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When most Northern Californians think of national parks, Yosemite looms large. Perhaps Lassen, Sequoia, or Kings Canyon come to mind for the more outdoor-minded. What so many travelers don’t realize is that the National Parks Service manages a number of historical and natural sites of interest all over the nation. Many of these national park …

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When most travelers think of amusement parks in California, Disneyland is usually top of mind. Universal Studios Hollywood or maybe Sea World San Diego also have widespread recognition. Although Southern California certainly has some of the biggest theme park names, the northern half of the state has several major amusement parks worth of a visit …

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A very popular day trip from San Francisco for many travelers is an excursion to Muir Woods National Monument. Located in Marin County, California near the town of Mill Valley, Muir Woods protects a forest filled with old growth coast redwoods. Because of its proximity to San Francisco, it is an extremely popular national park …

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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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As a local in the San Francisco Bay Area for the better part of two decades, I always recommend that visitors come and stay awhile. The city of San Francisco has dozens of museums, historical sites, outdoor excursions, vistas, and weird and wonderful attractions to visit. Day trips from San Francisco from Muir Woods to …

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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 from our home base in the East Bay. While our trips may look a little different now, …

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My home state of California has an important designation when it comes to national parks – California has more national parks than any other state. Five of California’s nine national parks are within a few hour drive from my home base in the San Francisco Bay Area. So it probably goes without saying that my …

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Whether you are a local or a tourist, the city of San Francisco has dozens of family-friendly activities and events to keep you busy. But sometimes it’s rewarding to get out of the city and explore more of the greater Bay Area and Northern California. Day trips are logistically easy as well as a cheap …

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