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On vacation with kids to: California, USA.

The State of California, also called ‘The Golden State’, is located on the Pacific coast of North America and it is bordered by Oregon to the north, bordered by Nevada to the east, bordered by Arizona to the southeast and bordered by Mexico to the south.

California is the third largest state in the U.S. and is known for its diverse geography, diverse climate and ethnically diverse population. California's population has reached 37,700,000 (year 2007), making it the most populated state of the US.
California’s diverse geography ranges from sandy and rocky beaches of the Pacific coast, to the rugged snow-capped Sierra Nevada mountains in the east, to the forests in the northwest and the desert areas in the southeast. California is also home to the hottest place in the Western Hemisphere, Death Valley.
The state's largest cities are Los Angeles, San Diego and San Francisco and the state capital is Sacramento. The largest city is Los Angeles with an estimated population of  3,849,378 (2006).
Along the California coast are several major metropolitan areas, including Greater Los Angeles, the San Francisco Bay Area, and San Diego.
Much of California has a Mediterranean climate, with cool, rainy winters and dry summers. Further inland, the climate has colder winters and hotter summers. Climate does vary greatly based on distance from the ocean and elevation.
Beaches, Theme Parks, National Parks, Historic Sites and  Natural Beauty are just some of the  reasons California is the sixth most-visited destination in the world.
From the mountains, to the desert, to the Pacific coast, California is a great West Coast state and a very popular destination for your vacation with the kids.
Northern California:
Northern California is famous for its North Coast region, San Francisco and Bay Areas, Sacramento,
Ripe vineyards in the Napa Valley area, Yosemite National Park, the Lake Tahoe region and the  California High Sierra. North Coast region has striking redwood tree forests, like the Redwood National and State Parks. California wine tours and visiting the ripe vineyards in the Napa Valley area and  Sonoma Valleys are very popular activities too. The Sierra Nevada contains Yosemite National Park, famous for its glacially-carved domes, filled with breathtaking views, and Sequoia National Park, home to the largest living organisms on Earth, the giant sequoia trees, and the highest point in the contiguous United States, Mount Whitney. From hiking and biking to skiing and snowboarding, the Lake Tahoe region in Northern California is a nature lover’s paradise. Lake Tahoe, with 72 miles of shoreline, offers hundreds of miles of hiking trails, great fishing opportunities, boating and more. Lake Tahoe is a great place to spend your vacation with the kids and reason to visit California.
The San Francisco Bay Area is a wonderful blend of quiet coastal areas like Angel Island State Park.
Highlights for families visiting San Francisco include eating seafood at Fisherman's Wharf, riding the cable cars, by cruising the bay from Pier 39, exploring Chinatown, and visiting the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz.
Central Coast region:
On California's central coast, visitors can drive along the spectacular Big Sur coastline, explore quaint towns such as Carmel, Monterey, and Santa Barbara, or enjoy the beach at Ventura. You’ll also find memorable seascapes and resort areas on the Central Coast.
Central Valley region:
The Central Valley is steeped in agriculture and has multiple food factory tours available. This "heartland" of California, features rivers, lakes and reservoirs for unsurpassed water recreation and camping opportunities. Many child friendly activities can be found here. Visit Death Valley National Park, the lowest spot in North America with summer temperatures averaging well above 100 degrees.
Sacramento, the capital of the State of California, is located in California's expansive Central Valley, it is the seventh most populous city in California with a 2007 estimated population of 467,343. The Sacramento Metropolitan Area is the largest in the Central Valley. Greater Sacramento has been cited as one of the five most liveable regions in America and the city was cited by Time magazine as America's most integrated.
Southern California:
Southern California includes the Desert, Los Angeles, the Inland Empire and the San Diego County regions. Discover the Desert region, a combination of breathtaking sceneries with shiny resort cities and areas like Palm Springs. The Joshua Tree National Park provides an excellent insight upon the flora and fauna of the Mojave Desert.
The Inland Empire region is where you will find the California Citrus State Historic Park and the resort area of Big Bear Lake. This area is a family friendly recreation area with many activities like skiing, snowboarding, golf, and many other activities. The area is a great place to spend your vacation with the kids.
Los Angeles, often abbreviated as L.A., is the largest city in the state of California by population and the second most populous city in the United States. Los Angeles has an estimated population of 3,849,378 (estimated in 2006). Los Angeles is famous for being the home of Hollywood, Beverly Hills, and famous landmarks such as the Walk of Fame. This city is also located relatively close to the original Disney Land theme park, several surfing towns and many white sandy beaches. When visiting Los Angeles with the kids don’t forget to take a movie or television tour in the Los Angeles area, or visit Chinatown. Nearby, Catalina Island offers a variety of water sports and the Venice Beach Boardwalk is fun for the entire family.
Orange County, home of Disneyland, is a highly popular vacation destination for families with kids too. Crystal Cove State Park has a great combination of beach, surf, and hiking and horseback opportunities.
The San Diego area presents a very temperate climate region with strong Hispanic roots. Families visiting San Diego can explore the Old Town, San Diego State Historical Park and visit the world-renowned San Diego Zoo! Other options for vacationers visiting San Diego include relaxing on sandy beaches, going on whale watching cruises, setting about on a deep-sea fishing adventure, enjoy an excellent variety of restaurant cuisines or visit the casinos around the San Diego region.
With over 700 miles of coastline, much culture, National Parks, historic sites and natural beauty, many amusement and theme parks for kids of all ages, more than 700 wineries, a variety of snow resorts offering downhill and cross,  there’s no doubt, California is a great destination for your next vacation with the kids. So come and enjoy a vacation with everything about California!

