tech, tall trees, & city splurges - Visit California

tech, tall trees, & city splurges - Visit California

LO CAL V I E W “A surf-town playground, mellow Santa Cruz takes the edge off urban angst and allows people to slow down.” —Travel writer Jill K. Robi...

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LO CAL V I E W

“A surf-town playground, mellow Santa Cruz takes the edge off urban angst and allows people to slow down.” —Travel writer Jill K. Robinson in the San Francisco Chronicle

Santa Cruz

San Francisco

Discover everything from secret wine country to high-tech hubs on a bay and coast tour TOTAL DISTANCE: 229mi/368km SAN FRANCISCO Rent bikes from local outfitters or from Bay Area Bike Share (rental kiosks citywide). Nosh at The Market, in Market Square

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More on Santa Cruz and the rest of the San Francisco Bay Area visitcalifornia.com/san-francisco-bay-area CALIFORNIA WELCOME CENTERS

San Francisco PIER 39, #B12, 2nd Level; 415/981-1280

(aka the Twitter building), a lavish new food emporium. Follow the Embarcadero to Fisherman’s Wharf and the Golden Gate Bridge. sanfrancisco.travel WALNUT CREEK (25mi/41km; 31min). Sample wines at kidfriendly Buon Vino. Hop the free shuttle to shop at Macy’s and other big brands and boutiques at luxurious Broadway Plaza. gowalnutcreek.com

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MOUNT DIABLO STATE PARK (22mi/35km; 49min). Drive to the 3,849-foot/1,173-meter summit of one of the Bay Area’s tallest peaks for wraparound views, plus exhibits on natural history. parks.ca.gov/?page_id=517

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LIVERMORE (26mi/42km; 36min). Visit this East Bay community, in an area known as the Tri-Valley, to go wine-tasting along Tesla Road. Play bocce and dine at family-friendly Campo di Bocce. visittrivalley.com

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SAN JOSÉ (34mi/55km; 40min). Tour Winchester Mystery House, with 160 rooms, stairways that lead nowhere, and other oddities. At luxurious Santana Row, go upscale at Gucci and Kate Spade New York. sanjose.org

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MOUNTAIN VIEW (14mi/23km; 18min). Learn about chips and bytes at the Computer History Museum. See a show at impressive

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San Mateo 255 Hillsdale Shopping Center 650/578-8033

Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts. sanjose.org BIG BASIN REDWOODS STATE PARK (31mi/50km; 1hr). Camp under redwoods, then hike a portion of Skyline to the Sea Trail, a 33-mile/53- kilometer stunner that passes through the park. parks.ca.gov/?page_id=540

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SCOTTS VALLEY (20mi/32km; 39min). See mint-condition racecars at Canepa Motorsports Museum (call for tours). Travel 5 miles/8 kilometers west to Felton to ride Roaring Camp Railroad. santacruzca.org

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SANTA CRUZ (7mi/11km; 11min). Ride the Giant Dipper wooden roller coaster and other classic rides at Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. Rent bikes to pedal along West Cliff Drive. santacruzca.org

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HALF MOON BAY (49mi/79km; 58min). Take a guided paddle with California Canoe & Kayak. Sip craft brews at Half Moon Bay Brewing Company. Get a spa treatment at the Ritz-Carlton Half Moon Bay. visithalfmoonbay.org

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TECH, TALL TREES, & CITY SPLURGES