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  • Experience Your Best California Vacation

    Are you picturing the Golden Gate Bridge or the Hollywood sign? Or a wine country getaway to Napa or Santa Barbara? From stargazing on Rodeo Drive to Griffith Observatory, a California vacation is exciting from San Francisco to Los Angeles and Palm Springs to San Diego. Bring the family to Disneyland or horseback ride through Yosemite National Park. Drive through Joshua Tree National Park and the star-studded streets of Hollywood.

    Orbitz can help you get the lay of the land, with top 10 attractions, the best time to score discounts on California travel and insider scoop from waterfront eateries to tiny comedy clubs.

Flights to California

Departure Arrival Travel dates Round-trip
Chicago Los Angeles Tue, Feb 16 - Tue, Mar 1 $81
Las Vegas San Francisco Wed, Dec 9 - Mon, Dec 14 $67
Denver San Diego Wed, Aug 19 - Wed, Aug 26 $117
San Francisco Orange County Wed, Sep 2 - Sun, Sep 6 $120
Los Angeles Sacramento Sat, Aug 22 - Tue, Aug 25 $137
Portland San Jose Wed, Sep 2 - Tue, Sep 8 $132
San Francisco Ontario Wed, Oct 28 - Sat, Nov 7 $122
San Francisco Palm Springs Tue, Aug 18 - Wed, Aug 19 $177
Portland Oakland Sun, Aug 23 - Tue, Aug 25 $117
Denver Burbank Tue, Aug 18 - Mon, Aug 24 $167
San Diego Fresno Sat, Aug 22 - Sat, Aug 29 $165
Phoenix Santa Barbara Tue, Aug 25 - Sat, Aug 29 $202
  • If you plan a California vacation in Southern California, expect sunshine and warmer weather year-round -- especially across Los Angeles, San Diego and Palm Springs. Northern California is more varied – San Francisco temps average between the mid 50s and high 60s, while Wine Country can sink into the 40s (winter) and peak in the 80s (summer). And you probably won't see snow in California, unless you're in Lake Tahoe or on a movie set.

    Snag lower rates in California from mid-September to mid-November, and then again during winter after Christmas. Summer is peak season across California, especially in San Francisco and Wine Country. Join the paparazzi and celebrities during award season in Los Angeles (mid-January to late February) or the non-stop neighborhood festivals in San Francisco throughout summer.

  • Fuego at the Hotel Maya ÔÇô A Doubletree Hotel (Long Beach)

    Enjoy waterfront dining with great views of the Long Beach skyline and the spectacular Queen Mary. And be sure to order sangria (red or white) and guacamole!

  • Grandview Park (San Francisco)

    Climb to the top of this park in the Sunset District for stunning views of the Pacific Ocean, the Golden Gate Bridge and downtown San Francisco.

  • Beachcomber Caf├ę (Newport Coast)

    Hike through Crystal Cove State Park to find this California gem. Enjoy blackened swordfish tacos and margaritas with views of the ocean, Newport Coastline and Catalina Island. And if you hear a bell, look closely – it means another patron spotted dolphins.

  • Comedy and Magic Club (Hermosa Beach)

    See if Jay Leno can make you laugh at this tiny Hermosa Beach club -- nearly every Sunday night he tests his pre-show material. Buy tickets well in advance, the show sells out quickly.

  • Armstrong Redwoods State Forest (Guerneville)

    Beyond popular Muir Woods, venture further north to see towering, ancient redwood groves. This intimate forest is home to the 310-foot Parsons Jones Tree, and the Colonel Armstrong Tree, estimated to be over 1,400 years old. Set up camp at the adjacent Austin Creek filled with rolling hills, oaks and open grasslands.

