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Things to do in Santa Cruz

by Guest Author 24 May 2017 08:44

Santa Cruz is an amazing place to visit no matter the time of year, even during the winter. They have things going on for you and your family to enjoy. There are some sites you should consider seeing when you visit Santa Cruz.

They have historical landmarks for you to see and experience. The biggest attractions in the area are the Boardwalk, the Mystery Spot, and surfing. Just in case you are wondering what these attractions are, here is a little more information.

The Boardwalk

This attraction is open all the time minus December when they close down for yearly maintenance. It is free to the public to come and walk around. They have rides and activities for all ages and games to enjoy.

Some of the big attractions, besides the rides, are the Casino Arcade, Neptune’s Kingdom, Buccaneer Bay Mini Golf, and more. You can play arcade games, mini golf, and laser tag. It’s the best place to create memories and enjoy the laughter of your family and friends.

Boardwalk Main Attractions

The Boardwalk has two historic rides: the Giant Dipper Roller Coaster and 1911 Loof Carousel.

The Giant Dipper Roller Coaster opened in 1924 and has had over 60 million visitors. It was built by the son of Charles Looff, who built the carousel in Santa Cruz. This roller coaster has been all over the media and chances are at some point you have seen it. With that in mind, maybe it is time for you to experience it.

The 1911 Looff Carousel is a handcrafted masterpiece created by Charles Looff. Each of the 73 horses is unique and 71 of them jump, while 2 stay still for your ride. This is also one of the only a few carousels that has a ring dispenser for you to have an extra fun activity while riding.

Both the Giant Dipper Roller Coaster and the 1911 Looff Carousel was declared by the U.S. Park Service as a Historical Landmark.

The Mystery Spot

You may have seen their fun bumper stickers on cars in your area; it is a yellow sticker with black writing. You should come see for yourself and see why so many people love visiting The Mystery Spot.

This place defies your perception of physics. You will feel like you are standing up straight but appear not to be at the same time. Thousands of people have visited and came up with theories as to why things seem different in The Mystery Spot.


Whether you are a beginner or expert, Santa Cruz is the perfect place to visit for surfing. They have waves in areas that will suit your surfing level. If you would like lessons or help deciding where to go to try to surf, we suggest getting an instructor.

We want you to enjoy your time in Santa Cruz. Whether you decide to surf, shop, or check out some of the attractions, has you covered. We can help you find a hotel, places to eat, and more. Start planning your trip today!

Planning a drive on the 101 (Pacific Coast Highway)?

by Guest Author 25 April 2017 09:18

Planning a drive on the 101 (Pacific Coast Highway)? You might not want to miss out on some great places along the way. These places are great for just stretching while stopping to spend some time taking in the sights. These are the top seven stops on your way through Northern California’s 101.

Redwood National State Park

Soak up nature and history in one area. These trees reach higher than many skyscrapers. It’s not often that you can find such amazing feats of nature. Don’t miss out on this during your road trip. It is definitely worth the time.

Bixby Bridge

This is the bridge is also known as the Rainbow bridge because of the Rainbow lodge near it. The bridge allowed the residents of Big Sur to get around during the winter. You might have seen this bridge on television, on postcards, and more! It’s a popular and widely photographed piece of architecture.

Monterey Bay Aquarium

Not only is this a beautiful aquarium, the scientists here work hard to tackle the issues that are facing marine life today. Their aquarium is home to exotic and majestic creatures that you won’t see in your everyday life. The exhibits are set up with the animals and you in mind. When you visit you will have many exhibits you can visit and the aquarium is near many great places to eat.

Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk

The Boardwalk has 34 rides, two of which are historic landmarks. You can experience the landmark while having fun with those you care about. These rides cover different age groups, so even your little ones should have fun while there. Once you are done you can hop back on the road or enjoy their surfing, amazing food, or fun shops.

Palace of Fine Arts

This historical monument was built during WWI. It was built to bring people together and was to showcase art. While there were many buildings in the area for this purpose, they tore down most of them. However, the residents believed this one was too beautiful and precious to be torn down. Today, it is a theatre for people come and enjoy.

Golden Gate Bridge

The Golden Gate Bridge is the longest suspension bridge in the world and the most photographed as well. You can stop in San Francisco for pictures and stay to see the sites! This bridge is absolutely stunning and at the very least you should take a drive over the bridge and fully enjoy what it has to offer.

Glass Beach

These beaches began as dump sites, but in the 60’s were cleaned up. However, the glass and pottery remain and the rough edges became soft from the waves. As many as 1,000 people visit each year and many take some of the glass home with them. The town has talked about ways to replenish the glass on the beach but no decisions have been made. You don’t want to miss out on see this. If you get the chance, come visit.

Take your family or go with friends on a trip to remember down the 101. As you can tell, there are many sites to see. We would happily help you find hotels and places to eat along the way. Plan your trip with us today!

Reasons to Visit Sacramento

by Guest Author 17 April 2017 09:18

Northern California has many amazing places to visit. One of those places is Sacramento. They have many attractions, athletic teams, and wonderful natural sites to view. Here are five of the places you should try and visit on your trip.

Downtown Sac (shopping, railroad museum, and underground tunnels)

If you are looking for a part of Sacramento that you can walk around and soak up a lot of the culture, Downtown is the place to be! They have so many amazing shops for you to check out, including Evangeline’s Gift and Costume Mansion. They have a great selection year round.

A couple blocks from Evangeline’s in the California Railroad Museum and many old trains out on exhibit around the area for photo opportunities or just to admire.

They also have underground city tours. The underground tunnels came from Sacramento building their city up higher during the 1870s to keep the city from flooding. They also offer night tours for those who want a different type of experience underground.

Sacramento Kings Basketball and Sacramento Republic FC

During your stay in Sacramento, we suggest viewing a Sacramento Kings game or even a Sacramento Republic FC game. You will get a chance to see some of the great people in our town and experience some of the excitement in the area.

American River

Whether you want to bike on the trails or get out on the river, you will enjoy this area. There are great hiking and paved biking trails if you want to go up and down the river. They also have a great place for you to stop and picnic by yourself, with a friend, or a loved one.

If you plan on getting out on the river and you don’t have the equipment, don’t worry! There are rentals near the river. This includes places that will give you a guided tour of the river.

Great places to eat

Sacramento has a wide variety of restaurants for you to try. This includes places like Mikuni, they offer delicious sushi and fun drinks you will love to try. The servers are friendly, the meals are reasonably priced, and the atmosphere is fun.

If you are looking for fine dining, there is Biba. Many customers rave about how superb the food is. It has been one of the best restaurants in Sacramento for about twenty years. Come try it for yourself!

Family friendly parks, waterslides, and more!

There are plenty of family friendly parks and attractions to keep you and your children occupied and making great memories. This includes the Children’s Museum, zoo, and other amusement parks.

Driving around might not be what you want to do. Therefore, you can pick a place, like the zoo, and then experience all of the fun things in the area. For instance, the zoo has Funderland Park, Fairytale Town, and other great places to play around in with your family.

Whether you are coming for a day, month, or planning on moving to Sacramento, there are many things for you to experience. If you need help planning your amazing trip or just a day of fun, feel free to visit us at

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