With almost 900 miles of diverse beaches, redwood forests, imposing mountains, and even an arid desert; The Golden State has everything to please adventure seekers. If you are traveling with your family and want to experience some thrilling fun, you also have plenty of options to choose from. Plus, we have some recommendations for family friendly hotels to help you plan your trip.
Fresno: The Heart of the Central Valley
The name of California’s fifth biggest city means “ash tree” in Spanish. Set in a privileged location in the heart of the San Joaquin valley, Fresno has the magnificent snow-capped peaks of the Sierra Nevada as a backdrop and offers easy access to three world-famous national parks. Indeed, Yosemite National Park lies just 61 miles north of Fresno. If you are looking for a budget friendly hotel, La Quinta Inn & Suites Fresno Riverpark offers stylish accommodations at fair prices.
Chula Vista: More than Beautiful Views
With its perfect climate, miles of trails, gorgeous coastline, and nearby mountains; outdoor enthusiasts have plenty to keep them busy in Chula Vista. Besides boasting spectacular views, Chula Vista’s scenic harbor also offers great opportunities for sport fishing, whale watching, and kayaking. Or you can choose to walk, bike or go horseback riding at the Otay Valley Regional Park; where you can admire the local plants and wildlife. Finally, the Holiday Inn Express Chula Vista is a great budget option for a family stay.
Venice: California Dreaming
Known for its canals, beaches, and famous boardwalk; Venice is a special place within the megacity of Los Angeles. With its bohemian atmosphere and distinct mix of people, this is a great place for people watching. But there is more to Venice than its iconic boardwalk, so feel free to rent a bike and explore. If you want to stay close to all the action and don’t mind splurging a bit, the Hotel Erwin offers comfortable bedrooms with modern amenities in a great location.
Riverside: Experience a Unique Side of California
Set against the San Bernardino Mountains, outdoor lovers will be pleased to find many beautiful trails for walking and biking in Riverside. You can also learn about the region’s unique citrus industry heritage at the Citrus State Historic Park or admire exotic plants at the Riverside Botanic Garden. And for a unique family stay, check out The Mission Inn Hotel & Spa. Housed in a historic building that incorporates different architectural styles, this charming hotel blends classic luxury with modern amenities to give guests an unforgettable stay.
Manhattan Beach: Surfing USA
Located on the Pacific Coast, Manhattan Beach offers visitors the classic California experience. Beach volleyball, surfing and body boarding are popular activities for local and visitors alike. Plus, there is a nice bike path and walkway that run through the beach; which is nice for jogging or cycling. The Manhattan Beach Marriott — one of the nicest hotels in the area — features premium rooms, great service, and a variety of entertainment options; which makes it a popular choice for traveling families.
This post is part of the Hipmunk’s Hotels series.