There are so many fun places to visit in California. Besides the obvious Disneyland, LEGOLAND, and the beach. My favorite spot is Top of the World in Laguna Beach. It is up in the Laguna Hills/Mountains, I never know which is considered a mountain and which a hill. Anyways, it has a gorgeous 360° view, with ocean on one side and the mountains on the other. If you drive there, there is a park at the top, called Alta Laguna Park, where the kids can play. We've taken a picnic up there, the kids played, we sat on the grass and enjoyed watching the kids and of course the gorgeous weather. There are also several hiking trails you can do as well. You can either start at the top and work your way down and turn around when you get tired, or you can take a 6 mile round trip, starting at Canyon View Park in Aliso Viejo and working your way up and back.
Before my ankle surgery I used to go a couple of times a month with a hiking group on Saturday mornings. There is nothing better than watching the sunrise. Not many people are hiking then, so it's quite peaceful and some great conversations with friends, old and new.
Now go check out these other ladies to see where their favorites spots around California are: