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Anaheim, CA

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Centrally located in the middle of Orange County, Anaheim is home to world-famous theme parks, nationally recognized sports teams and plentiful outdoor shopping and dining.…

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Big Bear Lake, CA

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When Southern Californians want a quick escape from the urban sprawl of the lowlands, they head to the San Bernardino Mountains, where Big Bear Lake…

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Big Sur

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Big Sur is a bucket list destination for anyone, with rugged cliffs that hug the coastline and create dramatic scenery. A vital part of the…

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Buena Park, CA

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Located in Orange County, California, Buena Park is filled with family-friendly fun in every direction you look. Its biggest claim to fame is Knott's Berry…

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Carlsbad, CA

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Most families flock to Carlsbad for LEGOLAND California, but did you know this SoCal city offers several other highlights, from a beach and seaside village…

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Carmel, CA

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Looking for one of the most beautiful family vacation destinations in the U.S.? Head to Carmel, California, and the surrounding areas of Big Sur and…

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Catalina Island, CA

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A short flight or ferry ride from Los Angeles and Orange County, Calif., Catalina Island is a popular getaway destination for West Coasters (the small,…

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Coronado, CA

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Sausalito is to San Francisco as Coronado is to San Diego; both towns are just across the water from their big-sister cities, providing easy day…

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Costa Mesa, CA

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Considered a shopping destination in Orange County, Costa Mesa, California, is so much more than its retail reputation. There are several shopping attractions in Costa…

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Dana Point, CA

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This marina town is known for its harbor, where more than 2,500 yachts are housed in two marinas and whale- and dolphin-watching charters depart for…

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Death Valley National Park, CA

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While very young tots may not find much to appreciate in the stark, natural beauty of Death Valley (and the heat can be brutal depending…

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Disney California Adventure Park, CA

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Located just opposite of Disneyland (literally steps across a brick-lined walkway), California Adventure is a 12-acre theme park featuring rides and attractions for kids of…

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Disneyland, CA

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Once upon a classic year (1955 to be exact), Marilyn dominated the silver screen, Elvis was in full swivel and Mr. Walt Disney had a…

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Downtown Disney, CA

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Disneyland's dining, shopping and entertainment district is a bustling promenade that connects the theme parks and hotels. While Downtown Disney in Orlando seems to feature…

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Huntington Beach, CA

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Huntington Beach, also known as Surf City USA, is a great stop for any family who has always wanted to ride a wave. Huntington Beach…

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Irvine, CA

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Situated in Orange County, Irvine, California is a business hub for tech companies. But hidden pockets of the city offer family-friendly activities, shopping/entertainment areas, and…

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Joshua Tree National Park

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For kids entranced by Dr. Seuss' wild and wacky scenery, a Joshua Tree National Park family vacation might seem to be a real-life version thanks…

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Knott's Berry Farm, CA

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When I was a kid, Knott's Berry Farm was the cool little brother to Disneyland, which is just 5 miles down the freeway. That bigger…

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La Jolla, CA

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Going to San Diego with the kids? Make sure you plan a side trip to La Jolla, a suburb of the city and an utterly…

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Laguna Beach, CA

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Whether you're visiting for the famed beach, art museums and year-round festivals or you're just looking to hike the area's plethora of parks, you'll surely…

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Lake Tahoe, CA

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Lake Tahoe, California. The beauty and mystery are legendary. Sapphire, turquoise and emerald waters are married for eternity to the lake's amazing crystal clarity. That…

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LEGOLAND, California

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How many bricks does it take to build a world-class attraction? If we're talking LEGOLAND California, many a young child's favorite place on the planet:…

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Long Beach, CA

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While Long Beach is not the most popular city center in the Los Angeles area, its lack of buzz is part of the appeal -…

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Los Angeles, CA

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With broad beaches, scenic coastal hills, movie studios and world class museums all basking under a mild Mediterranean climate, Los Angeles offers a range of…

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Malibu, CA

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Thanks to movies, television, and even Miley Cyrus, Malibu has become known as the gorgeous beach town where famous stars live in expensive homes facing…

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Mammoth Lakes, CA

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Outdoors enthusiasts will find little reason to get bored in and around Mammoth Lakes. Yet even quiet moments gazing out a window are likely to…

