Itâ€™s ironic that many visitors experience Santa Cruz primarily via car. This area is known for its natural beauty, we have the beach and the redwoods, and yet a vacation here can easily be reduced to a series of car tripsâ€”back and forth, here and there, point A to point B. That will certainly get you to a lot of great places in Santa Cruz, but Iâ€™ve noticed that a deeper theme has risen from the stories in this Visitor Guide.
Our feature that opens the Outdoor section of the magazine features not a typical topic like ziplining, tough mudders, or some other extreme activity, but rather a guide to how to improve your experience and understanding of Santa Cruz with a walking tour. A feature in the Nightlife section explains why Midtown is Santa Cruzâ€™s next big districtâ€”primarily because thereâ€™s so much entertainment, food and more all within walking distance. Need something to do that walking in? Our story on Pacific Avenueâ€™s unreal selection of shoe stores will take care of you.
Whatâ€™s the message here? Maybe weâ€™re all looking for a way to slow down a little bit, and take a closer look. Santa Cruz is the ideal place for that. We can all start by putting one foot in front of the other. Be here now!
STEVE PALOPOLI | EDITOR