Hopping Aboard the Beach Train in Santa Cruz, California
Traveling with young kids? Hop aboard the Beach Train to Roaring Camp, high in the Santa Cruz mountains. The three-hour roundtrip winds beneath the canopy of redwoods, along a river canyon, and deep into the forest. At Roaring Camp, you can turn around and come back—a good idea if the kids are getting antsy—or tack on another hour for a ride aboard a narrow-gauge train, pulled by an 1890 steam locomotive, to the top of Bear Mountain. Teenagers risk boredom, but for tots, it’s a big adventure.