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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
Days Inn Sacramento Downtown
Sacramento Downtown
5 minutes ago 2 stars $77
Good Nite Inn Sacramento 20 minutes ago 2 stars $44
King George Hotel
Union Square-Nob Hill
39 minutes ago 3 stars $165
Wyndham Garden San Diego
Mission Bay - Sea World
52 minutes ago 3 stars $91
The Opal San Francisco
Union Square-Nob Hill
1 hour ago 3 stars $175
San Francisco Marriott Marquis
Financial District - South of Market
1 hour ago 4 stars $220
The Westin Bonaventure Hotel & Suites, Los Angeles
1 hour ago 4 stars $205
Hotel Nikko San Francisco
Union Square-Nob Hill
1 hour ago 4 stars $247
Anaheim Marriott 1 hour ago 4 stars $153
Hollywood Hotel - The Hotel of Hollywood near Universal Studios
1 hour ago 3 stars $104

Recently Rated California Hotels

Hotel Reviews Stars Price from
Doubletree Hotel San Diego/Del Mar
Del Mar
4.1 / 5
60 reviews
3 stars $129
Handlery Union Square
Union Square-Nob Hill
4.1 / 5
296 reviews
3 stars $195
Anaheim Majestic Garden Hotel
3.9 / 5
126 reviews
4 stars $125
The Dana On Mission Bay
Mission Bay - Sea World
3.9 / 5
467 reviews
3 stars $102
Millennium Biltmore Hotel
3.8 / 5
312 reviews
4 stars $239
Hard Rock Hotel San Diego
Downtown - Gaslamp Quarter
3.9 / 5
286 reviews
3 stars $224
Fisherman's Wharf
4.0 / 5
233 reviews
3 stars $251
Hilton Los Angeles Airport
3.8 / 5
445 reviews
4 stars $137
Wyndham Anaheim Garden Grove
3.8 / 5
106 reviews
3 stars $111
The Mosser Hotel
Financial District - South of Market
3.9 / 5
256 reviews
3 stars $87

Featured California Hotels

From $434

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 $77

2 Days Hotel San Diego Hotel Circle/ Near SeaWorld

3 stars
3.6 / 5 985 reviews

San Diego, California

Save 35% on your stay!

Just minutes from SeaWorld and Mission Bay, the Days Hotel - Hotel Circle offers convenience and value in comfortable accommodations. The hotel features an outdoor heated pool and a hot...

From $175

3 The Opal San Francisco

3 stars
3.5 / 5 637 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 $104

4 Hollywood Hotel - The Hotel of Hollywood near Universal Studios

3 stars
3.4 / 5 327 reviews

Los Angeles, California

Stay 3 Nights, Save 30%

Relaxing room amenities and state-of-the-art facilities give this Hollywood hotel its reputation for quality, comfort and convenience. Located in the heart of Los Angeles's dynamic east side, the...

From $67

5 Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham Sacramento

3 stars
3.5 / 5 144 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 $125

6 Anaheim Majestic Garden Hotel

4 stars
3.9 / 5 126 reviews

Anaheim, California

Free Internet

Enjoy free shuttle service to and from the Disneyland Resort in California at the Anaheim Majestic Garden Hotel. Right next door to Disneyland Park and Disney's California Adventure Park, our...

From $144

7 The Sofia Hotel

3 stars
4.1 / 5 378 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 $197

8 The Stanford Court

4 stars
4.3 / 5 232 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 $225

9 Luxe City Center Hotel

4 stars
4.1 / 5 54 reviews

Los Angeles, California

Situated on the corner of Figueroa Street and Olympic Boulevard, the Luxe City Center Hotel is conveniently located in the heart of downtown Los Angeles. The Garment District and Chinatown are both...

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 $364

11 Disneyland Hotel on Disneyland Resort Property

4 stars
4.3 / 5 200 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 $102

12 The Dana On Mission Bay

3 stars
3.9 / 5 467 reviews

San Diego, California

Save 35% on your stay

The Dana on Mission Bay is located on 10 acres of landscaped tropical gardens in the center of Mission Bay Aquatic Park. Water views are available from many of the rooms as the hotel is a short...

From $224

13 Hilton San Francisco Union Square

4 stars
3.9 / 5 488 reviews

San Francisco, California

Rate includes breakfast for 2

A 46-story building located in the heart of downtown San Francisco, the Hilton San Francisco Union Square hotel is one of the tallest & largest hotels in the entire city. This means many rooms...

From $159

14 The LINE Hotel

4 stars
4.2 / 5 142 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 $77

15 Days Inn Sacramento Downtown

2 stars
3.5 / 5 48 reviews

Sacramento, California

Save 20% on your stay

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...