Destinations – California

Here is an index of our California family travel destination features and advice posts for locations throughout California, including Yosemite and Sequoia National Parks, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Carlsbad, Lake Tahoe, and more. Features on our sister site Family Travel 411 are noted as such.


General California Family Travel Articles –  Road Trips & Overviews

Anderson River Park: Great pit stop for family road trips on I-5
The 5 Best Places to See California’s Giant Redwoods and Giant Sequoias with kids
Rent Baby Gear in California – Online directory of baby gear rentals


Momcation in Berkeley: My Review of The Spa Claremont (Family Travel 411)

Big Trees State Park

Tips for camping at Big Trees Calaveras State Park/Angel’s Camp


Bodega Bay / Sonoma Coast

Cheap & free Bodega Bay with kids
Review of Bodega Bay Lodge & Spa
Sand in my Robeez: 6 tips for a great weekend at the beach from a savvy 12-month-old

Bodie State Historic Park

Bodie State Park and Ghost Town: The road to Bodie


The 411 on Carlsbad with Kids (Family Travel 411)

Catalina Island

The 411 on Catalina Island with Kids (Family Travel 411)

Crescent City

A visit to Ocean World Aquarium at Crescent City, California


Gray whale in the river! (a Photo Fave)


Redwood Bucket List – The Drive-Thru “Chandelier Tree”

Lake Tahoe

South Lake Tahoe – The 411 on South Lake Tahoe with Kids – Winter Edition (Family Travel 411)
South Lake Tahoe – How South Tahoe’s “The Loft” and “Magic Fusion” Get it Right for Families (Family Travel 411)

Long Beach

Budget travel/Live large in Long Beach with Kids (Aquarium of the Pacific & more)

Los Angeles

The 411 on Los Angeles with Kids (FamilyTravel 411)
Cheap and Free L.A.: A Stroll through the canals of Venice (with video)
Santa Monica Pier – A visit to the Arlington West Memorial  (Photo Fave)


Dennis the Menace Park (the OTHER great place you’ve got to see in Monterey)

Morro Bay

The 411 on Morro Bay with Kids (Family Travel 411)


San Diego

San Diego’s Balboa Park with kids
Stretch your family vacation dollars in San Diego
Old Town San Diego with Kids
Review of Homewood Suites Liberty Station in San Diego

San Francisco

The 411 on San Francisco with Kids (Family Travel 411)
Visiting the San Francisco Exploratorium (Family Travel 411)
Recommended driving loop for north central SF – Golden Gate Bridge, Park, Beaches & More
Picnic at the Palace of Fine Arts
Our “Ride the Duck” San Francisco tour
San Francisco’s Most Beautiful Beach to Visit with Kids (or without)
Go Dutch in Golden Gate Park (at the Wilhelmina Windmill)
To the Lighthouse: Point Bonita (north end of Golden Gate Bridge)
Fun at Fort Funston – Dog and hang glider paradise
Tips for visiting the San Francisco Zoo with little kids
Caffe Trieste in North Beach (Photo Fave)
San Francisco  Airport – A sneaky San Francisco Airport parking tip (Family Travel 411)

Santa Rosa / Sonoma County

Review of Safari West African Tent Camp tent camp (at Family Travel 411)
Jeep safari tour of Safari West Wildlife Preserve (at Family Travel 411)
Best winter weekend getaway with baby in Northern California?

Sequoia National Park

Review of Wuksachi Lodge inside Sequoia National Park
Hiking Moro Rock with little kids in Sequoia National Park
Crystal Cave – Important tips for your visit to Crystal Cave in Sequoia National Park
The 411 on Sequoia National Park with Kids (Family Travel 411)


Solvang (Santa Barbara County)

A Family Horseback Riding Vacation at The Alisal (Family Travel 411)
Grit and Glory: Rodeo Night at The Alisal Guest Ranch and Resort (in Photos)



Yosemite National Park

The 411 on Yosemite National Park with Kids (Family Travel 411)
Road Stop: Oakdale Cheese & Specialties en route to Yosemite
Tips for biking Yosemite with baby, toddler, little kid
The celebrated jumping frogs of Birch Lake (Camp Mather, Yosemite NP)
A ride on Yosemite Mountain Sugarpine Railroad and learning to pan for gold
Horseback riding with my daughters and Yosemite Trails
Date Night at Tenaya Lodge (with kids camp!)
Review of Evergreen Lodge at Yosemite National Park
Review of Curry Village Tent Cabins in Yosemite
Review of the Wawona Hotel
Ask Shelly: What to do with car seats at Yosemite National Park?


One good reason to stop at Weed, California (road trip tips)