Where: Santa Cruz, Calif. This Californian coastal town has it all: beautiful beaches, towering redwoods, an action-packed boardwalk and even a baffling Mystery Spot (a crazy patch of redwood forest that seems to defy gravity).
Why Kids Love It: The Beach Boardwalk at Santa Cruz has every possible amusement for the ideal kid vacation, and when senses get overloaded, nature beckons in all directions. It's that Mystery Spot, though, that will keep them talking all the way home.
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