California Travel Destinations

California travel destinations

Los Angeles and the California beaches

Do you have teenage kids and are looking for California travel destinations?

Take your kids to Los Angeles!

There is so much to do and it is like DisneyWorld for teenagers. They get to see all the famous landmarks on TV and in movies and hopefully see some real-life stars if they are lucky.

Here are my travel tips and suggestions for your California travel destinations to Los Angeles and nearby California beaches:

Where to Go:

Los Angeles or one of the many California beaches nearby

When to Go:

How long should you stay:

5-8 days depending on how much you want to fit in


Recommended places to stay if you are looking for the California beaches for your destination:

Venice Beach – we rented a vacation suite in Venice Beach – 15 Rose – Traveler’s House

It was a block off the beach so you couldn’t beat the location but it was a pretty busy area. If you are looking for peace and quiet I wouldn’t recommend this area. If you want action and an experience like nowhere else, then stay here.

A couple more great choices in Venice Beach:

Inn at Venice Beach or Hotel Erwin

Malibu – is a top destination and if you have aspiring surfers with you, check out Malibu Beach Inn

Santa Monica – is great for families. Check out The Embassy Hotel Apartments

Note: The Santa Monica Pier is so much fun for everyone! There is shopping, rides, places to eat, street performers right in Santa Monica. This location will keep you busy for days.

Long Beach – Stay on the The Queen Mary ship for a possible haunted experience with no sea sickness.

Manhattan Beach – Shade Hotel


If you are looking for a place near LA for your California vacation:

Magic Castle Hotel near Hollywood Blvd 

The Redbury is a great boutique hotel a perfect location at Hollywood and Vine.

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What are the top things to do & travel tips for these California travel destinations:

Santa Monica Pier

Venice Beach Boardwalk

Hike to the Griffith Observatory

Visit Griffith Park with the LA Zoo, old trains, golf, tennis and much more.

Shopping at The Grove or Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills

Eat at the Farmer’s Market in the back of The Grove

Hike to the Hollywood Sign

See a sporting event at Staples Center or Dodger Stadium

Surfing in Malibu – Learn to Surf LA

Tour one of the studios like Paramount Studios or Universal Studios

Get tickets to see a live taping of your kids favorite shows

See a concert at the Hollywood Bowl

See a movie or maybe there is a movie premiere happening at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre and find your favorite movie stars “Star” along the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Hollywood Blvd

Top Tour = Another Side of Los Angeles Tours for a Segway Tour, many options to choose from.

Music lovers in your family – be sure to shop at Amoeba Music


Have a great California vacation in Los Angeles or the nearby California beaches!

Contact me if you have any questions or would like additional information. I am here to help plan your family California travel destinations.