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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 Beaches in Southern California [for Families!]

What are the best beaches in Southern California? Trekaroo has done the hard research, spending hours on various stretches of sand up and down the coast. Our travels up and down Pacific Coast Highway have taken us from the sunny shores of San Diego to picture-perfect beaches in Santa Barbara. From the playgrounds of the...
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Things to Do in Pasadena, California with Kids

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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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...

Games for the Beach & Park that Teens and Families Love

We have two teenagers now and adventures and beach days are different. It’s not as easy to motivate them to engage and have fun with us. Not like it used to be where a bucket and shovel kept them busy all day. Our teenagers are not ones that love to sit and chat for long...

Riviera Maya – Luxury Family Vacation

Mayakoba in the Riviera Maya is a luxury family vacation waiting to happen. Where a master planned resort blends the spectacular hospitality of the top luxury hotels of Fairmont, Banyan Tree, Rosewood, and the new Andaz, into the white sands of Cancun, Mexico. Where the PGA certified golf course weaves through the jungle, natural waterways, and beach like a...

Tips for Cruising with Kids

Ready for a family cruise? Explore these tips for cruising with kids that will keep you sane, safe, and happy on a family cruise adventure.

Know Before You Go: An Introduction to Puerto Rico for Family Travelers

Photo by: Flickr/Breezy Baldwin Over a lunch of cheese and crackers- typical fare in my house- I asked my kids, “What do you know about Puerto Rico?” One kid said it was an island. Another impressed me knowing that it was near a gulf. Now, I have to point out that we live in California....
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