One perfect day in Felton, CA

Head to this small town to see the redwoods and soak up the California vibes

Redwood Canopy Tours

You can experience Felton's redwoods up close by zipline through Redwood Canopy Tours.

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Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park
Oak Tree Ristorante

Why go now: This redwood-shaded town in the Santa Cruz Mountains has a mellow vibe that’s easy like August.

Lay of the land: We’re talking tiny. Two main streets. And those cars you see zipping down State 9 are probably on their way to Santa Cruz.

Standout flapjacks: The fruit-laden blueberry pancakes at Rockys Cafe ($; 6560 State 9; 831/335-4637) are delish and best consumed on the second-floor porch.

Is that a steam whistle? In the late 19th century, steam engines hauled logged redwoods out of these hills. Relive those days with a ride on an 1890 train as it rounds you to the top of Bear Mountain ($24;

Layer up: Weather can range from 50° and foggy to mid-80s and sunny.

When it’s hot: Hit the nearby town of Bonny Doon for a chilled glass of unoaked Chardonnay at Beauregard Vineyards ($5 tasting; 10 Pine Flat Rd.; 831/425-7777).

Be a believer: Saw something rustling in the trees? Tell the folks at the Bigfoot Discovery Museum (5497 State 9; 831/335-4478), where you’ll find a map of Bigfoot sightings, footprint casts, and a 10-foot Sasquatch statue.


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