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Retreat Among the Redwoods

Retreat Among the Redwoods

July 06, 2020

During your next stay in sunny Santa Cruz, make sure to set aside some time to hit the trails—even if it means having to peel yourself away from the beach for an afternoon.

Dream Inn is surrounded by some incredible state parks, nature preserves, and green spaces, including Quail Hollow Ranch County Park and DeLaveaga Park, both just a quick car ride away.

There truly is nothing like a day spent wandering around the woods. Stroll under a canopy of towering redwood trees, take in the fresh mountain air, and catch tiny woodland creatures scurrying around the forest floor.

First time hikers and experienced trail runners will equally enjoy a jaunt through California’s beautiful forests. Stop by the City of Santa Cruz Parks & Recreation website to find the trail that best fits your recreation style — you may even surprise yourself — many visitors return to the redwoods again and again.

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