5 FREE Family-Friendly Activities Near Disneyland

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It’s that time of year when half of American families make its pilgrimage to Disneyland. After days of standing in lines, tripping over strollers, and buying tickets in the three figures; anyone can use a day away from the parks. Here are five free, family-friendly day trips within a short drive of Disneyland.

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A Step Into the Movies At Malibu Creek State Park

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Malibu Creek State Park is a gorgeous, year-round place to hike in the Santa Monica mountains and home to several film and tv settings. Visit in the winter and spring for beautiful green grasses and cool temps. Come in the summer when the heat in the Valley is unbearable for a dip in its cool waters.

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Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument

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Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument is a 1.9 million-acre secret in southern Utah. Not quite sure how it’s remained so hidden but I’ve lived in Utah my entire life and barely knew about it. But within its vast borders are more slot canyons than you can swing a cat at. It has replaced Zion as my new favorite red rock area. Continue reading “Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument”

Top Six Utah Hikes to See the Fall Colors

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Utah offers a wide array of gorgeous backdrops of autumn colors from the pine mountains to the red rock. What’s especially noteworthy, is with our changes in elevation and climate, we get to experience fall for longer than most places. While the trees are bare to the north come November, Thanksgiving is still a perfect time to visit southern Utah.

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When a Summer Day Turns Dangerous in a Flash Flood

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This waterfall formed after fifteen minutes of rain. We were boating up Forgotten Canyon in Lake Powell when the blinding downpour drove us into a small cove. Small waterfalls streamed down the rock walls on all sides as we tried to secure the rain cap over the boat, jostling us up and down in the waves.

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Adventuring in Snow Canyon State Park

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Don’t let the name fool you. You could not find a less fitting moniker for this red rock that bakes in the summer but comes alive in the spring and fall. In the corner of the Utah desert, it rarely sees snow. Named not for the weather but for a pioneer family. Beyond its name there are other unexpected things about this oasis.

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