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Palm Springs with Kids – Fun Activities for Families

When you think of Palm Springs, you probably picture pretty palm trees, vast golf courses, and sparkling swimming pools. You will find these treasures and oh so much more in this California desert city! Families seeking cool hotel prices flock to Palms Springs in summer months. The rest of the year, when California beaches may […]

Highway 5 Road Trip Pit Stops for Families to Cure Any Case of “Are We There Yet?!”

Embarking on a West Coast road trip with kids and looking for pitstops to please the family? Interstate 5 stretches between the Washington/Canada border and the California/Mexico border. I-5 has no shortage of exciting cities, beautiful scenery, and roadside attractions to keep your crew entertained. The question is, which are worth a stop and which […]

San Diego’s Birch Aquarium: A Worthwhile Alternative to SeaWorld

Many vacationers forego Birch Aquarium in favor of glitzier SeaWorld San Diego. But there are many reasons to visit this smaller, educational sea life attraction. Read this review to learn why to visit Birch Aquarium in La Jolla during your family holiday. 1. “The Legacy” Whale Sculpture Fountains & Memorial The impressive “Legacy” Whale Sculpture […]

How many years did it take to build San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge?

The Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco is one of the world’s most famous bridges. This iconic bridge spans 1.7 miles and connects San Francisco to Marin County. When it was completed in 1937, it was the longest suspension bridge in the world and considered an engineering marvel. It was a massive and expensive project, […]

Why Visit Borrego Springs with Kids

Get off the beaten path with a family vacation in Borrego Springs, California. It’s a quirky area inhabited by about 3,500 residents in the middle of the desert. Although it’s located within San Diego County, you’ll feel worlds away from the beachy vibe of SoCal in this desert village. Here’s what to do in Borrego […]

Guide to Carlsbad, California for Families

Carlsbad is probably not the first place that pops to mind when you think of a California vacation…but maybe it should be. Often overlooked in favor of its popular neighbor, San Diego, this laid-back beach city has plenty of fun for families. Carlsbad is just 36 miles north of San Diego International Airport and less […]

Romantic Things to Do in Carmel, California

Mention Carmel to someone who’s been there and they’re likely to sigh dreamily and say, “Ohhh, I looove Carmel.”  I couldn’t really understand the appeal…until I went there myself. There’s not a whole bunch of stuff to do in this Central California coastal town. But that’s the point. Carmel is about connection with nature and […]

Why Couples Love Monterey, California

Looking for a place to get away from it all and connect with your honey? You won’t find a more romantic destination than Monterey and its sister city, Carmel. My husband and I celebrated our wedding anniversary here and fell in love with Monterey (and with each other, all over again!). When comparing these two […]

Best California with Kids Destinations

California is so jam-packed with fun for kids, you may not know where to begin planning your family vacation. As a mom and former Californian who has explored much of the Golden State’s shores, theme parks, and cities — let me help you narrow down your choices with this list of the nine best places […]

Huntington Beach with Kids – The Ultimate Surfer Town

California’s Pacific Coast is lined with darling beach towns, each with its own flavor and stretch of beach. For the ultimate surfer town, take the family to Huntington Beach, a.k.a. Surf City USA. Craving a laid back beach vacation? Check out these eight fun things to do in Huntington Beach with kids. 1. Soak up the surfer […]

Tips for Visiting Disneyland with Teens and Tweens

Is it good idea to visit Disneyland with teens and tweens? YES! Kids of all ages love the magic of Disneyland. Of course, Disneyland with big kids differs from visiting with young children. In many ways, it’s better. There’s no need to squeeze in naps, plus your family can enjoy later nights at the parks […]

Top 12 Disneyland Rides and Attractions for Babies and Toddlers

Many parents worry there are not enough Disneyland rides and attractions for babies and toddlers, but amusements for all ages abound at this California theme park. The best part? The entire family can enjoy most of these activities together. As a Disneyland enthusiast and former multi-year Annual Passholder, I have visited the Happiest Place on […]

Fun Things to Do in Burbank, California – The Media Capital of the World

Looking for fun things to do in Burbank, CA? Grab your sunglasses and thank your adoring fans, because we’ve got a Burbank travel guide worth celebrating! Whether you’re supplementing your Los Angeles or Disneyland vacation, or you’re coming to California specifically to explore the Media Capital of the World, follow this list of activities for […]