Nature Scavenger Hunt in Edgewood Park and Natural Preserve, Redwood City CA

Edgewood Park and Natural Preserve in Redwood City is one of the multitude parks and preserves perfect for family hiking in San Francisco Bay Area along HW 280 corridor. It is one of my favorite parks for many reasons. We love Edgewood because: It is easily accessible right off HW 280 It has 2 entrances:…

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Simi Valley and Ronald Reagan Presidential Museum and Library

When people are planning a vacation in Southern California they are typically thinking about attractions in LA, Orange County, San Diego. Simi Valley usually flies under the radar, which is a shame. This small town houses one fantastic place that should be on everybody’s travel list – Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum. This type…

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San Diego on Foot family road trip itinerary

San Diego is one of my most favorite cities in California. It is neat, sunny, beautiful and has an abundance of family friendly attractions. Not surprisingly, we visited Sand Diego 3 times in the past 3 years. A million websites can provide you information about vacation in this city so how is my San Diego…

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Volcanic Wonders family road trip itinerary – Mt. Shasta, Lassen, Crater Lake

How would you like a family road trip itinerary that includes 2 National Parks, lakes, volcanoes, mountains and a huge waterfall? If this sounds interesting then keep reading. Most people consider California HW 1 the best ride in the state but I would say that the Northern part of HW 5 (from San Francisco to…

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Family road trip itinerary in the footsteps of “Adventures of Tom Sawyer”

“I have found out that there ain’t no surer way to figure out whether you like people or hate them than to travel with them”.- Mark Twain When I was growing up The Adventures of Tom Sawyer was one of my favorite books. Now that I have 2 boys this classic is a staple at our house.…

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Mediterranean adventure in San Francisco Bay – Angel Island State Park

Mark Twain once said: “The coldest winter I have ever experienced was summer in San Francisco”,  and he was right. A sunny, warm and not windy or foggy day in San Francisco is a very rare occurrence and once nature grants you such a gift you have to use it wisely. The best thing to…

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Time Travel in Old Sacramento, CA – 1 day family road trip itinerary

If you are looking for a one day getaway from San Francisco Bay Area for a weekend or a “staycation” once kids are out of school I suggest you consider Sacramento. It is the capital of California and it has attractions to fill more than just 1 day but if you are looking for quick,…

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Yosemite National Park family road trip itinerary done right

What is a perfect vacation? To me it is a vacation in a perfect destination that went exactly according to a perfect plan. No one would argue that Yosemite National Park is one of the crown jewels of California, if not the entire United States, and it is a perfect destination for a family road…

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Safety when traveling – how to protect yourself, your credit cards, wallet and bag

I am not one of those people who is paranoid about safety when traveling but then again I do not go to high risk places like Acapulco, Rio de Janeiro or certain countries in Africa, etc. So I was not really tuned into safety until I read an interesting article about identity theft. It turns…

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Family road trip in the footsteps of the movie “Bottle Shock” – Napa Valley 1 day adventure

Almost every tourist coming to San Francisco Bay Area wants to visit the famous Napa Valley. If your heart is set on Napa too, this family road trip itinerary is for you. Napa is synonymous with the big wine producer names you see in every supermarket: Robert Mondavi, Beringer, BV, Mumm, Chandon, etc. But these…

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