The Golden State is as big as some entire countries, stretching 840 miles down the Pacific Coast. Most families head to Southern California, where Los Angeles, Anaheim, and San Diego are popular spots. (The San Francisco "Bay Area", just so you know, is some 400 miles north.) Below are some top things to do on family getaways.
From Beverly Hills to Disneyland and from Hollywood to Santa Monica, the sprawling metropolis that is Los Angeles offers myriad ways for families to have fun.
Known for its mild year-round climate and artist community, the seaside resort town of Laguna Beach beckons families to enjoy its scenic beaches and kid-friendly attractions.
This popular destination in Anaheim has two theme parks: Disneyland Park (the original "Magic Kingdom"), and Disney's California Adventure, which opened in 2001 and is getting a giant renovation. Anaheim is in Orange County, which is south of Los Angeles County; see an overview of the many different Neighborhoods of Los Angeles
About's guide for California covers this popular getaway that's 22 miles from Los Angeles.