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Michelle McCoy is Trekaroo’s Lead Travel Expert. She and her husband love traveling to National Parks and going camping, but when life with 4 young kids keeps them home - especially now with a high schooler - they find their fun in traveling to the local beaches in Orange County, CA and hiking in the wilderness areas nearby.

Best Family-Friendly Beaches in Southern California

Heading to the Golden State? Searching for the best Southern California beaches for families? Trekaroo has done the hard research, spending hours on the sun up and down the coast to bring you the top picks for families who want nothing but the best. From playgrounds of the rich and famous to off-the-beaten-path spots, here...
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Top Ten Holiday Events to Enjoy with Kids in Southern California

There may not be snow on the ground, and the shining sun may make it feel like the perfect 75 degrees, but decorations are popping up at every corner and special holiday events are being held almost daily.
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Splash Into the Holidays at Great Wolf Lodge Resorts – Halloween and Christmas Fun!

What’s in store for the Christmas and winter holidays at Great Wolf Lodge. Snow falling in the lobby? Sleeping in a cozy Wolf Den with a lit up Christmas tree? Trick or treating in a hotel? Splashing at an indoor water park? If your kids say – oh yes, please – then make plans to...
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Things to Do and Enjoy as a Family in Pasadena, California

Do you think of the Rose Parade when you hear about the city of Pasadena? Most do! More importantly, did you know there are a lot of fun things to do here year-round? Each New Year’s Day, the country tunes in to see flower-strewn floats parade down Colorado Boulevard. Every other day of the year,...

How to Score a Campground at Popular National Parks

...it’s important to get the information you need in order to make reservations for the more crowded National Parks. Many of them have campsites that fill quickly with reservations on the first day they are opened. Here’s the information you need in order to plan for your summer and get the reservations you desire.
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Top 10 Things to do in Yosemite National Park with Kids

If there was a contest to identify the most beautiful natural place in the world, I would vote for Yosemite every single time. I dare anyone to stand in one of Yosemite Valley’s green meadows with wildflowers all around, turn around in a circle, gaze at towering cliffs 4,000 feet high with waterfalls pounding down,...
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Jedediah Smith State Park- A Redwoods Adventure for Families in California

A few remaining groves of old California redwoods stretch like a ribbon along the northern coast of California where the giant trees have been growing for over 1,000 years. Redwood National and State Parks work together to protect these natives for all to enjoy. Up at the very top of California, just miles from Oregon,...

The Best Hammocks for Family Fun, Camping, and Backpacking

I remember thinking it was a good idea. Hanging a hammock in Yosemite along the river and resting in the shade was what I really wanted to do. But as I lugged my 20 pounds of Ecuadorian cloth woven into a beautiful hammock complete with tassels over a mile from the Curry Village camp, I...

Gear Review: Tenba Messenger Bag for Photography, Cameras, and Parents

Does your camera just float around in a bag when you travel with your kids? Or do you simply leave that bulky DSLR at home? I know so many moms who have fantastic cameras that take the most amazing photos- but they rarely bring them on daily adventures with kids. Either the camera is too...
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