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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

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Wyndham Garden San Diego
Mission Bay - Sea World
1 hour ago 3 stars $74
Castle Inn and Suites 2 hours ago 3 stars $94
The Stanford Court
Union Square-Nob Hill
2 hours ago 4 stars $158
The Concourse Hotel at LAX-a Hyatt affiliated hotel 2 hours ago 4 stars $99
Hotel Menage Anaheim Boutique Hotel 3 hours ago 4 stars $92
Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham Sacramento
Sacramento Downtown
3 hours ago 3 stars $56
Days Hotel San Diego Hotel Circle/ Near SeaWorld
Mission Valley
3 hours ago 3 stars $79
Hilton Anaheim 4 hours ago 4 stars $113
The L.A. Hotel Downtown
Downtown
4 hours ago 4 stars $169
Anabella Hotel 4 hours ago 4 stars $89

Recently Rated California Hotels

Hotel Reviews Stars Price from
Doubletree Hotel San Diego/Del Mar
Del Mar
4.0 / 5
59 reviews
3 stars $104
The Stanford Court
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4.3 / 5
220 reviews
4 stars $158
The Westin Bonaventure Hotel & Suites, Los Angeles
Downtown
4.1 / 5
310 reviews
4 stars $182
The LINE Hotel
Downtown
4.2 / 5
119 reviews
4 stars $179
The Pickwick Hotel
Financial District - South of Market
3.7 / 5
111 reviews
3 stars $139
Hyatt Fisherman's Wharf
Fisherman's Wharf
4.2 / 5
195 reviews
4 stars $179
Bay Club Hotel & Marina
4.1 / 5
167 reviews
3 stars $109
Staybridge Suites ANAHEIM-RESORT AREA
4.0 / 5
64 reviews
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BEST WESTERN Seven Seas
Mission Valley
3.6 / 5
254 reviews
3 stars $65
Hotel Normandie
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3.7 / 5
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Featured California Hotels

From $369

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

4 stars
4.4 / 5 186 reviews

Anaheim, California

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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 $74

2 Wyndham Garden San Diego

3 stars
3.1 / 5 378 reviews

San Diego, California

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Intimate hotel located near Mission Bay with poolThe Wyndham Garden San Diego is located within a short drive of Sea World, Mission Bay and just about every other attraction north of downtown San... More

From $158

3 The Stanford Court

4 stars
4.3 / 5 220 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 $99

4 The Concourse Hotel at LAX-a Hyatt affiliated hotel

4 stars
3.5 / 5 332 reviews

Los Angeles, California

Stay a block from LAX and relax at this first-rate business HotelLess than one mile from the Los Angeles International Airport, The Concourse Hotel at LAX-a Hyatt affiliated hotel is a business... More

From $56

5 Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham Sacramento

3 stars
3.5 / 5 151 reviews

Sacramento, California

Save 30% on your stay

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 $310

6 Disneyland Hotel on Disneyland Resort Property

4 stars
4.3 / 5 177 reviews

Anaheim, California

Save up to 20% on rooms at the Disneyland® Resort

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 The Sofia Hotel

3 stars
4.1 / 5 363 reviews

San Diego, California

Save 25% on your stay

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 $189

8 Grand Hyatt San Francisco on Union Square

4 stars
4.2 / 5 198 reviews

San Francisco, California

Save 12% on your stay

High-rise elegance only a block from Union SquareLocated a block from bustling Union Square, the 36-story Grand Hyatt San Francisco towers over many of the other hotels in the area. Elegance is the... More

From $169

9 The L.A. Hotel Downtown

4 stars
3.8 / 5 70 reviews

Los Angeles, California

Save 15% on your stay (non-refundable)

Ideally located in the heart of downtown Los Angeles, the LA Hotel Downtown is an excellent option for all travelers, especially when you are looking for a central location for getting around Los... More

From $38

10 Good Nite Inn Sacramento

2 stars
2.9 / 5 376 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

From $239

11 Disney's Paradise Pier Hotel on Disneyland Resort Property

4 stars
4.1 / 5 226 reviews

Anaheim, California

Save up to 20% on rooms at the Disneyland® Resort

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 $169

12 Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego

4 stars
4.2 / 5 266 reviews

San Diego, California

2 tickets for Old Town Trolley Day Tour

Elegance along the San Diego waterfrontFormerly known as the Grand Hyatt San Diego, the Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego is under new ownership. It boasts a spectacular waterfront location right in... More

From $109

13 The Opal San Francisco

3 stars
3.5 / 5 663 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 $180

14 Luxe City Center Hotel

4 stars
4.1 / 5 45 reviews

Los Angeles, California

Boutique hotel in the heart of downtown Los AngelesSituated on the corner of Figueroa Street and Olympic Boulevard, the Luxe City Center Hotel is conveniently located in the heart of downtown Los... More

From $149

15 The Citizen Hotel

3 stars
4.3 / 5 79 reviews

Sacramento, California

Jazz era cool in Sacramento for the modern day politicoThe eternal glamour of politics feels downright marvelous at this stylish full-service hotel. The Citizen Hotel opened in fall 2008 in a... More