California is hard to beat. Southern California has beautiful beaches, year-round warm weather and some of the nation’s great amusement parks. Northern California’s unique culture, rocky shores and towering Redwoods make it a beautiful and distinctly American destination.

We have a lot of California posts – particularly Southern California. You can browse the posts on this page by scrolling through, or click one of these links to jump to the section you want.


Los Angeles

5 family-tested tips for Universal Studios Hollywood | | things to do in Los Angeles | Southern California | Harry Potter ride | studio tour | family vacation | travel

Universal Studios Hollywood

Looking for tips for visiting the new Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Hollywood? We've got them! | | summer vacation| California | spring break | summer vacation

Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Hollywood

Tips for taking a Warner Bros. Studio Tour with kids | | Hollywood | California | things to do in Los Angeles | travel | vacation with teens

Warner Bros Studio Tour

5 tips for visiting the La Brea Tar Pits in Los Angeles, California. This is an unusual and fascinating destination for fossil lovers in the heart of the city. Get tips for making the most of your visit, plus how to get discounts and free admission! | | Southern California | Hollywood | things to do in Los Angeles with kids | educational | paleontology | museums | spring break ideas | summer vacation ideas | family travel

La Brea Tar Pits

Our family-tested review of Sheraton Universal Hotel | | Universal Studios Hollywood | Wizarding World of Harry Potter | Los Angeles hotel | Spring Break Ideas | Family Vacation

Hotel Review: Sheraton Universal

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Orange County

Top tips for families at Knott's Berry Farm in Southern California | | best rides | near Disneyland | Buena Park | Orange County | spring break | family travel

Knott’s Berry Farm

Hotel Review: Holiday Inn Buena Park

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How to celebrate the holidays at Disneyland | | Christmas vacation | winter break | Disney tips and tricks | family vacation ideas

Holiday Season at Disneyland

When and how to use MaxPass at Disneyland. Is this new feature worthwhile for your family? | | California | Disney tips and tricks | Disney on a budget

Tips for Disney’s NEW MaxPass

What the NEW digital FASTPASS at Disneyland means to you | | Disney tips and tricks | Southern California

Tips for Disney’s NEW Digital FASTPASS

5 MUST HAVE Disneyland tips for first-timers | | Disney tips and tricks | first Disneyland trip | spring break ideas | summer vacation ideas | family travel

Disneyland for first-timers

Don't put off your Disney trip because your children are young! There are lots of ways for families with young children can make lasting memories at Disneyland. Tips for visiting Disneyland with young children | | Southern California | Disneyland with infants, toddlers, babies | family vacation

Tips for visiting Disneyland with young children

The BEST rides at Disneyland - and how to get on them without waiting in long lines! | | California | family vacation | Disney tips and tricks | Anaheim | summer vacation | spring break

Best Disneyland rides

Best rides at Disney's California Adventure (and how to get on them FAST!) | | Disneyland | Cars Land | Disney tips and tricks | Southern California | Anaheim | family travel | spring break

Best rides at California Adventure

Five rookie mistakes to AVOID at Disneyland | | Disney tips | spring break | travel | Southern California

5 rookie mistakes to AVOID at Disneyland

10 MUST HAVE items for your Disneyland Packing List. Plus FREE printable packing list! | | Disney | what to pack | what to wear at Disneyland | packing | checklist | what to take

10 MUST HAVE items for your Disneyland Packing List

Use this ONE simple trick to avoid crowds at Disneyland any time of year! | | family vacation | Disneyland hacks | Disneyland tips and tricks

Tips for making the Disneyland calendar work for you

Everything you need to know about the Disneyland app | | Disney tips and tricks | Disneyland characters | Disneyland wait times | Southern California | California Adventure | vacation ideas | family travel

Tips for using the official Disneyland app

Tips for getting into the NEW Frozen show at Disneyland! You won't want to miss this Broadway quality musical. | | Frozen Live at the Hyperion

Tips for getting into the new Frozen show at Disneyland

The new land isn't open yet, but you can still find plenty of Star Wars at Disneyland! Get info on all the Star Wars attractions in Tomorrowland, plus tips for getting kids into Jedi Training. | | Disney Tips and Tricks | Southern California | summer vacation ideas | Season of the Force | spring break ideas | family travel

Star Wars at Disneyland

Are you headed to Disneyland this fall? We've got the scoop on everything new for Halloween this year | | Southern California | Mickey's Halloween Party | family vacation ideas | travel | Disney tips and tricks

New at Disneyland for Halloween 2017

Step-by-step guide to Mickey's Halloween Party at Disneyland in California | | October travel | fall | family vacation | Southern California

