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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 Concourse Hotel at LAX 2 hours ago 4 stars $109
Disney's Grand Californian Hotel and Spa on Disneyland Resort Property 2 hours ago 4 stars $435
La Quinta Inn Sacramento North 2 hours ago 3 stars $52
Hyatt Regency Sacramento
Sacramento Downtown
3 hours ago 4 stars $179
DoubleTree by Hilton Los Angeles Downtown
Downtown
4 hours ago 4 stars $179
Porto Vista Hotel
Downtown - Gaslamp Quarter
4 hours ago 3 stars $96
Days Hotel San Diego Hotel Circle/ Near SeaWorld
Mission Valley
4 hours ago 3 stars $79
Hard Rock Hotel San Diego
Downtown - Gaslamp Quarter
4 hours ago 4 stars $149
Hilton San Francisco Union Square
Union Square-Nob Hill
4 hours ago 4 stars $159
Disney's Paradise Pier Hotel on Disneyland Resort Property 4 hours ago 4 stars $344

Recently Rated California Hotels

Hotel Reviews Stars Price from
Doubletree Hotel San Diego/Del Mar
Del Mar
4.0 / 5
59 reviews
3 stars $99
The Sofia Hotel
Downtown - Gaslamp Quarter
4.0 / 5
351 reviews
3 stars $134
Wyndham Garden San Diego
Mission Bay - Sea World
3.0 / 5
367 reviews
3 stars $91
Radisson Hotel Los Angeles Midtown at USC
Downtown
4.0 / 5
93 reviews
3 stars $143
Hilton San Diego Airport/Harbor Island
3.9 / 5
69 reviews
3 stars $139
BEST WESTERN John Jay Inn
3.7 / 5
23 reviews
3 stars $81
San Diego Marriott Mission Valley
Mission Valley
3.7 / 5
47 reviews
4 stars $129
Los Angeles Adventurer All Suite Hotel
2.6 / 5
205 reviews
1 star $46
Aida Plaza
Financial District - South of Market
2.2 / 5
96 reviews
2 stars $50
Comfort Inn San Diego Hotel Circle SeaWorld Area
Mission Valley
3.2 / 5
105 reviews
2 stars $79

Featured California Hotels

From $435

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

From $134

2 The Sofia Hotel

3 stars
4.0 / 5 351 reviews

San Diego, California

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Sophisticated elegance in Gaslamp with business center and yogaThe Sofia Hotel was designed for business travelers. Guests enjoy the 24-hour business and fitness centers and 24-hour health center... More

From $166

3 Hotel Nikko San Francisco

4 stars
4.2 / 5 335 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 $109

4 The Concourse Hotel at LAX

4 stars
3.5 / 5 316 reviews

Los Angeles, California

Rate Includes Complimentary Wi-Fi

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 $52

5 La Quinta Inn Sacramento North

3 stars
3.0 / 5 63 reviews

Sacramento, California

Affordable hotel just minutes from McClellan office park In a humming business district 12 miles north of California's State Capitol building and just minutes from Highway 80 and Interstate 5, the... More

From $460

6 Disneyland Hotel on Disneyland Resort Property

4 stars
4.3 / 5 162 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 $149

7 Hard Rock Hotel San Diego

4 stars
3.9 / 5 297 reviews

San Diego, California

Hip hotel with nightlife and music historySituated at the official entrance to the Gaslamp Quarter, the Hard Rock Hotel San Diego is hip, cool and anything but ordinary. The rooftop bar has been... More

From $143

8 The Stanford Court

4 stars
4.3 / 5 203 reviews

San Francisco, California

Free, Fast and Reliable WIFI in your room!

Welcome to the New Nob Hill. Standing as a perfect reflection of the distinguished Nob Hill area in which it resides - elegant, timeless, celebrated, and now, with a $35 million dollar renovation,... More

From $103

9 Custom Hotel

3 stars
3.5 / 5 265 reviews

Los Angeles, California

Save 10% on your stay

Mixing 60?s style with modern comforts near LA beaches Custom Hotel, a Joie de Vivre Boutique Hotel is a chic haven in Los Angeles that provides tastefully designed rooms and near LAX. The six... More

From $89

10 Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham Sacramento

3 stars
3.5 / 5 148 reviews

Sacramento, California

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Apartment-style comforts with 24-hour business amenities and shuttleThe Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham Sacramento hotel is closer to the airport and Arco Arena than many downtown hotels. It is located... More

From $344

11 Disney's Paradise Pier Hotel on Disneyland Resort Property

4 stars
4.1 / 5 221 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 $111

12 Horton Grand Hotel

3 stars
3.9 / 5 205 reviews

San Diego, California

Book Now and Save 30% On Your Stay

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 $99

13 The Opal San Francisco

3 stars
3.5 / 5 653 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 $109

14 Shelter Hotel Los Angeles

3 stars
3.2 / 5 133 reviews

Los Angeles, California

A tranquil, stylish sanctuary in a central locationThe fun, comfortable and fashionable Shelter Hotels Los Angeles prides itself on its sense of soul and community. Shelter Hotels Los Angeles... More

From $38

15 Good Nite Inn Sacramento

2 stars
2.9 / 5 368 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