We are traveling from Napa to LA in May, with overnights in Monterey and Cambria. We plan to leave Napa on a Wednesday, heading to Monterey. Our original plan called for making a stop in Santa Cruz for approx. 1.5 hr (lunch/boardwalk visit) and getting to Monterey by 3:00 to visit the Aquarium before it closes at 5:00. However, in researching Santa Cruz, I have found great things to see. That's where I need your help.
Mount Hermon Canopy Tour (2hr) and the Mystery Spot (1hr) all look very interesting. Any input on those spots. Obviously the more I add to Santa Cruz, I won't get to Monterey in time for the Aquarium. I could move the Aquarium to the next day, but they open at 10:00, and I want to get to Cambria before dark. I will not drive in the dark, particularly around the curves.