California. It’s one of our favorite places to visit. Living in Arizona makes it perfect because SoCal (Los Angeles or San Diego) is an easy drive for us. We’ve been to Cali a lot, and have learned when the best times to go there, especially when traveling with a family. Even better when traveling with a kiddo on the spectrum.
I remember the last time we went to the “Sunshine State” with the kiddos during it’s season. It was 6 years ago, in June. We stayed at a hotel, in Downtown San Diego, which was about a 10 minute drive to Pacific Beach. We packed all of our stuff up, got in the car and took a short drive on the crowded freeway. We got off the freeway and immediately stopped and sat for about 10 minutes. No accident in sight. There was just that many people there. The kids were growing weary, as any 4 and 5 year old would. Thank goodness we were able to turn around. Frustrated we decided to take a ride over the bridge to Coronado Island. Which was when we first realized this was the best place ever. Immediately found a parking spot within a short walking distance to the ocean and had a very fun beach day! Don’t get us wrong, we completely understand why ANYONE would go to California in the summer! Especially, us Arizonians. In the summer, during a day of 120 degree record heat, we all dream of a day a the beach! But, this was the very last time we went to California during their “season.” We haven’t regretted it since.