Drive Through California

I took this quick photo of a vineyard as we drove home from Santa Cruz, CA.

My Love For Traveling Around California Started Early

My love for travel started early. I remember my mom packing our suitcases for weekend trips to Southern California. I remember my father taking us on long drives around Central California for the day. Going to tourist spots are fun but I found the unique places, the mom-and-pop places, and places only the locals would know to be the best spots!

Now, I try to do the same for my family. One of our first trips was when my oldest three were all under the age of 8. We planned a visit to the Exploratorium in San Francisco, California. We started with a drive from Stockton to Pleasanton to catch BART. Then once we reached downtown San Francisco, we had to catch the MUNI to get to their location at the Palace of Fine Arts. However, now you can simply get off at the Embarcadero BART Station to be within a short walking distance to their new location at Pier 15. The memory we share of that early trip is priceless!

I’ll never forget my oldest daughter asking people on BART where they were going. I’ll always laugh how my younger daughter pinched her nose while we were on a very packed MUNI bus. I’ll treasure how I held my oldest son in my arms all the way back to Pleasanton because he was fast asleep.

Now when we travel together, the older ones help with the little ones. ❤️

Colón Family Travels

Woman and child looking at art
A day trip with my youngest and oldest child to the Mexican Museum in San Francisco, CA
Hotel lobby
My hubby and I enjoyed a getaway for the Wine & Chocolate Festival in Lodi, CA
Family at the Santa Barbara Boardwalk
My kiddos and I visiting Santa Barbara and the Santa Barbara Boardwalk after touring UC Santa Barbara campus.

Follow my Pinterest board, Local Spotlight: California, for ideas on family travel in The Golden State. These are places we’ve visited and some we’d like to visit soon!


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