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LEGOLAND California Tips for All Ages from Babies to Adults

From themed rides and LEGO brick building stations to musical fountains and roller coasters, LEGOLAND has something to please everyone. Read on to learn about the best this park has to offer for babies, toddlers, tweens, teens, and grown-ups.

LEGOLAND Water Park Tips for a Joy-Filled Day

To be an “authentic” traveler, I guess I’m supposed to only like nature-y, educational, culturally enriching, good-for-you stuff. But here’s the thing about water parks…they’re FUN! They induce pure joy for my children, and let’s face it, for me! Joy is good, right?

12 Tips for SeaWorld San Diego with Kids

As a California resident, former SeaWorld annual pass holder, and parent of two – I have been to SeaWorld San Diego more times than I can count. I’ve gathered up a list of 10 tips to make the most of visiting this watery amusement/education park when visiting with kids.

Huntington Beach with Kids – The Ultimate Surfer Town

California’s Pacific Coast is lined with darling beach towns, each with its own local flavor and stretch of beach. For the ultimate surfer town, take the kids to Huntington Beach, also known as Surf City USA.

Disneyland vs Knott’s Berry Farm: Which Is Best for Your Family?

Disneyland vs Knott’s Berry Farm? With so much to do in Southern California, travelers need to choose wisely when planning their vacation days. Here’s a look at the differences between the two theme parks so you can choose the best one for your brood. Find Disneyland Resort deals including ticket discounts and discounted hotel packages!  Save up […]

15 Best San Diego Attractions for Kids

San Diego County overflows with fun for families. There is plenty for all ages to enjoy in this sunny Southern California town. As a mom who lived San Diego for 15 years and who returns regularly with her brood, here are my picks for the best San Diego attractions for kids. I’ve also included my favorite restaurants and […]

Geek’s Guide to San Francisco and Beyond for Star Wars Fans and Comics Lovers

San Francisco may be primarily known for its cable cars, historical landmarks, and cuisine culture. But it’s also a friendly refuge for geeks seeking adventure inspired by film and cartoons. (Think Star Wars, the Peanuts comic strip, and all things Disney!) My husband, Jeff, and I first started traveling as a couple in San Francisco. […]

5 Destinations that Feel Like Europe in North America

Do you have the itch to travel to Europe but your bank account doesn’t have enough scratch? Want to go somewhere that feels foreign without taking an overnight flight? You don’t have to leave North America to reach some great locales that will make you feel like you’ve crossed the Atlantic. Instead, travel to these five destinations that feel […]

California Dreaming and a Golden State Giveaway

Do me a favor. Close your eyes and picture California. Go ahead. Close ’em. What did you see? Maybe it’s the beach scenes of San Diego and Huntington Beach, with miles of waves sprinkled with surfers hanging 10. You might see rows and rows of green and purple grapes lolling in the sun in California’s Wine Country, almost begging you […]

Why Book a Stay at Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite National Park

If you’re planning a visit to Yosemite during this centennial anniversary year of National Parks, you definitely want to book a stay at the renowned Tenaya Lodge. With its wide-ranging resort comforts, amenities and family-friendly vibe, Tenaya will make your visit to Yosemite National Park even more memorable. Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite National Park For the past […]

10 Best Embassy Suites Pools

I am a fanatic of great hotel pools and I adore the perks and extra space offered by Embassy Suites. It just makes sense to combine these two loves when looking for a fabulous hotel. If you’re looking for an Embassy Suites property with a pool the whole family will love, check out my picks for the 10 […]

Fabulous Fun in Solana Beach & Del Mar, California

Solana Beach and its neighbor, Del Mar, gracefully balance the casual feel of seaside, sand-in-your-suit living with upscale offerings. If you like a blend of the finer, and the grittier, things in life – you’ll love a visit to these pretty beach towns just north of San Diego. Here’s what to do, see, eat and where to […]

Palm Springs Romantic Getaway

Mid-way through our Palm Springs romantic getaway, I asked my husband why we hadn’t done this sooner. It had been eight years since we embarked on a grown-ups-only trip, and that’s just far too long! With great places to stay, a tasty locavore food scene, and plenty to do (or not do), Palm Springs provides a lovely retreat from […]