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Road Trip to the Desert in 2016 Toyota Highlander

2016 Toyota Highlander at Tohono Chul Park

We are a road trip family, which means that if we can drive somewhere we do. Even if it’s to the desert in the summer. My boys and I went on a road trip to Tucson to see family and ended up in La Quinta, California – the only place hotter than Tucson in the summer. It’s a long way to go and I wanted us to be as comfortable ... Read More »

3 Reasons to Visit Phoenix This Summer + Giveaway

Play time at the pool - Sheraton Grand at Wild Horse Pass

Phoenix, Arizona is a great place to visit, especially with your family, and we’ve got three reasons you should consider it a great destination for Family Travel, even in the Summer. 1. Water Sure, it’s hot in Phoenix, so what else is new? But to counteract the heat, Phoenix has plenty of what we in California are lacking right now: water. And you can find it everywhere, like in the ... Read More »

National Park Week 2016

It's National Park Week April 16-24, which means all 400 parks are offering free admission.

Have you been thinking about visiting a National Park? Next week would be a great time to go. April 16-24, 2016 is National Park Week, which means all 400 National Parks are offering free admission the entire week. California alone is home to 27 National Parks, monuments, historic sites and recreation areas managed by the National Parks Service including Yosemite, Joshua Tree, Death Valley, Pinnacles, Sequoia & Kings Canyon and Redwood. ... Read More »

5 Reasons to Visit Joshua Tree This Spring

Sunrise at Joshua Tree National Park

Joshua Tree National Park has long been one of my favorite places in California. It’s just a couple of hours drive from Los Angeles, but it’s like you’re entering another world. There are so many reasons to spend the day there or camp in the park, but here are my Top 5 reason to visit Joshua Tree this Spring*. Viewing Joshua Trees – I’m starting with the obvious here, but there’s nothing ... Read More »

Rainy Days and Spring Flowers at Disneyland

The Pink Lapacho Tree (aka Pink Trumpet) at Disneyland

I remember going to Disneyland from the desert of Tucson as a kid and I couldn’t believe how lush it was in the park. So many beautiful flowers were in bloom in so many colors. I had that same feeling last week during our trip to Disneyland. Spring is finally here and and there’s no better place to see Spring flowers than in Disneyland. The best area to take in the the beauty of ... Read More »

LA’s Top: Best Family Spring Break Staycations in Southern California


With Spring Break on the horizon and the perfect weather for outdoor activities before it gets too hot in the summer, we’ve curated a list of the best family Spring Break staycations in Southern California just for you. From amusement parks to low-key desert resorts and everything in between, we’ve got you covered! Los Angeles Terranea Resort 100 Terranea Way Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275 Phone: (310) 265-2800 More Information ... Read More »

10 Things To Do In Long Beach with Kids

10 Things to do in Long Beach with Kids

Long Beach has it all.  Inside and outside activities.  Those that are free, and those that require a fee.  Use this list to help you plan your family’s next outing to Long Beach. Aquarium of the Pacific 100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach, CA 90802 The Aquarium of the Pacific is more than an aquarium. It is also the site of a variety of festivals and special programs held throughout the ... Read More »

The US Grant Hotel and Balboa Park Family Vacation

Lobby of the US Grant Hotel in San Diego's Gaslamp District

I love staying in beautiful, old hotels that have a history to them. But I also love hotels with a comfortable bed and a good shower. We found all of those things and more at the US Grant Hotel in San Diego’s Gaslamp District. My family and I were guests at the US Grant for an overnight stay in December and were treated to a suite and tickets to the holiday show, “An ... Read More »

9 Family Friendly Things To Do In Pasadena

Best Kid Friendly Museums in Los Angeles

If all you know about Pasadena is that it’s home to the Tournament of Roses Parade and the Rose Bowl, you’re missing out. Pasadena has a lot to offer families. Science, books, arts, athletics — Pasadena has it all. Norton Simon Museum 411 W. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91105 The Norton Simon Museum is a museum that a family can walk through, in its entirety, in one visit. You’ll find ... Read More »

Road Trip to Tucson in Ford Edge

Saguaro Catalina State Park

I moved away from Tucson 20 years ago. I was born, raised and went to college there, so it was my life’s goal to leave. But as an adult, I’ve grown to love it. Instead of hating the cactus, the sun, the long, lonely roads to nowhere now I can see the beauty in the open desert.I hadn’t been back to Tucson since the Christmas after my uncle passed away two years ago. ... Read More »