Don’t leave the kids at home on your next vacation. Traveling with your child can be very educational and you’ll make valuable memories worth reminiscing about as they grow older. Expose them to the great outdoors, there is so much learn through real life interactions and experiences that cannot be taught in a classroom (this is why schools offer field trips). There are plenty of activities out there that both children and parents can enjoy. Now, with the following kid friendly properties located in the beautiful state of California, there is no need to plan for a sitter.
You may be asking yourself, Why California? California is one of the most popular states to visit for several reasons; national parks, lakes, rivers, beaches, shopping, nightlife, surfing, and theme parks among others. The entire family can enjoy a relaxing stay in a luxuriously designed cabin in the forest or a more unusual stay such as a yurt with views of the beach that is just steps away from your accommodation. Rather than staying in the casual motel or hotel room, which can get expensive, treat your family to a glamping vacation. Take it from someone who travels to California as often as possible, though the scenic drive may be long, all that the state has to offer is well worth it. I always come back home feeling refreshed and ready to go back to my regular life in the city, you can too!
Glen Oaks Big Sur
Big Sur, California (1.3 miles from Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park)
Rates Starting at $225/night, per unit
Highlighted Activities: Hiking, nature walks, stargazing.
Sequoia High Sierra Camp
Giant Sequoia National Monument, CA (Within Sequoia National Park)
Rates Starting at $250/night per adult, $150/night per child (ages 3 to 11) sharing a tent cabin with adults.
Highlighted Activities: Scenic day hikes, fly fishing, horseback riding, photography.
Santa Rosa, CA (Within a 400-acre private wildlife preserve)
Rates Starting at $275/night, per unit (2016 Moonlight Madness Special: $200/night includes breakfast, inquire for details)
Highlighted Activities: Safari tour and drives, animal rides & treks, spa services in unit.
Image Credit: Ray Mabry
El Capitan Canyon
Santa Barbara, CA (Across the street from El Capitan State Beach)
Rates Starting at $145/night
Highlighted Activities: Swimming, water sports, Jeep tours, Canyon Concert Series, complimentary adult-size beach cruiser.
Image Credit: El Capitan Canyon
Marble Mountain Ranch
Somes Bar, CA (Across the Klamath River)
Rates Starting at $145/night, per person (Offering All-Inclusive Dude Ranch Vacations)
Highlighted Activities: Youth buckaroo program, barrel racing, arena games, horseback riding, archery, rafting & kayaking, campfire activities, fly fishing.
Hope Valley, CA (In an alpine setting near West Fork Carson River)
Rates Starting at $125/night, per unit
Highlighted Activities: Fishing, hiking, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, biking.
Meyling “Mey” Martinez is a travel and outdoor enthusiast born in the tropical island of Cuba and raised in Las Vegas, NV. Consumed by wanderlust and inspired by nature and the fascinating world outside of her doors, she has set sail to visit new destinations. Mey enjoys hiking new trails and visiting national and state parks along with other wonders of the world. Forever an explorer at heart with an adventurous soul, she enjoys sharing her experiences and the latest on travel and glamping through blogging.