Okay, so you've got the car, the sky is a perfect California Blue and you've just slept like a baby in your seaside hotel room. What to do? Drive up the Pacific Coast Highway to Santa Cruz.
In the hills beyond town is an... well, I guess you can call it an attraction. The Mystery Spot, packaged with just the right amount of schmaltz, is really and truly mysterious. Theories abound as to why the strange things that happen here do happen, like trees growing in spirals, steel balls rolling uphill, tricks of gravity and that weird feeling that follows you around the place. Some say these strange natural phenomena happen because of an ancient meteor imbedded in the earth. Who knows. The guides seem to have been working at the Mystery Spot forever and put on a good show. Its not a hoax. Its not a side show, its really a mystery and should not be missed. Its open 365 day a year. Check out the web site, it doesn't tell you much about the place but is good for directions.
465 Mystery Spot Road in Santa Cruz