This is a guest post written by Susan Melony.
Traveling with young kids can bring a set of challenges that you could never anticipate before having little ones. It can seem like so much more effort to pack everything and even prepare for the trip. The thought of having to then go to an airport and take several flights can be even more overwhelming.
For a lot of families with young kids, an increasingly popular idea is traveling by RV. If you live in California, you have access to so many beautiful and unique places just within your own state or neighboring states.
If you’re going to be renting an RV in Sacramento, the following are some relatively easy road trips you can take that the whole family will enjoy, and that won’t put you too far from home or juggling too many logistical concerns.
Since it’s only around two hours from Sacramento, San Francisco is an excellent family-friendly road trip choice. Some of the best things to do if you have young kids can include visiting the San Francisco Zoo, the Aquarium of the Bay, and the Exploratorium. If you haven’t visited yet, the Exploratorium is a hands-on art and science museum.
The Coop is another fun place to take the whole family during your road trip. At The Coop, there are play spaces for kids of all ages including tunnels, ball pits, and slides.
San Francisco weather is usually nice all year round, but the best months to enjoy the weather are March, April, May, September, and November. Though you shouldn’t be disappointed with the city no matter when you visit.
Incline Village isn’t in California, and instead, it’s in Nevada. But it is only around 2 ½ hours from Sacramento. Incline Village is located on Lake Tahoe, and there are beautiful beaches and opportunities for water activities like swimming and kayaking. The beaches and the calm water are perfect for kids of all ages.
The best times to visit Incline Village are in the early fall since amenities are cheaper and temperatures are milder. Many people visit in the summer, too, and that should be fine as long as you don’t mind a little heat!
Monterey is undoubtedly one of the most gorgeous places in California, and the U.S. It is about a three-hour drive from Sacramento to Monterey.
Some of the highlights for families with kids include the Monterey Bay Aquarium and Fisherman’s Wharf. There’s also Cannery Row for shopping and dining, and Pinnacles National Park. The Point Sur State Historic Park Lighthouse provides an overlook where you can occasionally spot whales, and if you’re invested in seeing whales, there are whale watching tours offered in the area.
For toddlers and preschool-aged kids, there’s MY Museum, which is a children’s museum with different themed play areas and exhibits.
If you want to deal with fewer people, visit Monterey in April or October. But, if you want to experience Monterey during its peak season, try it anytime from July to September.
Fort Bragg is about four hours north of Sacramento, and it’s a coastal town with a lot of outdoor activities. There’s Glass Beach, with its ocean glass-filled shoreline, and there’s also the Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens. There’s hiking at MacKerricher State Park and the Judge Handle Nature Preserve.
There are kayaking and paddling tours offered along the Noyo River, or if your kids are older, you can rent a bike and take on the coastal trails.
Fort Bragg is at its hottest from June to August, so if you’d like to experience more mild temperatures, trying traveling there in early Spring or early Fall.
Half Moon Bay
Finally, Half Moon Bay is around 2 ½ hours from Sacramento, and it’s located on the San Francisco Peninsula. Half Moon Bay features beaches and outdoor recreation. There’s also great casual seafood restaurants where you can take the kids, and there’s whale watching here as well.
Half Moon Bay, much like its close neighbor San Francisco, is nice all year round. As long as you look at the weather report for the week and come prepared, you should be happy.
Add Sacramento to Your Bucketlist
Sacramento is close to many wonderful destinations the entire family will enjoy. Whether you want to stay in California or travel across a nearby border, there are many fun and educational destinations within your reach.
BIO: Susan Melony is an avid traveler, travel blogger, and freelance marketer. She’s lived all over the country but currently resides in Kansas City. Susan is also passionate about health, family, and entrepreneurship.