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Planning to go to California

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Planning to go to California

I would be very grateful if anyone could give me any tips!

We are planning a 3 week trip to California this Summer with our 3 children who are 14,11 and 5.

I was just wondering what places people would reccommend that we see,and also if anyone has any advice on the best place to get the cheapest flights for the 5 of us? Also if anyone has any advice on car hire I would be grateful?

Do you also think it would be possible to get accommodation as we go or do you think it should all be booked up beforehand?

Any help,and I would be very grateful!

I am hoping to see some cities,some scenery and some beaches!!!

Thanks in advance!

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1. Re: Planning to go to California

You have to go to Yosemite, one of the most amazing and beautiful spots on the planet. Accommodations should be reserved as early as possible. 2-3 days should be enough. If you don't like to do any hiking/walking then subtract a day.

It's risky to get accommodations "as you go" in the populated and/or touristy areas Rural off the beaten path and you can usually always find something.

Other places outside of SF to see are:

Lake Tahoe (4 hr drive from SF)

Monterey/Carmel/Big Sur - plenty of beautiful coastline to see around those parts (2 hr drive from SF)

Many will say Napa, I'm not a fan, doubtful the kids will enjoy that.

In SF, make sure you take the kids to the Exploratorium, a kind of hands on museum.

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2. Re: Planning to go to California

Hi, I would suggest that you buy a couple of guidebooks as soon as you can, as these will give you a very good overview of the state, plus lots of info about lodging, attractions, airfare etc. This might quickly get you started:


Some ideas on guidebooks:








With a book or two, the whole family can help with planning and gathering ideas :-)

As far as booking ahead, California is a very, very popular tourist destination, particularly in the summer, so I would suggest trying to make as many reservations as possible. To stay inside any National Parks (Yosemite), you may already be too late to find accomodations.

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3. Re: Planning to go to California

San Francisco, Yosemite, San Diego, L.A...I visited all these places last year and had a blast. Your kids will love San Diego (SeaWorld and the zoo) and also Universal Studios in Hollywood.

I always find the cheapest flights on Delta's official website. Try travelsupermarket and kayak, they'll help you find the cheapest deals.

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