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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
The Dana On Mission Bay
Mission Bay - Sea World
13 minutes ago 3 stars $178
Hilton Los Angeles Airport 28 minutes ago 4 stars $149
The LINE Hotel
Downtown
46 minutes ago 4 stars $194
Sheraton Grand Sacramento Hotel
Sacramento Downtown
47 minutes ago 4 stars $146
Days Hotel San Diego Hotel Circle/ Near SeaWorld
Mission Valley
1 hour ago 3 stars $100
Horton Grand Hotel
Downtown - Gaslamp Quarter
1 hour ago 3 stars $142
Town and Country Resort San Diego
Mission Valley
1 hour ago 3 stars $142
Governors Inn Hotel
Sacramento Downtown
1 hour ago 3 stars $101
BEST WESTERN Seven Seas
Mission Valley
1 hour ago 3 stars $100
Grand Hyatt San Francisco on Union Square
Union Square-Nob Hill
2 hours ago 4 stars $261

Recently Rated California Hotels

Hotel Reviews Stars Price from
Doubletree Hotel San Diego/Del Mar
Del Mar
4.1 / 5
59 reviews
3 stars $133
Anaheim Majestic Garden Hotel
3.9 / 5
100 reviews
3 stars $125
Beverly Hills Plaza Hotel
Beverly Hills
4.0 / 5
102 reviews
3 stars $255
Hyatt Place at Anaheim Resort Convention Center
4.4 / 5
8 reviews
3 stars $158
Crowne Plaza LOS ANGELES AIRPORT
3.7 / 5
130 reviews
4 stars $180
Hotel Carlton, a Joie de Vivre Hotel
Union Square-Nob Hill
3.7 / 5
223 reviews
3 stars $254
Super 8 Motel - Anaheim
3.6 / 5
237 reviews
2 stars $96
Azul Inn West Los Angeles
Beverly Hills
3.3 / 5
23 reviews
2 stars $139
The Dana On Mission Bay
Mission Bay - Sea World
3.9 / 5
454 reviews
3 stars $178
Anabella Hotel
3.6 / 5
792 reviews
4 stars $126

Featured California Hotels

From $498

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,...

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2 The Sofia Hotel

3 stars
4.1 / 5 361 reviews

San Diego, California

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The Sofia Hotel was designed for business travelers. Guests enjoy the 24-hour business and fitness centers and 24-hour health center with yoga studio. Other convenience-oriented amenities in this...

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3 The Opal San Francisco

3 stars
3.5 / 5 621 reviews

San Francisco, California

Union Square Theater DistrictEmbarcaderoSan Francisco Museum of Modern ArtAT&T Park GeneralThe hotel has received a three-diamond rating from AAA and was selected as the Crescent Hotel and...

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4 The Westin Los Angeles Airport

4 stars
3.9 / 5 311 reviews

Los Angeles, California

Save 40% on your stay

A first-rate business hotel near LAX as well as the city's premier shopping, beaches and recreation options. The Westin Los Angeles Airport's proximity to major freeways affords easy access to...

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5 Red Lion Hotel Woodlake

3 stars
3.7 / 5 22 reviews

Sacramento, California

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A man-made lake with a 50-foot fountain is the focal point of this California ranch-inspired hotel several miles north of downtown Sacramento. The expansive grounds at the Radisson Hotel Sacramento...

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6 Disneyland Hotel on Disneyland Resort Property

4 stars
4.3 / 5 185 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...

From $142

7 Town and Country Resort San Diego

3 stars
3.4 / 5 266 reviews

San Diego, California

Stay 4 Nights Get 20% Off

Located in Mission Valley, the circa 1953 Town & Country Resort Hotel is the largest privately owned resort and convention center in San Diego. The property combines the very best attributes of...

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8 The Stanford Court

4 stars
4.3 / 5 218 reviews

San Francisco, California

Free, Fast and Reliable WIFI in your room!

The Stanford Court in San Francisco provides its guests with luxurious amenities, such as towel rack warmers, luxurious down bedding and pillows, and fast, free Wi-Fi. These amenities, in...

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9 The Concourse Hotel at LAX-a Hyatt affiliated hotel

4 stars
3.5 / 5 324 reviews

Los Angeles, California

Less than one mile from the Los Angeles International Airport, The Concourse Hotel at LAX-a Hyatt affiliated hotel is a business traveler's dream with its ample meeting spaces, automated business...

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10 Hyatt Regency Sacramento

4 stars
4.2 / 5 57 reviews

Sacramento, California

Save 12% on your stay

Nothing beats the Hyatt Regency Sacramento convention hotel for proximity to the famous State Capitol building. Popular with discerning sightseers who require a spot close to Old Town and business...

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11 Disney's Paradise Pier Hotel on Disneyland Resort Property

4 stars
4.1 / 5 226 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...

From $216

12 King George Hotel

3 stars
3.7 / 5 217 reviews

San Francisco, California

Complimentary Wi-Fi

Considering its name and the British flag flying out front, it's no surprise that the King George Hotel near San Francisco's Union Square district has a decidedly European flair. Decorative touches...

From $62

13 Days Inn Sacramento Downtown

2 stars
3.5 / 5 42 reviews

Sacramento, California

Stay 2, Save 15%

Easier highway and airport access than is provided by many other downtown locations is one reason to choose the Days Inn Sacramento Downtown. Guests walk or drive just a few miles south to the...

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14 Solamar, a Kimpton Hotel

4 stars
4.2 / 5 143 reviews

San Diego, California

Save 10% on your stay

In-room spa treatments and a complimentary evening wine hour highlight the experience at the Hotel Solamar, a boutique hotel located in the heart of the Gaslamp District. Part of the Kimpton chain,...

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15 JW Marriott Los Angeles L.A. LIVE

4 stars
4.4 / 5 57 reviews

Los Angeles, California

Rate includes breakfast

Stay close to the action at JW Marriott Los Angeles L.A. LIVE. The hotel offers a front seat to L.A. LIVE, the STAPLES Center, world class dining and the rest of exciting downtown Los Angeles. The...