California, otherwise known as The Golden State, is a destination guaranteed to reveal your adventurous side. With an 800-mile-long coastline and majestic natural heartland, the dynamic landscapes possess something for everyone, making it a popular choice for a luxury family holiday. From tots to teenagers, the array of attractions spans every generation, immersing travellers in unusual experiences and much-loved activities, instilling a sense of excitement and adventure wherever you go.
Explore the family-friendly activities and adventures in three of California’s most popular regions…
Santa Monica For Families
Santa Monica is a playground for kids and adults alike! The century-old Santa Monica Pier has become emblematic of the city, showcasing everything from a solar-powered Ferris wheel and historic carousel, to a high-flying Trapeze School, not for the faint-hearted. If you prefer to relish the city’s white-sand shoreline, family-friendly Annenberg Beach House has something for everyone; little ones can lap up the excitement of the water-shooting Splash Pad and teenagers can make new friends by the outdoor pool, while adults find their solace on the spectacular sun deck. Head downtown and you’ll discover the vibrancy of Third Street Promenade. Guided by the captivating sound of street musicians and the daring acrobatics of fearless performers, stroll and shop your way through the car-free district, featuring both big-name brands and designer boutiques, before treating the whole family to a one-of-a-kind dining experience at The Gallery, the district’s exciting new food venue that is guaranteed to satisfy multigenerational taste buds.
San Francisco For Families
Although the Golden Gate Bridge is undoubtedly responsible for making the city’s skyline so iconic, venture further into San Francisco’s beating heart and you’ll find a city full of family-friendly adventures, culture, history and scenery worth exploring. This multicultural region fuses together quirky neighbourhoods, trailblazing art galleries and a collection of unique attractions. Fisherman’s Wharf is perhaps one of the most family-friendly districts, with activities ranging from miniature golf to the Aquarium of the Bay, in addition to a selection of irresistible chocolate shops and mouthwatering eateries. Families with a thrill-seeking spirit should add San Francisco Bay’s Six Flags Discovery Kingdom to their visit list. Adrenaline-pumping rollercoasters, classic fairground rides and the chance to an abundance of exotic animals up close, proves a fabulous family day for all ages.
Lake Tahoe For Families
One of the USA’s most iconic lakes, the glistening blue and green waters of Lake Tahoe are the centrepiece to a rugged wilderness that can immerse families deep in the country’s natural beauty. While skiing and snowboarding prevail during the winter months, the warmth of summer reveals a multitude of hiking trails suitable to all abilities, as well as providing idyllic conditions for watersports including boating, kayaking and windsurfing. The lakefront towns that surround the 22-mile-long lake are also worth exploring, with each community exuding its own character and charm. At The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe, a dedicated Mountain Concierge can plan every element of your family’s mountain adventure to perfection, from helping plan your route through the spectacular scenery, to packing a gourmet picnic lunch for you to savour on the peaks.
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