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La Jolla Mom

California

Best of California

There’s something for everyone in California. The Golden State has gorgeous beaches, family-friendly attractions, outdoor adventures, skiing, movie stars, Napa Valley, and some of the best surfing in the entire world. Living here in La Jolla, I have easy access to other destinations in the state, but California is worth a visit whether you’re traveling here from across the country or across the world.

Five Reasons to Visit California

The weather is amazing

California’s weather is famous around the world for good reason. In most parts of the state, it’s pleasantly warm year round — think a comfortable 70℉ — and in much of the state (including right here in La Jolla) the sun is shining more often than not. The clouds occasionally blot out the sun, but on drizzly days there’s still plenty to do.

California has the best theme parks

California is pretty much the ultimate family vacation destination thanks to the theme parks around the state. There are rides and games, thrills, animals, and more that will leave you and your family with memories that last a lifetime. You can see more of them in one trip if you grab discounted California theme park tickets ahead of time. If you’re visiting theme parks and attractions like Disneyland®, LEGOLAND®, Universal Studios Hollywood®, or Knott’s Berry Farm®, I can help you find California theme park tickets for less.

California is kid friendly

The only thing you’ll need to worry about when visiting California with kids is making sure they have enough sunblock on. There are children’s museums, young kid friendly amusement parks, fun restaurants, and countless beaches, parks, and playgrounds where children can run off some steam all over the state. Some of the biggest museums in California have free admission for kids. Planning a visit to San Diego? In October, museums, attractions, tours, hotels, and restaurants have free admission or free stuff to do for kids. And if you have younger children, Los Angeles is a surprisingly great destination!

There’s lots of nature

From the seals and sea lions of La Jolla to the misty redwood forests in Northern California to the High Sierras, California is a state where getting fresh air is as enjoyable as hitting the spa. Skiing, anyone? There’s so much biodiversity in the state that it would take you multiple visits to explore all the habitats here.

California has some of the best luxury hotels

As far as I’m concerned, this is THE state to have a one-of-a-kind luxury hotel experience in the US. In San Diego, you can stay at high-end hotels right near family-friendly attractions like the San Diego Zoo® or in the heart of the hippest parts of the city. In Los Angeles, you can enjoy truly decadent pampering and see all the celebrities you could want. Then there are the ultra-posh hotels of Orange County, the trendy hotels of San Francisco, and the chill hotels in Napa.

Before your next trip to California, check out my luxury hotel reviews. All of my reviews are of hotels I’ve actually stayed at, and I do my best to give an unbiased look into what a typical stay is like. If you haven’t booked yet, I wanted to mention that I can get you exclusive VIP amenities as an Independent Affiliate of Cadence® Travel. When you book through me, your reservation will be flagged VIP and you’ll get extras like complimentary breakfasts, room upgrades, spa credits, and more.