Travel Blog

Welcome to Mimi’s Parks! It’s a blog for parents who’d like their children to enjoy nature in American parks.

California State Mining and Mineral Museum

It’s early morning in chilly El Portal, and I have a stunning view of the mighty Merced River showing off its bountiful spring runoff. The thundering roar of the river is pleasantly deafening and comforting as I contemplate the day ahead. Our second title, Berto, Yosemite’s Rock-Lovin’ Bear was recently published, and I’m here […]

Grand Teton National Park

Three days isn’t enough time to fully appreciate the wonders of this treasured destination, but often it’s all the time families have when combining the Tetons with Yellowstone National Park. I hope my Three Days at Grand Teton itinerary gives you a delightful sampling of what this renowned national park and Jackson Hole have to offer.

If […]

Crystal Cove State Park

You’ll want to see for yourself why Crystal Cove State Park is a treasured Southern California destination for families who like to have fun. Good times begin with soft, sandy beaches, accessible tide pools, and backcountry trails. The park has more than three miles of golden beaches shared and enjoyed by beachcombers, runners, swimmers, bodysurfers, […]

Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park is close to my home, so I’ve visited this American treasure many times. The entry into the park is magical, and on every visit I look forward to my first glimpse of the majestic El Capitan and the fearless rock-climbers scaling her creviced granite walls. If you’re taking children to Yosemite and […]

Muir Woods National Monument

In 1908, when John Muir learned that William and Elizabeth Kent had requested that their donated parkland be named in his honor, he said, “This is the best tree-lover’s monument that could possibly be found in all the forests of the world.” Most folks agree.

Muir Woods National Monument is a sanctuary that preserves an ancient, […]

Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve

The Torrey pine tree is a beloved San Diego icon, and she is the star of Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve. You’ll have to visit the reserve’s trails and museum to see what the attraction is all about, and why California protects these rare American pine trees.

Before heading out to the trails, let the kids meet the […]

Natural Bridges State Beach

Natural Bridges State Beach is a wonderful place to spend an afternoon any time of the year, but come fall, the park welcomes the migrating Monarch butterflies—and it’s an event not to be missed! The butterflies will make Santa Cruz home until mid-February, but be sure to visit on a day when the temperature is […]

John Muir National Historic Site

Bay area locals looking for a place to picnic, hike, or brush up on a bit of California history, will find the John Muir National Historic Site sure to please. The trek is especially meaningful for fourth grade students who are studying California history. Park services at the former home of the renowned conservationist, John Muir, […]