SAN DIEGO, September 2016
Over Labor Day weekend, we traveled to sunny Southern California. We flew into San Diego and spent some time exploring the California coast. We made this same trip 3 years ago and it is amazing how much the kids remember. I think it is the power of pictures that helps them have such fabulous memories!! We packed in scenic beaches, visiting family, cruising boardwalks, and even a trip to Disneyland! This post covers our trip to La Jolla and Disneyland, hope you enjoy the pictures of our trip!
We stayed the first night in Old Town, a quick taxi ride from the airport, which was so nice after a late flight. Following a fabulous breakfast, we were charged and ready to start our California adventure! We picked up our car rental and headed towards the coast.
Our first stop was the coastal town of La Jolla! I always forget how breathtaking the massive cliffs are against the beautiful blue water! La Jolla has excellent beaches and ocean access. We enjoyed walking around downtown passing shops, outdoor dining, sculptures, and colorful California flowers! It was fun to see the historical architecture mixed with the modern flare. La Jolla has wonderful beaches and ocean access, along with many trails to enjoy alongside the water.
OVERLOOKING THE CAVE
We followed a path to a place called The Cave. Founded in the early 1900’s, La Jolla caves can be seen by entering The Cave Store and descending down a flight of stairs or by water. The caves have a neat history and we enjoyed looking at the old pictures and reading the stories inside the historic Cave Store! You can see the Sea Lions basking in the sun, always such a fun sighting! It was fun to see so many families out exploring the cliffs, some parking their bikes along the trail and walking down. In the water people were snorkeling along the rocks and there were many kayak tours. We stuck to exploring on the cliffs and the kids loved the challenge of finding their way safely down towards the water!
We spent ONE WHOLE DAY at Disneyland!! We have always told our kids there is more to California than just Disney!! As I mentioned earlier, it is amazing to me the kids memories from this trip 3 years ago. Of course they remembered every detail about Disneyland and we were able to add new ones this year, due to growing a couple inches~they were tall enough to ride ALL the rides!! We rode every ride possible, some of them 2 and 3 times!!! and had an absolute blast!! I am somewhat afraid of heights, but I faced my fears to see the bright smiling faces on my kids as I climbed aboard the rides!! I only had to sit out on the 2nd trip to the Tower of Terror! We definitely had our family favorites! We made some great memories and I’m sure we walked about 20 miles!! Walking out of the park as the fireworks were going off, was a great way to end our day!
Let us know what your favorite ride is at Disney. We were able to do both parks in one day and take in a total of 26 rides.
Accomodations: We spent the first night at the Hilton Garden Inn in Old town near the San Diego airport. After Disney we stayed the night at Homewood Suites which is within walking distance tot the park, but also had the option of riding the parking shuttle for our tired legs!
Transportation: We rented a car for the entirety of our trip, there is a large rental car center at the San Diego airport. Thrifty had the best deals for us.
Cuisine: Plenty of good choices for food! We actually ate 2 great meals at Disney, lunch at a Mexican restaurant in the park and dinner at Naples Ristorante a great pizza restaurant in Downtown Disney.
You Tube: You can also check out a You Tube video of our ride at Radiator Springs. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dT42br24wEM
Thanks for reading. Please let us know if you have any questions about La Jolla or Disneyland.