Mickey’s Halloween Party

How to pick a GREAT hotel near Disneyland. Ask yourself these 14 important questions to narrow down your options. | | Anaheim hotels | Disneyland hotels | family vacation | where to stay at Disneyland | Disneyland off-property | best hotels near Disneyland | travel

How to pick a hotel near Disneyland

Everything you need to know about the Grand Californian Hotel at Disneyland | | luxury | family vacation

Resort review: Disney’s Grand Californian

Our family-tested review of the Hilton Garden Inn in Anaheim/Garden Grove, California. This hotel is just a mile down the street from Disneyland and has a shuttle service | | hotels near Disneyland | budget hotels | family travel

Hotel Review: Hilton Garden Inn, Anaheim-Garden Grove

Our family-tested review of The Unofficial Guide to Disneyland travel guide. This was my first Disneyland post, and these tips are still serving us well after several more trips to Disneyland! | | book review | family travel | Disney tips and tricks | Southern California

Book Review: The Unofficial Guide to Disneyland

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San Diego

The 6 BEST beaches in San Diego, California for families - from those who have been there. | | spring break | summer vacation | travel

Best San Diego Beaches

7 tips and tricks for visiting the world famous San Diego Zoo | | Southern California | family vacation | spring break | summer vacation | travel

San Diego Zoo

7 MUST HAVE tips and tricks for visiting the San Diego Safari Park in Escondido, California | | spring break | summer vacation | fall break | family vacation

San Diego Zoo Safari Park

Should you visit SeaWorld San Diego? Tips for families at SeaWorld San Diego | | vacation ideas | family travel | California | Southern California

SeaWorld San Diego

Kids stay, eat and play FREE in San Diego in October! Learn more in this post | | Kids get in FREE to LEGOLAND California, SeaWorld San Diego, San Diego Zoo, San Diego Zoo Safari Park, USS Midway Museum and many more. Hotel and restaurant deals too!

Kids get in FREE in San Diego every October

Tips for visiting the USS Midway Museum in San Diego, California with kids | | Photo courtesy of USS Midway Museum | things to do in Southern Calfornia | spring break | military history | family travel | summer vacation

USS Midway Museum

Tide pool tips for families at San Diego's Cabrillo National Monument | | California | things to do in San Diego | findyourpark | budget travel | cheap activities | outdoor activities

Cabrillo National Monument

Want to see sea lions and seals on your San Diego vacation? They are easy to find if you know where to look. This post includes tips for visiting La Jolla Cove and taking a San Diego SEAL Tour. Both are fun activities for families who want to see wildlife in San Diego. | | spring break | travel | summer vacation | San Diego with kids | California | Southern California

Find seals and sea lions in San Diego

Review of Catamaran Resort in San Diego, California. This family-friendly resort is located on Mission Bay, and one block from Mission Beach. It makes a great base for a San Diego vacation. | | spring break | summer vacation | travel

Resort Review: Catamaran Resort and Spa

Balboa Park – San Diego

La Jolla Caves Ocean Kayak Tour – San Diego

La Jolla Cove – San Diego

Hotel Review: Hyatt Regency Mission Bay – San Diego
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LEGOLAND California

11 tips for visiting LEGOLAND California |

LEGOLAND California

Have questions about LEGOLAND Water Park at LEGOLAND California? We have answers. Here is everything you need to know to have a great day | | Carlsbad | San Diego | summer vacation | travel | spring break


Tips for visiting SEA LIFE Aquarium at LEGOLAND California. It's included in many park hopper and BOGO tickets! | | Carlsbad | San Diego | spring break | summer vacation | family vacation

SEA LIFE Aquarium at LEGOLAND California

6 tips and tricks for a great night at Brick or Treat at LEGOLAND California | Halloween events for kids | October | San Diego Halloween events | Fall Break


Our review of Homewood Suites by Hilton in Carlsbad, California. This hotel is a good choice for families planning a trip to LEGOLAND California! | | San Diego | Spring Break | Summer Vacation | hotels near Camp Pendleton | carlsbad ca

Hotel Review: Homewood Suites, Carlsbad

7 reasons we love the West Inn and Suites | | legoland hotel | san diego hotel | carlsbad hotel

Hotel Review: West Inn and Suites, Carlsbad

Our family-tested review of Omni La Costa Resort in Carlsbad, California. It's a short drive from LEGOLAND California and the beach, but you'll have a hard time leaving because there are so many fun activities for families |

Resort review: Omni La Costa Resort and Spa

Restaurant Review: Bistro West – Carlsbad

The Best of Carlsbad, from TMS Family Travel conference – Carlsbad
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Palm Springs

5 expert tips for visiting Joshua Tree National Park in California with kids | | spring break | fall break | outdoors | nature | desert

Joshua Tree National Park

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