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The parks of summer and fall; avoiding the crowds, enjoying tranquility

Find tranquility and quiet in some of the busiest national and state parks during summer and fall; plan ahead! Summer vacation is almost here, and families are plotting their summer (and early fall) destinations. If you are considering western state and national parks, you may soon discover that both campgrounds and in-park lodging accommodations are […]

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6 more one-tank vacations close to Stockton and San Joaquin County

For six more one-tank vacations close to Stockton and San Joaquin County, you can’t go wrong with these! Following last week’s recommendations, here are six other alluring summer destinations, all within about three hours or less from San Joaquin County, ranging from south to north. Sequoia/Kings Canyon National Parks: These majestic parks share a common […]

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Carrizo Plain National Monument, Pinnacles National Park and Fort Ord National Monument make for exciting tours!

Carrizo Plain, Pinnacles and Ft. Ord; wildflower explosion all through central and coastal California We had been up-and-down the state of California on Interstate 5 dozens of times, but never turned off near Buttonwillow to see the Carrizo Plain National Monument just an hour to the west. But several friends had recently posted photos of […]

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Off the beaten track; hidden gems close to San Joaquin County

Winter will soon officially arrive, along with holiday houseguests and kids soon to be out of school. What to do, for outings for a day, or longer? Here are several destinations within an hour for day tours, or a bit further for multi-day tours that are just right for winter months – offering usually sunny […]

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Five glorious parks within four hours of San Joaquin County; beat the heat and crowds!

Beat the summer heat and crowds while basking in nature’s glory in these five close-at-hand parks! We’re less than a week from the start of summer, it’s getting hot in the valley – and you haven’t made your summer travel plans yet? Let’s consider some of the nearby parks and natural wonders that can take […]

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Fall Northern California destinations, far from the maddening crowds!

If you are like many Californians, you’ve visited the California ocean shore or one of our national parks in the summer and faced monster crowds to reach the beach or the park’s attractions, to find a place to eat and found hotel fees in the stratosphere. Depending on our forecasted El Niño, Northern California often […]

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Northern California: Five summer travel destinations, far from the maddening crowd

    With summertime almost upon us, families, particularly those with kids, are targeting some of the most popular travel destinations in N. California. These include Lake Tahoe, Yosemite and the Napa and Sonoma Valleys, to name a few.  That can mean maddening crowds, traffic snarls and impossibilities in book campgrounds or lodging nearby. Close […]

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Mission San Juan Bautista, Mission San Antonio bookend majestic Pinnacles National Park

  Arches form a breezeway for Mission San Antonio. The Plaza Hall and Plaza Stables stand across the green plaza at Mission San Juan Bautista. Arches of Mission San Juan Bautista run for length of a football field! Machete Ridge forms the backbone of volcanic Pinnacles National Park (photo courtesy National Park Service) Author Tim […]

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Rethink your California “Bucket List for 2015”; epic destinations!

We live in, arguably, the most spectacular state in America. With all the wonderful destinations at your beck and call and the start of a New Year approaching, I suggest you update your bucket list of California destinations for 2015.  To whet your appetite, here are some of our favorites – most of them in […]

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Your tour of California national parks is underway; coming up, Yosemite!

  Here our Scotty teardrop trailer overlooks Kings Canyon National Park from a scenic overlook at its partner park, Sequoia NP Machete Ridge is a standout feature of Pinnacles National Park, near Hollister, CA Last week, we introduced you to Pinnacles National Park, south of Hollister, CA.   Some of the best, most iconic and the second-oldest […]

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