Find the Perfect Family Getaway in the Lakes Basin

Escape from the hustle and bustle of the city with this perfect family-friendly getaway itinerary.

Greg Heil


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Upper Salmon Lake

by Greg Heil

Big Bear Lake

by Greg Heil

Long Lake

by Greg Heil


California's Lakes Basin region offers an unexpected haven filled with incredible recreation opportunities and gorgeous views, hidden deep in the Sierras. This basin is chock full of crystal-clear alpine lakes flanked by towering walls of granite. The exposed rock walls rise up to form towering mountains, with the spine of the Sierras soaring high above the entire milieu.

The Lakes Basin might be the perfect spot for a family getaway. The region is blessed with a large array of easily-accessible campgrounds for a fun, affordable family adventure. Most of these campgrounds are positioned on the shores of one of the lakes, providing easy swimming access for the kiddos. 

If you’re looking for an adventure, dive into this guidebook for a selection of easy, family-friendly adventures in the Lakes Basin. From a gorgeous waterfall to beautiful lake hikes, and even an idyllic spot for a paddle or a swim, this guidebook will help you plan the perfect family getaway!


Smith Lake

One of the quickest lake hikes in the Lakes Basin.