Screen shot 2011-06-07 at 1.54.15 PMHeaded to the San Francisco this summer? We're not sure how long the sun will stick around, but we know that the kiddos are out of school pretty soon, so it's time to drum up a list of things to do this summer - rain or shine. Following are 78 suggestions of amazing family outings in the Bay Area from Red Tricycle editors. Did we miss one of your favorites? Add it in the comments below.
1. Pack up the sunscreen and towels and visit a water park
2. Grab your beach chairs and check out an outdoor summer concert
3. Visit a new playground with water features, an awesome play structure or scenic backdrop
4. Grab a blanket, picnic basket and indulge in an outdoor movie night
5. and 6. Fill your backpack with energy bars and try a family-friendly hike or a wildflower hike
7. Visit one of these U-Pick Farms and let the kids work for their supper
8. Day Trip: The Arboretum in Santa Cruz
9. Camping in Anderson Valley (can you say wine tasting?). No reservation? try one of these last minute
- Red Tricycle | Summer Travel – Tue, Jun 7, 2011 11:44 PM EDT
Screen shot 2011-06-07 at 1.54.15 PMHeaded to the San Francisco this summer? We're not sure how long the sun will stick around, but we know that the kiddos are out of school pretty soon, so it's time to drum up a list of things to do this summer - rain or shine. Following are 78 suggestions of amazing family outings in the Bay Area from Red Tricycle editors. Did we miss one of your favorites? Add it in the comments below.Read More »from 78 Family Things to Do in San Francisco This Summer
- Joanna Douglas, Senior Fashion and Beauty Editor | Summer Travel – Tue, Jun 7, 2011 11:10 PM EDT
Guys wear dirty undies. Photo by Getty Images.It's summer vacation time, and if you have travel plans you'll have to do one of my least favorite activities: packing. Deciding what to bring can be tough, especially when you're not 100% sure of the weather or your itinerary. I'll admit it: I overpack. I'd like to think I've gotten better over the years, but I like to be prepared for anything, and I like to have variety. (At least that was my rationale for bringing five pairs of shoes to Las Vegas last weekend. I wore four of them.)Read More »from Travel survey: men wear dirty underwear on vacation
The Sunshine Travel Agency in the UK recently conducted a survey of 1,294 people about what they pack in their suitcases, and UPI.com has shared the results. Everyone polled had been on a week-long vacation during the past year. The men polled use an average of 98% of what they pack. Pretty efficient, but not so fast! When asked about their undergarments, guys said they bring an average of three pairs of underwear for seven days. Say what? Three pairs?! These dudes are all wearing dirty undies!
Nothing is worse than empty calories at 30,000 feet. Most health experts will tell you to brown-bag it, but if there's no time to pick something up, you'll need a smart strategy for choosing from the in-flight menu. Nutritionist Keri Gans on what you can eat in the air so you'll feel sharp when you're back on the ground.
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- POPSUGAR Tech | Summer Travel – Tue, Jun 7, 2011 1:53 AM EDT
Source: How to Pack Your Tech to Get Through Airport Security Fast
If you're heading out on a jetplane for a long weekend, you've probably already given airport security some thought. I'll leave the body scanner debate for another day, but did you know your carry-on luggage could slow you down at the checkpoint, too? Properly packing your gadgets, accessories, and chargers will speed you through the X-ray line. Here, a few tips from the TSA on how to pack your bags and move right on through security.
- Pack in layers. Layer clothes, electronics, then clothes again inside a carry-on so the TSA agent can quickly see what's in there. This strategy also works better than the cram-everything-in-your-bag strategy once your unpack at your destination.
- Wrap the cords. A tangle of cords could look like something potentially harmful if it's viewed a certain way, which could mean a more thorough and time-consuming bag check. Wrap cords around their devices, pack chargers together in
By Colleen Kane, CNBC.com
For parents in search of excursions that provide a little more mental stimulation than the beach, the choices abound. It's just a matter of picking from the wealth of options. To narrow it down, we've picked suggestions for eight types of kids, from budding chef to history buff, to drama queen, to animal lover.
