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California Dreaming and a Golden State Giveaway

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Do me a favor. Close your eyes and picture California. Go ahead. Close ’em. What did you see?

Surfers in Huntington Beach, California

Surfers in Huntington Beach (Photo courtesy of Visit California)

Maybe it’s the beach scenes of San Diego and Huntington Beach, with miles of waves sprinkled with surfers hanging 10.

Kenwood Kunde Winery and Vineryards in Sonoma, California

Kenwood Kunde Winery and Vineryards in Sonoma (Photo courtesy of Visit California)

You might see rows and rows of green and purple grapes lolling in the sun in California’s Wine Country, almost begging you to venture into a tasting room for a few sips of their sweet nectar.

Cable car in San Francisco's Union Square

Cable car in San Francisco’s Union Square (Photo courtesy of Visit California)

Then again it could be San Francisco‘s iconic cable cars clanging their bells as they roll up and down steep hills lined with restaurants serving some of the country’s best cuisine.

Humboldt Redwoods State Park

Humboldt Redwoods State Park (Photo courtesy of Visit California)

In your mind you might be staring up at majestic redwood trees, your head tilted back, your eyes squinting to make out the top branches as you are forced to take notice of your small place in our amazing world.

Classic Disney characters welcome visitors outside Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland in Anaheim, California. Pluto, Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Goofy and Donald Duck

Classic Disney characters welcome visitors outside Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland in Anaheim (Photo credit: Scott Brinegar/Disneyland)

Or maybe you see your kids hugging Mickey Mouse, their grins as wide as the California sun, their lips still sticky from the gooey sweet crunch of a churro at Disneyland.

Los Angeles skyline at sunset

Los Angeles skyline at sunset (Photo courtesy of Visit California)

Maybe you envision the Hollywood sign and glitz of the Los Angeles entertainment mecca, or rows of date-laden palms in the California desert, or stretches of grassy green golf courses.

California beckons to dreamers and vacationers of all sorts.

Whether you’re looking for a city break filled with site-seeing and museums, an outdoor adventure packed with hiking and whitewater rafting, or you want to escape into an imaginary world where boy wizards are real…a California road trip offers something to appeal to every member of your family.

As someone who lived for 15 years in this state, I am thrilled to be co-hosting a #KidsNTrips Twitter Party all about my beloved former home of California. Join us for some California dreaming and a chance to win a San Francisco getaway.

California's Golden Gate Bridge

California’s Golden Gate Bridge (Photo courtesy of Visit California)

California Summer Road Trips Twitter Party

Take a virtual road trip across this beautiful and varied sunny state with us during a Twitter Party with Visit California this Thursday. There is no need to RSVP, just follow the #KidsNTrips hashtag and join the conversation!

Date: Thursday, June 9, 2016

Time: 9:30 am Pacific Time (10:30 am Mountain Time; 11:30 am Central Time; 12:30 pm Eastern Time)

Hashtag: #KidsNTrips

Theme: Summer Road Trips with Kids

Hosts: Be sure to follow @TravelMamas@JenLeo@LaJollaMom, and @VisitCA

Sponsor: Visit California

Special Guests: @travelbabbo@honeyandlimeco, and @tripswithtykes

Giveaway Prize: $300 Visa gift card to put toward your California vacation + 4 San Francisco CityPasses

Restrictions: Must be 18+ to win. Open to U.S. residents only. No purchase necessary to win. Prize will be awarded to one lucky #KidsNTrips Twitter Party participant. Airfare not included. Winner will be chosen at random and notified via Twitter shortly after the party. Read additional prize terms and conditions.

Learn more: Not sure what a Twitter party is or why to participate? Learn more about #KidsNTrips family travel Twitter parties now!

Will you join the California Summer Road Trips Twitter Party? Let us know in the comments below!

A Note from The Travel Mama: I will receive compensation related to this post and the upcoming #KidsNTrips Twitter Party from Visit California. All opinions are mine, as always.

About Colleen Lanin

Colleen Lanin is the founder/editor-in-chief of As the author of her book, "The Travel Mamas' Guide," she teaches parents not only how to survive a trip with children, but also how to love exploring the world with their offspring. Her stories have appeared online and in print for such outlets as the "Today" show,, Parenting Magazine, Orlando Sentinel, Chicago Tribune, Expedia, San Diego Family Magazine, and more. Colleen gives tips on television, radio, and as a public speaker. She has a master’s degree in business administration with a background in marketing. She lives in Arizona with her husband and two kids.

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    Beautiful photos, the states looks amazing. thank you for sharing your tips as well.

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