Visiting Santa Cruz for 3 days in beginning of June. I tend to be pretty flexible with things. I'm more an outdoor type that would rather take in fewer things for longer periods of time than rush around to see everything i can. However, it is nice to know more than i need to in case extra time pops up or I'm just not into something. Just FYI, Santa Cruz will be at the tail end of my 10 day camping trip up the coast from Los Angeles.
With that being said, here are my thoughts on an itinerary:
DAY ONE- Start out at Natural Bridges State Beach. Check out the beach, butterfly grove (although i know they probably won't be around that time of year), tide pools. From there I'd like to rent a bike somewhere or walk along West Cliff Drive stopping to see Steamer Lane and the Surfing Museum. Afterwards, head over to the Boardwalk and Wharf.
DAY TWO- UCSC Arboretum, Checking out the "Dead Central" exhibit at UCSC's McHenry Library and seeing their beautiful campus. If there's time, squeeze in a short hike at Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park or someplace else (or start the morning with a hike and do the UCSC stuff afterwards).
DAY THREE- Spend the day at either Wilder Ranch State park or Big Basin State Park
Any and all advice and direction is appreciated. I have no concept of how much time each place takes to see and when things close/shut down for the day.