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Welcome to Kidifornia, a state of joy, exploration and discovery.
Of course, grown-ups may know it better as California, the sun-kissed destination that beckons with promises of wine tastings and yoga retreats. But for the younger set that is crushing on dinosaurs, trains, cute critters, super heroes or fairy-tale princesses, it’s definitely Kidifornia.
Perhaps the biggest draw for family travel is the state’s natural wonders: The beaches, forests, deserts and mountains that turn us into one huge playground. From the breathtaking grandeur of Yosemite and Redwood National Park (both World Heritage sites) to the legendary beaches of Southern California, the Golden State’s outdoor attractions are accessible to all ages and abilities. Young minds are also sure to be inspired seeing wildlife in wild places, like on whale-watching cruises, exploring tide pools, or kayaking and canoeing.
Multigenerational travel with grandparents and extended family is more popular than ever and there’s no better place on earth to load everyone up for a good, old-fashioned road trip than California. Highlights include spectacular scenery along routes like coastal Highway 1, Avenue of the Giants through the redwoods, and the Volcanic Legacy Scenic Byway which circles Lassen Volcanic National Park and heads north to the Oregon border. Along Highway 49 in Gold Country, minor miners can pan for real gold and even do some zip lining, or turn back the clock at Columbia State Historic Park, a preserved boomtown where young’uns can play along with a Wild West fantasy.
There’s a nearly inexhaustible supply of family travel opportunities in Kidifornia for whatever kind of holiday the brood is planning including some of the best zoos, aquariums and museums in the world. And of course – theme parks, with options including Disneyland, LEGOLAND California, Knott’s Berry Farm, Universal Studios Hollywood, Six Flags Magic Mountain, Six Flags Discovery Kingdom, and California’s Great America. You can top the list off with old-school ocean-boardwalk amusement parks featuring vintage rides in San Diego, Santa Monica and Santa Cruz.
With so many amazing family attractions and experiences to choose from in Kidifornia, it just might be the adults asking: “Are we there yet?” Kick off your “Kidifornia” vacation at www.visitcalifornia.com – where you can find a ton of kid-friendly guides including “kid-friendly road trips” and a “kid-foodie guide to California.”