Thrill rides, Santa Cruz
Take a scream-stirring ride on the Giant Dipper, or test your courage on the new Undertow, a roller coaster with spinning cars. Amusement parks don’t get more amusing than the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. Need a place to recover from the Dipper’s curves? Spend the night at sleek Santa Cruz Dream Inn. Boardwalk: From $3; 400 Beach St.; beachboardwalk.com. Dream Inn: From $279; jdvhotels.com.