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5 Must-See California Destinations

California is a state that is full of sites and attractions to suit every family. Here are five of the top must-see California destinations for families. You can start planning your ideal vacation right now. Here are five of the top must-see California destinations for families:



This truly is the happiest place on earth, and not just for kids but for us grown-ups too. You can all experience the magic that comes from spending the day riding thrilling rides, meeting your favorite Disney characters, watching stunning shows and shopping for memorable souvenirs. You can select ticket packages that include meals, lodging plus park admission starting at $1,500 for a family of four or opt for a more budget option.

Silly Symphony Swings

Death Valley

Death Valley is one of the largest national parks in America with 3.4 million acres of desert. The name and it’s reputation as one of the hottest places on earth conjures images of an arid dessert but in fact the weather conditions in this area cause a varied landscape that will astound everyone. Death Valley got its name from the many gold-seekers who attempted to cross it to get to the gold mines in 1849.

Death Valley ~ Alive!

This national park draws visitors each year who want to capture the landscape in pictures. Expect anything from snowcapped mountains to rivers to fields. And of course dessert landscapes! During the months of February through May, you can even see fields of wildflowers. Your family can get some of the most unique snapshots and portraits to put on display.

Desert Gold (Gerea canescens)

Glass Beach

Most people picture white sand when they think of Californian beaches, but this North Coast beach has a very unique claim to fame with its smooth and polished glass pebbles around the water’s edge instead. The glass is a remnant of a recycling plant from the 1960s. Over the decades, it has been shaped by the waves, making it a surprising yet delightful beach to visit.

The nearby tide pools will also be exciting for you and the kids to explore. It’s a great place to spend a day so why not take some time out from California’s famous sandy beaches and spend a morning here.

Glass Beach 3


Who doesn’t love those tiny plastic pieces that can be used to create so many unique things? LEGOLAND is a park that captures the imagination of kids and adults alike. You will be amazed at the cities, buildings and even movie scene replicas that are made from the millions of LEGO bricks.

There are also thrilling rides, such as the LEGO Technic Coaster and Coastersaurus, and an adjoining water park for you all to cool down at when you’re done exploring the LEGO world.


Universal Studios Hollywood

Spend an entire day exploring this movie-based theme park and tour the sets of some of your favorite movies and shows. At Universal Studios, you can experience movies in a way you never have on the many rides that were inspired by them, including King Kong 360 3D and Transformers: The Ride 3D. The kids will love visiting the world of The Simpsons and joining their favorite characters in an adventure in Shrek 4D. At the end of the day, walk around the CityWalk to see concerts and live movies, find places to stay in Hollywood, eat and shop.


California is a treasure trove of fun, both relaxing and exciting. Your family can plan the perfect trip that suits everyone’s interests.

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