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Guide to Channel Islands National Park (with Kids)

September 5, 2017

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California is home to 28 national parks and sites scattered throughout the state. From the iconic Half Dome in Yosemite, to the desolate in Death Valley and the big trees in the North at the Redwoods, there is no shortage of vast beauty in California’s parks. One of the last few remaining parks that we […]

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National Parks in the Bay Area

April 17, 2017

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During our recent visit to the San Francisco Bay Area, we unexpectedly found ourselves at a national park site that we didn’t even know existed. Researching this a bit more, I was surprised to learn there are 10 national park sites in the Bay Area. Considering how much we love the national parks and seek them out […]

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6 Things Not to Miss at the Grand Canyon

April 10, 2017

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Visiting the Grand Canyon is often high on travelers’ bucket lists. Part of the Grand Canyon makes up one of the most famous of all the US’s national parks, while other sections are located on lands still owned by Native Americans. Both sections of this massive UNESCO-listed site offers dramatic scenery, varied flora and fauna, cultural […]

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Camping in the Mojave National Preserve

February 9, 2017

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If you read our post on Exploring the Mojave Preserve, you might remember that the basic premise for this park is a place for self discovery, adventure and exploration. This extends to where you will stay as well. Given that there is no town anywhere nearby and the park itself does not provide any accommodation […]

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Exploring the Mojave National Preserve

February 6, 2017

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If you are like most people, you have heard of the Mojave Desert, but your association might be limited to images of barren landscapes dotted with military bases. The Mojave definitely represents some of this, but it also has so much more. The Mojave Desert is a massive area encompassing large portions of California, southern areas […]

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Death Valley with Kids | One Day Itinerary

January 10, 2017

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What do you think of when you hear Death Valley? Hottest Place on Earth. Yep. Desolate and barren. Yep. Even though Death Valley is synonymous with these images, I think that like most people, I didn’t really have a clear image in my head of what it would look like. I’m not quite sure what […]

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Exploring Saguaro National Park in One Day

November 14, 2016

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One of our main reasons for our recent visit to Tucson was to explore Saguaro National Park. And to get a other junior ranger badge of course! Reading the name saguaro, you might not know exactly what it is (or even how to say it!), but once you see the iconic cactus often associated with Arizona […]

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Visiting Manzanar National Historic Site with Kids

November 3, 2016

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If you follow us regularly, you know we are national park obsessed. But it’s not just nature parks that we love to go to, we also enjoy visiting many of the monuments and historic sites that are part of the national park system. Through these other parks, we have been able to learn more about […]

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Sky’s the Limit Observatory in 29 Palms

July 25, 2016

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One of the best places in Southern California for star gazing is in and around Joshua Tree. We have been out several times specifically to do this, but only recently learned about the Sky’s the Limit Observatory in 29 Palms. On our last visit to the northern part of Joshua Tree we noticed the observatory’s white […]

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29 Palms: A Joshua Tree Hidden Gem

July 21, 2016

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We have been to Joshua tree too many times to count, but we continue to find new areas to explore. On my most recent trip, I had the opportunity to stay in Twentynine Palms near the Oasis of Mara entrance. In all my times to the park, I have only visited this area twice. Now […]

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Get off the Beaten Path with Joshua Tree Excursions 

May 30, 2016

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I have been to Joshua Tree many times, and while there is still a ton to explore on my own, I was excited to get off the beaten path with Joshua Tree Excursions during my last visit. Joshua Tree Excursions is a locally owned company providing privately guided off-trail experiences with the thought that life is about the journey […]

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Finding Adventure in Dinosaurland

April 21, 2016

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Finding Adventure in Dinnosaurland

Last summer we took a 10 day road trip through Arizona and Utah with our family friends from Texas. While researching that trip I came across Dinosaur National Monument in northern Utah and western Colorado. We weren’t planning to be anywhere near that area so I stored it away for any future trips in the […]

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Family Day Trip to Muir Woods

April 4, 2016

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The Bay Area is one of my favorite places on earth. Not just because I lived there for almost a decade, but because no matter where you turn you are surrounded by so much beauty. The abundance of beautiful scenery, picturesque streets and my favorite, the fog rolling in each day can’t be beat. There is […]

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Best Urban National Parks for Families

March 1, 2016

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In celebration of the 100th year of the National Park Service, I will post at least once a month in some way relating to our wonderful national park system to help bring awareness to an awesome part of our country that is so often under utilized. Many famous and well visited tourist sites in the US are […]

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Hiking the Kilauea Iki Trail with Kids

February 15, 2016

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A visit to the Big Island of Hawaii isn’t complete without a trip to the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Having the opportunity to see a real live active volcano in person was one of the main reasons in going to Hawaii for our family. One of the highlights of our Big Island road trip was a 4 […]

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Get off the Beaten Path: Best National Parks for Families 

February 8, 2016

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In celebration of the 100th year of the National Park Service, I will post at least once a month in some way relating to our wonderful national park system to help bring awareness to an awesome part of our country that is so often under utilized. Most families know of the major national parks like the Grand Canyon, […]

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National Parks with Kids: A How To Guide

January 11, 2016

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Did you notice this year’s Tournament of Roses Parade theme? Have you seen the commercials? If so, you probably already know that 2016 is the 100th anniversary of the national parks system. If not, it’s a huge deal and is getting a ton of press. As it should. America’s national park system is one of […]

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Favorite Family Friendly Hikes at Joshua Tree

November 16, 2015

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Family Friendly HIkes at Joshua Tree

Joshua Tree has become one of our favorite go-to trips – either as a day trip or for a last minute weekend getaway. Through our many visits, we have found a few trails that we return to again and again. Below are our favorite family friendly hikes at Joshua Tree. These hikes can be completed by […]

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What to Do in Sequoia National Park in One Day

August 31, 2015

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Driving back from Yosemite, not quite ready for our trip to end, we checked the map to see if there was anywhere else we could stop for a day or two. It was then that we realized how close we were to Sequoia National Park and knew we had to go. Sequoia National Park is often […]

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Grand Canyon in the Summer: How to Beat the Heat

August 6, 2015

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One of America’s greatest natural wonders is the Grand Canyon in Arizona. This dazzling canyon plunging 5000 feet deep is almost impossible to grasp. It is one of the few landmarks visible from space. Standing on the edge offers vistas stretching as far as you can see. Meadows, forests, desert, the Grand Canyon has it […]

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