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Roaring Camp Steam Train Through Santa Cruz Redwoods
"Experience California’s redwoods as never before by taking a steam train through one of the Golden State’s towering ancient forests. Be inspired by both the natural beauty of the groves and the engineering prowess of this hulking locomotive which dates back to the 1890s. Hop aboard the train at Roaring Camp in Felton near the base of the Santa Cruz Mountains just 80 miles south of San Francisco. Settle into your open-air car and hang on as you chug past hundreds of old-growth redwoods with an unobstructed view. As you make your way up to the top of Bear Mountain you’ll cruise over trestles and glide beneath the verdant canopy. Along the way the knowledgeable train conductor will illuminate the forest with bits of history about how it was formed and facts about the local wildlife
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Beginner Surfing 1-Day - Santa Cruz
"Learn to Surf! This clinic was designed with the beginner in mind – we welcome complete newbies as well as people who have tried surfing on there own for a while and still need help. We will walk you through all the basics to get you started and catching wave breaks ocean conditions safety in and out of the water wave etiquette paddling push up and pop up techniques
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Beginner Surfing 1-Day - Santa Cruz
"Learn to Surf! This clinic was designed with the beginner in mind – we welcome complete newbies as well as people who have tried surfing on there own for a while and still need help. We will walk you through all the basics to get you started and catching wave breaks ocean conditions safety in and out of the water wave etiquette paddling push up and pop up techniques
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Santa Clara Mission & University

Mission Santa Clara de Asis was established in 1777 as the 8th of California's 21 Spanish Missions. By 1779 flooding threatened the religious center, so it was temporarily moved to higher ground, then a permanent site was selected in 1781. The original church at this new site (actually the mission's the 3rd church) was built in 1784, but it was destroyed by an earthquake in 1818. A temporary church was used until 1825, then the mission's 5th church was built at the site of the present church. The bad luck continued, and this church was burned to the ground in 1926. The 6th and present church was completed in 1928, and it awaits certain devastation by whatever future disaster may occur; perhaps flood, earthquake, and fire were not strong enough indication that this is a poor place for a church.

Santa Clara University began operations in 1851 on the grounds of the mission, and was California's first college. The only structures remaining from the original mission are the partial wall and the attached Adobe Lodge. SCU has 5,000 undergraduate & 3,500 master's students, and is a private, Jesuit institution.

Spain created 21 missions, 3 pueblos (or towns located in LA, San Jose, & Santa Cruz), & 4 presidios (at San Diego, Santa Barbara, Monterey, & San Francisco) in California. The first mission--San Diego--was established in 1769 while the final mission at Sonoma was completed in 1823.

The missions were religious centers for the purpose of converting the native population to Christianity. The presidios' main function was a strategic military fortification and barracks, primarily to prevent competing colonial claims from Britain or Russia in California. The pueblos were designed as towns to provide food & other support to the military presidios. The last piece of the intricate colonial structure of the Spanish was the ranchos which consisted of some 800 private plots of land for farming.

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Jun 11, 2007

Mission Santa Clara

This Mission built in 1777, is now part of Santa Clara university. The mission church is well preserved but the grounds have been remade by the university.

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Santana Row

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Municipal Rose Garden

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San Jose Museum of Art

This museum is worth looking into for its varied exhibitions. I've seen some interesting things here, which often, but not always, include California or West Coast tendencies. For example, a recent...
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Guadalupe River Park

The Guadalupe River Park stretches along the west side of downtown all the way up to the airport in neighboring Santa Clara. It is a brilliant use of land for flood control and public use. The area...
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Tech Museum of Innovation

Hey there, just thought I'd share the raving review I am posting absolutely everywhere about my night at the tech museum IMAX dome theater! Take a gander, I hope it will serve you well! Like...
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HP Pavilion

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