It’s summer. The temperature is rising, the kids are home and you got vacation days lined up. So what do you do with them? We got you covered with all the best family getaways in California, just focus on relaxing.
Starting off strong, and probably to the surprise of nobody, Los Angeles is first on the list.
Despite not being the state capital LA is undeniably the mecca of California; the center of entertainment, a huge food culture, inside a beautiful city.
With that being said there’s no doubt LA would be an ideal getaway spot for you and your family. During your stay, you’ll have world-famous attractions like Hollywood, and Santa Monica pier as well as renowned places to eat all within your grasp.
Stay downtown, right in the thick of the excitement, within walking distance of the Grand Station Market and The Last Bookstore. Or opt for an Airbnb to experience life in LA like a local, away from the tourist hustle and bustle.
Either way, LA is sure to supply you and your family with the getaway experience you’re looking for.
2) San Diego
San Diego is another popular city and family getaway destination in Southern California, with its own unique charm. Located on the coast of the Pacific, San Diego is famous for its great weather, beaches, and parks.
Amongst those parks is Legoland, one of only two in the US and home to all things Lego; featuring not only a theme park but also a waterpark to help beat the heat. Outside theme park type of excitement, you can defer to visit Balboa Park, a 1,200-acre urban cultural park.
Balboa has a lot to offer; from vast open space areas, gardens, museums, performing arts, walking paths, and it even houses the world-famous San Diego Zoo.
Beyond that, there’s Belmont Park, a historic park that first opened in 1925 right on Mission Beach. Enjoy the coasters and then enjoy a dip in the ocean or vice versa. Either way you spin it, you just can’t lose in San Diego.
3) San Francisco
Like LA, San Francisco needs no introduction. The city has come to be known as the hub of the tech world, home to Silicon Valley; but make no mistake it’s an ideal place to spend a vacation as well.
Besides the Bay Area offering you tech, it also offers an arsenal of ways to be entertained; visit the Golden State Bridge and have a photo opt or check out Alcatraz island and take a tour of one of the most infamous prisons ever.
The Golden Gate Park is another must-go location when you’re in SF. The park is very similar to NY’s central park, to which it is often compared, and consisting of 1,017 acres of public grounds.
The park is an absolute treat and within it, you can find the beautiful Japanese Tea Garden, several lakes and even an archery range amongst plenty of other amenities.
Depending on when you decide to visit SF, it’s possible for you to even participate in Eat Drink S; a food festival where you can eat until you drop.
This year the festival takes on Saturday, August 24th. So if you’re interested, don’t forget to plan your stay around that time and get your tickets asap.
4) Orange County
The OC or Orange County is home to arguably the biggest attraction in all of California, Disneyland. Disneyland not to be mistaken with Disneyworld in Florida, is the first Disney park ever initiated, the original.
Enjoy all things Disney as a whole family and caught up in the magic; I don’t have to sell Disney to you, you already know the deal, just go have fun. Despite the prominence that Disneyland has, it isn’t the only park in the OC.
There’s also Knott’s Berry Farm, a lesser-known park but no less exciting or worth the trip. The park is more centered around giving visitors the thrills Disney lacks, with rollercoasters in abundance as opposed to character interactions and kid-friendly attractions.
So if the thrills are more your speed, then OC’s Knott’s Berry Farm is for you. The OC like the other aforementioned locations has its own beaches like Newport Beach; a coastal city in southern California is known for its large, boat-filled harbor.
With everything Orange County has to offer, making a decision on a family getaway in California only gets harder.
Lastly, we have Yosemite, probably the most uncommon idea for a California vacation thanks to the previously mentioned locations.
Regardless, this trip would be more than worth your while and will reward you for taking the road less traveled. In Yosemite Valley, you’ll find the perfect place to get away from it all.
Stay at the Majestic Hotel and surround yourself with California’s natural beauty like Half Dome, a famous climbing spot or the iconic view of Glacier Point.
Even though you’re isolated from the hustle and bustle of the cities, you’re not far from the fun. The National Park offers its visitors several guided hikes to breathtaking views, natural wonders, and recreational areas.
If this sounds like your ideal family getaway in California, book it quick you don’t want to miss it.