I’m not one to use the word “blessed” very often. I’m not particularly religious though I have had a Bar Mitzvah and I do like to celebrate religious holidays from all walks of life. However, when it comes to living in Southern California and having a family and wanting to take them to memorable, wonderful place, I can truly say that I am blessed. So are you if you live here too. In a winter in which the vast majority of our country is literally buried under actual yards of snow, we relish the opportunity to put on a sweater. Not only is our weather far superior to anyone else’s in the United States, we also have a wealth of unparalleled family destinations that are enriching, entertaining and memorable. Sure, we have Disneyland, Knott’s Berry Farms, and Sea World – those are all great and definitely worthy of a family outing – but we have so much more! California is home to 59 National Parks! Many of them you’ve probably heard of, but many of them you certainly haven’t. It’s amazing!
No talk about family destinations in SoCal would be complete without mentioning – Nay, praising! – Yosemite. It’s not among the most visited National Parks in the country by accident. It is home to many of the most famous geological landmarks in the country, including Half Dome and Yosemite Falls. Earlier this year, Yosemite was front page news as two rock climbers ascended the towering wall, El Capitan, with no ropes. This is not a family friendly activity! However, the rest of the park is. If you’ve already been to Yosemite, I recommend a place that is more of the opposite. Death Valley is an unbeatable winter destination. Just remember, it’s called Death Valley because there is no water anywhere. You must bring your own. And if you and your family fancy an off-road adventure, make sure you’re piloting the right car. For my money, you can’t beat a brand new hybrid Nissan Pathfinder.
As you can see, it’s wildly spacious, but that’s just the beginning. Not only can you store all the water that your family will need, but you can carry everything else! And with its surprising fuel efficiency and hybrid engine, one tank of gas will suffice for the whole weekend. It’s perfect for off road driving and offers such safety and comfort that you and your family will be appreciating the dynamic, unique landscape and not fretting about the heat.
If you are planning on doing some great exploring with your family, do yourself a favor and get the appropriate SUV to ensure comfort and safety. Go online to either Nissan Cerritos or Downtown Nissan and find the perfect vehicle for you!