Cora’s first travel experience was a road trip to San Francisco when she was barely a month old. We cruised up Interstate 5 from San Diego to the Bay Area to visit with friends I’d made when I lived there several years prior. And we’ve been making that trip a few times a year ever since. But as good as it feels to be able to get to San Francisco by dinner time, there’s a lot more to see in California than I-5. California is a magical blend of iconic destinations, jaw dropping Instagram photo opportunities, endless sunshine, best in class theme parks, best in class cities, and natural wonders that will change your thinking about the world and yourself.
Visit California has teamed up with KidsNTrips to talk about California Summer Road Trips. We hope that you will join us, not only to take your shot at winning the hotel stay in San Francisco and four San Francisco CityPasses, but to learn about this great state of ours and share some of the hard-won family road trip tips and pics you’ve garnered while traversing California.
California for Adventurous Families
When we leave California to travel, I’m always hunting for activities fit for a 7-year old adventuress. But what about right here in the this Golden State that I was born in? There are so many opportunities that you could create a bucket list without leaving our borders. We’ve been horseback riding in Lake Tahoe, skiing in Mammoth, took a pool break or two in Palm Springs, and went whale watching in Dana Point. This is barely a knick on the tip of the ice berg of what California has to offer. The options are near endless. If you have some extra time this summer, plan a California family road trip. Here are a few ideas to get your itinerary started:
- Camping under the redwoods at Redwood National and State Parks
- Ride horses along a windswept beach in Mendocino County
- Train to be a volcanologist at Lassen Volcanic National Park
- Rafting the American River in Gold Country
- Spelunking, climbing and zip-lining at Vallecito
- Rock climbing, Joshua Tree
- Fly-fishing, Lake Tahoe
- Skateboarding, Orange County
Hollywood celebrities aren’t the only stars in California. Here’s a view of the stars at Shasta.
Mammoth Lakes is just as beautiful when there’s no snow on the ground.
Adventure awaits in California’s mountains, deserts, urban jungles, and the beaches that exist as the ultimate backyard retreat. Everything is close by, but getting there can give you a feeling of elation like you’ve reached the ends of the earth. And it doesn’t have to cost a fortune. Here are some cost-cutting tips:
California Summer Road Trips Twitter Party
Take a virtual road trip across this beautiful and varied sunny state with us during a Twitter Party with Visit California this Thursday. There is no need to RSVP, just follow the #KidsNTrips hashtag and join the conversation!
Date: Thursday, June 9, 2016
Time: 9:30 am Pacific Time (10:30 am Mountain Time; 11:30 am Central Time; 12:30 pm Eastern Time)
Theme: Summer Road Trips with Kids
Sponsor: Visit California
Giveaway Prize: A $300 Visa gift card to use on a hotel stay in San Francisco + 4 San Francisco CityPasses
Restrictions: Must be 18+ to win. Open to U.S. residents only. No purchase necessary to win. Prize will be awarded to one lucky #KidsNTrips Twitter Party participant. Winner will be chosen at random and notified via Twitter shortly after the party. Read additional prize terms and conditions.
Learn more: Not sure what a Twitter party is or why to participate? Learn more about #KidsNTrips family travel Twitter parties now!
A Note from Jen Leo: I will receive compensation related to this post and the upcoming #KidsNTrips Twitter Party from Visit California. All opinions are mine.