California is a well-known summer destination, but did you know it’s also a great place to visit during the winter?

Here are five different family-friendly destinations you can visit during the coldest months of the year!

No matter the season, California is a beautiful state to visit.

We’ve previously talked about some of the best beachside destinations in California, as well as the reason why you should take a summer road trip around the state, so today, we’re covering some fantastic winter destinations for you and your family.

Let’s get started!

Yosemite National Park

As one of America’s most famous national parks, Yosemite is well-known for its crowds and packed hiking trails during the summer.

Come winter; however, the park is a lot quieter, and you can enjoy its natural beauty without having to share the scenery with dozens of visitors.

Ski slopes of varying difficulties abound, as do trails and areas dedicated to snowshoeing and tubing, making this a fun choice for children of all ages.

Camping is also a possibility, but if you’re looking for comfort, you can also rent a cabin or stay at a hotel, all while enjoying jawdropping views that you need to see to believe.

Monterey & Pacific Grove

Despite its proximity to the sea, the Monterey peninsula isn’t known as an unusually warm destination, so if you’re the kind of person who doesn’t enjoy winter unless they feel the chill, then this place is perfect for you.

Pacific Grove is heaven for nature lovers, as it gives you the chance to get up close and personal with monarch butterflies and migrating whales.

Monterey is also home to the world-class Monterey Bay Aquarium, which is full of activities for the entire family and can easily take up more than a day!

Keep in mind that the Monterey Aquarium is a pricey destination, and while well-worth the expense, it’s always a good idea to have a plan to get your money’s worth.

Santa Barbara

A warmer destination for those of you looking to make some waves, Santa Barbara provides beautiful beaches, a fantastic zoo, a fun, and informative Natura History Sea Center, and scattered activities for all the family.

For mom and dad, Santa Barbara is also full of shopping spots that are worth a visit, as well as delicious restaurants overlooking the sea.

When visiting, don’t forget to drop by Stearns Wharf, one of Santa Barbara’s most iconic landmarks.

Here, you’ll be able to find unique boutiques, delicious ice cream, fun boat rides, and many other activities.

Mount Shasta

A famous destination amongst skiers and snowboarders, Mount Shasta, offers the same amazing experiences as Tahoe and Mammoth without the enormous crowds.

This translates to lower prices and, more importantly, a more relaxed atmosphere to teach your children how to ski or practice other kinds of snow sports.

Palm Springs

A popular destination amongst snowbirds and the rich and famous, Palm Springs isn’t exactly known for its white Christmases, but it’s still an excellent choice for families of all ages.

With several activities perfect for families with children, like the Living Desert Zoo to an Aviation Museum, Palm Springs is an excellent choice for when you’re looking for a warm destination, but don’t fancy the idea of spending all your days at the beach.