Planning a trip to California is fun and easy when you use MiniTime's Trip Planner. All you need to do is decide how long to stay, and which Golden State attractions to see. The planner actually helps you find kid-friendly hotels and attractions, based on your family preferences. Start from scratch if you already know what you want to do, or get some inspiration from other users' California trip ideas and journals on MiniTime.
Northern California trips often start in San Francisco, because of its proximity to mountains, beaches, historical landmarks and other attractions throughout the Bay Area. When you plan a trip to California you might want to start simple, by booking a package deal to San Francisco. Known affectionately as the City by The Bay, San Francisco offers block after block of attractions and adventures. The city has so much to do and see that you'll have plenty to choose from when planning a family trip to California. Walk across the Golden Gate Bridge, enjoy a kid-friendly gourmet lunch in the Ferry Building, explore Fisherman's Wharf or hit the road to visit a number of attractions just outside of the city.
California is a big state, so you might want to start in San Francisco and then embark on a road trip. It's a good idea to book nights at kid-friendly hotels along the way. This way, your family will have plenty of time to explore beautiful places like Yosemite, the Redwoods and San Diego. You can plan day trips to these areas, but once you're there, you might wish you had more time!
Another California trip idea is to drive to Monterey, about 2 hours south of San Francisco. It is a historic fishing village on the southern tip of Monterey Bay, and this quaint destination is home to Cannery Row and the Monterey Bay Aquarium. On the northern side of the bay, you'll also find Santa Cruz. Be sure to visit the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, one of the last seaside amusement parks on the west coast.
If sunny Los Angeles is on your list of California trip ideas, remember that no family trip is complete without a visit to Disneyland. In fact, many Southern California trip packages include accommodations, admission and family-friendly perks. Be sure to visit attractions and restaurants around Anaheim, such as the Big Thunder Ranch and Knott's Berry Farm. While you're in L.A., you'll be within a couple hours of numerous family-friendly destinations. Why not plan a lake escape to Big Bear, where, depending on the time of year, you and the kids can hit the slopes or frolic in the lake.
About an hour south of Disneyland is the ocean-side city of San Diego. Here you can visit the San Diego Zoo, SeaWorld San Diego and Belmont Park - another historic seaside amusement park. When you plan a trip to California, it's actually pretty easy to visit both San Diego and Los Angeles, because they're only a few hours apart.
Your vacation should be about creating a lifetime of cherished memories, and planning it should not be stressful. Start planning where to go in California and remember to take advantage of MiniTime's recommendations catered to your family.
Get started by adding destinations, kid-friendly California hotels and must-see attractions to your custom trip plan. All you have to do after that is make reservations and start getting the kids excited about the upcoming family vacation!