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Hiking to Whiskeytown Falls | Shasta County, Northern California

Overview of the hike At summer’s end in the drought-stricken state of California, finding a 220-foot multi-tiered waterfall in the forest feels nothing short of a miracle. Yet, thanks to the underground springs feeding into Crystal Creek, the miracle that is Whiskeytown Falls continues cascading over its rocky slopes and mossy ledges, refreshing the eyes, …

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Review of The Greenhorn | California Family Dude Ranch Vacations

QUINCY, CALIFORNIA: Review of The Greenhorn Ranch. It’s not every day you go to check email, hear a splash, and look up to see an osprey rising with its catch—and a bald eagle chasing right behind. Too stunned to switch my cell phone to camera mode, I just stared in rapture at the raptors circling …

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Ten Unforgettable California Family Vacations

For many, the phrase California family vacations conjures images of roller coasters, princesses, and perhaps a Lego or two million. Yet California has so much more to offer families than theme park vacations. Consider its giant sequoias and world’s tallest redwood trees awaiting in ancient forests. Classic cable cars climbing the hills of San Francisco and …

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Review of Safari West: One Night in the African Tent Camp

Come along on our family’s Northern California glamping adventure at Safari West Wildlife Preserve and African Tent Camp in Santa Rosa, California. Full review with details of our stay to help you plan your own family’s visit follow — and don’t miss the follow-up with our jeep tour: On Safari in Sonoma ! ONE NIGHT …

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On Safari in Sonoma: Jeep Tour Adventure at Safari West Wildlife Preserve

Follow along on our family’s adventure on a 2-story safari jeep tour of Safari West Wildlife Preserve in Santa Rosa, California. Photos and tips for your own family’s visit follow. And don’t miss our review of our overnight stay at the preserve in an African tent! REVIEW OF SAFARI WEST JEEP TOUR IN NORTHERN CALIFORNIA …

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Sequoia National Park with Kids Family Vacation Guide

CALIFORNIA, SEQUOIA NATIONAL PARK WITH KIDS – If you want to show your kids some seriously big trees this year, pack your bags and make way for Sequoia National Park in southern California. Sequoia is not simply home to some of the largest living organisms on earth; it’s also home to “the world’s largest tree” based on …

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Review of The Alisal Guest Ranch | California Dude Ranch Vacations

SOLVANG, CALIFORNIA DUDE RANCH VACATIONS – Tired of nose-to-tail, no-trot trail rides on your family vacation? When we visited The Alisal Guest Ranch & Resort this summer, the riding experiences proved to be anything but, making for an enjoyable family horseback riding vacation for all three generations of our family, and all level of riders …

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Morro Bay with Kids – California Family Vacation Guide

CALIFORNIA, MORRO BAY WITH KIDS – Harbor seals, sea otters, and egrets aplenty await where the land meets Morro Bay on California’s scenic Central Coast. Just under 4 hours south of San Francisco or north of Los Angeles by car, what was once a remote fishing village offers families an ideal combination of nature and …

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