San Diego Day Trips for the whole family


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Vacationing in San Diego is a dream come true for all first time visitors to this sun city, and the adventures are virtually endless. If you have planned your vacation well, you will enjoy the local beaches, Seaport Village, Coronado Island and downtown San Diego and its Gaslamp Quarter. This can easily take up your first few days, but please keep in mind, there’s a lot more to see and do within an hour or two by car that you should take advantage of.

The LaJolla and Carlsbad area are just up the coast about a half an hour and offer families the adventure of LEGOLAND in Carlsbad. Spend a few hours there, letting the kids enjoy rides, run around and build things, and then you can get to explore somewhere nearby. Strolling the streets of Del Mar, the quaint little beach town is fun, maybe lunch and a pub brew or two.

LaJolla has some of the best beaches on the California coast, especially for younger children. There’s the LaJolla Cove, where the protected area is home to many reefs, and underwater life. If you didn’t bring your own snorkels and fins, rent some for some fun and adventure. If you really want to give your youngsters, or yourself an experience, this is a great place for a surfing lesson.



Exciting reasons for planning that “Sin City” Vacation this year



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If Las Vegas, well known as “Sin City” is in your sights for an upcoming vacation, you are surly not alone. The recent announcement that the Oakland Raiders are moving to Las Vegas has given these town lots of attention as you might guess. For one thing, when the move occurs, you will have to either plan your vacation during games, if a fan, or when they aren’t playing. This is just one more “attraction” making this town a major target for tourists.

If your plan has nothing to do with the Raiders or sports, then you are in luck, and may actually want to plan your visit when they are playing, for “crowd control”?

We want to give you suggestions on some of the fun things to see and do here, some you may know of, some you never thought of doing.

Whether or not you are hitting the gambling tables, you should at least be a “High Roller” at least once. We are talking about riding the world’s tallest Ferris wheel, which will provide you with probably the best photo op of the Vegas Strip anywhere.

If roller coasters aren’t enough of a thrill, we can definitely beat that, with a simple elevator ride to the top of the Stratosphere. You can choose to walk around the outside ring 885 feet above the street below if that does it for you. But for the real daredevil, you can get harnessed and step off the tower platform. If you decide to do this, I highly suggest if you don’t have a GoPro, get one!



Expert tips for a super successful Toronto vacation


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Toronto is a beautiful city to vacation in with your family, offering not only the spectacular Niagara Falls, but also so much more in the city and surrounding areas.

Just the fact that especially during summer months, you are on Lake Ontario, because summers are quite hot and humid. The nice things about the Toronto are is it does get cold in winter, but Toronto isn’t known for getting a lot of snow. You do however, have to plan for cold and bring appropriate clothes.

A tasty way to escape the cold and get a picture of Toronto’s history is to visit the waterfront neighborhoods steeped in their distillery past. This is a location frequented by locals because it is just a very relaxing, “foot traffic” only bit of “time travel”. As you walk the original cobblestone paths you will swear you can hear the horse drawn buggies of the old days. Today the streets are lines with quaint little cafés, restaurants and shops, and even a brewery.

Any time of year, when touring Toronto, visiting it’s famous castle is always a treat. What castle you ask? Casa Loma. This 98-room massive castle was a lifetime dream of Sir Henry Pellatt, and in the 1800’s he built it. This spectacular castle features a massive wine cellar, horse stables, towers and even secret passageways to experience. In warm weather the five acre gardens are a joy to walk about and even plan a picnic. A favorite of visitors is the 800-foot underground tunnel connecting the stables to the castle.