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California Coast Family Road Trip Ideas

Driving the California coast is a classic family road trip, with a range of attractions for kids to enjoy. While some popular destinations are very much kid-focused, other attractions such as zoos, aquariums, and unique locales are truly family-friendly, offering a bit of fun for everyone.

Giant sequoias in Sequoia National Park.

Sequoia National Park’s Wuksachi Lodge

If you plan to overnight in style in Sequoia National Park, the best place to stay is the cedar and stone Wuksachi Lodge, a complex of three buildings including a restaurant. There are lots of perks included in your stay, such as free guided walks and talks that start at the lodge, and if you need a boxed lunch for a hike, you can order that too.

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Moon California Road Trip Playlist

Whether you’re traveling from Los Angeles to San Francisco on the Pacific Coast Highway or heading toward Yosemite National Park on Highway 41, you’ll need a soundtrack for the trek – and we’ve got you covered.

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Visiting the Monterey Bay Aquarium

From the very beginning, the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s mission has been conservation, and they’re not shy about it: all the exhibits you’ll see contain only local sea life. While the aquarium is fun any time of year, week, or day, some things—such as feeding time, or when rarer species such as the great white shark are on display—are worth making the effort to plan out your visit.

Moon San Diego

Local surfer and writer Ian Anderson offers an insider’s view of San Diego, from surfing at San Onofre State Beach to exploring the expansive San Diego Zoo. Ian includes great trip ideas such as On a Mission, a tour of the city’s historical sights, and Surf and Turf, which covers recreational opportunities in and out […]

Moon West Coast RV Camping

Award-winning author Tom Stienstra covers more than 2,000 RV parks and campgrounds throughout Washington, Oregon, and California in Moon West Coast RV Camping. Stienstra provides a range of outdoor options that appeal to campers with kids, pets, or recreational equipment, as well as those looking for a beachfront, natural springs, or island retreat. Stienstra also […]

Overlook view of the deep blue waters of Rae Lakes in Kings Canyon National Park.

The Best of Sequoia & Kings Canyon

You could fill weeks with all there is to do in Sequoia National Park and Kings Canyon National Park, but if you’re short on time or would prefer to hit the highlights, here’s the best of both parks.

A lifeguard station on the beach next to the Santa Monica Pier.

Best of the West 14-Day Road Trip: SF, Yosemite, Vegas, LA…

By driving in a rough loop, you can hit all the top destinations of the West—San Francisco, Yosemite, Las Vegas, the Grand Canyon and LA—in two weeks. This day-by-day route begins in San Francisco, but you can just as easily start in Los Angeles or Las Vegas if that works better for you.

A young woman fills a water bottle from a stream in Yosemite.

Yosemite Hiking Health and Safety

By far the biggest dangers to be faced in Yosemite are those created by visitors who don’t follow posted rules and regulations. Carry a day pack with all the essentials for a day out and a few emergencies, and prepare ahead of time for Yosemite’s terrain.