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Relish the waves and wine of California

From sunlit beaches to mountain peaks, California features some of the most diverse scenery in the United States. Travelers looking to visit the Golden State would do well to plan ahead. Whether you want to kick back and enjoy a glass of wine in Napa, or spend time between business meetings at San Diego's waterfront, you'll find that California has so much to offer that winging it could leave much unseen.


Things to see across the state

Thanks to its diverse ecosystem, California's able to sustain the best in both coastal and inland outdoor destinations. If you're into nature, visit one of the national parks concentrated in the northern part of the state. When it's time to head south, extend your appreciation by traveling to SoCal via Big Sur; views from Route 1 are considered some of the most divine in the Western Hemisphere.

The Golden Gate Bridge

Probably the most popular sight in San Francisco, the Golden Gate Bridge is an iconic piece of architecture. Don't limit your exploration to the bridge alone, though. Round out your trip with a classic Bay Area meal in Chinatown or at Fisherman's Wharf.

Hollywood and the Sunset Strip

Though much-changed since the days of classic films, Hollywood's history is still evident along the boulevard that bears its name. The street is indeed lined with stars, and the Chinese Theater holds the handprints of celebrities both past and present. Both the Hollywood neighborhood and the Sunset Strip offer shopping and dining with the chance to run into an active film set. Some of California's best beaches are just a short drive away.

California Wine Country

California's Central Coast and inland valleys are home to some of the world's finest wineries. During the spring, summer and fall months, travelers can tour wineries and enjoy gourmet food, especially in the Napa County region. Consider signing up for a tasting tour, so you can really see how the region's wineries stack up against one another.

Winter Fun in Tahoe

If you're hoping to ski and snowboard while visiting the west, you need look no further than Lake Tahoe. Featuring Squaw Valley, Northstar and other high-end ski resorts, the Tahoe area is a favorite with winter sports enthusiasts. The resorts are situated just minutes from the Nevada border, so it's not outside the realm of possibility to have a fun night at a casino after a hard day on the slopes.


Traveling to California

If you're headed to California, it's essential to decide what destinations are a must-see before booking airline tickets. Because the state is so large, it's important to fly into an airport that's close to the regions you want to visit; picking the wrong one could send you hours in the wrong direction.

Southern California

Travelers planning a trip to Disneyland, San Diego or California's southern beaches are best served by flying into Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) or Orange County’s John Wayne-Orange County Airport (SNA). While many California hotels are located close to these major airports, be aware that they tend to charge high rates regardless of season, and are generally not close to major destinations.

Central and northern California

Travelers planning to visit the Bay Area or Central Valley can fly into San Francisco (SFO), Oakland (OAK) or San Jose (SJC). A smaller airport in Sacramento (SMF) may seem ideal for those who want to visit wine country, but ticket prices going into Sacramento tend to be significantly higher than those for other airports.

If you want to visit Lake Tahoe and other far north attractions, consider flying into the Reno-Tahoe International Airport (RNO) in Nevada. Located two hours from Tahoe, fares to the airport are reasonable, with the lowest prices seen in early fall and summer.


Travel tips

California is full to the brim with things to do, but visiting every destination on your to-see list may prove challenging. If you're visiting a big city such as Los Angeles or San Francisco, consider taking a city tour or buying a pass that allows access to multiple attractions. Check with professional organizations and membership groups like AAA to see if you can buy discounted tickets to places such as Disneyland before you leave home.

Visiting the Golden State is a great way to unleash your inner nature lover or live out your Hollywood dreams. As it spans most of the country's west coast, California is both varied and distinctive; it's easy to feel like a trip to this state is a handful of mini-vacations packed into one.

