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Family Vacation in California: Top Destinations

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

Cabin Hermosa Beach
$126 per night
Cabin ∙ 3 guests ∙ 2 bedrooms
Hermosa Beach, Los Angeles County, California
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RedAwning
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Cabin South Lake Tahoe
$256 per night
Cabin ∙ 6 guests ∙ 3 bedrooms
South Lake Tahoe, El Dorado County, California
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RedAwning
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House Cambria
$216 per night
House ∙ 5 guests ∙ 2 bedrooms
Cambria, San Luis Obispo County, California
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RedAwning
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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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

Family Vacation in California: Top Accommodations

House El Dorado County
$278 per night
House ∙ 2 guests ∙ 1 bedroom
El Dorado County, California, United States
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Avantstay
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Cabin Tahoe Vista
$243 per night
Cabin ∙ 4 guests ∙ 2 bedrooms
Tahoe Vista, Placer County, California, United States
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RedAwning
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House Tahoe Vista
$232 per night
House ∙ 5 guests ∙ 2 bedrooms
Tahoe Vista, Placer County, California, United States
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Avantstay
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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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

Family Vacation in California: Top Accommodations

Apartment Lower Nob Hill
$111 per night
Apartment ∙ 2 guests ∙ 1 bedroom
Lower Nob Hill, San Francisco, California, United States
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Kasa Living
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Apartment Lower Nob Hill
$88 per night
Apartment ∙ 2 guests ∙ 1 bedroom
Lower Nob Hill, San Francisco, California, United States
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Kasa Living
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Studio flat Pacific Heights
$132 per night
Studio flat ∙ 2 guests ∙ 1 bedroom
Pacific Heights, San Francisco, California, United States
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Casa Buena Vista Rentals
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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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Outdoor Gear

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

  • Cash Money

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

Family Vacation in California: Top Accommodations

House Big Bear Lake
$178 per night
House ∙ 5 guests ∙ 2 bedrooms
Big Bear Lake, San Bernardino County, California
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RedAwning
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House Taquitz River Estates
$188 per night
House ∙ 6 guests ∙ 3 bedrooms
Taquitz River Estates, Palm Springs, California
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RedAwning
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Condo Palm Springs
$68 per night
Condo ∙ 4 guests ∙ 2 bedrooms
Palm Springs, Riverside County, California
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RedAwning
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