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Our Staff Picks are your guide to stay 'in the know' when you go. Whether you're planning to hang ten or take five, checkout our blog to find the best local attractions, events and activities to keep you entertained while you stay in Santa Cruz. There's no shortage of things to do. From mild to wild, there's something for everyone here. 

California's Gold Rush

California's Gold Rush

May 03, 2021

Catch a glimpse of Santa Cruz’s golden wilderness. Travel on your own two feet or sit behind the wheel and go for a ride to remember.

Natural Bridges State Beach

Battered by endless ocean spray, these scenic rock formations are also the seasonal nesting grounds for thousands of migrating monarch butterflies and birds.

UCSC Arboretum

An oasis for rare species of hummingbirds and a delight for photographers, this renowned tree sanctuary has something for every nature enthusiast.

MJA Vineyards

Elevated fields of ripe grapes roll out before your sight, waiting to be pressed by the exceedingly friendly staff who run MJA Vineyards. Enjoy a glass over their inviting fireplace.

Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History

This fantastic small museum, flanked by a massive whale diorama, contains a wealth of local fauna samples and taxidermy animals native to the region.

West Cliff Drive

If there’s still gas in the tank, consider a short trip along West Cliff Drive. Famous for its large residences and serene ocean views, the walking path is suitable for any fitness level.