Recently booked California hotels

Hotel Last booked Stars Price from
Anabella Hotel 24 minutes ago 4 stars $109
Days Hotel San Diego Hotel Circle/ Near SeaWorld
Mission Valley
48 minutes ago 3 stars $56
Millennium Biltmore Hotel
Downtown
50 minutes ago 4 stars $166
Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham Sacramento
Sacramento Downtown
1 hour ago 3 stars $55
The Line
Downtown
1 hour ago 4 stars $168
Hotel Nikko San Francisco
Union Square-Nob Hill
3 hours ago 4 stars $259
The Opal San Francisco
Union Square-Nob Hill
3 hours ago 3 stars $149
Disney's Grand Californian Hotel and Spa on Disneyland Resort Property 3 hours ago 4 stars $417
Disney's Paradise Pier Hotel on Disneyland Resort Property 3 hours ago 4 stars $271
Wyndham Garden San Diego
Mission Bay - Sea World
3 hours ago 3 stars $74

Recently Rated California Hotels

Hotel Reviews Stars Price from
Millennium Biltmore Hotel
Downtown
3.8 / 5
322 reviews
4 stars $166
Hilton Anaheim
4.0 / 5
276 reviews
4 stars $119
InterContinental MARK HOPKINS SAN FRANCISCO
Union Square-Nob Hill
4.2 / 5
222 reviews
4 stars $269
King George Hotel
Union Square-Nob Hill
3.6 / 5
203 reviews
3 stars $179
Anaheim Plaza Hotel & Suites
3.4 / 5
698 reviews
2 stars $89
Tower 23 Hotel
Mission Bay - Sea World
4.3 / 5
26 reviews
4 stars $259
Crowne Plaza LOS ANGELES AIRPORT
3.6 / 5
117 reviews
4 stars $115
Anaheim-Buena Park Travelodge
3.3 / 5
25 reviews
2 stars $57
BEST WESTERN Mission Bay
Mission Bay - Sea World
3.3 / 5
300 reviews
3 stars $79
Comfort Inn San Diego Hotel Circle SeaWorld Area
Mission Valley
3.3 / 5
94 reviews
2 stars $67

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Featured California Hotels

From $417

Disney's Grand Californian Hotel and Spa in Anaheim is a luxury resort displaying marvelous American Craftsman architecture. This style of design flourished during the late 1800s and early 1900s,... More

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2 Horton Grand Hotel

3 stars
3.9 / 5 177 reviews

San Diego, California

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Historic San Diego hotel gives guest a glimpse of the past Located in San Diego's historic Gaslamp Quarter, the Horton Grand Hotel is the modern incarnation of two Victorian hotels that opened in... More

From $259

3 Hotel Nikko San Francisco

4 stars
4.1 / 5 297 reviews

San Francisco, California

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Sophistication with an Asian flair and an indoor pool near Union SquareHotel Nikko feels more like Hong Kong than San Francisco. The lobby is spacious, featuring white marble and rooms are... More

From $168

4 The Line

4 stars
4.1 / 5 89 reviews

Los Angeles, California

Book in advance and save 10% on your stay

BRAND NEW! The Line is a new hotel collaboration by The Sydell Group, Roy Choi, Sean Knibb, and The Houston Brothers that celebrates the cultural fabric of urban Los Angeles. Designed in 1964 by... More

From $39

5 Good Nite Inn Sacramento

2 stars
2.9 / 5 319 reviews

Sacramento, California

Special savings! 33% off your stay

Affordable and convenient Sacramento area hotelThe Good Nite Inn Sacramento offers rates as cheap as they come in Sacramento and suits basic overnight needs in an easy-to-find location. The hotel... More

From $350

6 Disneyland Hotel on Disneyland Resort Property

4 stars
4.2 / 5 120 reviews

Anaheim, California

From its humble beginnings as a motor lodge and one of the original lodgings on the Disney property, Disneyland Hotel on Disneyland Resort saw a great expansion in 2010. Nowadays, it allows... More

From $74

7 Wyndham Garden San Diego

3 stars
3.0 / 5 329 reviews

San Diego, California

Save 20% on your stay

Intimate hotel located near Mission Bay with poolThe Wyndham Garden San Diego is located within a short drive of Sea World, Mission Bay and just about every other attraction north of downtown San... More

