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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
Disneyland Hotel on Disneyland Resort Property 13 minutes ago 4 stars $328
Days Hotel San Diego Hotel Circle/ Near SeaWorld
Mission Valley
33 minutes ago 3 stars $100
Anaheim Majestic Garden Hotel 46 minutes ago 3 stars $120
Desert Palms Hotel and Suites 53 minutes ago 3 stars $150
Disney's Grand Californian Hotel and Spa on Disneyland Resort Property 1 hour ago 4 stars $373
Good Nite Inn San Diego near SeaWorld - Sports Arena
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1 hour ago 2 stars $70
Hotel Menage Anaheim Boutique Hotel 2 hours ago 4 stars $120
Wyndham Garden San Diego
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2 hours ago 3 stars $133
The Cartwright Hotel Union Square
Union Square-Nob Hill
2 hours ago 3 stars Choose dates
The Sofia Hotel
Downtown - Gaslamp Quarter
2 hours ago 3 stars $153

Recently Rated California Hotels

Hotel Reviews Stars Price from
Disney's Grand Californian Hotel and Spa on Disneyland Resort Property
4.4 / 5
197 reviews
4 stars $373
Days Inn And Suites San Diego Near Sea World
3.0 / 5
186 reviews
2 stars $83
PB Surf Beachside Inn
Mission Bay - Sea World
3.2 / 5
41 reviews
2 stars $135
Carousel Inn and Suites
3.5 / 5
200 reviews
3 stars $145
Hotel Rex, a Joie de Vivre Hotel
Union Square-Nob Hill
3.9 / 5
56 reviews
3 stars $234
Alamo Inn & Suites
2.7 / 5
193 reviews
2 stars $75
Days Hotel San Diego Hotel Circle/ Near SeaWorld
Mission Valley
3.6 / 5
965 reviews
3 stars $100
Hotel Menage Anaheim Boutique Hotel
3.6 / 5
121 reviews
4 stars $120
The Bristol Hotel
Downtown - Gaslamp Quarter
4.1 / 5
163 reviews
3 stars $154
Cortona Inn and Suites Anaheim Resort
3.5 / 5
274 reviews
3 stars $111

Featured California Hotels

From $373

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 $134

2 Town and Country Resort San Diego

3 stars
3.4 / 5 269 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...

From $232

3 The Stanford Court

4 stars
4.3 / 5 219 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 $328

4 Disneyland Hotel on Disneyland Resort Property

4 stars
4.3 / 5 190 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 $153

5 The Sofia Hotel

3 stars
4.1 / 5 362 reviews

San Diego, California

Save 25% on your stay

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...

6 Red Lion Hotel Woodlake

3 stars
3.7 / 5 23 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...

From $273

7 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 $178

8 The Dana On Mission Bay

3 stars
3.9 / 5 455 reviews

San Diego, California

Business Advantage - Arrival Day Cancel

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 $241

9 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 $120

10 Anaheim Majestic Garden Hotel

3 stars
3.8 / 5 104 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...

From $100

11 Days Hotel San Diego Hotel Circle/ Near SeaWorld

3 stars
3.6 / 5 965 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 $351

12 Hotel Nikko San Francisco

4 stars
4.1 / 5 330 reviews

San Francisco, California

Book now and Save 7 % off

Centrally located near Union Square, Hotel Nikko San Francisco is a modern getaway in a historic location. If the weather is a bit misty, you can relax in the fifth-story heated pool in the hotel's...

From $202

13 Hard Rock Hotel San Diego

4 stars
3.9 / 5 283 reviews

San Diego, California

Situated 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 voted the best in San Diego. Views from...

From $115

14 Anabella Hotel

4 stars
3.6 / 5 792 reviews

Anaheim, California

Stay 1 night and save 30%!

The Anabella Hotel Anaheim boasts a California mission-style decor with all the modern amenities you might need, such as complimentary Wi-Fi, a business kiosk and a state-of-the-art fitness center....