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Ideas for California Vacations

California is such a diverse state that there really is something for everyone.

Whether you are looking for the glamour of Beverly Hills, the sunshine and beaches of San Diego,  the beauty of the mountains in Big Sur and Big Bear to the culture and history of San Francisco, California makes a great family or romantic vacation idea.

This is a great promotional video showing what California has to offer, with a few celebrities of course!

California Vacations for Families

California has so many fun family things to do and places to stay. First step is to choose what area of California you would like to visit, then what activities your family would enjoy.

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Warner Bros VIP Tour


Would they like to:

  • Visit Disneyland? or Universal Studios? Legoland? or Sea World? Six Flags?
  • Hang out at the Santa Monica Pier?
  • Watch the sea lions at Pier 39 in San Francisco?
  • Check out Alcatraz Prison?
  • Go camping in the mountains?
  • Hang out at the beach?
  • Whale watching from Monterrey after checking out the Aquarium?
  • Look for the seals and Elephant seals on the Central Coast?
  • Searching for gold and learn about the California Gold Rush?
  • Take a tour of celebrities homes and check out the Walk of Fame?
  • See a LA Lakers game (one of our favs!)
  • See a concert at the Staples Center

There are so many things to do, hotels to stay in and restaurants to try.

Find the best deal, compare prices, and read what other travelers have to say about hotels in California.

Romantic California Vacations

Romance and California go hand in hand. Not only are there hundreds of beautiful hotels, resorts and B&B's to stay in, there are so many fabulous restaurants, world class spas and beaches to walk on.

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Sunset at Moonstone Beach on the Central Coast

Here are some more romantic California ideas:

  • Stay in the Romantic Fairmont San Francisco
  • Have a picnic in Golden Gate Park and admire the Golden Gate bridge
  • Watch the sunset together on Moonstone Beach in Cambria
  • Stay in a bed and breakfast on the beach
  • Take a bed and breakfast and wine tour through Napa Valley
  • Take a long walk on Malibu beach
  • Spend a weekend in a spa
  • Have a drink at the Hotel del Coronado and watch the world go by
  • Venture over to Catalina Island
  • Go world class shopping on Rodeo Drive
  • Enjoy a weekend in the exclusive La Jolla CA
  • Have a romantic dinner in a 5 star restaurant and look for celebrities
  • Enjoy a Napa Valley Wine Tour

Southern California Beaches Vacation Guide
A beach vacation planning resource. The best Southern California beaches from Santa Barbara to San Diego, including beach pictures and information on vacation rentals, hotels, resorts, camping, and fun things to see and do.

Monterey Getaway
This online travel guide to Monterey California and surrounding areas of the central coast covers things to do and places to stay in Monterey, Carmel, Pacific Grove, Pebble Beach and the Big Sur coast.

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