cruz to Morro Bay
starting from Santa Cruz
47 minutes → Monterey
1.5 hours → Pinnacles National Park
32 minutes → King City
49 minutes → Re:Find
54 minutes → San Luis Obispo
18 minutes → Morro Bay


5 hours of driving
Santa Cruz to Cambria
starting from Santa Cruz
47 minutes → Monterey
1.5 hours → Pinnacles National Park
32 minutes → King City
49 minutes → Re:Find
48 minutes → Morro Bay
26 minutes → Cambria


5 hours of driving
Santa Cruz to Santa Barbara
starting from Santa Cruz
47 minutes → Monterey
1 hour → King City
1 hour → Villicana Winery
40 minutes → San Luis Obispo
56 minutes → Foxen Vineyard
58 minutes → Santa Barbara


5.5 hours of driving
Santa Cruz to Hermosa Beach
starting from Santa Cruz
47 minutes → Monterey
1 hour → King City
50 minutes → Paso Robles
1.5 hours → Buttonwillow
54 minutes → Grapevine
1.5 hours → Griffith Observatory
30 minutes → Hermosa Beach

7 hours of driving
Santa Cruz to Malibu
starting from Santa Cruz
47 minutes → Monterey
1.5 hours → Pinnacles National Park
1 hour → Re:Find
54 minutes → San Luis Obispo
1 hour → Solvang
43 minutes → Santa Barbara
1 hour → Malibu

7.5 hours of driving
Santa Cruz to Laguna Beach
starting from Santa Cruz
47 minutes → Monterey
1 hour → King City
50 minutes → Paso Robles
1 hour → Lost Hills
1 hour → Grapevine
1.5 hours → Universal Studios Hollywood
1 hour → Laguna Beach

7.5 hours of driving
Santa Cruz to Los Angeles
starting from Santa Cruz
47 minutes → Monterey
1.5 hours → Pinnacles National Park
1.5 hours → Paso Robles
1 hour → Lost Hills
49 minutes → Bakersfield
2 hours → Universal Studios Hollywood
17 minutes → Los Angeles

8 hours of driving
Santa Cruz to Santa Monica
starting from Santa Cruz
47 minutes → Monterey
1.5 hours → Pinnacles National Park
1.5 hours → Villicana Winery
1.5 hours → Lost Hills
49 minutes → Bakersfield
1.5 hours → Six Flags Magic Mountain
43 minutes → Santa Monica

8 hours of driving
Santa Cruz to Venice Beach
starting from Santa Cruz
47 minutes → Monterey
1.5 hours → Pinnacles National Park
1.5 hours → Paso Robles
1 hour → Lost Hills
49 minutes → Bakersfield
2 hours → Universal Studios Hollywood
23 minutes → Venice Beach

8 hours of driving
Santa Cruz to Manhattan Beach
starting from Santa Cruz
47 minutes → Monterey
1.5 hours → Pinnacles National Park
1.5 hours → Paso Robles
1 hour → Lost Hills
49 minutes → Bakersfield
2 hours → Los Angeles
35 minutes → Manhattan Beach

8.5 hours of driving
Santa Cruz to San Diego
starting from Santa Cruz
1.5 hours → Big Sur
1 hour → Hearst Castle Rd
2 hours → Lost Hills
1 hour → Grapevine
1.5 hours → Los Angeles
1 hour → Laguna Beach
1.5 hours → San Diego

9.5 hours of driving
Santa Cruz to Palm Springs
starting from Santa Cruz
1.5 hours → Big Sur
2 hours → King City
50 minutes → Paso Robles
1 hour → Lost Hills
49 minutes → Bakersfield
2 hours → Universal Studios Hollywood
2 hours → Big Bear Lake
2 hours → Palm Springs
11.5 hours of driving
Santa Cruz to Las Vegas
starting from Santa Cruz
1.5 hours → Big Sur
3 hours → Cambria
1.5 hours → Lost Hills
49 minutes → Bakersfield
1 hour → Mojave
1.5 hours → Barstow
2 hours → Fashion Outlets of Las Vegas
58 minutes → Las Vegas
12.5 hours of driving

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