San Diego Hikes: Hiking Black Mountain from the North Side

If Black Mountain were 40 feet taller it would be the highest point in the city of San Diego.  As it is, it must settle for second place behind Cowles [ … ]

Trail for All People
Lilac Canyon Trail
San Diego Hikes: Glider Point Trail at Black Mountain

Fun Diego Family lives at the foot of Black Mountain.  We hike this area more than any other. However, until Miner’s Ridge Loop trail was temporarily closed in 2017 we [ … ]

Miner's Ridge Loop
Annie's Canyon Trail
San Diego Hikes: Ho Chi Minh Trail to Black’s Beach

One of San Diego’s great hikes is the so called Ho Chi Minh Trail that goes down the cliffs from the wealthy La Jolla suburbs to the beach several hundred [ … ]

San Diego River Trail
Biking San Diego Harbor
San Diego Hikes: Los Penasquitos Canyon Waterfall

Los Penasquitos Canyon is a great 4,000 acre open space area of San Diego right by our house.  Operated by San Diego Parks and Recreation it contains not only a [ … ]

Los Penasquitos Canyon
Rolling Stone Trail
San Diego Attractions
Guide to San Diego’s Belmont Park

Belmont Park is a small amusement park right on the ocean at Mission Beach.  There are quite a few attractions and it can easily be combined with a day at [ … ]

Museum of Man
San Diego Model Railroad Museum

  Balboa Park is one of San Diego’s greatest attractions.  Located right next to downtown San Diego and the airport, Balboa Park is best known for the San Diego Zoo.  [ … ]

San Diego Air and Space Museum
Fleet Science Center
Review of Mythbusters: The Explosive Exhibition at Fleet Science Center in San Diego

San Diego’s Balboa Park is home to not only its zoo but many of its museum.  For families with kids, the Fleet Science Center is a regular go to.  Science Centers [ … ]

Africa Rocks at the San Diego Zoo
San Diego Restaurants
San Diego’s Best Burgers: Chicago Fire Grill

Chicago Fire Grill is a place specializing in Chicago Italian Beef Sandwiches, Chicago hot dogs and sausages.  However, we have never tried those items.  The first time we came the [ … ]

In-N-Out vs Shake Shack
The Spot in La Jolla
San Diego’s Best Sandwich: Cardiff Crack at Seaside Market

  Seaside Market in the small community of Cardiff-by-the-Sea is arguably the best grocery store in San Diego.  It has all sorts of gourmet items, but is perhaps best known [ … ]

Pizzeria Luigi
San Diego’s Best Pizza: Privateer Coal Fire Pizza

When it comes to lists of best pizza places North County San Diego usually comes up short.  However, there are quite a few places in the Carlsbad, Vista, Oceanside area [ … ]

Besta-Wan Pizza
San Diego’s Best Pizza: Best Pizza and Brew

Based on the name, Fun Diego Family’s quest for the best pizza in San Diego is over.  The expanding mini-chain of Best Pizza and Brew has declared itself the winner.  [ … ]

Berkley Pizza
Steak N Fries
Big Bear Lake Hikes

Big Bear Lake is the premiere mountain playground in Southern California.  In the winter it is hopefully covered with snow and people head to ski resorts Snow Summit and Big [ … ]

Pine Knot Trail
Cougar Crest Trail
Big Bear Lake: Hiking Castle Rock Trail

Castle Rock Trail is probably many people’s favorite hike in Big Bear Lake.  It is a short, mile and a half round trip with great views.  However, the big attraction [ … ]

Woodland Trail
Yosemite First-Time Visitor Tips
Whitewater Rafting on the American River in California’s Gold Country

Whitewater rafting is a great family activity.  Over the years, the Cole family has done rafting trips in California, North Carolina and even Italy.  Our favorite trip was probably the [ … ]

Avalon Catalina
Visting Alcatraz America’s Best Tourist Attraction?

The famous prison located on Alcatraz Island is right off the city of San Francisco.  As such it makes an easy trip for visitors to the city.  However, this is [ … ]

Finding Specific Hotels with Better Bidding on Hotwire and Priceline
Editor's choice
Blue Sky Ecological Reserve
Downtown La Jolla Village
Bolognese Sauce
Yosemite First-Time Visitor Tips
Mythbusters: The Explosive Exhibition
Africa Rocks at the San Diego Zoo
Sunset Cliffs Hike
whitewater rafting on the American River
Avalon Catalina