Pacifica CA, a Jewel by the Sea – family road trip itinerary

The biggest benefit of living in San Francisco Bay Area is being so close to the ocean. I truly believe that the ocean has a therapeutic effect on all of us: calming for some, energizing for others. There is no denial of its benefits to our mental and physical health. There are a lot of…

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Fun day in Oakland – family road trip itinerary

Oakland does not come to mind as a prime travel destination. It has a bit of a sour reputation and it does not have the postcard perfect beauty and appeal as other locations in San Francisco Bay Area. However, I think it would be unfair to dismiss Oakland from your travel plans completely. It has…

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Maui culinary adventures and agricultural tourism

Many people visiting Hawaii experience Classic Maui, which I described in detail in my previous blog post. What our family loves to do when we travel is to go off the bitten path, stop at local farms, eat off the land, learn about local cuisine, etc. Maui provides a lot of opportunities for agricultural tourism…

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Classic Maui – Hawaii family trip itinerary

Dreams do come true, if you really work hard at them. My “impossible” dream has always been to travel to Hawaii. When we lived in Illinois all odds were against me. An 8-hour flight to Hawaii cost over $500 per person, while a 2-hour flight to Florida cost less than $200. It was all really…

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Flowers of California: urban hikes, flower fields and nature reserves

One of my favorite things to do with kids is flower scavenger hunting and California is one of the best places for such an activity. Sometimes you don’t have a plan for the day and an urban hike just in town where you live can yield phenomenal results. California is in bloom any month of…

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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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