CALIFORNIA TRAVEL GUIDE

California is one of the most diverse states to travel through in the USA.

Perfect for road trips and lots of sunshine. In California you'll find surfing communities, desert landscapes, lush forests, snow covered mountains, and thriving cities.

It's full of fun adventures. We have spent a lot of time exploring California and here are some of our best tips.

CALIFORNIA HIGHLIGHTS

Here's where you'll find ideas for your California Bucket List moments.

Best National Parks in the United States

5 Incredible National Parks in California To Set Foot In

When we were planning our California road trip, visiting the best National Parks in California was at the top of our wish list. In fact, […]

30 Incredible Places to Visit in California For Your Bucket List

Dreaming of visiting California? There are so many beautiful places to visit in California and I think it has more diversity than any other state […]

Ocean Beach, San Diego, California

10 Day Itinerary – Places to Visit in Southern California (beyond Disneyland)

Looking for tips on the best places to visit in Southern California? Are you ready for a Southern California vacation on a West Coast road […]

Thank you very much for the itinerary.  The bucket list is amazing! My boyfriend loved the idea to have a selfie with Yoda!!

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LOS ANGELES TRAVEL IDEAS

While it's not our favorite city in the US, LA does have a lot of hidden secrets and cool experiences once you dig a little deeper.

We share some of the cool things to do in LA, including the funky Downtown LA, the magic of Anaheim, and a few hotels you want to consider.

Tips on where to stay in Los Angeles

28 Hotels in LA for 2019 – Where to Stay in Los Angeles For Your Budget

If you don’t know where to stay in Los Angeles area, we are here to help! As you plan your California vacation, down below are […]

Things to do in Los Angeles with kids

20 Fun Things to Do in LA with Kids (adult’s love these too)

Planning to visit Los Angeles soon? LA is the second biggest city in the USA and there are endless fun things to do in Los […]

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Checking in: A Glamorous Boutique Hotel in Downtown LA

Downtown LA is a trendy destination on the rise. Why not stay in a modern, trendy boutique hotel in downtown Los Angeles and be close to the action? We share a review of the Hotel Indigo.

20 Funky Things to do in Downtown Los Angeles, California

I have a confession to make. I’m not the biggest fan of Los Angeles. I avoid flying in and out of LA whenever possible. If […]

Hiking in Griffith Park, Los Angeles, California

8 Non-Touristy Things to Do in Los Angeles, California

What’s the soul of Los Angeles really like? We show you with these 8 non-touristy things to do in LA!

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Ultimate Guide on Best Things to Do in Los Angeles, California

You’ve seen the glamor of Los Angeles, California in endless movies, TV shows and music videos. Clear blue skies, beaches, mountains and desert landscape beckon […]

CALIFORNIA THEME PARKS

We get it - so many people visit California for the theme parks. While we recommend you travel further afield, we do agree it's a ton of fun and worth the adventure.

Mickey's Halloween Party at Disneyland Resort, Anaheim, California

Ultimate Guide to the Best Time Ever at the Disneyland Halloween Party!

Are you ready for bags full of Halloween candy in the Happiest Place on Earth? Yep. Halloween in Disneyland is a thing!  One of the most […]

Disney California Adventure Park

11 Year Old’s Best Tips for Disney California Adventure Park

I’m back to report on our dream trip to Disneyland! In this post, I Kalyra (aged 11) will be sharing our awesome time at Disney […]

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Stay in the Middle of the Magic at the Disneyland Hotel, Anaheim

The Disneyland Hotel is part of the Disneyland Resort and is only a short walk to the parks. Plus, you get special treats like character greetings at the hotel. click to read more!

Disneyland, California

A Dream Disneyland Trip (Things to do in Disneyland, Anaheim)

We went to Disneyland for 10-days with my Dad’s side of the family. It was so awesome, and I’m excited to share our dream Disneyland trip […]

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Why You Should Consider a Disneyland Vacation Rental vs. Hotel

Ditch the expensive Disneyland resort hotels and rent an apartment or townhouse near to Disney. A vacation rental for Disneyland affordable and enjoyable

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Hyatt Regency Orange County: Family Friendly Disney Hotel

Want a family friendly Disney Hotel? The Hyatt Regency Orange County may give you what you need: spacious suites, swimming pools, and smores around the campfire. Click to read more

Planning a Disneyland vacation? Check out this list of the best 15 hotels near Disneyland,. 3 and 4 star hotels, plus the Disney hotels.

