Scotts Valley, California, is a small, historic city resting on the Santa Cruz Mountains’ upland slope and about 30 miles south of San Jose. From as early as the 1920s, Scott’s Valley has been a go-to place for travelers of all kinds. When the automobile became popular in the 20th century, tourism commercialized in Scotts Valley and advanced as a regional business. Some of the attractions available were the Beverly Gardens, which carried various outlandish birds for view, restaurants, and local animals. The Tree Circus was also opened in 1947 and featured trees grafted into weird, unusual shapes. In 1964, life-size printed dinosaurs were included in the Tree Circus after the name was changed to The Lost World.
Scotts Valley is also near the State Park, Big Basin Redwoods, a massive attraction for all walks of life. Big Basin Redwoods has archeological findings that have sporadically appeared over the years. It is said to be findings from the prehistoric people who once inhabited the park’s old forests. Scotts Valley is also known for its coffee house, The Barn. In the 1960s, artists like Janis Joplin and the Grateful Dead staged shows there while music lovers enjoyed a nice cup of java.