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6 Free Things to Do in Santa Cruz, CA

Free Things to do in Santa Cruz, California | West Cliff Drive | The Atlas Heart

My Favorite free things to do in Santa Cruz! How to enjoy the best that this seaside town has to offer without spending a dime.

Okay, so maybe Santa Cruz doesn’t have as much going on as Los Angeles, San Francisco, or San Diego. And maybe I’m a little biased being that I was born and raised here, but I do believe that Santa Cruz is a place that you should visit at least once in your lifetime.

Sure, it’s a small beach town like many that exist on the West Coast of California, but the city has its own unique charm that I have yet to come across anywhere else, and there are a ton of free things to do in Santa Cruz to make it even more attractive for the average visitor.

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My Top 15 Travel Songs

A playlist to inspire your next adventure around the world.

I’ll happily admit it, I’m a music nut. Whether it’s on my daily bus rides around the city, a long flight across the country, or simply a workout at the gym, I’m dependent on my iPhone and my love of music. I have a soundtrack to most things I do in my life, and I love getting to know people through learning about their music tastes.

For any of you who are as addicted to music as I am, I give to you my favorite travel playlist that inspires me to get up and go explore the world.

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Postcard from Veneta, Oregon

When my dad told me he was moving out of the house I grew up in and relocating to Oregon, I was nostalgic and sad to let go of so many memories from my childhood and adolescence.

Well, I finally had the opportunity to see his new place just outside of Eugene, in Veneta, Oregon, and I fell in love with my new home to come back to.

I’ve been to Oregon a few times before, but I forgot just how incredibly beautiful a state it is. I can see why so many people are relocating there, it’s a one of a kind place.

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Postcard from the Top of the Empire State Building

Nighttime views of NYC from one of its most famous landmarks – the Empire State Building

As it was my first time visiting New York City over the holidays, I made sure to check all the tourist attractions off my list, including the Empire State Building. Although, the wait to get up to the top was close to unbearable, it really is something that everyone should do once in their lifetime.

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La Bella Vita

From the time I was very little, I remember looking up at the sky every time a plane would fly over me on my daily walk to school.

I would imagine where the people up there were going, what adventures lay ahead for them. Every time I would see an airplane in the clear blue California sky, I would make a promise to myself that someday soon it would be me on my own adventures.

It became a promise that structured my whole life around when I could travel next.

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