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Places to Visit in California

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Places to visit in California - Your list of family vacation California experiences, written by other traveling families!

When most people think of California, they imagine Hollywood and Beverly Hills, but we want to know what sights and attractions are best suited for a family who wants to discover the great state of California. From historic Gold Rush locations, to breathtaking national parks, the gorgeous Napa Valley and everything in between, we want to hear about your family vacation California travel experience!

It's easy to do! Here is an example of favorite places to visit in California from one of our readers:

The Santa Monica Pier

The Santa Monica Pier is a terrific place for a sun-filled day out with the whole family. Located in Santa Monica, California, the pier is highlighted by a huge Ferris wheel that lights up at night. I enjoy getting up early and sitting on the beach.

places-to-visit-in-california-01; santa monica pier A path running through the park provides a spot for runners, roller bladders and bikers. You can rent these at the pier, but it's also fun to people watch. I personally like people walking their dogs. There are all types of people enjoying the beach and pier on a beautiful day.

Next, you can walk down the pier and browse through the various shops. There is an arcade for the kids to play games and plenty of places to typical carnival snacks. There are also sit-down restaurants, like Bubba Gumps to enjoy a more formal meal.

Personally, I prefer the candy and funnel cake. Just don't eat this before going on the rides!

Once the food has settled, have fun with the carnival games or go on some of the rides. The carousel gives you a 360 degree view from the ocean to the streets of Santa Monica. Another place to enjoy at the pier is the aquarium. After such a busy day, I prefer a short nap on the beach, until you can watch the sunset fall over the pier.

The sun gives way to the bright lights of the Ferris wheels and carnival games. Whether it's whack-a-mole or skee-ball, there's something for everyone. A short walk to Santa Monica provides a promenade of restaurant, shops, and bars. The kids can follow up their day with ice cream or other treats, while there's plenty for the adults.

Santa Monica Pier

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