[10 April 2014 Last updated at 11:50]

3 Day Vacation Ideas in California

Looking for ideas for a 2 or 3 day vacation in California?

3 Day Vacation Ideas in California

Below we have compiled a handy list of vacation ideas of things you could do and places to go in California with kids, friends and romantic travelers:

Vacation Ideas for couples

If you’re looking for 3 day vacation ideas in California for couples, you won’t find better places for a romantic vacation in California than Monterey, Newport Beach, Santa Barbara, Palm Springs, and Napa Valley since they all offer many opportunities for romantic things.

A few romantic things you could are as follows:

1.Sunset gondola rides along Newport Beach canals.

2.Scenic drives from Monterey to explore the amazing Monterey Peninsula coastline.

3.Wine tasting tours, balloon and train rides in Napa Valley wine region.

4.Enjoy a luxury spa stay and fine dining at one of Santa Barbara’s boutique hotels

5.Play a game of golf in one of the many stunning golf courses in Palm Springs.

6.Hike Point Lobos State Reserve (near Carmel) for amazing coastal views of the ocean.

Family Vacation ideas

The state of California is no doubt one of the top states to visit in the USA and one of the top places to vacation with kids. As far as vacation ideas for families in California you could enjoy a stay at the Legoland California Resort in San Diego, or a stay in Anaheim's Disneyland Park Resort for an amazing vacation in one of USA’s best theme parks.

San Diego, Santa Barbara, and Los Angeles are three other great family destinations where you can spend a fantastic weekend vacation visiting cool attractions such as the San Diego Zoo, Sea World (San Diego), the Sea Center (Santa Barbara), and Hollywood Boulevard in LA.

By the way, if you’re looking for 3 day vacation ideas in California for Christmas you many consider a vacation in Los Angeles since the boulevard is home to the annual Hollywood Christmas Parade, which is one of the most glamorous in California.

Cheap Vacation Ideas

If you’re looking for cheap california vacation ideas for families and couples why not consider then an adventure vacation in California’s great outdoors?

Outdoor destinations such as Yosemite national park and Sequoia & Kings Canyon national park boast plenty of lodging options such as camping areas, quaint lodges, and rustic cabins, which offer a nice opportunity for viewing California's spectacular canyons and pristine mountain scenery.

Yosemite, Sequoia and Kings Canyon are perfect destinations all year-round for a winter and summer vacation. You can enjoy cool activities such as cross-country skiing, water sports, horseback riding in camp resorts such as the “Montecito Sequoia Lodge”. Saying this, Yosemite NP is overall one of the best places to visit in California for a camping or RV vacation because of its many great lodges, camp areas and things to do in Yosemite National Park.

Beach Vacation Ideas

California beaches are some of the best in the country and if you’re planning a beach vacation you won’t find better beaches than southern California beaches.

Beach destinations such as Santa Barbara, and Santa Monica are home to some of the most beautiful beaches in the United States such as Newport Beach and Santa Monica beach, both of which boast lovely soft sand, calm shallow waters and dramatic sunsets.

Cultural Vacation

If you’re a fan of cultural vacations and are looking to immerse yourself into the cultural heritage of California, one of the best places to head would be San Francisco. No other Californian city boasts as much diversity and cultural heritage as San Francisco, which is known locally as the “The City”.
San Francisco’s trolley buses and trams offer fantastic sightseeing opportunities to explore tourist top sights such as the historic Mission Dolores, the vibrant Chinatown, the infamous Alcatraz prison, and the bustling Fisherman’s Wharf. The Wharf is particularly an interesting spot since it is home to the Ghirardelli Square, Ripley’s Believe it or Not, and Pier 39, which are some of the top tourist attractions on the US West Coast.

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