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Monterey, CA

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When California began as a state, Monterey served as the original capital in 1849. Perhaps it was the beauty of the California coastline or the…

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Napa Valley, CA

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Just an hour north of San Francisco, Napa Valley is a popular destination for travelers who want to take in the area’s rich wine growing…

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Newport Beach, CA

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Whether it's bicycling along the beach, cruising the harbor or playing games at Balboa Fun Zone, Newport Beach has something for every family. The seaside…

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Ojai, CA

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Just outside of Los Angeles, Ojai (pronounced O-HI) provides a quiet escape for couples, families and even celebrities looking to unplug for a few days.…

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Orange County, CA

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With almost-perfect weather year-round, it’s no wonder Orange County is known for its beaches, surfing and nature-loving, outdoor enthusiasts. Nestled between Los Angeles and San…

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Oxnard, CA

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Oxnard, California, it best known for outdoor adventures and gorgeous scenery, with miles of beaches awaiting families. It's a simple, quiet retreat -- especially for…

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Palm Springs, CA

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No, you won't find beaches in Palm Springs, California. But you will find luxurious, family-friendly resorts -- think swimming pools, kids' clubs and onsite dining.…

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Pasadena, CA

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Chances are if you're in Pasadena with the family, you've come for the Tournament of Roses Parade and Rose Bowl college football game -- and…

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Pismo Beach, CA

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Considered a classic California beach town and located on the state’s mid-central coastline, Pismo Beach offers small-town charm, Mediterranean-like weather, and uncrowded dune and cliff-line…

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Redondo Beach, CA

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Jetlagged tourists hoping for a quiet retreat before hitting bustling Los Angeles or Disneyland may find a welcome respite in Redondo Beach, California. One of…

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Sacramento, CA

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Sacramento dates back to the origins of California, but the city was caught up in Gold Rush fever in 1848 when gold was discovered in…

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San Diego Zoo Safari Park, CA

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When you can't make it to Africa to bring your kids on safari, this is the next best thing, located close to home in Southern…

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San Diego Zoo, CA

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The famed San Diego Zoo is regarded as one of the best zoos in the world, beginning nearly a century ago as a refuse for…

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San Diego, CA

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When Dr. Seuss wrote, "Too wet to go out. And too cold to play ball. So we sat in the house. We did nothing at…

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San Francisco, CA

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With a population of under a million people, and a worldwide reputation as one of the most scenic spots on earth, San Francisco is that…

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San Jose, CA

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From Cupertino to Sunnyvale to Santa Clara to San Jose proper, San Jose, California, is an expansive area that is better known as Silicon Valley.…

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Santa Barbara, CA

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The Golden State. There's so much to see and do. With an abundance of natural beauty and man-made entertainment, it's hard to pick just one…

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Santa Cruz, CA

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Looking for a California family vacation where you'll be surrounded by the beaches and all around natural beauty this state is known for, but spared…

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Santa Monica/Venice Beach, CA

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Two of the most popular tourist destinations in Los Angeles, Santa Monica and Venice Beach offer perfect weather, beautiful beaches and family-friendly attractions, restaurants and…

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SeaWorld San Diego, CA

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A visit to SeaWorld San Diego is certainly a must-do for families visiting the sunny, oceanfront destination. Since opening in 1964, SeaWorld has provided smiles…

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Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks, CA

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The clocks have seemingly stopped in Sequoia National Park, the second oldest national park in the U.S. Established in 1890, the park's roots span much…

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Sonoma County, CA

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Just 45 minutes north of San Francisco, Sonoma County is an expansive northern California vacation destination with a variety of things to do. Bordering the…

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Universal Studios Hollywood, CA

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Universal Studios Hollywood is one of the largest, still-active movie studios in the world, and thanks to its theme park smack dab on its lots,…

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Ventura, CA

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Northwest of Los Angeles is the coastal town of Ventura, famous for its small-town feel, beautiful beaches and outdoor activities galore. One of the most…

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West Hollywood, CA

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West Hollywood, otherwise known as Tinsletown, started as a quiet, western neighborhood. Today, it's a loud, vibrant town, home to America's prominent and successful movie…

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Yosemite National Park, CA

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Four hours east of San Francisco is a region where waterfalls pour from dramatic granite cliffs, clear streams run alongside giant sequoias, and grassy meadows…

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