Want to take the family on the trip of a lifetime through stunning mountains and quirky deserts, stopping at world-famous beaches along the way? With one of the most diverse landscapes in the world packed into just one state, Kidifornia is the place to experience it all.
California is famous for its beaches, but did you know that the tallest mountain in mainland USA, Mount Whitney, is in the Golden State? It’s nearly twice as tall as any mountain in Australia! And Death Valley in Eastern California is one of the hottest places on Earth, with temperatures frequently soaring to over 50OC! It’s also starred as a striking background set in famous films such as Spartacus and Tarzan.
No matter where you go in Kidifornia, its natural wonders are sure to amaze. You don’t have to venture far from the big city to see record-breaking natural spectacles. A few hours’ drive north of San Francisco is the 53,000-acre Humboldt Redwoods State Park, home to the Avenue of the Giants and the world’s 2nd, 4th, 6th, and 8th tallest trees! Can you find them?
While you’re out and about exploring, don’t forget to keep your eyes peeled to spot some awesome animals in their natural habitat – like squirrels, beavers and elk in the forests and prairies in Northern California. But if you don’t get to see you favourite animals in the wild, there are plenty of zoos dotted all through the state. San Diego Zoo has over 4,000 different species for visitors to see and hear – and some you can even stroke.
Along the coast you’ll get the chance to see sea lions, dolphins and whales, both in the wild and at one of the world-famous aquariums or marine sanctuaries, like the brilliant Monterey Aquarium. This famous facility is home to more than 35,000 animals and plants – a large number of them native to the state, such as the cutest California sea otters. The aquarium’s Underwater Explorer program gives kids aged eight to 13 the chance to be introduced to the underwater world through safely guided surface scuba diving.
California is the ultimate playground for kids and families, so we've nicknamed it Kidifornia!
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