Cruisin' Around Santa Cruz

The college town of Santa Cruz holds a fascination for everyone from tourists, to the beach crowd and those taking a break from Silicon Valley. It's a fun, happening place with lots of things to see besides the Boardwalk.

Cruisin' Around Santa Cruz

Member Rating 0 out of 5 by Judy Andreson on August 10, 2000

If you must, start out at the Santa Cruz Boardwalk, one the county's main attractions. Take a stroll on the Municipal Wharf, eat at one of the area's great restaurants, study the surfer culture at Steamer Lane, or go hiking around the Lighthouse and Natural Bridges. Santa Cruz is what having fun in the sun is all about!${QuickSuggestions} There is a lot to see and do, so why not plan to stay a day or two? You'll enjoy your time in the sun and among the redwoods. If you really have some time on your hands, explore further south to the communities of Moss Landing and the Monterey Peninsula.${BestWay} If you're in good shape and don't have little ones, the best way to see the sights is on bicycle or on foot. The town stretches along the coast about 2.5 miles, but don't forget you'll have to make your way back!

Seascape Resort

Member Rating 4 out of 5 by Judy Andreson on August 12, 2000

This fairly new resort is located just minutes away from Santa Cruz. While I would consider it a big splurge, the accommodations are special. We stayed in a 1-bedroom suite complete with fireplace and kitchenette. The Resort sits on the bluffs at Seascape Beach and our room had ocean views. There is a good restaurant on site. Adjacent to the resort there is a workout facility with a golf course and tennis courts.
Seascape Resort on Monterey Bay
1 Seascape Resort Drive
Santa Cruz, California, 95003
(831) 688-6800

Roaring Camp

Member Rating 3 out of 5 by Judy Andreson on August 10, 2000

Roaring Camp is an historic settlement for early pioneers, lumberjacks and gold miners. It features the Roaring Camp & Big Trees Narrow-Guage Railroad. There are two trips: a 6-mile round trip mile to Bear Mountain where you can picnic and return on a later trip; and through the redwoods to the Santa Cruz Boardwalk. There's also an old-fashioned general store, print shop, portrait studio and chuck-wagon barbecues. Call ahead to find out if there are any special events planned during the time you'll be visiting.
Roaring Camp
5355 Graham Hill Road
Santa Cruz, California, 95018
(831) 335-4484

Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk

Member Rating 3 out of 5 by Judy Andreson on August 10, 2000

The Boardwalk is a state historic landmark and recognized as the last major oceanside park on the Pacific Coast. It is California's oldest amusement park. Ride the Giant Dipper Roller Coaster and scream with the best of them! You'll know you've seen the future on the Astro Canyon Virtual Coaster, a simulated ride through outer space. Be sure you see the nostalgic hand-crafted carousel made in 1911.
Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
400 Beach Street
Santa Cruz, California, 95060
(831) 423-5590

Big Basin State Park

Member Rating 3 out of 5 by Judy Andreson on August 10, 2000

If you want a place where you can camp and hike, stay here. The park is amidst 18,000-acres of redwoods and has 80 miles of hiking trails. If you're up for it, take the 10-mile trek through Big Basin. Don't forget to make reservations well in advance as the park fills up everyday throughout the summer.
Big Basin Redwoods State Park
21600 Big Basin Way
Bakersfield, California, 95006
(831) 338-8860

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