Popular cities and towns in California:

Some of the most popular cities and towns in California are: Los Angeles, San Diego, San Jose, San Francisco, Long Beach, Fresno, Sacramento, Oakland, Santa Ana and Anaheim.

California accommodations :

Looking for family friendly California hotels? Many of Californias family Hotels and Resorts offer unique vacation accommodations suited for your vacation with the kids, including family suites and kid suites, complimentary hot breakfast, 'Kids Eat Free' programs, family style dining and friendly service. California hotels can be reasonably priced and comfortably furnished as you would expect of family hotels. Fortunately there are lots of Kid friendly hotels, resorts, inns and vacation rentals in California. The large theme parks in California are home to some of the top California resorts for a vacation with the kids.

California attractions & activities:

You’ll will not find many states where so many attractions are packed into an area blessed with the finest weather in the land. From the San Diego Zoo to Lake Tahoe to Big Bear Lake, there’s never a dull moment. California owns many top amusement parks and theme parks, so there will be no reason to get bored on your vacation with the kids to California.

California amusement and theme parks:
Adventure City
Balboa Fun Zone
Belmont Park
Bonfante Gardens Theme Park
Boomers/Camelot/Family Fun Centers
Castle Amusement Park
Children's Fairyland
Disneyland/Disney's California Adventure
Fairytale Town
Gilroy Gardens
Great America
Knott's Berry Farm
Mountasia Family Fun Center
Nut Tree Family Park
Pacific Park
Paramount's Great America
Pharaohs Lost Kingdom
Pier 39
Pixie Woods
Pixieland Amusement Park
Rotary Storyland & Playland
Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
Scandia Amusement Park
Six Flags Discovery Kingdom
Six Flags Magic Mountain
Six Flags Marine World
Sonoma Traintown
Studio Park Hollywood
Tahoe Amusement Park
Trees of Mystery
Universal Studios Hollywood

California waterparks and water fun:
Antioch Waterpark
Crocodile Dundee's Boomerang Bay
The Island Waterpark
Knotts Soak City USA - Orange County
Knotts Soak City USA - Palm Springs
Knotts Soak City USA - San Diego
Manteca Waterslides
Mustang Waterslides
Outrageous Waters
Raging Waters Sacramento
Raging Waters San Dimas
Raging Waters San Jose
Sengme Oaks Family WaterPark
Six Flags Hurricane Harbor
Soak City U.S.A.
Splash Canyon Waterpark
The Rapids Waterslide
The Ravine Waterpark
Waterworld Concord
Waterworld USA
WaterWorks Park
The Wave
Wild Rivers
Wild Water Adventures

California zoos:
Aquarium of the Bay
Birch Aquarium
Cabrillo Marine Aquarium
Chaffee Zoological Garden
Feline Conservation Center
Happy Hollow Zoo
The Living Desert
Los Angeles Zoo
Micke Grove Zoo
Monterey Bay Aquarium
Oakland Zoo
Sacramento Zoo
Safari West
San Diego Wild Animal Park
San Diego Zoo
San Francisco Zoo
Santa Ana Zoo
Santa Barbara Zoological Gardens
Sequoia Park Zoo

More sites and tours to see with the kids:
Battery Point Lighthouse, Crescent City
McCloud River Falls
McArthur-Burney Falls State Park
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge
Hearst Castle, San Simeon
Herman Goelitz Candy Company, Fairfield
The Pizza Farm, Madera
Empire Mine State Historic Park, Grass Valley
The Getty Center
Little Grand Canyon, Lake Forest
Badwater, Death Valley National Park
Orange Empire Railway Museum
Del Mar Racetrack

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California Travel & Tourism Commission


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