From $249

8 Parc 55 Wyndham San Francisco - Union Square

4 stars
4.0 / 5 479 reviews

San Francisco, California

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See the San Francisco sights from downtown and bay With rapid transport and international airport links, Parc 55 Wyndham Union Square hotel acts as a gateway for visitors to the beautiful city and... More

From $170

9 Omni Los Angeles Hotel at California Plaza

4 stars
4.2 / 5 101 reviews

Los Angeles, California

Rate includes Valet parking

Downtown Los Angeles luxury business hotel with on-site dining and spaThe Omni Los Angeles Hotel at California Plaza is the only 4-diamond convention hotel downtown. It is surrounded by landmarks,... More

From $135

10 The Citizen Hotel

4 stars
4.2 / 5 63 reviews

Sacramento, California

Save 15% on your stay

Jazz era cool in Sacramento for the modern day politicoThe eternal glamour of politics feels downright marvelous at this stylish full-service hotel. The Citizen Hotel opened in fall 2008 in a... More

From $271

11 Disney's Paradise Pier Hotel on Disneyland Resort Property

4 stars
4.1 / 5 197 reviews

Anaheim, California

Renamed the Disney Paradise Pier Hotel Anaheim in late 2000 after five years as the 'Disneyland Pacific Hotel,' the grounds reflect the grand seaside resorts of an earlier era, with beach... More

From $59

12 BEST WESTERN Seven Seas

3 stars
3.5 / 5 207 reviews

San Diego, California

Save 25% Off

The Best Western Seven Seas is centrally located on Hotel Circle in beautiful Mission Valley, across from the Town & Country Convention Center. Guests are ideally situated to visit many of San... More

From $292

13 Omni San Francisco Hotel

4 stars
4.5 / 5 219 reviews

San Francisco, California

Save 15% on your stay

Historic Nob Hill hotel blends old and new with top-notch steakhouse The past is new again at this circa-1926 hotel atop Nob Hill. Originally built as a bank, the property features classic... More

From $119

14 The Concourse Hotel at LAX

4 stars
3.4 / 5 272 reviews

Los Angeles, California

Stay a block from LAX and relax at this first-rate business Hotel Less than one mile from the Los Angeles International Airport, the Radisson Hotel at Los Angeles Airport is a business traveler's... More

From $89

15 Governors Inn Hotel

3 stars
3.9 / 5 58 reviews

Sacramento, California

The Governors Inn Hotel, a Sacramento Hotel, has just completed a million dollar property renovation. We are thrilled with the beauty and comfort of our complete make over of our guest rooms. You... More

From $109

16 Anabella Hotel

4 stars
3.6 / 5 772 reviews

Anaheim, California

Stay 1 night and save 30%!

The Anabella Hotel in Orange County takes a modern look at California's distinctive mission architecture. Designed as something of a tropical getaway, you can get lost in the seven acres of... More

From $159

17 Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego

4 stars
4.2 / 5 252 reviews

San Diego, California

2 tickets for Old Town Trolley Day Tour

Elegance along the San Diego waterfrontFormerly known as the Grand Hyatt San Diego, the Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego is under new ownership. It boasts a spectacular waterfront location right in... More

From $149

18 The Opal San Francisco

3 stars
3.5 / 5 610 reviews

San Francisco, California

Historic hotel and spacious suites -- walking distance to Union Square Dating back to 1908, this five-story Union Square hotel still boasts the stained glass windows, period antiques and... More

From $166

19 Millennium Biltmore Hotel

4 stars
3.8 / 5 322 reviews

Los Angeles, California

Enjoy Old-World elegance at this famed downtown L.A. landmark Built in 1923 and designed along Continental motifs, Millennium Biltmore Hotel's gilded, ornate architecture is an immersion into a... More

From $104

20 BEST WESTERN PLUS Sutter House

3 stars
4.1 / 5 64 reviews

Sacramento, California

Save 10% on your stay

Major attractions are moments away from this spectacular Sacramento hotel that boasts a prime location perfect for a getaway or business trip. Feel right at home in downtown Sacramento, where... More