If you’re starting to think of where you can spend your well-earned family holiday this year, consider California.
It’s an amazing place for families with endless days of sunshine, beautiful beaches, luxurious family friendly hotels and a huge range of theme parks and natural attractions. You’ll be in for a holiday of a lifetime if you choose to visit this beautiful state.
Temperature: California’s climate varies greatly depending on where you go. To give you an idea, in San Diego average temperatures are around 16°C December to May and 21°C June to November, but you can expect highs of 27°C during the summer months in Los Angeles
Currency: US dollar ($)
Time difference: California is in the Pacific Time Zone and is eight hours behind the UK
Flight time: Average 10 hours 30 minutes from London
To give you an idea of how you can make the most out of a holiday to this fun-filled destination, here’s my top ten activities. They’re great for kids and big kids too!
#10. California has more than 1,100 miles of breath-taking coastline. The Natural Bridges State Beach is a great place to look for sea life in the tidal pools and is also home to a butterfly preserve.
#9. A great option for Thomas the Tank Engine fans, learn about the history of the railroad at the California State Railway Museum; you can even take a ride in a carriage pulled by a vintage diesel locomotive.
#8. Legoland California Resort – if you’ve visited Legoland in Windsor (or even if you haven’t) it’s well worth taking a trip to its larger American counterpart. Enjoy dozens of rides, a water park and aquarium.
#7. Visit the Six flags Discovery Kingdom for thrilling rides, Dolphin Discovery and lots of animal attractions. Head to the Elephant Encounter where you can take a short ride on one of these majestic animals.
#6. Take a trip to gold country and pan for gold. Learn about the history of the gold industry and put your panning skills to the test; you never know, you may strike lucky!
#5. California has not one, but nine stunning national parks. They’re a great way to spend a day away from the hustle and bustle of the theme parks and cities.
#4. Explore the canopy of an ancient Redwood forest at Mount Herman Adventures. Walk across sky bridges and fly through the air on giant zip lines. You’ll find courses for both younger and older children.
#3. Kids who love ‘Finding Nemo’ will enjoy the historic town of Montery. Boasting a marine sanctuary, aquarium and Fisherman’s Wharf harbour which is home to a rowdy bunch of sea lions, sea otters and brown pelicans.
#2. San Diego Zoo is home to more than 4,000 rare and endangered animals. It’s best to arrive early in the day, as many animals including the Pandas, Koalas, Lions and Tigers are often most active in the morning.
#1. Probably the most famous attraction in California is Disneyland, and being a Disney lover myself it has to feature on my list. There’s so much to see and do in this magical land, you should go with a rough plan of attack to make the most of your time there.
Have you been on a holiday to California? Are there any other attractions you think are a must-do? Let us know in the comments below.