National Parks

The 10 Best Things to Do in Redwood National Park

Bug and I smiling on the Smith River in our inflatable river kayaks

July 4, 2021

Today I asked 6-year-old JJ what his favorite part of our visit to Redwood National Park was. He looked at me like I was a complete idiot and said, “seeing the redwoods.” Yes, seeing the tallest trees on Earth up close is the main draw, but my question was genuine. There are many things to do in Redwood National Park beyond the spectacular groves. … Read More

Pinnacles National Park: A Day Trip Guide

Exiting Bear Gulch Cave

May 19, 2021

Pinnacles National Park is one of California’s best-kept secrets. With a great mix of breathtaking views, easy hikes, and fascinating wildlife, it makes for a perfect family-friendly day trip. If you live in the Bay Area or are visiting from out of town, make sure to add Pinnacles to your itinerary! … Read More

Death Valley with Kids: Family Adventures in the Desert

The obligatory Badwater Basin sign photo in Death Valley.

December 30, 2021

It’s mid-morning on a December Tuesday. I’m standing with the family at the top of the steepest dune we can find in the Mesquite Sand Dunes. My five-year-old is perched at the edge in a shiny red sled, giggling with anticipation. With a dramatic count of 1-2-3, I push him over the edge. We hear his laughter grow louder as he picks up speed. We’re having the time of our lives, and our family’s Death Valley adventure has only just begun. … Read More

The 22 Best Ways to Experience Lassen Volcanic National Park with Kids (+ Map and Itinerary)

Amazing view of Mt Lassen from the top of Cinder Cone - Lassen Family Road Trip

February 7, 2021

Last June, we found ourselves standing on the rim of an extinct Cinder Cone volcano, staring into its crater. In the distance, we could make out Butte Lake. Just a few hours later, I’d be snoozing on its beach while the boys splashed on the shore. We weren’t sure what to expect, but visiting Lassen with our kids left a lasting impression and countless wonderful memories.  … Read More

Yosemite with Kids: Family Adventures for Every Season

Tunnel View at Yosemite National Park Covered with Snow in Winter

November 11, 2020

Because there is so much information out there on Yosemite, I felt a bit overwhelmed when planning our first trip. My aim with this post is to help simplify trip planning. You’ll find fun and easy family experiences for every season, lodging ideas, packing tips, and even a couple of ideas to get the kids excited for your visit. … Read More