Plan a road trip – 3 spots to stop when driving the I5 West coast

If you’re about to plan a road trip with your kids down the West Coast from Vancouver/Seattle to Los Angeles or, more specifically in my case, straight to Disneyland, you’re going to have to plan a few stops along the way. I’ve taken the I5 on our road trips for the most part – taking the exit to San Francisco after a very long and scorching stretch of road from Red Bluff, California to just past Sacramento, so I know there are some great stops on the I5 to explore.

Plan your road trip down the I5 around these little gems with your kids:

Enchanted Forest Theme Parkplan-a-road-trip-Enchanted-Forest

If you need a spot where the kids can burn off some steam after a long drive, you’ll love the Enchanted Forest Theme Park in Turner, OR. There’s Storybrook Lane, an English Village, Indian Caves, and fairytale cottages and castles. Admission is $10.75 per person and under 2 is free but they still have to pay for rides. If you’re camping, it’s right near the Salem KOA.


Turtle Bay Exploration Park

Redding, California is home to the closest In-N-Out to Canada, so grab your Double Double and extra crispy fries then head over to Turtle Bay Exploration Park. There are river walks, indoor museums, and a glass-bottomed bridge, plus there’s a on-site café for mom and dad. It’s only open until 5 pm every day so make sure you plan for this one.


plan-a-road-trip-california-state-railroad-museumCalifornia State Railroad Museum

Thanks to my 3 boys, there was a time when I planned my life around trains. Now they’ve moved on but I’m hooked, so I drag them along to any and every train stop I can find. The California State Railroad Museum is one such place. It’s in Sacramento, and you’ll find an Old West town complete with walk through trains for you your kids to play in.

It’s driving season on the West coast so if you want to save money and have some fun along the way, it’s the perfect time to plan a road trip to Disneyland.

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