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Planning the Ideal Family Vacation in California

Located on the Pacific coast of the USA, California, also known as “The Golden State”, is one of the most sought-after travel destinations in the world. With breathtaking scenery extending from oceans and ancient forests to deserts as well as the iconic cities lining the coast, California promises something for every family member to enjoy.

Family Vacation in California: Top Accommodations

Apartment Historic South Central Los Angeles
Aug 31 - Sep 7
$57 per night
Apartment ∙ 5 guests ∙ 3 bedrooms

Rental Apartment in Historic South Central Los Angeles with Yard, Sauna & Grill

Historic South Central Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California
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House Laguna Beach
Nov 30 - Dec 7
-44%
$601
$335 per night
House ∙ 7 guests ∙ 3 bedrooms

House in Laguna Beach with Grill & Patio + Ocean Views

3.9
Good (29 ratings)
Laguna Beach, Orange County, California
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House Bodega Bay
Dec 1 - Dec 8
-46%
$844
$456 per night
House ∙ 10 guests ∙ 5 bedrooms

House in Bodega Bay with Grill & Patio + Unforgettable Views

4.2
Very good (60 ratings)
Bodega Bay, Sonoma County, California
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The Best Destinations for Family Vacations in California

The Best Destinations for Family Vacations in California

California is packed with fun activities for the whole family, and no matter where you choose to explore in the state, there are sites and attractions to appeal to all ages and interests. These are the top picks for families who want to enjoy California's diverse offering.

  • 1. San Francisco

    The kids will relish a chance to hop onto a ferry going to Alcatraz or taking the red cable car going up and down the hills. Head to San Francisco Zoo, the Aquarium of the Bay or the Children’s Creativity Museum for more fun.

  • 2. Humboldt Redwoods State Park

    Visit Humboldt County and explore the magnificent coastal redwoods. The tall canopy of sequoias offers a unique setting for camping, horseback riding, and biking.

  • 3. Santa Barbara

    Stop in Santa Barbara and enjoy its panoramic views and numerous performing arts venues. Visit the Sea Center at the Museum of Natural History or Santa Barbara Maritime Museum to enrich your knowledge of the local marine life.

  • 4. Death Valley

    This desert park has a range of fascinating landscapes with different geological formations. Explore the saltpans of hills covered in minerals of various shades and the slopes of super-fine sand.

  • 5. San Diego

    San Diego is famous for its numerous theme parks such as Legoland, SeaWorld, and the San Diego Zoo. Beautiful beaches, nature trails, and fine dining await.

Best Places to Stay for Family Vacation in California

House Tahoe Vista
Oct 26 - Nov 2
-59%
$531
$216 per night
House ∙ 8 guests ∙ 3 bedrooms

Vacation Home in Tahoe Vista with Yard

Tahoe Vista, Placer County, California, United States
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House Incline Village
Sep 23 - Sep 30
-25%
$266
$198 per night
House ∙ 8 guests ∙ 4 bedrooms

House in Incline Village with Grill, Patio & Jacuzzi + Lake View

Incline Village, Washoe County, Nevada, United States
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House Carnelian Bay
Mar 2 - Mar 9
-59%
$1,270
$526 per night
House ∙ 12 guests ∙ 5 bedrooms

Wonderful Vacation Home in Carnelian Bay with Jacuzzi, Patio & Grill

4.1
Very good (14 ratings)
Carnelian Bay, Placer County, California, United States
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Things to Do During Your Family Vacation in California

Things to Do During Your Family Vacation in California

The awe-inspiring landscape of California offers opportunities for you and your family to experience a variety of adventures. These are some of the best activities to make the most of the outdoors.

  • 1. Camping

    California has a wide range of amazing places to camp. Spend a weekend in a tent at the Crystal Cove State Park and marvel at views of the Pacific Ocean. Explore the mountains at the Sequoia National Forest to have a close encounter with wildlife.

  • 2. Hiking

    If you love hiking, then California is your paradise. Put on your sturdy shoes and stray off the busy city streets into the diverse landscapes. From the mountainous coastline in Big Sur to the magnificent glacier-carved valley of Yosemite National Park, the trails are as breathtaking as the terrains are varied.

  • 3. Biking

    Pedal up and down Mt. Tamalpais or along the King Ridge loop in Santa Rosa. Natural beauty, varied landscapes, and year-round mild temperatures beckon a large number of bikers. The Iowa Hill loop in Auburn offers gorgeous views of valleys and riverbeds.