San Diego

San Diego Vacation Packages

Hotel only $100

Days Hotel San Diego Hotel Circle/ Near SeaWorld

3 stars
3.6 / 5 965 reviews

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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 tub. An on-site restaurant, Bunz Burger Joint, serves gourmet farm-to-table... More

Hotel only $133

Wyndham Garden San Diego

3 stars
3.1 / 5 360 reviews

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The 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 Diego. The property features a heated outdoor pool and hot tub with a large sundeck, as well as Dupar's, a 24-hour restaurant... More

Hotel only $145

Humphreys Half Moon Inn & Suites

3 stars
4.0 / 5 448 reviews

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Save 35% on your stay

Humphreys Half Moon Inn & Suites is situated on Shelter Island, between San Diego Bay and America's Cup Harbor. The hotel is close to many of San Diego's tourist attractions and minutes from the airport. The hotel's Shelter Island location makes it equally suitable... More

Hotel only $178

The Dana On Mission Bay

3 stars
3.9 / 5 455 reviews

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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 stroll from the beach and adjacent to Sunset Park. The Dana on Mission Bay has... More

Hotel only $113

Opened in 1913 as the St. James Hotel, the ten-story Ramada Inn & Suites Gaslamp/Convention Center has been renovated to incorporate modern conveniences into one of the most historic structures in San Diego. Rooms are spacious and modern. The top-floor,... More

Hotel only $219

Paradise Point Resort and Spa

4 stars
3.8 / 5 338 reviews

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Spring/Summer Sale- Save 20%

Tucked away on gentle Mission Bay next door to SeaWorld, this 44-acre island resort features comfortable, California bungalow-style rooms amidst lush, tropical gardens and lagoons. Explore one mile of beach, five swimming pools, and enjoy various amenities including... More

Hotel only $202

Hard Rock Hotel San Diego

4 stars
4.0 / 5 283 reviews

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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 rooms below the bar aren't too bad either--most offering views of San Diego... More

Hotel only $167

BEST WESTERN PLUS Island Palms Hotel & Marina

3 stars
4.1 / 5 444 reviews

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Business Advantage - Arrival Day Cancel

The Best Western Island Palms Hotel & Marina combines the best of both worlds: a modern hotel with a state-of-the-art marina. The property is located on Shelter Island, which is known among locals as San Diego's Hawaiian isle. Hotel guests can unwind at one of two... More

Hotel only $189

Catamaran Resort & Spa

4 stars
4.1 / 5 425 reviews

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25% Off

There's no shortage of things to keep you busy at the Catamaran Resort & Spa. The property gardens house more than 1,000 plants and dozens of exotic birds. Treatment options abound at the Catamaran Spa. The Atoll, the on-site restaurant, serves seafood and a... More

Hotel only $147

BEST WESTERN Yacht Harbor Hotel

3 stars
3.6 / 5 162 reviews

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Save 10% on advanced purchase

The Best Western Yacht Harbor Hotel has views of San Diego Harbor and is close to the city's major attractions and business centers. The Best Western Yacht Harbor Hotel lobby has views of the hotel pool and the harbor, giving it a great atmosphere for meetings. The hotel... More

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San Francisco

San Francisco Vacation Packages

Hotel only $418

Orchard Garden Hotel

4 stars
4.3 / 5 251 reviews

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Advance Purchase - Non Refundable

Union Square (0.2 mi/0.4 km)Theater district (0.5 mi/0.7 km)Embarcadero (0.7mi/1.1 km)SoMa (1 mi/1.6 km)AT&T Park (1.2 mi/2 km) GeneralThe Orchard Garden Hotel's biggest claim to fame is its commitment to being green. The hotel is a member of the U.S. Green Building... More

Hotel only $488

Fairmont San Francisco

5 stars
4.3 / 5 176 reviews

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Union Square Fisherman's Wharf AT&T Park Golden Gate Park GeneralThe hotel has received numerous awards, including the AAA Four Diamond Award and ExxonMobil Four Star Award.Marble floors and Corinthian columns trimmed in gold accentuate the ornate Main Lobby. This area,... More

