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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

House Lake Almanor
May 24 - May 31
$858 per night
House ∙ 12 guests ∙ 5 bedrooms

House in Lake Almanor with Patio, Grill & Yard + Enjoy Views

4.8
Outstanding (25 ratings)
Lake Almanor, Lake Almanor Country Club, California
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Cabin Cazadero
Sep 6 - Sep 13
-40%
$202
$122 per night
Cabin ∙ 2 guests ∙ 1 bedroom

Cabin in Cazadero with Grill, Hot Tub

5.0
Outstanding
Cazadero, Sonoma County, California
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House Manchester
Mar 2 - Mar 9
$563 per night
House ∙ 8 guests ∙ 3 bedrooms

Charming Vacation Home in Manchester with Electric Fireplace + Unobstructed Views

5.0
Outstanding (23 ratings)
Manchester, Mendocino 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 Zephyr Cove
Sep 14 - Sep 21
-56%
$732
$323 per night
House ∙ 8 guests ∙ 3 bedrooms

House in Zephyr Cove with Yard + Tahoe Views

Zephyr Cove, Zephyr Cove-Round Hill Village, Nevada, United States
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House Zephyr Cove
Apr 13 - Apr 20
-68%
$519
$168 per night
House ∙ 6 guests ∙ 2 bedrooms

Vacation Home in Zephyr Cove + Lake Views

5.0
Outstanding (2 ratings)
Zephyr Cove, Zephyr Cove-Round Hill Village, Nevada, United States
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House Incline Village
Apr 20 - Apr 27
-78%
$1,408
$307 per night
House ∙ 8 guests ∙ 4 bedrooms

Charming House in Incline Village with Patio & Grill + Lake Views

5.0
Outstanding (6 ratings)
Incline Village, Washoe County, Nevada, 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 Santa Fe
Jul 13 - Jul 20
$318 per night
House ∙ 10 guests ∙ 4 bedrooms

Lovely Vacation Home in Santa Fe

4.0
Very good (1 rating)
Santa Fe, Oakland, California, United States
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Apartment Santa Clara
Mar 23 - Mar 30
$74 per night
Apartment ∙ 2 guests ∙ 1 bedroom

Rental Apartment in Santa Clara with Grill & Patio + Street View

5.0
Outstanding (6 ratings)
Santa Clara, Santa Clara County, California, United States
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Apartment Northwest Berkeley
Jun 15 - Jun 22
$129 per night
Apartment ∙ 3 guests ∙ 1 bedroom

Rental Apartment in Northwest Berkeley with Sweet Garden

5.0
Outstanding (234 ratings)
Northwest Berkeley, Berkeley, 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

House Mission Beach
Dec 7 - Dec 14
-63%
$772
$289 per night
House ∙ 6 guests ∙ 3 bedrooms

Vacation Home in Mission Beach with Patio & Grill

Mission Beach, San Diego, California
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Condo Palm Desert
May 18 - May 25
$185 per night
Condo ∙ 4 guests ∙ 2 bedrooms

Condo in Palm Desert with Outside Patio

5.0
Outstanding (27 ratings)
Palm Desert, Riverside County, California
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Cabin Three Rivers
Apr 13 - Apr 20
$100 per night
Cabin ∙ 6 guests ∙ 1 bedroom

Cabin in Three Rivers with Patio, Grill & Yard + Nice View

4.1
Very good (265 ratings)
Three Rivers, Tulare County, California
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Information about Family Vacations in California

💳 Highest rates in December
😎 Least busy month May
🛏️ Popular home types Apartment rental and House rental
🌡️ Hottest months 97 °F in July and August
❄️ Coldest months January and December
🌧️ Rainiest months 10 rainy days in March and December

Frequently Asked Questions

How many family accommodations are available to book in California?

There are more than 201,650 family accommodations in California with prices starting at $74 per night.

What kinds of vacation rentals can I find for Family Vacations in California?

There are many House rental and Apartment rental that are perfect for Family Vacations in California.

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

On average, you can get a great vacation rental for somewhere between $396 and $609 and find discounts up to 63%!

Can I find a vacation home for a group of guests for Family Vacations in California?

The size of a House rental is 184 m² and can fit 8 guests on average which is ideal for large groups.

How much does a family vacation rental cost in California?

The price of a large vacation rental in California can range from $396 and can go up to $609 per night during the busy season in December.

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