Get on board a vintage 1900s Pullman train for captivating views of 1,500-year-old, 250-foot-tall redwood trees and the lively Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. You’ll travel from the scenic forest to ocean views with entertaining narration of the area’s history, landmarks, and other fun details.
First, relive California history at the town of Roaring Camp—a re-creation of an 1880s logging town. This Wild West village next to Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park offers a general store, logging camp, steam sawmill, and period-dressed vendors. Enjoy historic reenactments and music that brings the park to life.
Board the open-air train to travel the Pacific Railway—opened in 1875 and one of the oldest lines in California. As you move through the San Lorenzo River Gorge on the slow-moving train, you’ll admire panoramic views full of photo opportunities.
After you arrive at Santa Cruz Beach, you can have a picnic, enjoy shopping at the local boutiques, or hang out with the sea lions under the pier. Spend the afternoon exploring the boardwalk, and then board the train for a ride back to the redwoods.
Dress warmly on most days because the forest can get chilly. During the summer, remember to bring sunscreen, a hat, and water.