Category Archives: Hiking

More than a dozen ways to celebrate with mom in Santa Cruz County

We all know taking care of mom is important… and with Mother’s Day just around the corner (it is THIS Sunday, May 8) you hopefully have your plans nailed down. But if you don’t, no need to panic – we’ve compiled an amazing list of ways you can treat mom to the very best. Whether…

2016 #SCWildflowers Photo Contest Winner!

Task: sift through loads of beautiful Santa Cruz County wildflower photos and choose one winner…It’s not easy, but someone’s gotta do it! And that we did. Congrats to Instagram fan, @cafin, for her winning shot taken in Davenport! We just loved the north county #SCWildflowers submission and are stoked to award her with the prize of a…

Big Basin is My Happy Place

Big Basin Redwoods State Park, making people this happy since 1902! FUN FACTS “Some of these giants are more than 50 feet around and as tall as the Statue of Liberty. At 1,000 to 2,500 years old, some may predate the Roman Empire. The park also offers spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean, lush waterfalls,…

2016 #SCWildflowers Photo Contest!

WHAT: To celebrate spring, wildflowers and our beautiful Santa Cruz State Parks, we are running a photo contest on our Instagram, @VisitSantaCruz, so we can share the wildflower love! WHEN: Contest begins Tuesday, March 22, 2016 and ends Monday, April 25, 2016 WHERE: Any Santa Cruz County State Park & throughout Santa Cruz County HOW: Simply snap a picture of…

Discover the Seaside Haven of Davenport

Ten miles north of Santa Cruz lies the quaint, 19th century coastal town of Davenport. Perched on dramatic coastal bluffs, the tiny town is home to huge scenery and historic buildings filled with contemporary eateries. Here’s what you’ll enjoy on a quick stroll through the cozy hamlet. Whale City Bakery What was once a roadside…

Wilder Ranch for Visitors Big & Small!

This week’s Fan Photos are dedicated to the beautiful Wilder Ranch State Park! The 7,000 gorgeous coastal acres are full of places to explore for all ages! Trails big, and trails small, be sure to add Wilder Ranch to your Santa Cruz must-see list!

Secretly Awesome Santa Cruz

Like most destination cities, Santa Cruz enjoys its well-known touristed spots as well as its hidden gems. From concealed gardens to a killer swimming hole, these “secret” spots are those special places usually only revealed by a well-informed friend. We’ve collected a few of our favorites below. Seek them out and you’ll soon be the…

Felton Photo Tour

Though only eight miles from Santa Cruz’s sandy shores, the forested town of Felton feels worlds away. It’s a wonderland of giant trees, historic sites and even a lush Garden of Eden. Yet some of its most striking attractions are hidden from plain view. Take a peek at our photo tour below and see why…

Falling for Santa Cruz

This week’s Fan Photos highlight the trek-worthy waterfalls in Santa Cruz County! Spring feels like it has sprung, creatures are enjoying the sun, wildflowers are blooming, and waterfalls are flowing. Take a look at a few waterfalls that are inspiring us to take a hike this weekend! 1. Golden Falls at Big Basin Redwoods State…

Get Out and Enjoy the Weather!

I’m as happy as the next Californian for all this rain, but seeing that 7 day forecast full of sunshine icons & 70 degree days has me on another level of happy. Here are a few of my favorite things to do on those warm, sunny days in Santa Cruz: 1. Take a walk on West Cliff…

Category Archives: Hiking

More than a dozen ways to celebrate with mom in Santa Cruz County

We all know taking care of mom is important… and with Mother’s Day just around the corner (it is THIS Sunday, May 8) you hopefully have your plans nailed down. But if you don’t, no need to panic – we’ve compiled an amazing list of ways you can treat mom to the very best. Whether…

2016 #SCWildflowers Photo Contest Winner!

Task: sift through loads of beautiful Santa Cruz County wildflower photos and choose one winner…It’s not easy, but someone’s gotta do it! And that we did. Congrats to Instagram fan, @cafin, for her winning shot taken in Davenport! We just loved the north county #SCWildflowers submission and are stoked to award her with the prize of a…

Big Basin is My Happy Place

Big Basin Redwoods State Park, making people this happy since 1902! FUN FACTS “Some of these giants are more than 50 feet around and as tall as the Statue of Liberty. At 1,000 to 2,500 years old, some may predate the Roman Empire. The park also offers spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean, lush waterfalls,…

2016 #SCWildflowers Photo Contest!

WHAT: To celebrate spring, wildflowers and our beautiful Santa Cruz State Parks, we are running a photo contest on our Instagram, @VisitSantaCruz, so we can share the wildflower love! WHEN: Contest begins Tuesday, March 22, 2016 and ends Monday, April 25, 2016 WHERE: Any Santa Cruz County State Park & throughout Santa Cruz County HOW: Simply snap a picture of…

Discover the Seaside Haven of Davenport

Ten miles north of Santa Cruz lies the quaint, 19th century coastal town of Davenport. Perched on dramatic coastal bluffs, the tiny town is home to huge scenery and historic buildings filled with contemporary eateries. Here’s what you’ll enjoy on a quick stroll through the cozy hamlet. Whale City Bakery What was once a roadside…

Wilder Ranch for Visitors Big & Small!

This week’s Fan Photos are dedicated to the beautiful Wilder Ranch State Park! The 7,000 gorgeous coastal acres are full of places to explore for all ages! Trails big, and trails small, be sure to add Wilder Ranch to your Santa Cruz must-see list!

Secretly Awesome Santa Cruz

Like most destination cities, Santa Cruz enjoys its well-known touristed spots as well as its hidden gems. From concealed gardens to a killer swimming hole, these “secret” spots are those special places usually only revealed by a well-informed friend. We’ve collected a few of our favorites below. Seek them out and you’ll soon be the…

Felton Photo Tour

Though only eight miles from Santa Cruz’s sandy shores, the forested town of Felton feels worlds away. It’s a wonderland of giant trees, historic sites and even a lush Garden of Eden. Yet some of its most striking attractions are hidden from plain view. Take a peek at our photo tour below and see why…

Falling for Santa Cruz

This week’s Fan Photos highlight the trek-worthy waterfalls in Santa Cruz County! Spring feels like it has sprung, creatures are enjoying the sun, wildflowers are blooming, and waterfalls are flowing. Take a look at a few waterfalls that are inspiring us to take a hike this weekend! 1. Golden Falls at Big Basin Redwoods State…

Get Out and Enjoy the Weather!

I’m as happy as the next Californian for all this rain, but seeing that 7 day forecast full of sunshine icons & 70 degree days has me on another level of happy. Here are a few of my favorite things to do on those warm, sunny days in Santa Cruz: 1. Take a walk on West Cliff…