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Sightseeing in Central California

State / Provincial Park
“Step back in history to the gold rush era in this pedestrians only town, filled with interactive exhibits and era museums fun for all ages. Take a stagecoach ride pulled by powerful horses, watch the blacksmith at his forge, pan for gold like a 49er miner, or pick up old fashioned sweets at the Nelson's candy kitchen. Park rangers and volunteer docents will answer your questions and show you around if you ask. ”
80local recommendations
Historic Site
“Not cheap, but interesting history of the Winchester (rifle) family and interesting architecture. They sometimes have tours after dark.”
63local recommendations
General Entertainment
“Just a few minutes outside of Santa Cruz you'll find this really fascinating "mystery spot". If you're into science at all you'll want to check this out... is it an Optical Illusion or a defiance of gravity?!?!? Only about $5 for a ticket online but best to buy in advance to avoid long wait times. ”
77local recommendations
Historic Site
“For those who love a little bit of spooky, head to the haunted Winchester mansion.”
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Garden
“A tranquil place of peace and harmony One of the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s premier sites and 100 years old, Hakone is one of the oldest Japanese estate, retreat and gardens in the Western Hemisphere. Hakone has also been on the National Register of Historic Places since 2013. 18 acres of magnificent beauty is nestled in the verdant hills of Saratoga overlooking Silicon Valley.”
18local recommendations
Historic Site
“At the base of the hiking trail is the Villa Montalvo Arts Center, also worth a visit if you check the calendar and make sure it's open to the public, but the hiking trail is a beautiful relatively short (but steep) hike with a lovely view as payoff, worth seeing.”
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History Museum
“The McHenry Mansion is definitely a place you want to go! It's a beautiful, Victorian-Italianate historic house museum that was built in 1883! You can take a tour and walk through the halls to view the home. ”
7local recommendations
Indie Movie Theater
“Beautiful theater restored...check out their music events and new attractions ie selfieville”
5local recommendations
General Entertainment
“It is the place to go to load up on the famous bumper sticker "Mystery Spot, Santa Cruz"”
2local recommendations
State / Provincial Park
“And visit the gold mining past, in the small cowboy town. You can mine for gold and they have carriage rides. Cute restaurants and ice cream.”
14local recommendations
Monument / Landmark
“Closest public recreation & lap pool. We can give you directions and hours of operation. They also have a drop-in fitness center with treadmills, elliptical machines, weights, etc.”
1local recommendations
Monument / Landmark
“Always friendly people, drinks are very reasonable, full bar. Wednesday night they play dice from around 5 pm to 7 pm. Lots of fun, and you do not have to be a member to go there, you do need to sign in as a guest, however. Everyone is always welcome. ”
1local recommendations
Historic Site
“Columbia seems to be frozen in the 1800's. Today, Columbia State Historic Park is the best preserved of California gold rush towns.”
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State / Provincial Park