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California National Parks Road Trip: Exploring California’s Mountain National Parks

Enjoy a great road trip? Love our nation’s National Parks? Well then we have an itinerary for you! Much of California’s eastern spine is dominated by some of the most incredible mountain scenery that our country has to offer. The Sierra Nevada range is home to Sequoia, Kings Canyon, and Yosemite National Parks, while Lassen...
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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,...

Buellton, California: More Than A Pit Stop

  The Santa Ynez Valley is stunning. Its rolling hills, pastures, vineyards, and farmland lie nearly in the middle of Santa Barbara County, just a few hours from Los Angeles. Most road trippers stop in the Santa Ynez Valley, in Buellton specifically, for a pit stop along the 101 Freeway. Here’s everything we loved about visiting...

Returning After Tragedy: Santa Rosa and Las Vegas are Ready

A few months ago I wrote about why it’s so important to travel back to places after they’ve experienced tragedy. I gave a call to action that we as travelers put our tourism dollars back into Las Vegas and Santa Rosa to help rebuild after a terrorist attack and horrendous fires, respectively, had struck the...

Top 10 Things for Families to Do in Sacramento

  I was a kid when I moved to Sacramento, and now I’m raising a child here. I’d say that gives me a well-rounded perspective of the city some call “Cow Town.” But I’m not even sure how the city earned that nickname. Was this land once full of cattle? Where are they now? Though...

U-Cut Christmas Tree Farms: Cutting Down Your Own Tree

Photo Courtesy of BigStock/Andy Dean Photography The holiday season is officially here and for many of us, the season’s celebrations are not complete without a colorfully trimmed tree in our homes cut from the local Christmas Tree Farm. Artificial trees have become more and more popular in recent years, but Christmas tree purists like myself...
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San Jose Guide to the Holidays!

Between Thanksgiving and New Years, the plaza is transformed into a holiday wonderland with acres of Christmas trees decorated by San Jose schools, community groups, and businesses
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Holiday Events in San Francisco to Enjoy with Kids

San Francisco's got it all for the holidays: ice skating, candy decorations, Victorian era villages, Nutcracker teas, and even light peeping aboard a trolley car! Check out our favorite holiday attractions in the City.
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