From balmy beach towns to Sierra snows, from desert palms to redwood forests, there is almost everything you could imagine in this state. Traveling in California with kids, stand among trees 1,000 years old, ride rapids through Gold Country, boogie board on endless beaches, get your picture taken with Minnie or Mickey Mouse at Disneyland or pet a baby cheetah at the San Diego Zoo.
Los Angeles is as much a fantasy as it is a physical city. A mecca for face-lifts, film noir, shopping starlets, beach bodies, and mind-numbing traffic, it sprawls across 467 square mi; add in the surrounding five-county metropolitan area, and you’ve got an area of more than 34,000 square mi.
By all means enjoy the tour of Universal Studios in Hollywood, and window shop fashions on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills – then be sure to expand your explorations of Los Angeles to include urban hikes, yoga classes on the beach, 17th century El Pueblo Historic Core downtown, classic museums filled with great artwork, and farm fresh cuisine.
Discover sea caves and tide pools at the beach in Leo Carrillo State Park. Hike along hidden coves at El Matador Beach 10 miles northwest of Malibu. Walk or bicycle around Lake Hollywood Reservoir – you can see the iconic Hollywood Sign in the mountains across the lake. Pick up sun-ripe fruit at the Santa Monica Farmer’s Market. Find city serenity in the Japanese Garden at Woodley Park in the San Fernando Valley.
Experience the Art Walk of small galleries just east of downtown. Then, stop by the Urban Radish on Imperial Street in the Art District for a Jambon Parisiene and fresh peach punch. Generations of Angelenos have savored Cuban roast chicken with garlic sauce and fried plantains at Versailles on La Cienega. For a Saturday night of live music, settle into the legendary House of Blues on Sunset Boulevard – then come back the next day for their soulful Sunday Gospel Brunch.
Situated on the southwest coast of the golden state of California, San Diego is a beautiful, sunny and friendly destination just 32 km north of the border town of Tijuana, Mexico. And with everything from sandy beaches and desert, to lush valleys and breathtaking mountain ranges, this city has all the makings of a fabulous vacation.
Aside from its world renowned harbour and fantastic water sports options, San Diego is probably best known for its golf courses. Golf is one of the most popular pastimes here and there are more than 90 golf courses in San Diego County to choose from. The most famous, Torrey Pines Golf Course, is where the PGA Tour plays the Farmers Insurance Open.
There are also plenty of family-friendly attractions in San Diego, including major draws such as SeaWorld San Diego, Legoland California, the San Diego Zoo and Balboa Park. For three days each July, San Diego also hosts Comic-Con International – the world’s largest comic book and popular arts convention.
For couples, San Diego is also a romantic getaway, perfect for honeymooners or those just simply looking for a vacation in the sun. From its sun-kissed beaches to the beautiful boardwalks of Pacific Beach, you’re sure to find plenty of spots to share an intimate walk – or perhaps even a bike ride.
Rent cruiser bikes or rollerblades from beachside kiosks and glide for hours along San Diego’s peaceful shores. The boardwalk is best during weekdays if you want to avoid the crowds. When you want to take a break from cycling, toss a Frisbee on the beach or dip your toes into the warm ocean water.
But whether you come to San Diego to laze around during its sun-warmed winters or to sip white wine on summer patios next to the beach, you’ll never be far from the sounds, sights and smells that make this city so unique.
Santa Monica is a beachfront city in western Los Angeles County, California, United States. The city is named after the Christian saint, Monica. Situated on Santa Monica Bay, it is bordered on three sides by the city of Los Angeles – Pacific Palisades on the northwest, Brentwood on the north, West Los Angeles on the northeast, Mar Vista on the east, and Venice on the southeast.
Santa Monica is home to many Hollywood celebrities and executives and is a mixture of affluent single-family neighborhoods, renters, surfers, professionals, and students.
The sunny side of Santa Monica, California has a lot to offer in the way of kid’s activities from tots to teenagers. Many of these activities cost little or no money. Whether it’s an after-school program, family outing or library time, kids in Santa Monica have a wealth of options to choose from for kid-friendly activities.
A day at the Santa Monica Beach is an ideal activity for all in the family no matter what how old they may be. Santa Monica Beach is two miles long and offers picnic areas and shops. Families can enjoy the beach or play volleyball and basketball in designated areas. The Santa Monica Pier along the beach offers Pacific Park, an amusement park with roller coasters, cotton candy and Ferris wheels. The Santa Monica Aquarium is also open to the public throughout the week.
Day 1 – Enjoy the perfect weather. You’re now in San Diego
At your arrival to San Diego, after custom formalities, transfer to your hotel.
You will dedicate these next 4 days to San Diego & Beaches around.
San Diego is a top-notch tourist destination for families. It is home to world-renowned tourist attractions and museums, so you’ll never run out of places to bring the kids. Even with 70 miles of picturesque beaches, San Diego maintains a “small town” atmosphere that makes a family vacation feel manageable. Most importantly, there are plenty of things to do in San Diego that you’ll enjoy no matter how young or old you are!
Itinerary will be adjusted according to your flight schedule. Overnight in San Diego.
Day 2 – Sun & Beach & Belmont Park!
Sart you Pacific Coast experience with beach & fun. San Diego’s only beachfront amusement park is sure to please the entire family with a mix of contemporary and traditional rides and attractions. The adventure seekers in your family will love riding on Control Freak, the roller coaster that allows you to control your own car. Younger adventurers will enjoy Krazy Kars, a kid-friendly bumper car ride. Overnight in San Diego.
