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If your family wants a West Coast vacation, there’s no place better than California. It’s home to countless national parks, beautiful beaches, and tourist attractions like Disneyland. Sandals or surfing may come to mind, but you’ll be surprised to know it’s also a great winter destination. Find some of the best family-friendly ski resorts and hotels in Lake Tahoe! Lake Tahoe is also one of the best U.S. lakes to visit with kids in the summer, with plenty of things to do with kids in North Lake Tahoe. Of course, Southern California has sunny weather all year round, which is why San Diego, Laguna Beach, and Newport Beach are perfect for a warm spring break vacation with kids. Or, for a family summer vacation idea, you could even drive up the California coast. Jolla Beach in San Diego is also one of the most beautiful beaches in the United States! 

Nature and animal-loving families are also in luck. California showcases some of the most scenic places in the United States, like the famous Big Sur. Don’t forget about the best West Coast Safaris for families, two of which are in California: San Diego Zoo Safari Park and Safari West. Avid hikers can visit the famous Yosemite National Park, ranked as one of the best National Parks to visit in the United States with kids. Plan a family trip to Yosemite with our parent-approved advice! California also features some lesser-known West Coast National Parks for families, like Pinnacles National Park. If the summer heat isn’t your style, California also boasts some of the best National Parks to visit with kids during the winter. We suggest Joshua Tree National Park or Death Valley National Park. Remember to sign up for your fourth-grade National Park pass if your kids are the right age!

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