Hotel only $279

City HallFederal BuildingSan Francisco Opera House Theater District Union Square AT&T Park Fisherman's Wharf GeneralWithout question, the Hotel Carlton's attention to conservation is a major accomplishment. Nearly one quarter of the hotel's energy is generated by the... More

Hotel only $180

Bay Landing Airport Hotel

3 stars
4.2 / 5 397 reviews

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Located two miles south of San Francisco Airport, this circa-2004 hotel combines marble floors, meticulous woodwork and other examples of Old World elegance with modern conveniences such as cable television and high-speed Internet. All guests receive complimentary... More

Hotel only $259

BEST WESTERN PLUS The Tuscan

3 stars
4.1 / 5 224 reviews

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Complimentary wireless internet service

Fisherman's WharfThe PresidioGolden Gate BridgeCrissy FieldNorth Beach GeneralBasic eco-conscious efforts such as installing energy-saving lightbulbs and shower heads have been in place for years. In that timeframe, the hotel also has received numerous awards, including... More

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Orange County

Orange County Vacation Packages

Hotel only $124

Atrium Hotel Orange County Airport

3 stars
3.2 / 5 368 reviews

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Special Advance Purchase Rate

Take advantage of the hotel's free shuttle to and from the airport, which can work out cheaper than parking if you're not traveling around the wider area by car.For the quietest stay, book a room away from the pool, since there is often poolside entertainment by the... More

Hotel only $115

Anabella Hotel

4 stars
3.7 / 5 792 reviews

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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. The Anabella has been named "Anaheim's Most Beautiful Property." Choose... More

Hotel only $145

Red Lion Hotel Anaheim Resort

4 stars
3.7 / 5 296 reviews

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Capture Your Summer Moment - 20% Off

Although it's known as one of the Anaheim Disneyland hotels, The Red Lion Hotel Anaheim offers the humble atmosphere of a friendly California inn, and business travelers will appreciate the 5,000-square-feet of event space and free Wi-Fi (fees may apply) throughout the... More

Hotel only $110

Laguna Hills Lodge

3 stars
4.0 / 5 278 reviews

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Stay 3 nights, Save 35%

For visitors who want to do a little of everything while in Orange County, the tropical, relaxing Laguna Hills Lodge in Laguna Beach is a great choice. Family owned and centrally located near the attractions of southern Orange County, including Disneyland and Laguna Beach... More

Hotel only $124

Whether visitors are in Orange County for a convention or a family vacation, Anaheim Portofino Inn and Suites is an attractive, affordable lodging option. Anaheim Portofino Inn and Suites' lobby features marble floors and a bright, colorful atmosphere. The hotel has been... More

Hotel only $111

Cortona Inn and Suites Anaheim Resort

3 stars
3.5 / 5 274 reviews

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30% off your stay

Recipient of a AAA three diamond rating, Cortona Inn and Suites Anaheim Resort is a family-friendly hotel is just one and a half blocks from the Disneyland Resort and is adjacent to the Anaheim Convention Center. The hotel is budget friendly, too, with free... More

Hotel only $80

Lemon Tree Hotel & Suites

3 stars
3.5 / 5 308 reviews

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Lemon Tree Hotel & Suites just 30 rooms and 57 furnished apartments, so guests can enjoy a quiet atmosphere and plenty of personalized service. The Spanish-inspired design gives the hotel a European feel, and many of the rooms have garden patios and rustic... More

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Los Angeles

Los Angeles Vacation Packages

Hotel only $133

BEST WESTERN PLUS Carriage Inn

3 stars
3.7 / 5 321 reviews

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Free Internet and Free Parking

This North Los Angeles hotel is 6 miles from Universal Studios, 7 miles from Hollywood, and 15 miles from Santa Monica.Guests enjoy access to an outdoor pool and spa tub surrounded by lounge chairs and palm trees. The hotels' restaurant offers 24-hour dining and includes... More