  • 4. Surfing

    Put on your wetsuit, grab your board, and head down to the glorious stretch of California coastline to hit the waves. Some of the best surfing spots include Rincon, Santa Barbara, Malibu, and Los Angeles. If you’re a beginner, numerous surf camps offer guidance.

  • 5. Skiing

    Beyond beaches and hiking, California also offers some prime skiing locations. Head east to visit California's ski resorts like Northstar or Squaw Valley.

Recommended Accommodations for Family Vacation in California

House Paradise Valley
Aug 31 - Sep 7
$172 per night
House ∙ 6 guests ∙ 3 bedrooms

Vacation Home in Paradise Valley with Yard

4.6
Excellent (83 ratings)
Paradise Valley, South San Francisco, California, United States
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Apartment Fremont
Sep 2 - Sep 9
-43%
$203
$115 per night
Apartment ∙ 6 guests ∙ 3 bedrooms

Lovely Apartment in Fremont

5.0
Outstanding (1 rating)
Fremont, Oakland, California, United States
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Apartment Fremont
Aug 31 - Sep 7
$149 per night
Apartment ∙ 6 guests ∙ 3 bedrooms

Apartment in Fremont

4.0
Very good (3 ratings)
Fremont, Oakland, California, United States
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What to Pack for Your Family Vacation in California

What to Pack for Your Family Vacation in California

It's good to be selective when packing for the Golden State. You certainly don't want to be weighed down by large luggage as you traverse various cities nor do you want to be inconvenienced by lack of an important item. Here are some essentials for family traveling in California.

  • 1. Clothing and Footwear

    Stroll through city centers in some comfortable flats and hike in sturdy boots. Bring light clothing and a jacket for cool evenings as well as swimwear for watersports and beach excursions.

  • 2. Backpack

    If you’re visiting cities such as San Francisco or Los Angeles where it can be challenging to find parking, you wouldn’t want to move your car once you’ve parked it. So, bring a bag or backpack for storing necessities like phones, cameras, and water. It saves you the hassle of going back to the car.

  • 3. Outdoor Gear

    Bring the following essentials for your outdoor adventures: bug spray, flashlight, sleeping bags, sunglasses, beach towel, insect repellant, and camping stove.

  • 4. Cash Money

    It's always recommended to travel with cash in case you venture into places without ATMs.

Top Offers for Family Vacation in California

Condo Balboa Peninsula
Dec 8 - Dec 15
-67%
$366
$121 per night
Condo ∙ 8 guests ∙ 3 bedrooms

Condo in Balboa Peninsula with Outside Patio + Peek-A-Boo View

3.8
Good (63 ratings)
Balboa Peninsula, Newport Beach, California
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House Southeast Anaheim
Aug 13 - Aug 20
$256 per night
House ∙ 10 guests ∙ 4 bedrooms

House in Southeast Anaheim with Yard & Pool

4.6
Excellent (200 ratings)
Southeast Anaheim, Anaheim, California
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House Aptos
Sep 14 - Sep 21
-24%
$250
$190 per night
House ∙ 4 guests ∙ 2 bedrooms

Vacation Home in Aptos with Full Patio + Great Views

4.1
Very good (48 ratings)
Aptos, Santa Cruz County, California
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Information about Family Vacations in California

📏 Average home size 189 m²
😎 Least busy month June
🛏️ Popular home types House rental and Condo
🌡️ Hottest months 97 °F in July and August
❄️ Coldest months January and December
🌧️ Rainiest months March and December

Frequently Asked Questions

Family Vacations in California: What is the cost per night of stay?

The average cost for a vacation home in California is usually around $389 and $687 per night.

Family Vacations in California: is there a good selection of vacation homes for groups?

Usually the size of a House rental is 189 m² and may fit 8 guests on average which is ideal for large groups.

How many family house rentals are available to rent in California?

You can find more than 219,578 family accommodations in California with nightly prices starting from $88 per night.

Family Vacations in California: what kinds of vacation rentals can I book?

You can choose from 13,343 Condos and 46,203 House rentals available in California.

How much does a family house cost to rent in California?

The price of a large vacation rental in California can range from $389 and can go up to $687 per night during the high season in December.

Can you book family-sized accommodations in California come with a pool?

Of course, over 47% of family-sized accommodations in California come with a pool.

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