California Luxury Family Holidays - Best Child Friendly Hotels & Tours

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A Child Friendly Touring Holiday around California offers all the key ingredients, an intoxicating mix of splendid scenery, incredible landmarks, fantastic cities, culture and glorious beaches, the perfect destination for any family holiday.

We would highly recommend a self drive touring holiday around California, as roads are easy to navigate and car hire reasonably priced. Renting a Motorhome ( R.V.) for some or part of the trip is also a popular and fun option for the family who are looking to explore independently.

Experience city life in San Francisco, home to the Golden Gate Bridge and infamous Alcatraz Island. San Francisco appeals to all ages, offering diversity, culture, fabulous shopping and a wonderful vibrant nightlife. Travel onto the wine countries of Napa Valley or Sanoma, before continuing on to the breath taking Lake Tahoe, where you can simply enjoy the scenery or take up one of the many outdoor activities on offer. Move onto the great Yosemite National Park so the family can take advantage of the trails and amazing one-off views.

For those families who prefer the ocean, then the drive down Highway 101 between San Francisco and L.A is an absolute must. Typically families choose to break the journey and stay a while in Carmel or Monterey to surf or watch the seals, before heading on to Santa Barbara for a few days beach retreat. For the riding enthusiasts, a few days in one of the popular  family friendly ranches nearby, maybe more your thing . 

A popular final destination for a family fly-drive holiday around California is Santa Monica, as it offers an ideal base from which to explore Los Angeles and the surrounding spots. There are pedestrianised shopping streets and a long stretch of beach, home to the famous Muscle Beach and a lively pier which boasts a lovely old Ferris wheel which the children will love. Nearby attractions are Malibu, Venice Beach, Marina del Rey, Beverly Hills and of course the original Disneyland Resort.

If you have a few extra days then San Diego is a great extension to any family holiday; key highlights include some great museums, Sea World and the famous San Diego Zoo.

  Los Angeles
  San Diego
  San Francisco
  Las Vegas ( Nevada)

FLYING TIME:                      TIME DIFFERENCE:
  10.5 hours                                -8 hours

  California is a year-round family holiday destination, but deciding when to travel will very much depend on what you want to do and what you want to see.
  JUNE - AUGUST tend to be the most popular months for families visiting California, especially if keen to spend some time at the beach.
  MARCH - MAY is a marvellous time to visit particularly if as a family you want to spend time at some of the awesome national parks or explore the desert areas;
  temperatures are much more pleasant during spring than they are in the heat of summer.
  SEPTEMBER - NOVEMBER is a good time to beat the crowds and it is an especially good time to see Northern California and visit the beautiful wine regions. San
  Francisco, often shrouded in fog during the peak summer months, sees some of it's sunniest days during September and October.
  DECEMBER - FEBRUARY if you plan to ski then this is the best time to visit the Sierra Nevada.

  9 Nights - 4 nts San Francisco, 2 nts Napa Valley, 3 nts Lake Tahoe
 10 Nights- 2 nts San Francisco, 2 nts Yosemite, 2 nts Monterey, 2 nts Santa Barbara, 2 nts Los Angeles
 14 Nights - 3 nts Las Vegas, 1 nt Sierra Navada, 2 nts Yosemite, 3 nts San Francisco, 2nts Pacific Coast, 3nts Los Angeles

  Carmel + Monterey - Art Galleries, Golf, Shopping, Seal Watching, Surfing
  Death Valley -  Hiking, Mountain Biking, Scenic Drives
  Lake Tahoe - Biking, Fishing, Golf, Hiking, Sailing, Skiing, Watersports
  Los Angeles - Beverley Hills, Disneyland, Hollywood, Rodeo Drive, Universal Studios
  Napa Valley - Wine Tasting Tours
  Palm Springs - Golf
  San Diego - Sea World, Zoo
  San Francisco - Alcatraz, China Town, Fisherman's Wharf, Golden Gate Bridge, Union Square Shopping
  Santa Barbara - Beaches, Ranches, Botanic Gardens, Museums, Paddle Boarding, Surfing, Zoo
  Yosemite - Biking, Hiking, Photography

If time permits, an extension to Las Vegas is always a great way to round off this fantastic child friendly touring holiday. Themed resorts, great weather all year round, helicopters to the Grand Canyon and jeep rides across the desert are just some of the things to do.

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The Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe - Child Friendly Hotel California
As part of an active family touring holiday a stay at Lake Tahoe would offer the perfect retreat. Vast snow capped mountains, the backdrop against the expansive blue lake. Watersports, sailing, skiing, hiking and biking whatever your interest the opportunity is here and the Hyatt Regency located right on the shoreline with its own beach and pier offers the perfect high standard of service and facilities to appeal to those discerning families looking for quality, luxury and flexible accommodation.
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The Tenaya Lodge Yosemite - Child Friendly Hotel California

Whether you're exploring Yosemite or simply want to relax by the pool the Tanaya Lodge is the ideal place to create lasting memories on your Family Touring Holiday. Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite is a High Sierra wonderland for children of all ages. They know that kids like to stay busy and at Tenaya, they have the staff and activities to keep up with every childs enthusiasm and energy. From the resort’s Kids Adventure Club and Yosemite Kids Camp to the climbing wall, swimming, ice skating and even kids’ snowmobiling. Tenaya promises to keep children of all ages fully engaged and entertained.
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The Carmel Valley Ranch - Child Friendly Hotel California

The Carmel Valley extends from the coastal village of Carmel-by-the-Sea into the heart of the Santa Lucia Mountains. Because of the inland location of the Carmel Valley Ranch, the climate tends to be a lot warmer, sunnier and less foggy than the coast. Perhaps one of the best-known things to do along the Monterey Peninsula is the 17-Mile Drive. A winding road that leads through an exclusive neighborhood and past scenic coastal views to the famed Pebble Beach, the 17-Mile Drive forms many visitors' favourite memories. There is however plenty to entertain any family visiting the Carmel/Monterey area including, surfing kayaking, golf and the whale watching trips have always proved very popular.
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Circle Bar B - Child Friendly Guest Ranch California
This is a coastal mountain paradise, just 30 minutes from Santa Barbara and two hours north of Los Angeles. The luxury child friendly ranch sits within 1,000 acres of the Santa Ynez Coastal Mountain Range, with spectacular views of the pacific Ocean. The riding programmes suit all levels and there is also the option to book private, full day rides at an additional cost. Facilities include an outdoor pool, hot tub, bar, a nearby beach and nature hikes.The location, makes this a great option, to include as part of a self drive touring holiday in California.
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The Bacara Resort & Spa - Child Friendly Hotel California

Bacara Resort & Spa Sante Barbara provides enjoyment for the entire family; created as a haven of calm and rejuvenation, where you can while away the hours lulled by the sea and warmed by the sun. Finding the time for two beautiful golf courses, a tennis centre, three pools and an amazing spa will be made easier as the resort has a very well run kid’s club. Bacara is your conduit to a memorable family touring holiday around California.

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The Resort at Pelican Hill - Child Friendly Resort California

Perched on the famous Newport Coast in southern California, The Resort at Pelican Hill 0ffers families exquisite style and sophistication, with expansive views across land and the Pacific Ocean. This luxurious resort offers families 5* Bungalow or Villa accommodation, complimented by state-of-the–art facilities and exceptionally high standards of service.This is a great base for a family who may be interested in visiting Universal and Hollywood in LA, San Diego for the Zoo & Sea World, and Anaheim for Disney. Also from here you can visit the Irvine Ranch Land Reserve with fantastic opportunities for riding and walking
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