Surprisingly Affordable Family Trips you can Find Close to Home

One reason many families decide not to take vacations every year is the expense. While it is true that some trips can cost a small fortune and require time to save up, there are several surprisingly affordable family trips you can find closer to home. Take a look at these ideas and get your family out and on the road more often!

Yosemite National Park - California

Enjoy the Wonders of Nature

No matter where you may live in the United States, odds are good there is a national or state park within a day’s drive of your home. These parks are very affordable and offer a range of different activities, including hiking, camping, fishing, boating, and other outdoor sports. Many contain natural and/or historic wonders that can be explored and seen firsthand for much less than the cost of a single night in a hotel. Continue reading “Surprisingly Affordable Family Trips you can Find Close to Home”

5 Beer-Drinking Spots Los Angeles Locals Love

Los Angeles has no shortage of bars and clubs for visitors looking for a wild night out, but it’s also home to a burgeoning beer scene. Whether you’re a fan of imports or want a taste of local specialties, these breweries and gastropubs are tried-and-true favorites among Los Angeles beer aficionados. Pick one near your Los Angeles hotel, or make a night of it and hit all five.

Angel City Brewery

1. Angel City Brewery

Angel City Brewery features affordable beers brewed on site. Located in a converted warehouse, their Public House is a spacious casual hangout spot, especially if you’re staying in a hotel in Little Tokyo. Grab a beer and spend some time enjoying their fantastic murals by local artists. Be sure to check out the rotating schedule of food trucks that frequent their parking lot. Continue reading “5 Beer-Drinking Spots Los Angeles Locals Love”

Hidden Gems in the Golden State: 4 Under-the-Radar California Adventures

California has plenty of established and world-famous landmarks. Those are fun to visit, but sometimes an off-the-beaten-path vacation can create memories you just can’t get at Disneyland. If you prefer something a bit less traveled, check out some of these little-known adventures.

Death Valley National Park
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Death Valley National Park

Don’t worry about being fried to a crisp in Death Valley. The perception of this desert is quite often skewed, and there are many parts of Death Valley that are actually pleasant to humans. If you love ghost towns, then there are quite a few to choose from in the valley. Visit the ruins of Pantamint City, which used to be known as the “toughest, rawest, most hard-boiled little hellhole that ever passed for a civilized town”. While not much is left of the town, the little that still remains echoes the town’s reputation. Bad Water Basin is also fascinating. It’s the lowest place in all of North America and the water that has long since disappeared has left behind intriguing traces of salt.

Little Naples, Long Beach

If you prefer a more languid adventure, consider this little-known area of Long Beach. This sleepy little town sits on three islands in Alamitos Bay. The canals that divide the islands give it a decidedly Italian feel while the large fountain in the center of town seals the deal on its Italian influences. Take a gondola tour through the canals or play in the bay on a stand-up paddle board. Enjoy authentic gourmet pizza at Russo’s before you watch the sun dip below the water from Overlook Park.

Cayucos, CA

Perhaps one of the sweetest little beach towns in California, it has escaped the tacky invasion of mass-produced souvenirs and the smog of the valley. The main street still retains its 19th century charm while the pier constructed in the 1800s still stands today. Head into Duckie’s Chowder House for some mouthwatering seafood or have a romantic dinner at the Historic Cass Inn and Restaurant. Fish off the historic pier or purchase freshly caught fish from the docked Bonnie Marietta.

The Secret Sea Cave of Cabrillo

After you’ve recovered from your San Diego Viejas Casino and Resort, put on some comfortable hiking shoes and head to Cabrillo National Monument at low tide. On the west side of the monument is a spectacular sea cave. This is a slightly intense hike but the end reward is more than worth it. You’ll carefully edge along the cliffs, cross a tide pool, and encounter two secret beaches before you find the sea cave.

California’s well known destinations are quite the treat, but your vacation will be even more unique if you get off the beaten path and try things fewer people visit. Whether you’re a loner or you like to have memories that will last you for years, these relatively untraveled spots are exactly what you’ve been pining for.

The Top Six Ways To Make The Most Of Your California Getaway

There’s no doubt that California is one of the most exciting destinations in the world. Planning your vacation to California can be stressful, but it’s important not to miss the details. As you read this article, you’ll learn the top six ways to make the most out of your California getaway and enjoy your vacation:

Golden gate bridge

1. The Hollywood Wax Museum

One of the most exciting places to visit in California is the Hollywood Wax Museum. Here, you can enjoy seeing your favorite celebrities in an artfully crafted wax form, like John Wayne, Elvis Presley, Marilyn Monroe, Angelina Jolie, and more. It’s a unique place that nearly everyone in your group will enjoy. Continue reading “The Top Six Ways To Make The Most Of Your California Getaway”

Five Reasons to Choose San Diego for Your Next Vacation

San Diego’s robust history

San Diego was Spain’s first settlement in what’s now the United States, and the Old Town State Historic Park offer tourists a glimpse of what life was like in the 19th as the city transitioned from Mexican independence all the way to Californian statehood. On a hill above Old town is Presidio Park, where father Junipero Serra established the first of California’s famous missions. Old Town also offers great shopping and dining options, and there are other historical attractions throughout the city.

San Diego

Miles upon miles of beaches

There are more than 70 miles of beaches along the Pacific coast in and around San Diego. Coronado Beach is considered one of the best beaches for families in the country, with plenty of room for playing beach volleyball on the glistening sand. La Jolla Shores is a mile-long beach with relatively sheltered waters, which makes this a great place to take younger kids and Shell Beach is one of the best spots to go tide pooling in southern California. Continue reading “Five Reasons to Choose San Diego for Your Next Vacation”