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Family Fun for Spring Break

Find some of the best places in California to take the whole family during spring break.

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California in May

Thursday April 24, 2014

In May, you can watch a  a bike race or a jumping frog, celebrate Cinco de Mayo or watch a meteor shower.

In a good year, you might even see gorgeous California poppies like these at the Antelope Valley Poppy Preserve.

See what's going on.

More: California Spring Getaways | California Wildflowers

Weekend Getaway: San Francisco's Japantown

Monday April 21, 2014

japantown cherry blossoms

San Francisco's Japantown is a unique cultural opportunity. It's one of only a few Japantowns in the continental United States, along with those in Los Angeles and San Jose. It's small enough to make a fun little getaway and you'll find a couple of fun, Japanese-themed hotels to stay in, too. Plan your trip using the Japantown Getaway Planner.

Photo by dsletter_2000 at Flickr Under Attribution-NonCommercial License

Reader Favorites: Things to Do On a San Francisco Vacation

Friday April 18, 2014

A while back, we asked readers what they want to do most on their San Francisco vacation. These were the top responses

  • Sightseeing
  • Drive on the Coast Highway
  • Side Trip to Monterey and Carmel
  • Side Trip to Napa

If you want to know more, check all the results

More: Coast Highway South of San Francisco | Coast Highway North of San Francisco | One Day in Napa Valley | Monterey and Carmel

Why I'm Looking Forward to May in California

Tuesday April 15, 2014

By the end of May, the summer travel season will be in full swing, kicking off over Memorial Day weekend. These are some things I'm looking forward to before then:

  • It's a sweet and bittersweet occasion, getting in one last stay at the Inn on Mt. Ada on Catalina Island, before they close for good this coming November.
  • Yosemite's Tioga Pass often opens in May, which means I can get across the mountains to check out a few more of those great natural hot springs around Mammoth and Bridgeport. You can find this year's actual opening info at the Yosemite website.
  • I am not looking forward to the onset of May Gray and June Gloom, a California weather pattern that brings cloudy, overcast skies and cool temperatures, caused by low altitude clouds pushed inland by the wind. On the positive side, it makes those sunny days all the more welcome.

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