15 of the Best Hotels Near Disneyland, CA for 2019 (from Budget to Luxury)

Planning your dream trip to the USA and a trip to Disneyland? We are here to help! If you asked our kids what is the […]

TOP NATIONAL PARKS IN CALIFORNIA

California is home to spectacular national parks - known and unknown. Here are five of the ones we love and have visited. 

Death Valley National Park California

9 Incredible Things to Do in Death Valley National Park (for first time visitors)

We didn’t know there was so many incredible things to do in Death Valley National Park until after our two day visit. Now we know […]

Why Tenaya Lodge Is One Of The Best Places to Stay near Yosemite With Kids (or without kids)

Looking for hotels near Yosemite National Park? What about places to stay near Yosemite with kids? With so many Yosemite National Park accommodation lodging options […]

18 Amazing Things to Do in Yosemite National Park With Kids (Adult’s Love These Too!)

Planning to visit Yosemite soon? Get excited and keep reading because there are an incredible amount of things to do in Yosemite National Park, a […]

Best things to do in Joshua Tree National Park

8 Things to Do in Joshua Tree NP with Kids

Looking for awesome things to do in Joshua Tree National Park? We spent two days exploring and below are our best tips, plus information on […]

Kayaking at Channel Islands National Park, California

Day Trip to Visit Channel Islands National Park, California (it’s magic!)

These are the adventures I live for. Adventures that test my comfort zone in the middle of extraordinary natural beauty (without the crowds). Kayaking around […]

SAN FRANCISCO TRAVEL IDEAS

San Francisco is one of our favorite cities in the USA for it's unique vibe, fun tourist attractions, delicious food, and eclectic neighborhoods. 

The best San Francisco hotels.

Where to Stay in San Francisco – 24 Best Hotels for 2020 (Budget to luxury)

If you don’t know where to stay in San Francisco, we are here to help. As you plan your California vacation, keep this post pinned. […]

Neighborhood Guide: 12 Places to Go in San Francisco (plus where to eat & stay)

After exploring the Bay Area for 7 days, and two of those days with a local guide, we feel we have a good handle on […]

20 Hidden Gems in San Francisco the Locals Love

I am guessing you, and other travelers might not have heard of these hidden gems in San Francisco. Or, you may have heard of them […]

Fun things to do in San Francisco with kids

28 Kids Activities in San Francisco (+ Where to Stay & Eat)

Looking for fun things to do in San Francisco with kids? We loved our recent 7 day trip to San Francisco and were pleasantly surprised […]

Alcatraz Island

8 Must Do San Francisco Tourist Attractions Not Too Miss!

What are the must do San Francisco tourist attractions to experience on your San Francisco vacation? We spent 7 days exploring the best the city […]

14 Things To Do in The Presidio San Francisco – A Nature Escape in the Middle of an Urban Jungle

Who knew there were so many amazing things to do in The Presidio of San Francisco! Presidio Park is now one of my new favorite […]

San Francisco travel tips

Tips for San Francisco, California

Looking for some insider San Francisco travel tips? We always like to ask our community for tips, so we put the question to our Facebook […]

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA

Welcome to California beach lifestyle. Here are some of our favorite things to do in Southern California.

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Where to Stay in San Diego – Best Accommodation For all Budgets!

Not sure where to stay in San Diego? We’ve done the research for you! Down below we have hand picked the best places to stay […]

Gondola Paradiso in Ventura, California

17 Amazing Things to do in Ventura County California With Kids

Where is Ventura County? And what are the best things to do in Ventura County California? We knew nothing about Ventura County before our Southern California […]

Things to do in Orange County with kids

15 Things to do in Orange County with Kids (adult’s love these too!)

The O.C, as it became known due to the popular TV show of the early 2000’s, has quickly become one of our favorite regions in […]

Things to do in San Diego with kids

16 Awesome San Diego Attractions With Kids

Looking for things to do in San Diego with kids? Look no further, we’ve got you covered. We enjoyed a fun three day San Diego […]

Balboa Park San Diego

Best 10 things to do in San Diego, California

Looking for tips on the top 10 things to do in San Diego? Keep reading down below! Or, for the best things to do in […]

NORTHERN CALIFORNIA

The quieter, wilder side of California offers lush forest, giant redwoods, riverside fun, and world class wineries.

