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First-Timer’s Guide to Universal Studios Hollywood California

Planning your very first trip to Universal Studios Hollywood in California? We just had our first experience in the park and I’m sharing all the details with you. Need to know where to buy your tickets, what rides are in the park, or tips to avoid long wait times? This is the guide for you. …

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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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Hotel Indigo: Great Downtown Santa Barbara Hotel Near Beach

Are you heading to California soon and looking for a hotel in Santa Barbara, CA that’s close to the beach and downtown? I recently stayed at the Hotel Indigo property that is at the edge of downtown Santa Barbara and only a three-minute walk to the beach and pier. With a boutique feel and its …

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Best Day Trips in Southern California near Disneyland

Many west coaster childhoods include a visit to Disneyland. Sleeping Beauty’s Castle, Mickey’s Fun Wheel, and Dole Whips delight adults and kids alike at the resort. Our own family has spent many vacations hopping back and forth from Disneyland and the Disney California Adventure Park. One of the reasons I love Disneyland is because you …

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Gorgeous Weekend Getaways from Los Angeles, California

Did you know that Los Angeles is home to almost four million people? Most of us have probably heard of the LA gridlock traffic. It makes sense that in a city that busy and large, it’s citizens and visitors might want to escape the city chaos for a while. Here are some relaxing ideas for …

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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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Sunny Fun One Week Southern California Itinerary + Disneyland

I admit that I love the west coast. From Washington to California, it’s full of fun. One of my favorite things about Disneyland is it’s close proximity to so many other activities. When you head to Southern California for vacation, you can do more than just theme parks! Here are my thoughts on how to …

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