Disney World, Florida

Disney World - Sleeping Beauty Castle - from WikipediaDisney’s collection of Theme Parks, hotels, and shopping centers in Orlando, Florida is a world on its own. The property covers 25,000 acres nestles in the woods around Lake Buena Vista with its own roads and transportation system.

Walt Disney decided to build his expansive new resort on the east coast and went hunting for the location. He picked this area because it was mostly empty and close to the intersection of the four freeway and the Florida Turnpike.

Cougar Crest Trail, Big Bear Lake

Also known as Bertha Peak Trail, this is a challenging trail in the Big Bear Lake area with commanding views of the lake.
The hike is about 7 miles round trip and may take up to 4 hours to finish. It is considered moderate difficulty.
It starts from Cougar Crest trailhead neat the Discovery Center. If you park at the trailhead, you will need an adventure pass. Alternately, you can take advantage of the free parking at the center and walk to the trailhead. This will add 1-mile to your hike

Las Vegas Family Fun

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Las Vegas has been changing in past years and becoming more family oriented. You can still find all the partying and gambling - and other sins - if you are looking for it. But you can also find a lot of wholesome fun for the whole family. A lot of those activities and attractions are free or inexpensive but expect to pay a premium for major attractions.  

New Orleans, Louisiana

NOLA Ironwork corner of Royal and St _Peter Wikipedia by Falkue

New Orleans (NOLA) is world-famous for its music, Creole cuisine, vibrant nightlife, and annual festivals, most notably Mardi Gras. It is also known as the “Big Easy” for its laidback and inclusive culture.

In this most unique American city, you can find distinctive cuisine, beautiful architecture, and lots of history.  

It all started in the 1690s when French explorers chose this location to start a small trading settlement. Before that, the area was also frequented by Native Americans for the same reason.

Interesting Facts: New Orleans is also called the “Crescent City” because the Mississippi River curves right through it.

Where to Stay in San Diego

nullYour decision on where to stay depends on many factors like what are you planning to do, your budget, and your arrival time. 

If you are planning to mainly explore downtown, then you should consider one of the hotels right in the Gaslamp Quarter or downtown waterfront. Some of the best choices are the Marriott Marquis Marina, Hilton Bayfront, and Grand Hyatt. For a budget hotel in or close to downtown, you can try Porto Vista, Wyndham Bayside, or Westin. 

If your main goal is to visit SeaWorld, then try the Hilton San Diego Resort & Spa, Hyatt Regency Masson Bay or the Bahia Resort. For budget choices, try places like Holiday Inn Express, Wyndham Garden, or Travel Lodge SeaWorld.

Canyoneering San Antonio Falls

nullCan you imagine yourself hiking up a steep hill, reaching the top of a waterfall, then repelling down the face of a cliff and through the waterfall? Then you should go on a canyoneering trip.

Canyoneering (Canyoning) is a sport in which you explore canyons by hiking, scrambling, repelling, rafting, swimming and waterfall jumping. See Wikipedia for more.

To accomplish the repelling part, you need to know about ropes, carabiners and ASAPs. But if you are not a rock climber, you can still enjoy a canyoneering adventure by going with an experienced outfitter and letting them do the technical parts.

SoCal Adventure Company to San Antonio Falls for an amazing Canyoneering trip. 

Disneyland Dining

Disneyland - Plaza Inn - Breakfast with charactersAt Disneyland, you can find a meal for any taste and budget. You can get a snack or treat on the go or enjoy a sit-down meal at a restaurant. 

Breakfast

Plaza Inn

A great way to start your day at Disneyland. This buffet-style restaurant offers the traditional American Faire with a lot of interaction with Disney Characters. 

As you enjoy your made-to-order omelet, pastries, and coffee you will get visits from Tigger, Whinny the Pooh, Mickey, and many more fun characters. They will pose with you for photos.

Salt Creek Beach

Salt Creek

Salt Creek Park is located in the city of Dana Point, about 40 minutes from Anaheim. This beach is unique for several reasons: It is a long stretch of beaches (around 18 acres); It borders one of the luxury resorts (Ritz Carlton); It has a beautifully landscaped hill overlooking the beach – with picnic areas; It has a very good food stand, and it has an easy hiking trail.

You can enjoy this beach in any season. During colder days, take your breakfast/lunch with you, stake out a picnic area on the grass (or one of the marble tables)