If you don't think you can face another holiday weekend in a crowded shopping mall… then don't. Treat yourself to a more meaningful gift than a new toy: a day of wildlife watching in the beautiful Point Reyes National Seashore.
Sacramento is a city rich in history, dating back to California's Gold Rush roots. Evidence of the city's influential past as an agricultural, commercial, and urban hub can still be found today in the modern downtown area, even beyond the noted landmarks.
The Bay Area may be famous for its cool, foggy summers, but in Sacramento the sun shines bright -- and hot -- throughout the season. So, if you're missing the feel of a "real" summer, then pack your bag and head out to California's Gold Country. Even though Sacramento is far from the cold blue of the Pacific, it's a prime jumping-off point to one of California's most popular recreational waterways: the American River.
Ciclovia, or "bike path" in Spanish, is an event that originated in Colombia. Every Sunday, more than 70 miles of roads are closed to cars and 1.5 million runners, walkers, skaters, and cyclists hit the streets. Last year, San Francisco brought Ciclovia to the city, closing off selected roads on two Sundays. The events were a big success, drawing 30,000 people.
After the jack-o-lanterns have been put to rest in the compost pile and the costumes retired to the closet, children everywhere will be feeling the post Halloween-doldrums... along with their candy-hangovers. Help your kids get their motors -- and imaginations -- running by exploring one of these great kid-centric autumn adventures.