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. Seeking sunshine, beaches and Hollywood stars? Head south to L.A., and don’t forget to tack on a few days in San Diego for the many kid-friendly attractions there. Want an international, culturally enriching urban experience? San Francisco delivers. Nature-lovers and outdoor enthusiasts gush about places like Yosemite and Lake Tahoe. Among our favorite California vacation itineraries is a road trip that hugs the incredible coastline from one end of the state to another. 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.

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Hotels

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Hotel Zephyr »

250 Beach Street

Monarch Beach Resort »

One Monarch Beach Resort

Shore Hotel »

1515 Ocean Avenue, Santa Monica

Park Hyatt Aviara Resort »

7100 Aviara Resort Drive

PlumpJack Squaw Valley Inn »

1920 Squaw Valley Road, Olympic Valley

Resort at Squaw Creek »

400 Squaw Creek Road, Olympic Valley

Safari West »

3115 Porter Creek Road, Santa Rosa

Oceana Beach Club Hotel »

849 Ocean Avenue, Santa Monica  

Omni San Francisco Hotel »

500 California Street

Hotel del Coronado »

1500 Orange Avenue, Coronado

The Lodge At Sugar Bowl »

629 Sugarbowl Road, Norden

La Quinta Resort and Club »

49-499 Eisenhower Drive

L’Auberge Del Mar »

1540 Camino Del Mar, Del Mar

San Francisco, CA
Great for ages: Multi-Generational
Dana Point, CA
Great for ages: Multi-Generational
Newport Beach, CA
Great for ages: Multi-Generational
Santa Monica, CA
Great for ages: 0-2, 6-18
Little River, CA
Great for ages: Multi-Generational
Carlsbad, CA
Great for ages: Multi-Generational
Olympic Valley, CA
Great for ages: Multi-Generational
Olympic Valley, CA
Great for ages: Multi-Generational
Santa Rosa, CA
Great for ages: 0-2, 6-18
Santa Monica, CA
Great for ages: Multi-Generational
San Francisco, CA
Great for ages: 0-2, 6-18
San Diego, CA
Great for ages: Multi-Generational
Norden, CA
Great for ages: 3-18
La Quinta, CA
Great for ages: Multi-Generational
Del Mar, CA
Great for ages: Multi-Generational
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