The West Coasts Top 5 Under-the-Radar Family Road Trip Destinations

A family road trip on the West Coast has endless options — so many that it can make it difficult to choose. That’s why we’ve put together five of our favorite Western road trip destinations. Whether you make them your main destination or a stop along the way to somewhere else, these family-friendly divergences from the usual road trip hot spots are sure to make your next road trip a hit for the whole family.

5.) Lake Hemet, California

Family Road Trip Lake Hemet

California Parks Company

Ah, the California road trip. So many places and, yes, so many people. Escape the crowds at this beautiful recreation area in the San Jacinto mountains, just two hours from downtown Los Angeles. With boat rentals, a water park and fantastic fishing, Lake Hemet is a stress-free camping experience geared towards the whole family. With cabins available for rent, tent sites and RV spots, there are a variety of ways to enjoy an overnight stay. The “Rent My Tent” program makes camping hassle-free, setting visitors up with all the camping amenities for between $99 and $145 a night. It comes with a s’mores kit for roasting marshmallows over a fire and even a cooler.

Thanks to its prime location, a stay at Lake Hemet could easily be combined into a longer family road trip around Southern California. But with so many readily-available activities, this is a stop worthy of more than a single night’s stay.