Here, assembled with input from Eileen Ogintz, creator of the travel resource Taking the Kids and the writers at Kids Can Travel, are plenty of ideas for educational family fun.Read More »from Best Educational Family Trips
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By Carla Fried for CBS MoneyWatch.com
So much for money being everything. For decades, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) leaned on Gross Domestic Product as a central measure of the relative well-being of its member countries. The basic idea was: Find the countries with the best economies and figure that's home to the happiest citizens. Pinpoint the economic laggards and you've got the saddest.
No more. As the OECD puts it: "In recent years, concerns have emerged regarding the fact that macro-economic statistics did not portray the right image of what ordinary people perceived about the state of their own lives. Addressing these concerns is crucial, not just for the Read More »from Happiest & Saddest Places in the World
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See the sun rise over glistening meadows, trek to three waterfalls, eat lunch beneath El Capitan-and still have time for an ice cream break. Here's our hour-by-hour breakdown of the perfect day in Yosemite.
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Culture on a budget in Ashland, OR
See a world-class Shakespeare production, hear live music, wander galleries, and beat the heat in woodsy 93-acre Lithia Park.
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Surrounded by nature in Sawtooth Mountains, ID
Imagine a national park-level wilderness without National Park-level crowds. No bus tours. No traffic. No entrance fees. Just drop-to-your-knees gorgeous land full of hiking trails, hot springs, trout-filled streams, and some of the best lemonade we've ever tasted.
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Raise your sail in
The start of summer vacation inspires dreams of far-flung vacations and exciting adventures. But upon further reflection, we start to think: surely there are great ways to bring some of that escapist fun into our daily life, right?
Indeed there are. Whether work schedules or gas prices or both or neither are the reasons you are staying put these days, consider these Savvy ways to bring a vacation to you:Read More »from How to Get Away Without Getting Away
The number one most popular way, it seems, to escape the mundane is simply to mix it up a little bit. Break up the monotony. Go with the unexpected. Depart, even just momentarily, from that carefully crafted routine that both you and your preschooler cling to.
Take inspiration from Ginger Carlson and declare today a "Yes Day" where you'll simply go with (almost) any crazy scheme, meal, idea, activity that your preschooler can dream up.
Have breakfast for dinner. Pancakes are even more soothing for supper, it seems. Steal a preschool fave and make it pajama day (or
- Sunset Magazine | Summer Travel – Fri, Jun 3, 2011 7:28 PM EDT
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Camp in style this season! Rethink the pitched tent with a new generation of streamlined trailers and deluxe tent cabins.
Teardrop trailer: Cozy camping without a tent
This little room on wheels is so easy to handle, it can be hitched to a Mini Cooper. Its standard design includes a bed, kitchen, and cabinets, but custom add-ons get as crazy as espresso makers and solar showers.
Teardrop trailer: Kitchen on wheels
A mobile kitchen pops up from the back of the trailer.
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The iconic Airstream is a mini hotel on wheels. Most have gas burners, showers you can actually stand up in, and an ingenious amount of storage space. It's smooth to tow, with a retro interior that conjures up a first-class train cabin circa 1955.
Airstream trailer: Inside
The kitchen and dining area in this 25-foot Airstream International has room for 4 to dine in style.
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Outdoor rooms: Instant patio
- Fit Bottomed Mamas | Summer Travel – Fri, Jun 3, 2011 6:50 PM EDT
Credit: skeddy in NYC
By Erin Whitehead, www.FitBottomedMamas.com
Before my little one was born, my husband and I probably made it into NYC about once a month on average. Since her arrival nine months ago? This marks the second time. (This being the first.) Like any sort of travel with a baby-car, plane or otherwise-it's a little more complicated than before. Here are a few tips I learned from baby's day out in the city!6 Tips for Traveling in a Big City with Baby
1. Always give yourself five extra minutes. On our way in, we made it to our train with just minutes to spare. On our way home, we tried to catch a train that we knew would be a close call-and just missed it. Loading up a baby, unloading a baby, paying for parking, hauling a stroller up or down stairs to the train platform-all of these add precious seconds to the trip. Always give yourself plenty of time or be prepared to catch the next one!
2. Look for the wheelchair accessible signs. If you've got a stroller, you're going to needRead More »from Baby in the City: 6 Tips for City Travels With a Little One
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