Day trip vacations are a great way to get away without spending a lot of money. For those of you in the San Francisco Bay Area looking for an interesting, memorable day trip, here is a suggestion for you: dinosaurs.
The State of California has never been known as a place with lots of dinosaur fossils or exhibits. But if you or your kids have the desire to see a dinosaur fossil or exhibit, you can make a day trip of it from the San Francisco Bay Area.
First, you definitely should take a day trip and visit the life-size cast fossil of a T-Rex dinosaur. Yes, there is one of these in the Bay Area. It is located in the Valley Life Sciences Building at the University of California campus at Berkeley. Find more information at this page or this website.
Another day trip can be made from the Bay Area to the Nevada State Museum in Carson City, Nevada. Here you can find a very large Columbian mammoth. Check out this official website here and scroll down half the page to see a picture.
What about a day trip down to Los Angeles? yes, it can be done if you get an early start. If you go, you definitely need to visit the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County. This museum certainly has lots of very large dinosaur exhibits. Find out more here.
What about dinosaurs outside of museums? Well, California has plenty of those. You definitely must see the Cabazon Dinosaurs in Cabazon, California. Check out their great website for details. And not too far away in Riverside is the Jurupa Mountains Discovery Center where you will find great dinosaur sculptures. Read more at this website or this page.
If you decide to travel to any of these destinations, make sure to call in advance to confirm open hours and that the exhibits will be open to the public on your travel dates. And always plan ahead to allow plenty of time to reach your destination.