Alameda Historical Museum

2324 Alameda Avenue Alameda, CA Sometimes, you need to find kid-friendly pit stops in the center of urban areas, too! Whether your destination is the San Francisco Bay Area or you're just passing through, The Alameda Historical Museum is a fun … [Read more...]

Mt. Shasta Treehouse Inn

111 Morgan Way Mt. Shasta, CA My family and I have stayed at The Best Western Treehouse Inn in Mt. Shasta, CA several times, and while most chain motels are not worth a review, this one is an exception! If you're traveling I-5 and need a … [Read more...]

McKinley Park

601 Alhambra Boulevard Sacramento, CA Some of you may know this already, but the concept for Pitstops for Kids was born after a frustrating afternoon trying to find a nice park while driving through Sacramento, CA. So you can imagine my … [Read more...]

Crescent City, CA

Hwy 101 Crescent City, CA The entire beach town of Crescent City, CA makes for a breathtakingly beautiful pit stop any time of year! A great place to start is Enderts Beach in Redwoods National Park. Says reviewer Angie McCoy, "It's a great … [Read more...]

Six Flags Discovery Kingdom tips

1001 Fairgrounds Dr. Vallejo, CA Six Flags Discovery Kingdom may seem more like a destination than a pitstop, but given its location off I-80 and near the I-5 corridor between LA and Sacramento, it serves as a great overnight break from … [Read more...]

McArthur Burney Falls State Park

24898 Hwy 89 Burney, CA McArthur Burney Falls State Park is one of the nicest state parks I've run across in a long time. In northern California's volcanic country near Lassen National Park, it sits directly on Highway 89 near Burney. After you … [Read more...]

Bassetts Station

100 Gold Lake Road Sierra City, CA Once a stagecoach stop, Bassetts Station is still a much-appreciated rest stop for travelers navigating US Hwy 49's windy, tree-lined turns. Serving both campers, fishermen, and hikers in summer and snowmobilers … [Read more...]

Jelly Belly Factory Tour

1 Jelly Belly Lane Fairfield, CA What I seem to remember most about Jelly Belly's California factory is the absolutely horrendous tantrum my then-three-year-old (now seven-year-old) decided to throw somewhere between the sorting floor and the … [Read more...]

Fairytale Town

3901 Land Park Drive, Sacramento CA I'd like to start this, my first review on this site, with a short story. In the summer of 2008, my mom and I found ourselves six hours into a 10 hour drive with my three kids when we became desperate for … [Read more...]