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Tourists traditionally flock to California in summer, but fall in the Golden State is one of the best times of year to visit. My home state 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 …

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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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Fall might just be my favorite time of year to visit Disneyland. The weather is usually mild and pleasant, crowds are reasonable (some of the time), and the Halloween decorations and treats are out in full force. Halloween Time, as the season is known at Disneyland Resort, has lots for everyone in the family. There …

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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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Just down the road from Disneyland is another iconic and historic theme park. Located in Buena Park, California, Knott’s Berry Farm has been open since 1940, when rides and attractions were added to keep guests entertained while waiting for Mrs. Knott’s famous fried chicken dinners and boysenberry pies. The park is now owned and operated …

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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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