California Family Vacations | Ciao Bambino!

There’s a reason that California has inspired countless songs and movies: It really is one of the best destinations in the world for a memorable getaway. California family vacations work for just about everyone. Are you seeking sunshine, beaches, or Hollywood stars? Head south to Los Angeles, and don’t forget to tack on a few days in San Diego for the many kid-friendly attractions there, like the kid-friendly San Diego Zoo. And when planning a California vacation with kids, few families can resist a night or two at a Disneyland resort or one of the many theme parks or water parks in southern California. Want an international, culturally enriching urban experience? San Francisco delivers to make it one of the best family vacations in California. Nature-lovers and outdoor enthusiasts gush about places like Yosemite, Lake Tahoe, and the impressive network of state parks. Among our favorite California vacation itineraries is a road trip that hugs the incredible coastline from one end of the state to another. Popular stopping points on this family-friendly journey include Big Sur just south of Monterey Bay, and Newport Beach in Orange County. Scenic resorts tucked away in amazing settings, urban hotels with kid-friendly amenities and small coastal inns all welcome families back to California again and again. Consider the Golden State one big play area for children and adults alike. Our advisors can help you craft a personalized California family vacation package. We are never short on California vacation ideas for families!

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Family-Friendly Hotels in California

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Omni Rancho Las Palmas Resort and Spa »

41000 Bob Hope Dr, Rancho Mirage, CA 92270

Omni La Costa Resort and Spa »

2100 Costa Del Mar Rd, Carlsbad, CA 92009, USA

Hotel del Sol »

3100 Webster St, San Francisco, CA 94123, USA

Bernardus Lodge »

415 Carmel Valley Road, Carmel Valley

Fairmont Grand Del Mar »

5300 Grand del Mar Court

Cavallo Point Lodge »

601 Murray Circle, Fort Baker, Sausalito

Carmel Valley Ranch »

One Old Ranch Road, Carmel Valley

El Capitan Canyon »

11650 Calle Real

Dream Inn »

175 West Cliff Drive

Dolphin Bay Resort and Spa »


Fairmont Miramar Hotel and Bungalows »

101 Wilshire Boulevard, Santa Monica

Westin Mission Hills Resort and Spa »

71333 Dinah Shore Drive, Rancho Mirage

Evergreen Lodge »

33160 Evergreen Road, Groveland

Rancho Mirage, CA
Great for ages: 0-12
Carlsbad, CA
Great for ages: Multi-Generational
San Francisco, CA
Great for ages: Multi-Generational
Carmel Valley, CA
Great for ages: 0-2, 6-12
San Diego, CA
Great for ages: Multi-Generational
San Francisco, CA
Great for ages: 0-5, 13-18
Carmel Valley, CA
Great for ages: Multi-Generational
Santa Barbara, CA
Great for ages: 3-18
Santa Cruz, CA
Great for ages: Multi-Generational
Pismo Beach, CA
Great for ages: 0-12
Santa Monica, CA
Great for ages: Multi-Generational
Rancho Mirage, CA
Great for ages: Multi-Generational
Groveland, CA
Great for ages: Multi-Generational
Dana Point, CA
Great for ages: Multi-Generational
San Francisco, CA
Great for ages: Multi-Generational

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