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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
JW Marriott Los Angeles L.A. LIVE
1 hour ago 4 stars $199
Solamar, a Kimpton Hotel
Downtown - Gaslamp Quarter
1 hour ago 4 stars $135
Hyatt Regency San Francisco 2 hours ago 4 stars $189
Hotel Nikko San Francisco
Union Square-Nob Hill
2 hours ago 4 stars $199
Hilton Los Angeles Airport 2 hours ago 4 stars $139
Wyndham Garden San Diego
Mission Bay - Sea World
2 hours ago 3 stars $99
Town and Country Resort San Diego
Mission Valley
3 hours ago 3 stars $101
BEST WESTERN Sandman Motel
Sacramento Downtown
3 hours ago 3 stars $94
The Opal San Francisco
Union Square-Nob Hill
3 hours ago 3 stars $122
King George Hotel
Union Square-Nob Hill
3 hours ago 3 stars $149

Recently Rated California Hotels

Hotel Reviews Stars Price from
Doubletree Hotel San Diego/Del Mar
Del Mar
4.0 / 5
65 reviews
3 stars $169
The Sofia Hotel
Downtown - Gaslamp Quarter
4.1 / 5
396 reviews
3 stars $137
Disney's Paradise Pier Hotel on Disneyland Resort Property
4.1 / 5
244 reviews
4 stars $344
Parc 55 San Francisco - a Hilton Hotel
Union Square-Nob Hill
4.0 / 5
547 reviews
4 stars $179
Days Inn Sacramento Downtown
Sacramento Downtown
3.5 / 5
46 reviews
2 stars $69
Good Nite Inn San Diego near SeaWorld - Sports Arena
Mission Bay - Sea World
2.9 / 5
525 reviews
2 stars $69
Red Roof Inn Sacramento - Elk Grove
3.3 / 5
16 reviews
2 stars $69
Kings Inn - San Diego
Mission Valley
3.7 / 5
538 reviews
2 stars $99
Holiday Inn Express SAN DIEGO DOWNTOWN
Downtown - Gaslamp Quarter
3.8 / 5
146 reviews
3 stars $129
Extended Stay America - Sacramento - South Natomas
Sacramento Downtown
3.3 / 5
44 reviews
2 stars $81

Featured California Hotels

From $534

Walk through the Grand Californian's colorful stained-glass doors and be transported to a stunning, turn-of-the-century lodge. Inspired by the likes of Yosemite's Ahwahnee Hotel, Disney's Grand...

From $137

2 The Sofia Hotel

3 stars
4.1 / 5 396 reviews

San Diego, California

Save 25% on your stay

The Sofia Hotel in San Diego, California, offers 211 luxury rooms that feature everything from ambient lighting to in-room spa services. With an acclaimed history of excellence extending back to...

From $167

3 The Stanford Court

4 stars
4.3 / 5 238 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,...

From $118

4 The Westin Los Angeles Airport

4 stars
3.9 / 5 372 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...

From $42

5 Good Nite Inn Sacramento

2 stars
3.0 / 5 408 reviews

Sacramento, California

Special savings! 33% off your stay

Located two miles from Downtown Sacramento, The State Capital, Cal State University, Cal Expo and Water World Off Highway 50. Property is half way between San Francisco and South Lake Tahoe. The...

From $460

6 Disneyland Hotel on Disneyland Resort Property

4 stars
4.3 / 5 192 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 $101

7 Town and Country Resort San Diego

3 stars
3.4 / 5 285 reviews

San Diego, California

48 hour sale - Save 40% on your stay

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...

From $122

8 The Opal San Francisco

3 stars
3.5 / 5 719 reviews

San Francisco, California

The Opal of San Francisco is located in the Civic Center-Cathedral Hill neighborhood of downtown San Francisco and has been elegantly serving guests since 1908. Its graceful historic charm comes...

From $99

9 The Concourse Hotel at LAX-a Hyatt affiliated hotel

4 stars
3.5 / 5 373 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...

From $84

10 Governors Inn Hotel

3 stars
3.9 / 5 76 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...

From $344

11 Disney's Paradise Pier Hotel on Disneyland Resort Property

4 stars
4.1 / 5 244 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 $169

12 Hard Rock Hotel San Diego

4 stars
3.9 / 5 319 reviews

San Diego, California

The Hard Rock Hotel San Diego mixes contemporary style with genuine Rock n' Roll. Deluxe accommodations include 17 uniquely designed suites that feature sleek furnishings and custom decor in a loft...

From $149

13 King George Hotel

3 stars
3.6 / 5 245 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 $119

14 Figueroa Hotel

3 stars
4.0 / 5 1 reviews

Los Angeles, California

The historic Figueroa Hotel a downtown LA icon-themed in a memorable Moroccan design. In the heart of downtown LA and LA LIVE-a 4 million square foot entertainment complex unique to the city.

From $149

15 Hyatt Regency Sacramento

4 stars
4.2 / 5 68 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...