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Complete Guide to Train Rides & Attractions in Northern California (with Map)

Few places have a richer railroad legacy than the San Francisco Bay Area and greater Northern California. Trains were a vital part of the development of the state, from their role in logging in the redwoods to moving goods and people as the state boomed after the Gold Rush. Railroad tycoons like the Big 4 …

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10 Amazing Fall Destinations in California for Families

Tourists traditionally flock to California in summer, but fall in the Golden State is one of the best times of year to visit. We may not quite have the breathtaking fall foliage of New England, but California has fall fun all its own to offer. All the inland locations that are too hot to visit …

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25 Free Things to Do in San Francisco with Kids (with Map!)

For the last 15 years, I’ve been lucky enough to call the San Francisco Bay Area home. San Francisco is a destination that travelers from all over the world yearn to visit, and all of it is in my backyard. But don’t be too jealous! As great as the city is, I also know firsthand …

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Napa Valley Wine Country with Kids: The Complete Guide

Just about an hour north of San Francisco is one of the greatest wine regions in the world – California’s Napa Valley. Before we had kids, my husband and I enjoyed many a weekend getaway in the region. While our trips may look a little different now, we still travel to the Napa Valley even …

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California Theme Parks in 2021: What’s Open, What’s Not, & What’s Coming Soon

The year 2020 was pretty bleak for all types of businesses in the travel sector. But few were hit quite as hard as theme parks. From Singapore to Paris to Anaheim, amusement parks were universally shuttered around the world for many months. While many reopened last year and more are reopening just now, theme parks …

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Flying to San Francisco: Complete Guide to Bay Area Airports

Planning a trip to San Francisco, California? A lot of travelers to the Bay Area don’t realize that the region has quite a few ways to get here by air. In fact, the San Francisco Bay Area has three major international airports – San Francisco International Airport (SFO), Oakland International Airport (OAK), and Norman Y. …

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What California’s Stay-at-Home Order Means for Travel in the State (ORDER NOW LIFTED!)

***BREAKING: On January 25, 2021, Governor Newsom will be announcing the end of the stay-at-home order for the three California regions remaining under it – the Bay Area, Southern California, and the San Joaquin Valley. The Greater Sacramento region’s stay-at-home order was already lifted on January 12. This means all counties will return to the …

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First Timer’s Guide to Lake Tahoe

Located on the California-Nevada border in the Sierra Mountains, Lake Tahoe is a popular vacation getaway. Day trippers and weekend warriors from Northern California visit often, but Tahoe is a bucket list destination for travelers from all over the country and even the world as well. With skiing and winter sports in colder months and …

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What Partially Reopened Yosemite National Park is Like During COVID-19 in 2020-2021

Yosemite National Park reopened to the public on June 11, 2020, after a three month closure due to COVID-19. My family made reservations for a mid-July 2020 trip way back in the summer of 2019, so we were thrilled that the timing worked out to be able to visit. Yosemite holds a very special place …

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