After a long (really long) 2020, we are all ready to dust off our suitcases, grab our sunglasses, and make Summer 2021 the best one yet! With the world starting to open back up and a dizzying array of options, making the choice about where to head on vacation can feel challenging. 

We’ll make it easy for you: Southern California is the perfect destination for any family. With opportunities to relax, get adventurous and connect in totally new ways, SoCal has something for everyone. Read on for ten reasons to plan a family trip to SoCal this summer!

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1. Nature Is the Main Attraction at Joshua Tree National Park

Joshua Tree National Park consists of around 800,000 acres and is situated just an hour outside of Palm Springs. With lots of room to roam, your whole family will love hiking, biking, rock climbing or nature watching in this true desert paradise. Plan a hike at the Cholla Cactus Garden, a short loop trail where you'll see cacti and wildflowers galore!

2. The Old West Feels All-to-Real at Death Valley National Park

Whether your kiddos are interested in real history or just the idea of the wild west, they’ll love exploring the five real-life ghost towns scattered throughout Death Valley National Park. These ghost towns, originally established in the mid to late 1800s, are home to old-timey buildings, like banks and jailhouses, and signs and structures that give visitors an idea of what life in the old west was really like. 

Wherever your next adventure takes you, Marriott has a hotel to fit your family’s vacation. Book now!

3. Accessing an Off-Coast Oasis Is Simple At Catalina Island

Catalina Island, just a quick fairy ride from mainland SoCal, is a destination that’s well loved by both California natives and travelers alike. While on the island, families can enjoy  a charming, walkable small-town vibe in it’s main port town, Avalon, or can head out into the wild and less populated areas on the island's interior.

4. It’s Easy to Find a Place to Stay near Every Major Attraction Thanks to Marriott

With locations in all of Southern California’s big cities, and within a stone's throw of every major attraction, Marriott makes choosing your family's vacation lodging simple. Special perks like spa specials, kids programs, pool and water park experiences and live entertainment, and elevated experiences like suite, cottages and in-room kitchenette options ensure that your whole family will enjoy your time at the hotel as much as your time exploring!

You’ll be pleasantly surprised by the details each local Marriott takes care of, like making sure they’re a part of the Good Neighbor Program at Disneyland that allows visitors to enjoy a midday break before heading back to the park for evening fireworks, and feel confident and comfortable thanks to their commitment to clean policy.

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5. Disney California Adventure Park Is as Exciting As It Gets

Disney California Adventure Park is the place to be if you want to see superheroes come alive, taste the flavors of the world and immerse yourself in your favorite Disney and Pixar stories. With rides and attractions that will appeal to everyone from tots to teens and beyond, your family will make big memories at the all-new Avengers Campus, Inside Out Emotional Whirlwind and the Incredicoaster. 

6. You Can Get Your Theme-Park Fix Again at Knott’s Berry Farm Theme Park

If you can’t get enough of the thrills and excitement that theme parks offer, Knott’s Berry Farm will give you another chance to scream, laugh and smile with delight! With world-class rides, attractions and shows your whole family will enjoy, Knott’s Berry Farm has something for everyone!

7. You Can Explore Orange County via Boat

You already know that a day at the beach is a must during a trip to Orange County, but the area also has a ton of options to get your family out on the water, including the