Category Archives: tourism

Seeking trip tips, tales from parents

Parents and caregivers of children, please share your tales about traveling with youngsters. I want to hear your tips on ways to successfully get to your destination with all your hair on your head in the color it was when … Continue reading

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Two new traffic cameras online in the Central Coast

Two new traffic cameras are now online for commuters and travelers alike on the Central Coast. One is located on northbound Highway 1 west of Morrissey Boulevard in Santa Cruz, while the other is on southbound Highway 1 at Sloat … Continue reading

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July 4th holiday road trippers should get ready and be set before they go

The Fourth of July is coming up in about a week and a half, and many of you are thinking: Road Trip! If you are planning to hit the road, it would be wise to put your car in the … Continue reading

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Beach front parking scam going on in Santa Cruz

Beach-goers beware: there’s a parking scam going on in the area of the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. One recent March weekend, at least one man found himself shelling out nearly $400 to get his vehicle out of impound after parking … Continue reading

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Are snow tires good enough?

The storm that is supposed to bring wind and rain to our area this weekend is also expected to dump snow on the Sierras. Now, some of you may be thinking about loading up your car with skis, snowboards, sleds, … Continue reading

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AAA offers tips for spring break travel abroad

As “Spring Break 2010” fast approaches, AAA of Northern California has a few words of wisdom for families and young people who are planning to take an international vacation. “Stories about crimes against tourists around the world, as sad as … Continue reading

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Beach Street is anything but a day at the beach, reader says

Dear Street Smarts, Q: Having worked on the wharf for over three years and having both walked and biked through this intersection (of Beach Street and Pacific Avenue at the entrance to the Municipal Wharf) over the past 25 years, … Continue reading

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Signs that make you say, ‘hmmmm’

Street Smarts put out the call for funny signs people have encountered while on their road trips. Below is a photograph of a warning sign at Crater Lake taken in September and sent in by Lee and Emily Duffus. If you … Continue reading

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Road signs and their hidden meanings

I took a road trip this past weekend to Nipomo, located in the tail of San Luis Obispo County just north of the Santa Barbara County line and its northern-most city of Santa Maria, to visit friends and attend a … Continue reading

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