Santa Cruz Sentinel
POSTED: 09/04/2013 03:44:11 PM PDT
National Geographic picks SC
Santa Cruz has been added to National Geographic's list of "Long Weekends Like a Local" for two reasons: Vibrant surf culture and the only major seaside amusement park on the West Coast.
The magazine quotes Neil Pearlberg, 56, surf columnist for the Sentinel, as the resident expert on where to go.
Top activities include a hike at The Forest of Nisene Marks State Park, with 30 miles of redwood-lined trails rising from sea level to 2,600 feet into the Santa Cruz Mountains; mountain biking at Wilder Ranch State Park, 34 miles of trails through coastal terraces and valleys; climbing at Pacific Edge Climbing Gym, which has a 50-foot wall; and visiting Monterey Bay.
Recommended locations include: The breaks at Cowell Beach or Capitola for learning to surf; Giant Dipper roller coaster at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk; Crow's Nest Restaurant at the harbor; Motiv night club; Sunset Beach Campground 16 miles south of Santa Cruz for budget travelers; and Santa Cruz Dream Inn on Cowell Beach with bay views, for a splurge.