Hotel only $114

Crimson Hotel Manhattan Beach

2 stars
3.3 / 5 182 reviews

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The Crimson Hotel in Manhattan Beach near LAX Airport is four miles from Los Angeles International Airport and offers free airport shuttle service. The hotel provides easy access to major freeways like the 405 and 105, and is minutes from a number of local points of... More

Hotel only $174

The LINE Hotel

4 stars
4.2 / 5 133 reviews

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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 greenhouse restaurant that spills out to The LINE's pool deck. The outdoor pool... More

Hotel only $135

The Wave Hotel Manhattan Beach

3 stars
3.1 / 5 277 reviews

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Just a 15-minute walk from Manhattan Beach Pier, the Wave Hotel Manhattan Beach is well located for a business or leisure stay. The hotel offers guests the chance to experience a heated outdoor pool, Jacuzzi and sauna, and the onsite restaurant serves a complimentary... More

Hotel only $121

Hollywood Historic Hotel

3 stars
3.2 / 5 254 reviews

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Last minute sale - Book now and save

Affordable accommodations are more than just a Hollywood dream at the restored white and red brick Hollywood Historic Hotel. The property is family-owned just one block from Paramount Pictures on Melrose Avenue. After a day in Hollywood, come back through an arched... More

Hotel only $164

Custom Hotel, a Joie de Vivre Boutique Hotel

3 stars
3.6 / 5 257 reviews

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Save 10% on your stay

Custom Hotel, a Joie de Vivre Boutique Hotel is a chic haven in Los Angeles that provides tastefully designed rooms and near LAX. The six social lounges on site with unique concepts and appointments are perfect spots to unwind and relax, play Xbox and Wii, enjoy drinks... More

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San Jose

San Jose Vacation Packages

Hotel only $130

County Inn

3 stars
3.4 / 5 59 reviews

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COUNTY Inn is located in the heart of Silicon Valley in Mountain View, California, just off US-101 across from Moffett Blvd. The hotel is convenient to major Fortune 500 corporations and is in close proximity to Moffett Field and Nasa Ames Research Center, Santa Clara... More

Hotel only $105

San Jose Airport Garden Hotel

3 stars
3.3 / 5 248 reviews

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The serene San Jose Airport Garden Hotel caters equally to business travelers and vacationers with amenities ranging from a full-service business center to a 24-hour fitness room and a lagoon-like outdoor swimming pool. Proximity to the airport and Silcon Valley giants... More

Hotel only $147

Fairmont San Jose

4 stars
4.4 / 5 80 reviews

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"Moment" offer, save 15%

Stately and opulent, this downtown hotel boasts all the grandeur one would expect from the Fairmont brand. A light-filled lobby greets guests for check-in, while impeccably decorated rooms welcome them into homey luxury. Property amenities include a full-service business... More

  Proximity to nearby attractions such as Shoreline Amphitheatre, Great America and the Winchester Mystery House make Joie de Vivre's Wild Palms Hotel a prime Sunnyvale choice for leisure travelers from near and far. Meanwhile, the business crowd likes the more... More

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Carmel

Carmel Vacation Packages

Hotel only $158

Colton Inn

3 stars
3.8 / 5 155 reviews

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Located in the heart of downtown Monterey, the Colton Inn is surrounded by historic adobe structures and lies within minutes of the top city attractions, including Fisherman's Wharf, Cannery Row and the Monterey Bay Aquarium. Half a mile from the Colton Inn, the Monterey... More

Hotel only $165

Casa Munras Garden Hotel & Spa

3 stars
3.8 / 5 177 reviews

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Save 18% on your stay!

