California Family Road Trip

California Family Road Trip

What is there not to love about California! If I had only one word to describe this state, it would be paradise. I love California, and so did my family after spending a week exploring over 1200 miles of its natural and architectural beauty. Everything about California is stunning and packed with tons to see and do. Each city is unique in its own right and offers a variety of activities for everyone to enjoy.

Did you know that I travel more with my family than I do solo? Yep, most of my adventures are with my family in the great state of Texas. I am working on a post all about our family fun adventures there that I think your family will enjoy exploring as well – post coming soon. So this year we decided to spread our wings a bit and visit sunny California and boy was it a rewarding decision.

Our journey started in Anaheim, California where we celebrated my grandson’s fourth birthday at Disneyland on July 4. Yep, my little bud has a unique birth date. We journeyed straight north to San Francisco to enjoy all the touristy stuff. Then we spent the next week or so slowly making our way down the Pacific Coast Highway visiting Half Moon Bay State Beach, Monterrey Bay, Santa Cruz Beach and Boardwalk, Big Sur and Venture State Beach as well as a drive down Hollywood Blvd. Oh, and we went whale watching. I’ll save that story for a future post!


San Francisco

McWay Falls – Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park

Big Sur

This trip was tons of fun for everyone, and it was extra special because it was Laylah’s first time walking on the beach and my family got to see Big Sur. I have wanted them to see this magical place since my first experience there two years ago. If you have not checked out “my story” post, please do. You can hear all about my first experience at Big Sur and how my solo traveling started.

Half Moon Bay State Beach

Santa Cruz Beach and Boardwalk


I wish we had a couple of months to explore California, but I can honestly say my family and I will visit this state for many years to come. We hold California dear to our hearts and will always remember the memories that we made there. What is your families favorite place to visit and why? Where will the open road take you this summer?

“We must go beyond textbooks, go out into the bypaths and untrodden depths of the wilderness and travel and explore and tell the world the glories of our journey.”

– John Hope Franklin


2 thoughts on “California Family Road Trip

  1. I enjoyed reading about your California adventure with your family! Pictures were beautiful especially the one that you took of the sunrise!!!

    1. Thank you, we had a great time!
      That was my very first ocean sunset experience and it was dreamy!

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