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Plan a Summer California Family Road Trip – #KidsNTrips

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California dreaming means something different to everyone. If you had a chance to explore the Golden State, what things to do in California would be on your list?

Would you hit the beach? California offers a variety of beach styles with some fantastic for shelling and sunsets while others, like La Jolla Shores Beach, are perfect for learning how to surf or SUP in addition to catching perfect rays.

How about a road trip? To help families craft the perfect vacation, Visit California (the sponsor of our next #KidsNTrips family travel Twitter party) has developed an incredibly helpful resource dedicated to helping people plan the perfect California road trip with sample itineraries covering various parts of the state. They’re designed so that you can visit bucket-list landmarks like Yosemite, then follow a wine road or visit a craft brewery (yes, they both can be family-friendly).

How to plan a California road trip

Would you ski under blue skies in Lake Tahoe or Mammoth during the winter? The popular spots are also chock full of amazing outdoor activities in the three other seasons.

Going skiing in California at Lake Tahoe.

Would you sleep under the stars? It’s possible to go camping at Redwood National Park with its tucked-in-the-woods campsites in the shadow of gigantic trees that are great for the outdoorsy kid who is ready to go beyond car camping.

Visit Redwood State Park in California

What about a theme park or two? Disneyland California Resort is a bucket list experience for many kids (and especially fun to visit during Christmas and Halloween). But Anaheim is also close to Knott’s Berry Farm, Universal Studios and even a short train ride or road trip to San Diego’s LEGOLAND, SeaWorld and San Diego Zoo.

Have breakfast with the pandas at the San Diego Zoo

We’re a big state with desert, mountains, beaches and lush valleys and more than anyone could do in one vacation or even a lifetime. We have big theme parks and off-the-beaten-track experiences. Our food is fantastic and so are our wineries and craft breweries. I am very lucky to live here.

Want to learn about more things to do in California?

Join the #KidsNTrips California Dreaming Twitter Party

Join us this Thursday to talk all things California to win a vacation in San Francisco. Here are the details:

Date: Thursday, June 9, 2016

Time: 9:30 a.m. Pacific Time

Hashtag: #KidsNTrips

Theme: Summer Road Trips with Kids

Hosts: Follow @JenLeo, @LaJollaMom, @TravelMamas, @VisitCA

Special Guests: @travelbabbo, @honeyandlimeco, and @tripswithtykes

Giveaway Prize: A $300 VIShttpss:// gift card to put toward a hotel stay in San Francisco and 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. Airfare is not included with the prize.

Learn more: Not sure what a Twitter party is or why to participate? Learn more about #KidsNTrips family travel Twitter parties now!

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