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Ultimate West Coast Road Trip on the California Coast

Our family just wrapped up an epic west coast road trip to California. We’ve traveled part of the route before but decided to spend more time along the California coast on this trip. If you’re planning your own Hwy 1 road trip, here’s a look at our itinerary. Where to Begin a West Coast Road …

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One Day in San Francisco at the Presidio Lodge near Golden Gate Bridge

Taking a road trip along the west coast gives you the perfect opportunity to visit San Francisco; one of the most recognizable cities in the country thanks to the Golden Gate Bridge. During our one night stop over we had dinner with friends, walked across the bridge, and had an amazing stay at the newly …

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Best Place to See Redwoods on the California Coast

Our first stop on our Northern California road trip was for the Redwood National & State Forest. I’ve been to this part of California three times now, and every time I’m amazed at the beauty and size of these trees. Coastal redwoods can be found from southern Oregon into California. I recommend two specific stops …

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Awesome Off-the-Beaten Path Vacation Spots in California

I admit that when I first moved to the west coast from the midwest I pictured California as the home of Mickey Mouse and blonde-headed beaches. Now that I’m coming up on 17 years of calling the west coast home, I’ve had the opportunity to discover some amazing vacation spots in California I had no …

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Stunning Spots You Must See in Northern California

California is an amazing state. There’s a huge variety of landscapes and activities, you can go surfing and skiing on the same day. And the sights you can see are truly breathtaking. Tall, tall trees, rugged coastline, and of course a few glasses of wine. When making a list of things to do don’t miss …

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The Best of the Best in Cannery Row – Restaurants, Hotels, and Attractions

Take me away to Monterey any day! Earlier this month I went on a press trip to explore Cannery Row in Monterey, California. As I sit here remembering all the great food and beach views, I’m dreaming of going back with my family. If you’re looking for a California coast escape, here are my picks …

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