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Explore California's Family Playgrounds
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Discover Orange County

The undisputed granddaddy of theme parks has been leading the way since 1955, inviting visitors to spend the day in the ultimate land of make-believe, ...

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Take a peek at some trip-of-a-lifetime California family holidays

Welcome to Kidifornia, a place filled with some of the greatest family holidays in the Golden State. Check out amazing views of the Golden Gate...

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Welcome to Kidifornia, home to magical family holidays

The latest “Welcome to Kidifornia” commercial offers a quick peek at some trip-of-a-lifetime family holidays in the Golden State—filled with beaches, national parks, theme parks, and more...

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11 Tips for California Family Holidays

Plan your Golden State trip with these family-friendly travel hacks

Sun, surf, mountains, and roller coasters. The Golden State is big and beautiful, whether you want to play at the beach, ride...

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Kid-Friendly Guide to California Road Trips

Tips and ideas for taking the family on a Golden State getaway

California’s natural beauty and diverse attractions make it the perfect place to plan a family road trip. With so many places to see...

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These theme parks and sights are perfect for toddlers and kids age 5 or younger

Bringing a toddler to a theme park is not for the faint-hearted. Heck, bringing a little kid anywhere can be a challenge. But don’t despair....

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Unleash the kid within at California’s ultimate play lands

From Disneyland classics to beachfront carousels, the Golden State’s best-in-class theme parks deliver something for everyone, from tots and teens to film buffs and daredevils. Find out what is...

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Disneyland will never be completed. It will continue to grow as long as there is imagination left in the world.
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Old-fashioned fun in the Golden State

Historic oceanfront playgrounds, classic city park charmers and boisterous adventures - smaller theme parks and attractions offer an array of ways to play. These smaller parks offer...

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Rooms that will make your little ones think you're the coolest parents in the world

Let’s be honest: any hotel with a pool can make a kid happy. But add the family-friendly bells and whistles that these premier lodgings do—like special kids’ programs, in-room treats, and rooms...

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Giraffes at the San Diego Zoo

Spotlight: San Diego Zoo

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See rare and endangered species

Visiting this expansive zoo in San Diego’s Balboa Park is more than a chance to see animals from all over the world: it’s a chance to see one of...

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Make memories at some of California's family-favorite beaches

Sand, water, and children-it’s a natural combination for easy family fun. These sandy beaches offer appealing, family friendly features, such as calm water for new swimmers, tide pools for...

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All boysenberries – a cross between a loganberry, red raspberry and blackberry – can trace their roots back to Knott’s Berry Farm.
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Kids get an inside look at wildlife, space, and more

From cool ways for your children to learn about wildlife, to an insider’s look at a space station, to a chance to walk through a rain forest or learn about the night sky, there’s a...

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July

Back in 1854, the first California State Fair was held in San Francisco, with the cows standing on display in Mission Dolores. The fair moved to Sacramento for good a few years later, but the...

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Trip 4-5 days 10 stops

Pacific Coast Highway - South

Beach Towns, Iconic Theme Parks
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Start your coastal cruise in this elegant city hugging the coastal mountains, where classic Spanish architecture gives the region a sun washed European look straight out of the Riviera. Santa Barbara, nicknamed 'the American Riviera,' has a burnished antique look like much of the Mediterranean,...

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End your trip with at this sunny, waterfront city. Downtown, shop at Horton Plaza, or catch a baseball game at Petco Park. See the giant pandas at the San Diego Zoo. Next, explore one of the city’s diverse neighbourhoods, Little Italy, North Park, South Park, East Village, pedestrian friendly...

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Take on whitewater rapids, pan for gold and

Pick a bit of gold from a riverbed scoured by the original pioneers. Descend deep into the earth to check out unusual rock formations. Get your heart racing with a ride down white water rapids....

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Mount Hermon

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Thrills and more in the Coast Redwoods

When it comes to thrills, turns out rides at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk aren’t the only option in the region. Nearby Mount Hermon lets you “...

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Hands-on fun for all at farms, ranches, and fields statewide

Milk cows, wake up to roosters crowing, feast on farm-to-table foods served in the shade of a blooming orchard—California has a bounty of ways to have hands-on fun at a farm or...

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Get insider tips on visiting our top natural wonders

Ask a local the best things about California, and somewhere at the top of the list would be the sheer beauty of the place. See for yourself with this dream list of incredible national parks, with...

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Kid-friendly fun zones, special kids' menus & amazing wine for the grownups

Sure wine country is romantic, but now it’s a surprisingly great destination for families too, with a growing number of vineyards trading in elegant tasting rooms for child-friendly fun zones that...

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California State Railroad Museum

California State Railroad Museum

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Climb aboard restored railroad cars at this family favorite

Consistently ranked as one of the best railway museums in the country, this expansive attraction presents 21 meticulously restored 'iron horse'...

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8 great urban parks

While you might think of a city park as an appealing splash of green amidst the concrete jungle, California’s urban parks stand out as cultural hubs, with outstanding and...

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April

One of California’s premier universities, University of California, Davis, invites everyone to its annual open house—a chance to learn, play, touch, taste and enjoy all aspects of the leafy campus...

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From Gold Rush history to 8th wonders of the world, visit these favorites

If there was ever a box of chocolates—and all of them delicious—it’s the rich collection of natural treasures, fascinating...

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Gold Rush history, epic high-country landscapes, hidden wine country, and charming country towns

Granite monoliths, waterfalls, alpine meadows—it’s no secret that Yosemite delivery some seriously big wow moments. But what is a secret is the bounty of awesome things you can see and do on your...

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Spotlight: Legoland California

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Magical Recreations, Rollercoasters & Smiles

It’s hard to say who enjoys Legoland more: the little ones running around in a magical world created by 60 million LEGO plastic bricks, or their...

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Unforgettable views of amazing animals

From rainforest canopies to luminous kelp beds teeming with sea life, California’s zoos and aquariums give you unforgettable glimpses of amazing animals in naturalistic habitats. Watch giant...

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Crystal Cove State Park

Stroll a perfect beach with an intriguing past

In 1912, an early Laguna Beach artist described finding a rugged coastline “with cove after cove and headland after headland, golden cliffs and...

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The Living Desert

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See cool desert critters from around the world

Talk about survival skills. The animals and plants on show at this extraordinary attraction shed light on the amazing adaptions that make it...

January

Welcoming in the New Year with a burst of flower power, this iconic parade in Pasadena is half of the city’s annual one-two punch of parade-and-football game. The parade features a rotating trio...

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The Tech

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A workout for your head, hands, and imagination

So much of the magic of the modern era happens invisibly and at nano scale, but The Tech Museum of Innovation—or simply ‘The Tech’—does a great...

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Family Snow Adventures

From riding snow machines to old-fashioned snowman-building, here’s where to find kid-friendly adventures off the slopes

Taking your family to the mountains this winter? Whether your crew is full of avid skiers or contented...

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How to Hack Comic-Con

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Tips for making the most of the Comic-Con experience, even if you don’t have a ticket

The yearly arrival of Comic-Con International brings legions of fanboys and fangirls to San Diego every July for a celebration of swords,...