Summer Vacation Plans


Some of the nice warm weather we’ve had in the past week has really had me starting to think about getting away for some summer fun. This led me to reflect on some of the best ideas I’ve had over the past few years.

While I enjoy a trip to Hawaii, Mexico or Europe as much as the next person, the number of amazing destinations within easy reach of Northern California has led me to make most of my summer vacation plans right here in our backyard.

What makes these trips even more enjoyable is the fun of driving. For me, it’s the ultimate freedom. Yes, all kids (and even adults) can get bored on a road trip, but I love have the family all together. You can stop whenever you want/need to. You get to see things you otherwise wouldn’t. There’s also some sort of satisfaction knowing you conquered the road and successfully got to your destination.

Over the past few years, I’ve done several fun road trips with my girls and I wanted to share with you some of my favorites.

Having traveled all over the United States and many other parts of the world, my personal opinion is that the most amazing place on the planet is just over three hours from Sacramento–Yosemite National Park. I’ll never forget my first experience a few years ago when the girls were much younger. I didn’t know then that June was probably the perfect month to visit Yosemite. The valley was in the full-bloom of spring with beautiful green grass, colorful wildflowers and meandering streams.

But, as anyone who has been to Yosemite can tell you, the park is spectacular any time of year. And, for those of us who live in Northern California, it’s an easy, fun road trip. The scenery is unparalleled and sheer amount of things to see can easily keep you busy for several days. If you’re up for it, there are endless hiking opportunities, ranging from very easy and short to difficult and long. And for those who mostly like to stay in your car, there’s plenty to see from all the roads as well.

Getting reservations to stay overnight in Yosemite can be difficult, even if you are planning months in advance. This is another reason our proximity to the park can be so beneficial. I have visited Yosemite on three different occasions when I left and returned to Sacramento in the same day. Yes, it can be a little tiring, but you still get 4-8 hours in the park and for me at least, it’s worth it. That’s what I call a road trip!

In the coming weeks I will share with you some of my other favorite road trips from Sacramento and hopefully you will find time for your own this summer!

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