San Diego Zoo and San Diego Zoo Safari Park: This world-famous zoo is at the core of the San Diego experience for visitors of all ages. Visit the Safari Park to intensify your zoo adventure and journey to Africa and Asia without ever leaving San Diego. The African Tram Safari, a relaxing 25-minute tour, is great for kids. And since no San Diego experience is complete without a trip to Mission Beach we strongly recomand this. The kids can play in the sand and collect seashells while you bask in the sun. Overnight in San Diego.
Day 3 – Legoland for all
LEGOLAND California: Drawing millions of visitors from all over the world, this unique theme park is one of San Diego’s most beloved attractions. For dynamic, hands-on kid’s activities, journey over to the New Children’s Museum in downtown. Or you can go at Discovery Science Center, famed for its 10-story Solar Cube. Overnight in San Diego.
Go Hike! Torrey Pines Hiking Trial
Wouldn’t be great to creat a movie scene and lunche on the gorgeous San Diego coastline, at Torrey Pines? For those that are up to an adventurouse day, we recommand this trek. Kids will be entertained by the daring hang-gliders practicing tricks in the strong winds off the coast cliffs. Or you can try Wild Rivers Waterpark, the perfect place to spend a sunny day whether you seek a wild adventure or a milder exploit.
Birch Aquarium at Scripps will enchants your kids with exhibits and interactive displays featuring sharks, sea horses, and coral reefs. Parents are sure to love Birch’s incredible ocean view. Overnight in San Diego.
Day 4 – Ride to LA
Pack your bags and drive north to Los Angeles. Along the way, perhaps stop at the Mission at San Juan Capistrano or at Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach. Approximately 120 miles/193 km.
It’s hard to know where to start when somebody ask what to do in LA with kids. There are stunning beaches, beautiful mountain ranges, museums, theatres, music venues, shopping, and incredible food. For an evening walk, stroll the Famous Hollywood Walk of Fame. Overnight in Los Angeles.
Day 5 – Like a movie star
Get ready for the ultimate Hollywood experience. With thrilling theme park rides and shows, a real working movie studio and Los Angeles’ best shops, restaurants and cinemas at CityWalk, Universal Studios Hollywood is a unique experience that’s fun for the whole family. Go behind the scenes and explore where Hollywood movies are made on the legendary Studio Tour. Enjoy an afternoon at Runyon Canyon Park, a nature haven in the Santa Monica Mountains with scenic views of all of LA. As it’s known for its liberal off-leash pet policy, kids will love watching the many dogs frolic alongside their owners. Overnight in Los Angeles.
Day 6 – Walk on the beach & Santa Monica Pier
The historic Santa Monica Pier dates back to 1909. The pier features a 1922 carousel, street performers and more than 10 restaurants and food vendors. Visitors may ride bikes and fish on the pier as well. The on-site Pacific Park includes 10-plus rides, including a roller coaster and 130-foot-tall Ferris wheel. Or if you prefere, you can go at Six Flags Hurricane Harbor Los Angeles, water park and enjoy two of the tallest fully-enclosed speed slides in Southern California, a wave pool, an interactive lagoon and a kids’ play area. Overnight in Los Angeles.
Day 7 – California Science Center & IMAX Theater
It’s one of the most popular museum destinations in California and your kids won’t want to miss it! The museum keeps young ones entertained by presenting science through exhibits tied to popular culture or blockbuster movies. Plus, there are tons of hands-on activities and demonstrations in Science Court. Last, but certainly not least, you’ll all leave awestruck by the 7-story IMAX theater that brings worlds “as small as an atom and as vast as the universe” to life right in front of your eyes. Overnight in Los Angeles.
Day 8 – Disney Adventure
Explore the happiest place on Earth: Disney Land Resort. Walt Disney wanted to create a place where parents and kids could do things together and Disneyland offers plenty of chances to do just that. Most rides are on the gentler side and you’ll also find shows, parades and daily fireworks in summer. And if you don’t want to do any of that, just take a kid or two and watch them have fun. Overnight in Los Angeles.
Day 9 – Disney Adventure
Take a scene or a classic Disney story: Peter Pan’s flight over London or Alice’s trip to Wonderland and re-tell it in a ride. At Disneyland, you might find yourself looking for Nemo, careening wildly down the road with Mr. Toad or zipping through the Temple of Doom with Indiana Jones. Overnight in Los Angeles.
Day 10 – 13: Relax by the Ocean – Santa Monica
The next 4 days you’ll be spending in your resort on the beach , in Santa Monica, relaxing and having fun.
Santa Monica Beach is an iconic destination that draws visitors from around the globe, with acres of sand along Santa Monica Bay. Overnight in Santa Monica.
Enjoy broad stretches of sandy beach, rolling waves, meandering bike and walking paths and inspiring views of the Santa Monica Mountains year-round!
Optional you could have some beach activities along the Pacific Coast, in the region. Los Angeles is the best city to experience the quintessential endless summer in Southern California. From Malibu to the South Bay the beach is inviting you to relax and enjoy the holiday.
Hermosa Beach: There’s a certain hipster vibe at Hermosa Beach and its surrounding seaside community that you won’t find at other LA beaches. Most likely you’ll see people shopping and relaxing in outdoor cafes as well as relaxing on the beach.
Venice Beach: On your bike, cruise down the Ocean Front Walk for an unforgettable experience unlike any other. The bohemian and eclectic Venice Beach scene is ideal for people-watching and bike riding. The bike path along the beach is 8 miles long, so you may only want to bike a portion of it. Feel free to stop for any beach shops, entertaining performers or snacks.
Leo Carrillo State Park: a beach that stretches for more than a mile, dotted with sea caves, tidepools and other beach-combing delights.
Malibu Beach: When it’s time to get out the surfboard, apply a new coat of wax and zip on the wetsuit, there’s no better place to be than Surfrider Beach in Malibu!
Day 14 – Fly back home
Transfer from the hotel to airport, for your back home flight.