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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 San Diego Hotel Circle/ Near SeaWorld
Mission Valley
1 hour ago 3 stars $77
Good Nite Inn Sacramento 2 hours ago 2 stars $42
Disney's Grand Californian Hotel and Spa on Disneyland Resort Property 2 hours ago 4 stars $395
Disneyland Hotel on Disneyland Resort Property 3 hours ago 4 stars $384
Anaheim Majestic Garden Hotel 3 hours ago 4 stars $125
Orchard Garden Hotel
Union Square-Nob Hill
4 hours ago 4 stars $206
Beverly Hills Plaza Hotel
Beverly Hills
5 hours ago 3 stars $222
The Opal San Francisco
Union Square-Nob Hill
6 hours ago 3 stars $106
The Citizen Hotel, Autograph Collection
Sacramento Downtown
6 hours ago 4 stars $154
Bahia Resort Hotel
Mission Bay - Sea World
6 hours ago 3 stars $112

Recently Rated California Hotels

Hotel Reviews Stars Price from
FiGaro Suites
5.0 / 5
3 reviews
4 stars $130
Parc 55 San Francisco - a Hilton Hotel
Union Square-Nob Hill
4.0 / 5
515 reviews
4 stars $187
Hilton San Diego Bayfront
4.1 / 5
314 reviews
4 stars $224
Hilton San Francisco Financial District
Union Square-Nob Hill
3.7 / 5
105 reviews
4 stars $166
Stay on Main
2.8 / 5
197 reviews
2 stars $79
The Westin Bonaventure Hotel & Suites, Los Angeles
4.1 / 5
286 reviews
4 stars $253
Los Angeles Adventurer All Suite Hotel
2.6 / 5
220 reviews
2 stars $67
Warwick San Francisco Hotel
Union Square-Nob Hill
4.0 / 5
64 reviews
4 stars $197
Travelodge Hotel LAX Los Angeles Intl
3.4 / 5
284 reviews
3 stars $111
Knights Inn Los Angeles Central/Convention Center Area
3.1 / 5
13 reviews
1 star $76

Featured California Hotels

From $395

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

4 stars
4.4 / 5 234 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,...

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2 The Sofia Hotel

3 stars
4.1 / 5 390 reviews

San Diego, California

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The Sofia Hotel is a historic establishment in the heart of San Diego famous for its Gothic architecture and chic accommodations. The lobby includes a lounge with food and refreshments, and the...

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3 The Opal San Francisco

3 stars
3.5 / 5 646 reviews

San Francisco, California

Union Square is one of the most visited areas in the country, and booking your stay at The Opal in San Francisco puts you within a mile of this historic area. The Opal was originally built in 1908...

From $212

4 The L.A. Hotel Downtown

4 stars
3.8 / 5 68 reviews

Los Angeles, California

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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...

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5 Sheraton Grand Sacramento Hotel

4 stars
4.0 / 5 52 reviews

Sacramento, California

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The Sheraton Grand Sacramento Hotel offers a rare chance to stay in a 1920s-era Beaux-Arts building. A preserved facade at the corner of two of Sacramento's most vibrant streets, 13th and J, is the...

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6 Disneyland Hotel on Disneyland Resort Property

4 stars
4.3 / 5 207 reviews

Anaheim, California

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From humble beginnings as a motor lodge, Disneyland Hotel on Disneyland Resort saw a great expansion in 2010. The Disneyland Hotel was one of the original lodgings around the Disney property. Now,...

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7 Horton Grand Hotel

3 stars
4.0 / 5 211 reviews

San Diego, California

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Guests of the Horton Grand Hotel in San Diego, California, will experience timeless elegance. This boutique hotel has been a Southern California institution since 1886 and was constructed by...

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8 Hotel Nikko San Francisco

4 stars
4.2 / 5 348 reviews

San Francisco, California

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As a guest at the Hotel Nikko in San Francisco, California, you ll be able to stay in one of their 532 stylish guest rooms including 22 suites. Hotel Nikko was given a four-diamond rating by AAA...

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9 Luxe City Center Hotel

4 stars
4.1 / 5 60 reviews

Los Angeles, California

Bright city lights shine on the luxurious Luxe City Center Hotel, in downtown Los Angeles. A pleasant and friendly staff welcomes you as you enter the main entrance, and the hotel bar beckons you...

From $71

10 Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham Sacramento

3 stars
3.5 / 5 153 reviews

Sacramento, California

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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 $311

11 Disney's Paradise Pier Hotel on Disneyland Resort Property

4 stars
4.1 / 5 256 reviews

Anaheim, California

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Bought by Disney in 1995 and introduced as the Disneyland Pacific Hotel, it became the Disney Paradise Pier Hotel Anaheim in late 2000 and recalls the grand seaside resorts of an earlier era, with...

From $123

12 Bay Club Hotel & Marina

3 stars
4.1 / 5 174 reviews

San Diego, California

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The Bay Club Hotel & Marina in San Diego is a luxurious resort and private marina that is located on beautiful Shelter Island overlooking the San Diego Bay. Each well-appointed room is designed...

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13 The Stanford Court

4 stars
4.3 / 5 231 reviews

San Francisco, California

Free, Fast and Reliable WIFI in your room!

With its timeless elegance and boutique-style rooms, Stanford Court Hotel meets the highest quality standards in hospitality and travel. This historic building has been recently renovated, offering...

From $129

14 Hollywood Hotel - The Hotel of Hollywood near Universal Studios

3 stars
3.4 / 5 331 reviews

Los Angeles, California

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The Hollywood Hotel - The Hotel of Hollywood near Universal Studioss ultramodern atmosphere and prime location is perfect for travelers visiting Los Angeles for business or pleasure. Visitors will...

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15 Good Nite Inn Sacramento

2 stars
3.0 / 5 369 reviews

Sacramento, California

Save 33%

The Good Nite Inn has three floors with 102 guest rooms. Amenities include: Free Parking, Basic WiFi, and morning coffee and tea in the Lobby. Located two miles from Downtown Sacramento, The State...