Casa Munras Garden Hotel & Spa captures the true spirit of Monterey, with a blend of warm, casual guest rooms, elegant dining and outdoor spaces that invite guests to linger in cool Monterey evenings. Whether guests are here for business or pleasure, they find a few... More

Hotel only $261

Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa

4 stars
4.4 / 5 181 reviews

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Prepare to be entranced. Monterey Plaza Hotel and Spa perches guests above scenic Monterey Bay in elegant, European-inspired style architecture and décor. Enjoy sweeping coastal views from the rooftop Vista Blue Spa or two oceanfront restaurants. Location,... More

Hotel only $209

Hotel Abrego

3 stars
4.1 / 5 111 reviews

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Great location, rated #7 on Tripadvisor

Unwind after a long day touring the Monterey Peninsula's many attractions at Hotel Abrego, the area's newest full-service hotel. The modern decor and earth tones match the Peninsula's beauty, while services and amenities offer exceptional value. Hotel Abrego suits both... More

Hotel only $219

The Normandy Inn

3 stars
3.9 / 5 49 reviews

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A romantic getaway surrounded by lovely gardens nestled in the heart of Carmel-by-the-Sea within walking distance of all shops galleries restaurants and beach. More

Hotel only $154

Sea Breeze Inn and Cottages

3 stars
3.8 / 5 172 reviews

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Free wifi, free parking and continental breakfast

A beautiful Sea Breeze Inn & Cottages, located within a short walk of some of the area's most beautiful beaches. Sea Breeze Inn is located on the tip of the Monterey Peninsula, moments to the many fine attractions including world famous golf, Carmel by the Sea,... More

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  • Monterey Bay Aquarium

    See ocean life from a new vantage point at one of the largest aquariums in the country (and the world). Home to over 500 species of animals and plants, take behind-the-scenes tours, plus enjoy daily activities and programs. Bring the little ones to the Splash Zone for interactive fun.

  • Disneyland (Anaheim)

    Bring your little mermaids to Ariel's Undersea Adventure, and Padawans to Jedi Training Academy. Join the Disney Princesses and fanfare down Main Street USA at Mickey's Soundsational Parade.

  • Golden Gate Bridge (San Francisco)

    This iconic structure, a 1.7 mile span between San Francisco and Marin County, draws 9 million visitors each year. While you can see the bridge from several points across the city, the best views are on the pedestrian- and bicycle-friendly paths that run the length of the bridge.

  • Hollywood Sign

    While Hollywood may not be a movie-making hub today, the Hollywood sign and its famous city still leaves visitors star-struck. See which celebrities have gold star status on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and compare your hand and foot prints with screen legends outside Grauman's Chinese Theater.

  • Yosemite National Park

    This American behemoth draws the bivouacking crowd to hundreds-of-thousands of acres of hiking, biking, rock climbing, horseback riding, fishing and more. Get awe-struck on dramatic terrain steeped in waterfalls, streams and Giant Sequoia trees.

  • San Diego Zoo

    This 100-acre zoo is home to more than 4,000 animals, both rare and endangered, along with over 700,000 exotic plants. Craving a safari? Travel about 35 miles northeast to the Safari Park, where more than 3,000 animals can be seen in their (almost) natural habitat.

  • Wine Country

    Distinguish tannins from tears in Napa and Sonoma valleys in Northern California, home to over 400 wineries. And don't forget Southern California -- as the movie "Sideways" (shot in Santa Barbara County) showed, there's plenty of wine down south, too.

  • Hearst Castle (San Simeon)

    This former residence of media magnate William Randolph Hearst was gifted to the residents of the State of California in 1957. Ogle this massive estate's 165 rooms, Casa Grande and three guest houses. Take a night tour during spring and fall, when docents dressed in 1930s clothing occupy the grounds

  • Snow Resorts

    When the peaks start collecting snow, Californians (and visitors) hit the slopes. With five distinct regions in the state, and over 25 resorts, snow seekers can find skiing, snowboarding and cross-country skiing. Ski season typically begins in late October/early November, but check the ski report with the resort in advance.

  • Alcatraz Island

    This former military and federal prison in the San Francisco Bay held notable criminals like Al Capone and the "Birdman of Alcatraz." Only accessible via a private ferry company (Alcatraz Cruises), visitors can tour the island and prison. For the stout of heart, there is even a night tour.

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