Who can resist braking for the world’s largest ball of string? A timeless American tradition, roadside attractions add kitschy fun to any road trip. In addition to its dazzling natural landscape, Santa Cruz is known for a vibrant, eclectic culture which includes more than a few offbeat destinations. Add some light-hearted amusement to your next outing by popping into these delightfully, unique destinations.
From now until May 31, 2017, Santa Cruz County fans can enter the “Let’s Cruz Vacation Getaway Contest” for a chance to win a two-night stay at Seascape Beach Resort and a tailored activity package based on a fun and creative personality test! So enter to win and see what your perfect Santa Cruz vacation will be!
If there was ever a time to celebrate a severed, screaming hand, this past Halloween-themed month of October seemed like the right one. The blue Screaming Hand, that indelible icon of skateboarding culture, celebrated its 30th birthday with creation of an eye-popping exhibition at the Santa Cruz Museum of History & Art (MAH). Created in 1985 by Santa Cruz graphics artist Jim Phillips, the howling appendage-which has been emblazoned on t-shirts, skateboards, and stickers all over the world-is honored with a fitting tribute to its influential legacy.
2016 is wrapping up and we’re taking a look back to see what our fans loved most on our Facebook and Instagram feeds. Sure, we figured beach photos were a hit (and they were), but we wanted to see what else our fans loved about Santa Cruz County. Take a look below for some of the Best of the Best of 2016 based on fan likes, comments, and shares. Enjoy this gorgeous gallery and rest assured that we will keep providing more of this wildly beautiful, adventurous, and inspiring Santa Cruz content for 2017!
If you want to start the New Year off on the right foot, then lace up your hiking boots and hit the trails at some of Santa Cruz County’s best state parks. On January 1st, state parks across the country are offering free guided hikes to encourage folks to get outdoors and learn about the local flora and fauna right in their own backyard (or perhaps someone else’s backyard if you’re still on vacation). We’ve rounded up a few of our favorites that are sure to send you into 2017 feeling healthy, happy, and ready for the next adventure.