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San Francisco Bay Area | kids travel, kids activities

1. San Francisco Bay Area

San Francisco, San Jose, Oakland, ..

The magic of the San Francisco Bay Area has mesmerized families for generations. Old favorite attractions are the cable cars, Alcatraz, Golden Gate Park, and Chinatown. More than 200 parks and...

Greater Los Angeles | kids travel, kids activities

2. Greater Los Angeles

Los Angeles, Hollywood, Santa Monica, ..

Say it like a native—L.A.—and you’re already on the road (or freeway, as it were) unlocking the mystique of one of the most fascinating places on earth. For L.A. is many different...

San Diego County | kids travel, kids activities

3. San Diego County

San Diego, Carlsbad, La Jolla, ..

What does summer vacation mean to your family? How about one with plenty of outdoor recreation—boating, hiking, biking, picnicking, swimming, golfing, baseball, surfing, or sunbathing on miles...

Orange County | kids travel, kids activities

4. Orange County

Anaheim, Irvine, Buena Park, ..

Orange County is most famous as the home to Disneyland® Resort and Knott’s Berry Farm, but when families venture beyond the theme parks, they are equally impressed by the beautiful sandy...

Southern Central Coast | kids travel, kids activities

5. Southern Central Coast

San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Morro Bay, ..

The Southern Central Coast of California boasts mile and miles of stunning California Coast line dotted with small beach town, some laid back, others sophisticate, and all full of charm.  Sharp...

Northern Central Coast (Carmel, Monterey) | kids travel, kids activities

6. Northern Central Coast (Carmel, Monterey)

Monterey, Santa Cruz, Gilroy, ..

Tracing the coastline south from San Francisco to Big Sur, Highway 1 is one of the most spectacular and diverse scenic highways in the world. Sandy beaches, rocky promontories, coves and harbors,...

Yosemite National Park | kids travel, kids activities

7. Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park, Mammoth Lakes, Fish Camp, ..

Midway in the 400-mile wave of California’s great Sierra Nevada Range, Yosemite National Park is a jewel box of granite monoliths sparkling with some of the highest waterfalls on the continent....

Sacramento and the Gold Country | kids travel, kids activities

8. Sacramento and the Gold Country

Sacramento, Folsom, Roseville, ..

The foothills of the California Gold Country stretch more than 300 miles along the western slopes of the Sierra Nevadas, all the way to the southern gate of Yosemite National Park. Fed by snowy...

Lake Tahoe | kids travel, kids activities

9. Lake Tahoe

Truckee, South Lake Tahoe, Tahoe City, ..

A sapphire gem sparkling across the California and Nevada borders, Lake Tahoe lies above 6,000 feet in the icy embrace of the Sierra Nevada Range. In a dreamlike setting of snow-frosted peaks and...

The Deserts | kids travel, kids activities

11. The Deserts

Palm Springs, Palm Desert, Rancho Mirage, ..

The California deserts conjure up different images for different people. To some they suggest glittering resort cities, brilliant skies, and the verdant greens of impressive Palm Springs golf...

Shasta Cascades | kids travel, kids activities

12. Shasta Cascades

Redding, Mount Shasta, Lassen Volcanic National Park, ..

Where the Sierra Nevada Range ends and the Cascade Range begins, two colossal glaciated volcanoes are visible for hundreds of miles. Dormant 14,162-foot Mount Shasta and still active 10,457-foot...

Redwood Country | kids travel, kids activities

14. Redwood Country

Eureka, Weott, Orick, ..

The largest and oldest trees in the world live in a narrow band along the Northern California coastline and a few miles inland, with magnificent groves clustered in the “Redwood Empire”...

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park | kids travel, kids activities

15. Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Sequoia National Park, Kings Canyon National Pk, Lone Pine, ..

About California


California is a state on the west coast of the USA. It is also the third largest state by area and the largest state by population in the USA. The state offers something for everyone: Southern California is home to such popular attractions as Disneyland, Hollywood and the beaches that inspired the television show Baywatch, while the northern part of the state offers the iconic Golden Gate Bridge, the hills of San Francisco, and the vineyards of Napa Valley. Further away from the state's major cities California is home to some of America's most rugged national parks, incredible skiing opportunities, and quiet northern forests.


Quick Facts


Major Airports

Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)
San Diego Lindbergh Intl. Airport (SAN)
San Francisco International Airport (SFO)
Oakland International Airport (OAK)
San Jose International Airport (SJC)
Santa Ana John Wayne Intl. Airport (SNA)

Time Zone

Pacific Standard Time

Capital

Sacramento