Lost Coast scenic drive

Lost Coast California Road Trip: From Black Sand Beaches to Giant Redwood Trees

The first I heard of the Lost Coast in Northern California was two days before we arrived when our friends told us how this area […]

3 Reasons to Visit Russian River, California (tubing + beer + wine)

Three reasons is all you need to visit Russian River California. This place in Sonoma County is all about three things: drinking good wine and […]

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Things to do in Napa Valley, California

Looking for tips on things to do in Napa Valley, California? We interviewed Jenna Francisco who has lived in Sacramento, which is near Napa Valley, for […]

WHAT OTHER PACIFIC COAST STATE ARE YOU INTERESTED IN?

FEATURED VIDEO: Death Valley National Park

We almost didn't go to Death Valley - we're so glad we did. It's absolutely stunning and so unqiue.

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Lost Coast scenic drive

Lost Coast California Road Trip: From Black Sand Beaches to Giant Redwood Trees

By Caroline Makepeace | March 30, 2020

The first I heard of the Lost Coast in Northern California was two days before we arrived when our friends told us how this area was notorious for weed farms. Apart from that rather vivid […]

3 Reasons to Visit Russian River, California (tubing + beer + wine)

By Caroline Makepeace | March 15, 2020

Three reasons is all you need to visit Russian River California. This place in Sonoma County is all about three things: drinking good wine and good beer, and relaxation in tranquil settings. While Russian River […]

Tower 23 Hotel 

Where to Stay in San Diego – Best Accommodation For all Budgets!

By Annie Kearns | February 5, 2020

Not sure where to stay in San Diego? We’ve done the research for you! Down below we have hand picked the best places to stay in San Diego for all budgets, from 3 – 5 […]

The best San Francisco hotels.

Where to Stay in San Francisco – 24 Best Hotels for 2020 (Budget to luxury)

By Annie Kearns | November 24, 2019

If you don’t know where to stay in San Francisco, we are here to help. As you plan your California vacation, keep this post pinned. We narrowed down the best hotels in San Francisco CA […]

Best National Parks in the United States

5 Incredible National Parks in California To Set Foot In

By Craig Makepeace | November 17, 2019

When we were planning our California road trip, visiting the best National Parks in California was at the top of our wish list. In fact, our 11 month road trip across the USA was based […]

Neighborhood Guide: 12 Places to Go in San Francisco (plus where to eat & stay)

By Caroline Makepeace | November 9, 2019

After exploring the Bay Area for 7 days, and two of those days with a local guide, we feel we have a good handle on the best places to go in San Francisco Californa! So […]

Tips on where to stay in Los Angeles

28 Hotels in LA for 2019 – Where to Stay in Los Angeles For Your Budget

By Annie Kearns | October 24, 2019

If you don’t know where to stay in Los Angeles area, we are here to help! As you plan your California vacation, down below are hands-down the best hotels in LA. Choose from hotels in […]

20 Hidden Gems in San Francisco the Locals Love

By Caroline Makepeace | August 30, 2019

I am guessing you, and other travelers might not have heard of these hidden gems in San Francisco. Or, you may have heard of them but not considered it as part of your San Francisco […]

Fun things to do in San Francisco with kids

28 Kids Activities in San Francisco (+ Where to Stay & Eat)

By Caroline Makepeace | August 18, 2019

Looking for fun things to do in San Francisco with kids? We loved our recent 7 day trip to San Francisco and were pleasantly surprised by how kid-friendly this city is. Down below we are […]

Alcatraz Island

8 Must Do San Francisco Tourist Attractions Not Too Miss!

By Caroline Makepeace | August 2, 2019

What are the must do San Francisco tourist attractions to experience on your San Francisco vacation? We spent 7 days exploring the best the city has to offer and down below are the top attractions […]

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