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With its plethora of theme parks, animal attractions, and beaches and parks, San Diego is an ideal family vacation destination. And, of course, Disneyland is right up the road, too.

Keep in mind some hotels offer free or discounted lodging for children who share a room with a parent or guardian -- be sure to ask.

Recommended family travel websites include Family Travel Forum (www.familytravelforum.com), a comprehensive site that offers customized trip planning; Family Travel Network (www.familytravelnetwork.com), an online magazine providing travel tips; and TravelWithYourKids.com (www.travelwithyourkids.com), a site written by parents for parents offering sound advice for long-distance and international travel with children. You might also consider checking out The Unofficial Guide to California with Kids (Wiley Publishing, Inc.).

Parents who don't want the added stress and hassle of lugging along items such as strollers, cribs, car seats, or toys on their trip can contact Go Baby Go! (tel. 760/832-1353; www.gobabygosandiego.com). The company will deliver directly to your destination or even the airport. For babysitting services look to Marion's Childcare (tel. 888/891-5029 or 619/303-4379; www.hotelchildcare.com) or Panda's Domestic Service Agency (tel. 619/295-3800; www.sandiegobabysitters.com).

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.