The girls and I have got quite a routine down with our road trips. We've been doing more and more together, even when Daddy is out of town, and we have a blast with it. I have learned a lot about taking road trips and sticking to a budget. I wrote a post earlier this year sharing some of my road trip on a budget tips. Sticking to a budget is what allows us to take so many road trips.
In November, the girls and I took two road trips on our own. It's fun and it's such amazing bonding time. The first trip we took was to San Diego. The girls stayed with my aunt while I went to spend the weekend in Boulder with my college roommates. Of course it was amazing to be able to spend some time with my family in San Diego as well as see my friends.
On that trip, we took the Hyundai Tucson Limited for our road trip.
I really enjoyed that vehicle. It was a very comfortable ride from the driver's perspective. I loved how well it handled on the mountain roads. I almost felt like I was driving a car rather than an SUV, but I felt safer because it was all wheel drive.
The girls were super comfy in the back seat of the Hyundai Tucson Limited as well. I have found that they are less apt to get car sick when we're in a vehicle that handles well on the mountain roads and they complain less if they have plenty of space.
I love how much room there is in the trunk of the Hyundai Tucscon Limited. I was able to fit all of our luggage and cooler with space to spare. I love the cover that you can pull over your belongings to protect them from prying eyes. Whenever we take road trips, I always pack food to cut down on our costs so we can do more traveling.
The Hyundai Tucson Limited was a great road trip vehicle for our family. Like the Hyundai Santa Fe, my only wish is that it got better gas mileage.
The following weekend, we visited Knott's Merry Farm, which was an absolute blast. It was the girls' first trip to Knott's Berry Farm and we're excited to go back and visit again soon – next time with Daddy!
We also visited Aquarium of the Pacific the following day.
It is about a 20-minute drive from where we stayed in Buena Park. We've been to Birch Aquarium in San Diego a couple of times, but this was our first trip to Aquarium of the Pacific.
There are a lot more hands on activities at Aquarium of the Pacific than at Birch Aquarium. There was this area inside the aquarium and there was another large area outdoors. I love how interactive it was for the girls.
We spent quite a bit of time at the aquarium before heading back to the hotel to take a dip in the hot tub (which unfortunately ended up being cold!). There is enough to see there that you can easily spend half a day there – more if you see one of the movies they offer.
If you're looking for some great Mommy-Daughter road trip ideas for Southern California, both Orange County and San Diego have plenty to offer. Just make sure to ride in comfort in a vehicle like the Hyundai Tucson Limited and follow my budget tips so you can visit all of the great attractions!