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A California family vacation has so many possibilities.

One idea for great California vacations is to travel the Pacific Coast Highway (PCH), which is Highway 1.

You'll see lots of wonderful and varied sites and this will truly be the source of fun family vacations in California.

Here are some of our top California travel ideas:

Disney Family Vacations

A Disneyland vacation is on the top of most family vacation lists.

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    California Family Beach Vacations

    There are lots of great beaches in California, we name a few of the favorites for a California beach vacation, as well as other great US beaches in other states.

    A great beach to visit while in California to add to the list is Pfeiffer Beach. It is south of Big Sur. It is remote and is reputably known for it's purple sand. Hard to find, you can reach it by taking the turnoff (Sycamore Canyon Road) is just past the Big Sur Pfeiffer State Park entrance. Take the road west about two miles to reach the beach.

    California Family Vacations: Hollywood / Los Angeles

    Hollywood and Los Angeles are full of interesting attractions, in my opinion particularly those related to old Hollywood.

    Our kids are well versed in classic movies, and are big fans of Fred Astaire, Judy Garland, Lucille Ball, Marilyn Monroe, Bob Hope, Bing Crosby and Red Skelton, to name a few.

    Classic movies, particularly old musicals, make great family entertainment. Show some to your kids before you visit Hollywood so they can really appreciate the names they are seeing.

    Hollywood Theathers

    There are two great theaters close to each other, making a visit to both easy.

    The El Capitan Theater ( is owned by Disney, and the Chinese Theatre, also known as Grauman's Chinese Theatre ( is the famous site of handprints, footprints and signatures of the stars in the sidewalk.

    Hollywood Walk of Fame

    Look for your favorite stars on the walk of fame.

    Hollywood Sign

    You can't climb to it, on it or around it, but you can see it and take some great photos of this California icon from a distance.

    Hollywood Homes Tour

    Pick up a Map to the Stars Homes to drive by the former homes the great movie stars from Hollywood's golden age.

    Los Angeles Times Printing Plant

    Make a reservation in advance, and you can tour the Los Angeles Times Printing Plant to see newspapers being printed.

    Studio Tours on your California Family Vacation

    California is known for the home of making movies.


    A tour to a movie studio is in order!

    At the Warner Bros. Studios in Burbank, VIP tours can be arranged for those who are 8 years of age and older.

    Sony Pictures Studios in Culver City also offers tours and can be arranged for those who are 12 years old and up.

    You never know who or what you might see!

    Lights, Camera...Action!

    California Vacation: San Simeon

    Hearst Castle is an incredible sight. Owned by the publishing magnate, it is true luxury.

    Particularly interesting to us was the guest list of who all stayed at the home over the years.

    Family Vacation California: San Jose

    Have you heard of the Winchester Mystery House?

    This is a must see attraction!

    The widow of a Winchester heir was told by a medium to appease the spirit world by constantly building on to her home. So that is what she did, day and night, for 38 years!

    Staircases lead to the ceiling, windows open in walls, doors lead to nowhere.

    Very interesting and something you'll remember!

    Family Vacations California: San Francisco

    There are many great family vacation destinations in San Franciso.

    Some are:

    Lombard Street

    Travel down the Crookedest Street in the World on foot or by car.

    Fisherman's Wharf

    Enjoy the Sea Lions and Street Performers.


    Check out the Golden Gate Cookie Factory for great fortune cookies.

    Golden Gate Park

    There are beautiful botanical gardens, a children’s playground and carousel, an archery field, horse stables and paddle boat rides, among other things to be enjoyed on your California Family Vacation!


    A trolley ride isn't to be missed!

    McRoskey Mattress Company Tour

    Ever wonder how a mattress is made? Find out at this tour! Tours are by reservation only, contact for more details.

    California Vacation Factory Tour: Fairfield

    Everyone one loves Jelly Belly Jelly Beans.

    Did you know you can take a tour of their factory?


    Just northeast of San Francisco in Fairfield, California.

    Visit for more information and to visit the Jelly Belly factory.

    California Family Vacations: Muir Woods

    The Muir Woods, just north of San Franscisco, give great views and abundant natural scenery on your California family vacation.

    Family California Vacations: Chandelier Tree

    Travel to Leggett, California to the Chandelier Tree where you can actually drive thru a tree. It is on Highway U.S. 101, and the tree is a giant old-growth red wood treet. Visit for more info.

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