Now is a great time to plan a getaway with your family to the golden state of California! There are so many things to see, it will probably take you weeks to visit them all. To make your family trip planning easier, here are some suggested destinations and attractions you might want to consider for your Californian family road trip.
Begin your California adventure at Big Sur. This is a region in the central California coast where the mountains of Santa Lucia stand from the Pacific Ocean. Big Sur is where you'll find the Cone Peak, the highest coastal mountain in the lower states. It stands a little over 5,000 feet above sea level. You will also find one of the world's highest single-span concrete arch bridges, the Bixby Bridge which runs 13 miles.
Moving along to the Monterey Peninsula in Monterey County, you'll find a small town blessed with rich history in arts, Carmel-by-the-Sea or simply Carmel. The town is the hometown of a lot of artists, poets, writers and actors. Early city offices were even dominated by these artists. Actors such as Herbert Heron and Clint Eastwood also served in this city. There are a lot of art galleries (African Odyssey, Center for Photographic Art), historic sites (First Murphy House), orchestras (Monterey Symphony), theaters/auditoriums (Golden Bough Theater, Carl Cherry Center for Arts), and more that await the culture enthusiasts.
While you're in Monterey County, take the time to visit the city of Monterey. Known for the rich history of their resident artists, they are also known for their much famed fishery and, of course, their cheese: Monterey Jack! You'll also find quite a number of undergraduate and graduate schools in Monterey - Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey Institute of International Studies, Defense Language Institute and the California State University Monterey Bay. There are also attractions such as the Monterey Bay Aquarium, Monterey American Viticultural Area, Fisherman's Wharf, and Marine Mammal Center in the area.
Wrap up your California road trip as you move forward to Santa Cruz. The town is best known for its Coastal Redwoods and beaches. Remember to bring bathing suits on this trip as the idyllic beaches of Santa Cruz will surely tempt you to dive in! It is also proud to have prestigious colleges and universities such as the University of California Santa Cruz and the Cabrillo College.
All throughout this trip, there are a significant number of hotels, cabins and inns to take care of your accommodation needs. From the humble Big Sur Campgrounds and Cabins to the elegant Monterey Plaza Hotel and Spa overlooking the Monterey Bay to the very cozy Hinds Victorian Guest House in Santa Cruz, you're sure to find something comfortable for your family and your budget. This California road trip is a must-do!