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Tips for Visiting Muir Woods National Monument

A very popular day trip from San Francisco for many travelers is an excursion to Muir Woods National Monument. Located in Marin County 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 site …

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Top 12 Kid-Friendly Day Trips Near San Francisco

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 great to get out of the city and explore more of the greater Bay Area and Northern California. If you have young kids like I do, day trips …

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The Complete Guide to Skiing Northstar California Resort with Kids

One of the best parts of traveling with kids as a parent is taking them to destinations that had meaning in your own childhood. For my family, Northstar California Resort in North Lake Tahoe is one such meaningful place. The resort is where my husband grew up skiing with his brothers (in their 1980s and early …

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Taking a Volcano Road Trip in Northern California and Southern Oregon

We are a family that flies much more than we drive in our travels. My kids can do a cross-country flight like champs, but they aren’t used to long road trips. When my husband and I started planning a summer road trip from our home in the San Francisco Bay Area through Northern California and …

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Gilroy Gardens Review: The Best Little Theme Park You’ve Probably Never Heard Of

A little over an hour away from San Francisco and about 20 miles south of San Jose is the town of Gilroy, California. It is probably best known for its agriculture – in particular, its garlic. Gilroy plays host to an annual summer garlic festival that draws serious crowds. But Gilroy has another attraction that is …

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Travel During Summer Wildfire Season: What You Need to Know

If you’ve been following the news lately, you may know that this summer is one of the worst wildfire seasons in the Western United States in years. Just a few days ago, wildfires forced the closure of Yosemite National Park for the first time in nearly three decades. A major wildfire just started near the …

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The Ultimate Guide to National Parks in Northern California

This post was written in partnership with the National Park Trust and sponsor Northside USA for Kids to Parks Day. 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 …

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California’s Mendocino County with Kids: The Comprehensive Guide

Far too many visitors to Northern California halt their travels somewhere in the middle of Napa or Sonoma County wine country. After living in Northern California for more than a decade, I highly recommend venturing farther north. There are so many amazing NorCal destinations for more adventurous travelers willing to drive just a little farther. …

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Oakland A’s Games with Kids: Your Family-Friendly Baseball Guide

Thanks to the Oakland A’s for sponsoring this post. All opinions are my own. Spring is finally here and that means it’s time for America’s favorite past-time – baseball! My family’s love of our hometown team, the Oakland Athletics – more affectionately known as the A’s – runs pretty deep. My husband grew up in …

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Legoland California on a Budget: 10 Money-Saving Tips

My family takes many of our theme park vacations at Disney destinations. Don’t tell, but we recently decided to cheat on the Mouse. Our destination for a long weekend getaway: Legoland California in Carlsbad near San Diego. With an 8 year old daughter and a 4 year old son, my family is firmly in the …

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