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. A California family vacation works 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 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. 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.

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400 Squaw Creek Road, Olympic Valley

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3115 Porter Creek Road, Santa Rosa

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49-499 Eisenhower Drive

L’Auberge Del Mar »

1540 Camino Del Mar, Del Mar

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1500 Orange Avenue, Coronado

The Lodge At Sugar Bowl »

629 Sugarbowl Road, Norden

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