Santa Cruz County remains in the Purple Tier.

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The Last Chinatown in Santa Cruz

One of the prettiest ways to get from downtown Santa Cruz to sprawling, redwood-shaded San Lorenzo Park is to take the short stroll across the San Lorenzo River via the Chinatown Bridge. This scenic pedestrian walkway offers a great view of waterfowl and other bird life in the willows and reeds of the riverbanks, but

Big Basin on the Mend

Resilience of Big Basin Redwoods State Park:  Even 2020 can’t defeat a forest that has survived ice ages, wildfires and logging sprees People the world over are looking to 2021 to be a year of healing — from division, disease and, here in California, a devastating wildfire season. Nowhere is that truer than in Santa

Work It: Rhiannon Sims, California State Parks Interpreter

As a California State Parks Interpreter, a redwood forest serves as Rhiannon Sims’ office.  She manages interpretive projects, such as special event planning and wayside panel design, and media outreach for state parks in Santa Cruz County.  Rhiannon brings the unique and extraordinary nature of local state parks and cultural history to visitors and locals

Santa Cruz County: Hawaii’s Mainland Inspiration

The link between Santa Cruz and Hawaii extends beyond their share of sunny beaches and laid-back vibes. In 1885, three, vacationing Hawaiian princes dazzled Santa Cruz locals by riding waves on makeshift boards they had made from redwood planks. It marked the introduction of surfing to the mainland U.S., and sparked a nationwide craze that began here in Santa Cruz. Today, the region brims with other Hawaiian imports such as poke bowls and Kona coffee that will transport you to the islands. From ono grinds to ukulele melodies, here’s where to find aloha in Santa Cruz County.