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Christmas in San Francisco: 17+ Things to Do with Kids to Celebrate the Holiday Season

My favorite time of year in the San Francisco Bay Area is almost here! The weeks leading up to Christmas in San Francisco are always filled with kid-friendly special events and activities, so it is no surprise that many travelers choose to make their way to my hometown for the holidays. Whether you are a …

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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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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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10 Amazing Spring Break Destinations in California for Families

Several years ago, my family resolved to travel more of our home state of California. We realized we were jetting around all over the country and the world while missing out on amazing destinations right in our backyard. In fact, these were the very same destinations that many other people jetted from all over the …

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Complete Guide to Transit in San Francisco

The city of San Francisco, California is one of the most transit-friendly in the United States, if you know how to use the variety of transportation options available to navigate the famous hills. I’ve lived in the Bay Area for 15 years, so it’s fair to say I’ve taken pretty much every option, from cable …

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24 Hours in San Francisco: The Perfect 1 Day Itinerary for Families

San Francisco is certainly a destination worthy of a week or more. As a local in the Bay Area, I always recommend that visitors come and stay awhile, taking a few day trips around Northern California on a longer vacation. But sometimes you just don’t have the time. Luckily, there is so much than can …

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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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