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Top Attractions in California for Family Vacations

Fortunately for parents planning a family vacation, many of the Golden State’s top attractions coincide with almost any kid’s wish list. This is the land of sunny beaches, towering trees, heart-pounding roller coasters, theme parks of every stripe, and family-friendly museums that range from wacky to educational. Luckily, parents will find plenty of places to recharge, whether it’s strolling through an art gallery or historic park, reading a book on the beach, or sipping California chardonnay at a farm-to-fork joint.

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Atlantic Coast Road Tripping: A Classic Seaside Stop in Ocean City

About the only place left on the entire East Coast that retains the carnival qualities of classic seaside resorts is Ocean City, Maryland. There you can find the best array of old-time funfair attractions in the Mid-Atlantic. Whether you’re planning your Atlantic Coast road trip or simply seeking fun at an amusement park, Jamie Jensen gives you the skinny on this beachside getaway.

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Moon Guides Author Spotlight

Elizabeth Linhart Veneman

Elizabeth Linhart Veneman has always viewed growing up in Northern California as both a blessing and curse. There is so much to see, do, and experience all within a short drive—from broad sequoias in the Sierras to ancient lava beds north of Mount Shasta, from creaky Gold Rush towns to the pampering Wine Country—that she began to wonder why anyone would ever leave.

Elizabeth was eventually lured out of the Golden State to Alaska’s far north, where she traveled the Inside Passage, baked bread under the midnight sun in Denali National Park, and chronicled the state’s burgeoning sustainable agriculture for Alaska Magazine. These adventures culminated in penning the travel guide InsightGuides: Alaska.

But Elizabeth knew her California roots were too deep to stay away for long. Raised in Carmel, where her great-great grandmother opened the first restaurant (a soup kitchen with dirt floors!) at the turn of the 20th century, she would always call California home. So she returned and devoted herself to writing about the state she loves most. Her work has included the travel guides SmartGuide: San Francisco and InsightGuides: San Francisco, as well as reporting on food and sustainable agriculture for local publications.

Elizabeth Linhart Veneman is the author of several Moon travel guides, including Moon California and Moon Napa & Sonoma.