next family vacation leads you to the beaches,
Beach is still the beach you must see when your travels take you to
California. Family vacations in California tend to excite everyone, except
California beaches offer a great deal of fun for
all throughout the year. Sunshine, sand, swimming and surfboards are all the
necessary ingredients for an unforgettable California family vacation at the
most beautiful beaches and weather on the entire coast.
California Family Vacation Spots
Among the most attractive spots for a California
family vacation are Long Beach, Malibu, Santa Monica, Venice Beach, Catalina
Island, Hermosa Beach, Laguna Beach, Del Mar, La Jolla, San Diego's Beach,
Oxnard, San Pedro and Torrance Beach. You won't have a moment of boredom during
your whole trip. During the daytime you can go surfing, fishing, swimming,
skateboarding or play tennis, golf or beach volleyball with the kids. At night,
California cities offer plenty of nightlife as well, including sophisticated
dining and theater.
Walking and hiking are excellent forms of exercise
while also great opportunities for families to spend times together. Although
you will find an abundance of places that offer exceptional walking and hiking,
the Backroads Walking
This tour-operated experience allows you to get up close
and person with paces such as Asia, Australia, Canada, Europe, France, Italy,
and the United States. The professionals of this organization are dedicated to
making each family vacation something unrivaled. Regardless of where you plan
to visit, this company can set you up with the trip perfect for you and your
2010 Yosemite National Park Commemorative
This is the 3rd coin of the America the Beautiful - 5oz
Silver Bullion Program, and is nearly an exact replica of the Yosemite National
Park Quarter Dollar newly released in 2010!
Every year, 4 million people enter Yosemite National
Park. Theres little doubt almost all leave somehow changed.
of the most magnificent parks in the country, Yosemite typifies the bold and
rugged sense of adventure that drew settlers west to California. From scaling
the 3,569-foot vertical rock face of El Capitan to marveling at the granite
grandeur of Half Dome that looms over 4,800 feet above the Yosemite Valley
floor, the park is nearly 1,200 square miles of natural beauty.
from roads and cars, 95% of Yosemite is designated wilderness. This vast
backwoods offers the spectacular and diverse scenery of waterfalls and ancient
giant sequoias and the natural quiet of forests and meadows, all shared with a
diverse collection of wildlife.
One of the most appealing aspects of a California family
vacation is that the weather is great throughout the entire year. The summer
months are July through October, and the winter months are November through
June. The water temperature is around 70 degrees during summer and don't drop
below 57 degrees in winter. The air temperature is about 76 degrees during
daytime and 68 degrees during night time in summer and 69 degrees during
daytime and 56 degrees at night during winter.
Amusement Parks in California
Although there are theme parks located around the country,
those located in California are among the most popular. In fact, four out of
ten theme parks in California are vacation spots for families, even more so
than beaches or other types of vacations. A very popular tourist attraction
during a California family vacation is definitely
Disneyland, only 15 miles from the Southern
California beaches. In addition you will find incredible places such as Knott's
Berry Farm, Six Flags Magic Mountain Vallejo, Legoland, San Diego Zoo,
California Adventure, Six Flags Magic Mountain Southern California, Golden Gate
Park, and the list goes one. Considering this is just a few of the theme parks
in the state of California and just one of 51 states, you can only imagine the
vast number of theme parks to consider.
Park - Knott's Berry Farm
Back in 1920, the married couple of
Walter and Cordelia Knott moved to Buena Park to farm 20 acres of rented land.
However, today 20 acres is a part of the 160 acres that makes up Knott's Berry
While other farmers had trouble getting plants to grow, Walter
had a green thumb, turning everything into a healthy plant, especially
raspberry, boysenberry, and blackberry crops. Several years after setting up
the farm, the Ghost Town was built where people could come to eat.
by the 1960s, other attractions were built to include the Timber Mountain Log
and Calico Mine Ride. Following were the Fiesta Village and then the Roaring
20s, featuring the Corkscrew, the first looping roller coaster in the world.
By 1983, the amusement park was introduced along with Camp Snoopy, the
first theme park designed specifically for children, the first of its kind in
the world. Wild Water Wilderness came in 1988, which is a four-acre outdoor
river wilderness. Today, Knott's Berry Farm remains a premier, family vacation
destination that the entire family will love.
San Diego -
Belmont Park is one of the best amusement parks in
Diego. With plenty for the entire family, this Park has something for
everyone. With rides for the entire family and basically everything in between,
Belmont Park makes for a very exciting adventure. The most distinctive
attraction in the Park is the Giant Dipper Roller Coaster. The coaster was
built in 1925 and has been restored over the years. This coaster is truly one
of a kind, as it offers quick drops, steep hills, and insane speed!
round out your fun, make sure you do a little shopping and take in some of the
Belmont Park in San Diego has great food and shopping,
giving you more than a few reasons to visit the park and be amazed - truly
Los Angeles - Universal Studios
First opened in
1964, Universal Studios in California offers a guided tour through the back lot
where many famous movies were made. To enhance the overall experience, many
special effects have been added for some of the filming areas such as King Kong
When visiting with your family, just remember that this
studio sees many visitors so we recommend you avoid weekends if possible. Other
aspects of Universal Studios that make this an excellent place to spend a
vacation are the Fear Factor Live show, which is a stung show that includes the
audience based on the television show Fear Factor.
Make sure when
visiting that you check the shows scheduled every day for the attractions at
Universal Studio in that they do change. However, you and the family will have
a blast as you tour Back to the Future, Shrek 4-D, Terminator, the Waterworld
stunt show, and more.
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