Just a few exits from San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge, a cluster of ancient coast redwoods rises to the heavens in what feels more like the ancestral home to a tribe of Ewoks than a national park visited by millions on the outskirts of one of America’s most vibrant cities.

To keep the “Most Magical Place on Earth” from becoming the most stressful, here are a few real-life tips from our travels that might help your family, too (a.k.a., how to not completely lose your fucking mind).