A castle-like building amidst a vineyard in fall colors.

California Coast Family Road Trip Ideas

Driving the California coast is a classic family road trip, with a range of attractions for kids to enjoy. While some popular destinations are very much kid-focused, other attractions such as zoos, aquariums, and unique locales are truly family-friendly, offering a bit of fun for everyone.

A sea otter holds its paws up to its face.

Visiting the Monterey Bay Aquarium

From the very beginning, the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s mission has been conservation, and they’re not shy about it: all the exhibits you’ll see contain only local sea life. While the aquarium is fun any time of year, week, or day, some things—such as feeding time, or when rarer species such as the great white shark are on display—are worth making the effort to plan out your visit.

Road Trip USA Pacific Coast Highway

Professional traveler Jamie Jensen traveled more than 400,000 miles to bring you the best-selling travel guide Road Trip USA. In this expanded tour of the Pacific Coast Highway, Jamie takes you from the dense green forests of Washington to the gorgeous beaches of Southern California. From logging towns to surfer lore, Road Trip USA Pacific […]