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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
Hotel Nikko San Francisco
Union Square-Nob Hill
4 minutes ago 4 stars $226
Hotel Menage Anaheim Boutique Hotel 14 minutes ago 4 stars $138
Days Hotel San Diego Hotel Circle/ Near SeaWorld
Mission Valley
15 minutes ago 3 stars $77
Hilton Los Angeles Airport 18 minutes ago 4 stars $149
DoubleTree by Hilton Los Angeles Downtown
Downtown
32 minutes ago 4 stars $207
The Opal San Francisco
Union Square-Nob Hill
33 minutes ago 3 stars $175
The Dana On Mission Bay
Mission Bay - Sea World
36 minutes ago 3 stars $110
Hyatt Regency Sacramento
Sacramento Downtown
59 minutes ago 4 stars $183
Anaheim Majestic Garden Hotel 1 hour ago 3 stars $120
The Sofia Hotel
Downtown - Gaslamp Quarter
1 hour ago 3 stars $122

Recently Rated California Hotels

Hotel Reviews Stars Price from
Doubletree Hotel San Diego/Del Mar
Del Mar
4.1 / 5
59 reviews
3 stars $128
Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham Sacramento
Sacramento Downtown
3.5 / 5
142 reviews
3 stars $67
Fairfield Inn by Marriott Anaheim Resort
3.8 / 5
197 reviews
3 stars $174
Anaheim Majestic Garden Hotel
3.8 / 5
113 reviews
3 stars $120
Disney's Paradise Pier Hotel on Disneyland Resort Property
4.1 / 5
232 reviews
4 stars $304
Hilton Los Angeles Airport
3.8 / 5
441 reviews
4 stars $149
Days Inn And Suites San Diego Near Sea World
3.0 / 5
191 reviews
2 stars $74
Wyndham Anaheim Garden Grove
3.8 / 5
102 reviews
3 stars $127
Kings Inn - San Diego
Mission Valley
3.7 / 5
437 reviews
2 stars $75
Holiday Inn Express & Suites SACRAMENTO AIRPORT NATOMAS
4.1 / 5
39 reviews
3 stars $131

Featured California Hotels

From $445

1 Disney's Grand Californian Hotel and Spa on Disneyland Resort Property

4 stars
4.4 / 5 200 reviews

Anaheim, California

Save up to 20%* at a Disneyland® Resort Hotel

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,...

From $122

2 The Sofia Hotel

3 stars
4.1 / 5 371 reviews

San Diego, California

Save 35% on 5 nights or more!

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...

From $40

3 Good Nite Inn Sacramento

2 stars
3.0 / 5 364 reviews

Sacramento, California

Complimentary Parking, Coffee & Tea

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 $191

4 The Stanford Court

4 stars
4.3 / 5 225 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...

From $161

5 Los Angeles Airport Marriott

4 stars
4.0 / 5 159 reviews

Los Angeles, California

Rate includes breakfast

Discover spacious rooms, innovative amenities and a sophisticated atmosphere when you book a stay at the luxurious Los Angeles Airport Marriott. Our hotel near LAX offers a complimentary shuttle...

From $386

6 Disneyland Hotel on Disneyland Resort Property

4 stars
4.3 / 5 194 reviews

Anaheim, California

Save up to 20%* at a Disneyland® Resort Hotel

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 $119

7 Town and Country Resort San Diego

3 stars
3.4 / 5 276 reviews

San Diego, California

48 hrs Sale - Save 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...

From $175

8 The Opal San Francisco

3 stars
3.5 / 5 629 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...

From $155

9 The LINE Hotel

4 stars
4.2 / 5 136 reviews

Los Angeles, California

Stay 3 plus Nts, Save 15%

Each room at The LINE Hotel features custom furnishings, local artwork, and floor-to-ceiling views of Los Angeles. LA's own Roy Choi oversees The LINE's three restaurants including a working...

From $101

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 $179

11 Wyndham San Diego Bayside

3 stars
3.6 / 5 260 reviews

San Diego, California

Summer Sale - Save 25% on your stay

Location is everything for this outpost of the prevalent Wyndham. The hotel, which comprises three separate buildings, is located just steps from the shores of San Diego Bay and sits within...

From $177

12 The Park Central San Francisco

4 stars
4.0 / 5 186 reviews

San Francisco, California

Save 25% on your stay

Formerly known as the Argent, the The Park Central San Francisco has been rebranded over the course of the last decade. The result: a sophisticated, urban oasis in the middle of what locals call...

From $205

13 The Westin Bonaventure Hotel & Suites, Los Angeles

4 stars
4.1 / 5 282 reviews

Los Angeles, California

Save 15% on your stay

This landmark hotel, located in downtown L.A., gives guests central access to the city's major attractions, beaches and corporate offices. Full-service business facilities and 110,000 square feet...

From $67

14 Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham Sacramento

3 stars
3.5 / 5 142 reviews

Sacramento, California

Save 30% on your stay

The Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham Sacramento hotel is closer to the airport and Arco Arena than many downtown hotels. It is located just two miles north of California's State Capitol building in a...

From $120

15 Anaheim Majestic Garden Hotel

3 stars
3.8 / 5 113 reviews

Anaheim, California

Free Internet

Built in a distinctive castle-themed style, the Sheraton Anaheim Hotel is a destination perfect for a magical and memorable family vacation. Located one mile from the Disneyland Resort, the...