Albeit much smaller and cozier than L.A., Santa Cruz holds a ton of fun activities and adventures for an exciting weekend getaway – all year round! Soak in some proper old-school Americana vibes at the famous Beach Boardwalk, Cali’s oldest amusement park, and let the salt-and-cotton-candy air ruffle up your hair on the 1924 wooden rollercoaster. To calm your nerves, head over to the wharf to see the funniest and most laid-back sea lions. In winter, there are even chances of spotting some baby otters! Nature lovers should definitely take a day to hike the Santa Cruz Mountains and pay a visit to one of the ghost towns located there. Then at the end of the day, don’t forget to grab a scoop or two of ice cream at The Penny Icecreamery, before sitting down at the beach to watch the sun set.