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“Santa Cruz Mountains Road Trip”
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Mountain View, California
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11 reviews
38 helpful votes
“Santa Cruz Mountains Road Trip”
Reviewed 29 April 2007

Those of you who drive to Santa Cruz, California on a regular basis are no doubt familiar with the notorious, and sometimes dangerous, Highway 17 corridor.

For a change of pace, there are many delightful country roads that pass through the Santa Cruz Mountains. These roads provide a nice respite from the "Nascar" experience on H17.

From San Jose, take H17 south into the mountains. After passing the Lexington Resovoir, take the Bear Creek Road turnoff. Bear Creek Road will wind throughout the grand redwood forests found along the Pacific Coast. After that, you will find yourself in the small, delightul town of Boulder Creek. Boulder Creek is not very big but it does have some interesting shops in the "downtown". If you are wanting to get to Santa Cruz without delay, take H9 south through Ben Lomond and Felton. If you have time, work your way over to Empire Grade Road. This road starts at UC Santa Cruz and makes its way north through heavily wooded country. Not much in the way of Redwoods, but it is still a nice drive. Eventually, you will find yourself in Bonny Dune. You can now take the steep road down to Highway 1 where you will be just south of the town of Davenport. Keep a sharp eye out for people on bicyles as they frequent these roads on a regular basis. Have fun!

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“Excellent B & B's, hotels, other neat camping areas”
Reviewed 31 March 2004

We have found that there are several places in this area, 10 minutes away! *Felton has a huge train park and ride to the Boardwalk! It has incredible grounds for camping in the Redwoods as well! *Indian mounds and trails are everywhere, and alot of country music people too! **Carmel by the Sea is 15 minutes south, but it has a pier and music both a must!

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“Right on the boardwalk”
Reviewed 27 February 2004

My daughter and I visited two years ago in August. The weather was cool at night and in the mornings, but the afternoons were perfect. Every morning when we got up the ocean was right in front of us. We would just walk across the street and pick up sea shells and sand dollars on the beach and wave to to seals sunning just a little ways from us. At night we walked on the boardwalk and rode rides and looked at the bright lights. We only stayed four days and nights, but Santa Cruz was one of the most relaxing and pleasureable vacations we have ever taken.
We would definitely love to go back again.

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“great”
Reviewed 20 October 2003

Santa Cruz was a great place to visit. So easy to get around. No traffic problem. Just a great place to visit.

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