A stay at Ritz Carlton Laguna Niguel with kids

Parents might assume a Ritz Carlton hotel is too, well, ritzy for a family vacation. In fact, the family-friendly offerings at Ritz Carlton Laguna Niguel make the acclaimed resort a smart choice for families looking for great vacation … [Read more...]

Channel Islands National Park with kids

Channel Islands National Park is located right off the coast of Ventura, CA, but feels a million miles away from the rest of Southern California. The park has a different vibe than most: the main visitor's center is located not in the park, but in … [Read more...]

Five family weekend getaways after the kids are back-to-school

September, October and November are the perfect months for short family weekend getaways. Kids (and parents!) are ready for a break from the busy back-to-school schedule, and hotels and resorts are less crowded and keen to offer fall discounts. Where … [Read more...]

A stay at the Westin Mission Hills in Rancho Mirage, CA with SPG Kids’ Pass

The desert oasis of the Westin Mission Hills is located adjacent to Palm Springs, CA in Rancho Mirage, CA. While it may seem slightly on the crazy side to visit this part of the California desert in summer, we had a wonderful stay here, even in July. … [Read more...]

Western Pacific Railroad Museum

700 Western Pacific Way Portola, CA This pit stop submitted by fellow mom and Pit Stops for Kids reader Vanessa. Visit Vanessa's photography site, Second Spring. If you should find yourself somewhere between Reno, NV and Chico, CA along Hwy 70 … [Read more...]

Whale Watching in Crescent City, CA

1001 Front Street Crescent City, CA Crescent City, CA has long been a favorite location for whale watching year-round, but the best time to get a glimpse of a gentle giant or two is in May! If you find yourself traveling along scenic Highway 101 … [Read more...]

Cave Campground California

Junct. of Hwy 89 and Hwy 44 Hat Creek, CA Part of the Lassen National Forest, Cave Campground near Hat Creek makes for a nice pit stop along Hwy 89, especially if you only have time for a bathroom break and maybe a picnic lunch. (If you have more … [Read more...]

Elwell Lakes Lodge review, CA

Hands' down, Elwell Lakes Lodge and the surrounding Sierra Nevada region of Northern California is one of our favorite places on earth. As such, I'm afraid I'll have a hard time being impartial in this review! Having grown up in the area and visited … [Read more...]

Del Mar Motel on the Beach

1702 Coast Bvld. Del Mar, CA The San Diego area is a family vacation wonderland (Legoland and SeaWorld, anyone?) and Del Mar Motel on the Beach is a wonderful option for your accommotions, often overlooked in travel magazines and guidebooks. … [Read more...]