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At the heart of California lie a million clichés –riding waves, mingling with celebrities and bathing on golden, sun-soaked Californian beaches. While some of these are true, the state of California is much more than a few move-magic clichés and, with its diversity and playful aura, it’s the ideal destination for a luxury family holiday.

Luckily for you, our Original Travel experts have done it all. From the misty forests' of the North to the beaches of SoCal (pro-tip: Californians love shortening terms), our specialists have scoured the state, uncovering all of its great family-friendly activities. Whether you'd like a journey along the breathtaking Big Sur coastline, or a night's stay in a hand-picked luxurious hotel or resort, we can cater your luxury family holiday in California to suit all of your family's needs.

It goes without saying that a luxury family holiday to California isn't complete without heading to the sun-kissed cities of Los Angeles and San Francisco which are so incredibly different but each iconic in their own right. For the tween spirits, explore Hollywood, home of Paramount Studios; and, for a dose of sugar, graffiti and counter-culture, the renowned Santa Monica Pier. If you're after cultural enrichment, wind up San Francisco's steep and undulating terrain via tram, stopping nearby the Golden Gate Bridge or (if you're into sea lions) Fisherman's Wharf, which gives an exceptional view of the Harbour. For accommodation, you're spoilt for choice - from mingling alongside Hollywood elites in Beverly Hills hotels to seaside resorts, you're sure to find somewhere to suit.

Away from the clichés, get lost in one of our top, child-friendly lodges bordering Yosemite. Made for energetic and active types, you'll discover kids' camps packed to the brim with all sorts of outdoor activities - from hiking to horse riding and more.

If you get tired at any point of adventuring through this beautiful state and you need a change of scenery (unlikely, but who knows), our expert local guides and concierge team are on hand to help with recommendations, whether it's family down time or local lunch recommendations. To keep boredom at bay during car, plane or train rides (or just on a quiet afternoon) our Sharky & George children's packs, filled with informative and educational activities, will keep the children engaged and entertained.

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Planning a successful family holiday takes a similar amount of organisation and fortitude as a small scale military operation. But fear not, our team of specialists (many of whom are parents themselves) are here to take the stress out of the planning process so those toddler tantrums and teenage meltdowns are kept to a minimum.

From our carefully curated Sharky & George fun packs, which keep children entertained on those long journeys, to knowing the most family-friendly hotels and holding client focus groups, we pride ourselves on making sure that you have the best family holiday imaginable because there's no more important time together.

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George, Abigail and Kate B are our 'Family California' experts and as seasoned travellers they have the inside track on the most memorable adventures.