Elizabeth Linhart Veneman

Top Attractions in California for Family Vacations

Fortunately for parents planning a family vacation, many of the Golden State’s top attractions coincide with almost any kid’s wish list. This is the land of sunny beaches, towering trees, heart-pounding roller coasters, theme parks of every stripe, and family-friendly museums that range from wacky to educational. Luckily, parents will find plenty of places to recharge, whether it’s strolling through an art gallery or historic park, reading a book on the beach, or sipping California chardonnay at a farm-to-fork joint.

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Best California State Parks

California’s vast network of state parks showcases its rich history, diverse ecosystems, and sublime scenery. With 280 separate parks, the California State Park system is the largest in the United States. If you’re looking to take it all in, these parks boast some of the state’s best and most accessible views.

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Moon Guides Author Spotlight

Moon author Jason Frye

Jason Frye (Moon Great Smoky Mountain National Park)

Raised deep in the mountains of West Virginia, Jason Frye first fell in love with North Carolina as a kid during family vacations to the Outer Banks. In 2002, he swapped his mountains for sand dunes and his river for an ocean when he moved to Wilmington to pursue a master of fine arts in creative writing. There, his love for North Carolina deepened into a longing to stay, settle, explore, and be a part of the people, culture, and history of the state.

Along with his wife, Lauren, Jason has kayaked the marshes and waterways near his home; hang glided off the Outer Banks; explored the cityscapes of Charlotte, Raleigh, and Winston-Salem; and wandered the woods and wilds around Asheville.

A member of the Society of American Travel Writers, Jason has contributed stories to VisitNC.com, AAA’s Go Magazine, Our State magazine, Southern Living, Salt, the Charlotte Observer and Raleigh News & Observer, and acts as a culinary critic for the Wilmington StarNews.

Keep up with Jason on Instagram @beardedwriter.