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A Family Adventure: Channel Islands Kayaking with Kids

June 14, 2018

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Last summer I was offered an opportunity to visit one of the few national parks in California I had yet to visit, the Channel Islands. Upon looking at the itinerary I noticed that an entire day was dedicated to kayaking around the island of Santa Cruz..in the sea! I was terrified to be honest. I […]

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Exploring Lassen Volcanic National Park (with Kids)

June 11, 2018

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Lassen Volcanic National Park is one of California’s least visited parks. It is located about 5 hours north of the Bay Area, 3 hours north of Sacramento and 1.5 hours east of Redding. It’s location is most of the reason it is less visited than other parks and the fact that it is covered in […]

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Top Northern California Attractions in Redding & Upstate

June 7, 2018

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When people think of Northern California they often just consider the landmark destinations like San Francisco and the Napa and Sonoma wine country. However, Redding and UpState California, the real northern California, is the vast area north of Sacramento all the way up to the Oregon border. This area features dramatic waterfalls, redwood forests, adorable […]

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The Best in Zion National Park Lodging

March 25, 2018

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One of our favorite summer trips, with the best hike ever was to Zion National Park. This is one of Utah’s most visited parks and for good reason – it is an amazingly immersive experience whether you stay inside the park or not. On our last visit, we waited a little late in the game […]

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Bear Viewing in Alaska with Regal Air

January 22, 2018

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One of the biggest attractions for visitors to Alaska is to see wildlife in their natural habitat. This can be achieved almost everywhere in Alaska from seeing a bald eagle fly overhead in Anchorage to hiking with moose at Flattop Mountain. However, it is the bear that is perhaps the ultimate symbol of Alaskan wildlife. Seeing […]

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Guide to Exploring Joshua Tree with Kids (+ 1 Day Itinerary)

December 4, 2017

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Growing up in the 80s and 90s, Joshua Tree for me symbolized music, not a National Park.  But because of the music, the park has always held a certain allure. Once I discovered how close it was to LA, it moved to the top of my local travel list. But, even then, it took me almost a year of […]

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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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What to Do in 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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