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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
Denver Los Angeles Tue, May 19 - Wed, May 27 $92
Las Vegas San Francisco Tue, May 19 - Wed, May 27 $77
Denver San Diego Tue, May 12 - Wed, May 13 $97
San Francisco Orange County Fri, Jun 5 - Tue, Jun 9 $138
Los Angeles Sacramento Tue, Jun 9 - Thu, Jun 11 $123
Los Angeles San Jose Tue, Nov 10 - Sat, Nov 14 $129
Denver Ontario Wed, Jul 8 - Wed, Jul 15 $179
San Francisco Palm Springs Wed, Jun 3 - Wed, Jun 10 $177
Salt Lake City Oakland Tue, May 12 - Sat, May 16 $147
Denver Burbank Thu, Sep 10 - Fri, Sep 11 $182
San Diego Fresno Sat, Dec 19 - Mon, Dec 28 $159
Phoenix Santa Barbara Wed, May 20 - Tue, May 26 $239
  • 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 – 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 Café (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 Francisco

San Francisco Vacation Packages

Hotel only $159

See the San Francisco sights from downtown and bay With rapid transport and international airport links, Parc 55 San Francisco - a Hilton Hotel acts as a gateway for visitors to the beautiful city and bay of San Francisco.  Bespoke wooden and marble furnishings adorn... More

Hotel only $109

The Opal San Francisco

3 stars
3.5 / 5 670 reviews


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 other decorative touches that hearken back to a simpler time. Rooms are clean... More

Hotel only $209

Orchard Garden Hotel

4 stars
4.3 / 5 260 reviews


Advance Purchase - Non Refundable

Eco-friendly San Francisco hotel with organic dining near Union SquareThe Orchard Garden Hotel represents San Francisco's first generation of truly eco-friendly hotels, built to national standards for "green" buildings developed by the U.S. Green Building Council. The... More

Hotel only $162

Comfortable lodging near Fisherman's Wharf, Ghirardelli Square and more Comprising two separate buildings, this Fisherman's Wharf hotel is situated within walking distance of Pier 39, Ghirardelli Square and ferries to Alcatraz Island. The property features two... More

Hotel only $165

Hotel Tomo

4 stars
3.8 / 5 135 reviews



Hotel only $259

Fairmont San Francisco

5 stars
4.3 / 5 181 reviews


Historic grandeur overlooking the Golden Gate City This Nob Hill mainstay, dating back to 1907, blends contemporary and historic tastes. Decorative touches such as marble floors and Corinthian columns evoke turn-of-the-century grandeur, while modern conveniences such as... More

Hotel only $185

The Westin St. Francis San Francisco on Union Square

4 stars
4.1 / 5 379 reviews


Save 15% on your stay

Legendary Union Square hotel combines comfort, class The Westin St. Francis is the only hotel that actually sits on Union Square. The main building dates back to 1904, and many public areas boast the ornate columns, intricate woodwork and other design elements from... More

Hotel only $180

Convenient hotel with free breakfast, suites near Fisherman's Wharf The Holiday Inn Express & Suites San Francisco Fisherman's Wharf offers spacious and modern rooms in close proximity to all of the attractions in the area, such as Pier 39, Ghirardelli Square... More

Hotel only $159

Green boutique Nob Hill hotel blends history and eco-consciousnessGreen is the reality at the Hotel Carlton, a Joie de Vivre property. The Nob Hill hotel is certified by the city of San Francisco as a green business, is one of the few hotels in town to have solar panels,... More

Hotel only $134

Beautiful views of the city at historical, iconic Nob Hill hotel The Intercontinental Mark Hopkins San Francisco opened in 1926 at the crest of Nob Hill and has been wowing visitors ever since. Visitors flock from all over the city to experience The Top of the... More

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Orange County

Orange County Vacation Packages

Hotel only $109

The first hotel built near the Orange County Airport (John Wayne Airport - SNA) in the 1960s, Atrium Hotel Orange County Airport was originally known as "The Airporter", evolving into today's chic hangout, spilling over with water fountains and lush with native greenery.... More

Hotel only $89

Anabella Hotel

4 stars
3.7 / 5 839 reviews


Stay 1 night and save 30%!

The Anabella Hotel in Orange County takes a modern look at California's distinctive mission architecture. Designed as something of a tropical getaway, you can get lost in the seven acres of landscaped grounds with their trickling fountains and bright Californian greenery.... More

Hotel only $87

BEST WESTERN PLUS Raffles Inn & Suites

3 stars
3.7 / 5 218 reviews


Save 10% on your stay

Great place for all the family to stay with the Disney Resort close byWith excellent family-friendly accommodations and an array of things to do, The Best Western Plus Raffles Inn & Suites is a perfect hotel option for families who are planning a Disneyland vacation.... More

Hotel only $112

Anaheim Marriott Suites

4 stars
3.9 / 5 175 reviews


Large, luxurious Anaheim all-suite hotel one mile from Disneyland Beautifully located in the heart of the Anaheim Resort District, the all-suites Anaheim Marriott Suites offers a bevy of amenities. Each of the Anaheim Marriott Suites' 371 two-room suites feature plush... More

Hotel only $95

Red Lion Hotel Anaheim

4 stars
3.7 / 5 322 reviews


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 $99

Hyatt Regency Orange County

4 stars
4.2 / 5 249 reviews


The Hyatt Regency Orange County provides modern features like flat-screen televisions in all rooms. Business travelers can take advantage of the 65,000-square-feet of meeting space - big enough for many kinds of events. At the end of a long day, release some pent-up... More

Hotel only $119

Anaheim Marriott

4 stars
3.8 / 5 122 reviews


Rate includes breakfast

Dating back to the eighties, the Anaheim Marriott upholds the standard Marriott brand of hospitality with its elegant pillared lobby, vivid blue and orange accents, and eye-catching lights. Earning an Energy Star award from the US Environmental Protection Agency for water... More

Hotel only $80

Laguna Hills Lodge

3 stars
4.0 / 5 298 reviews


Quiet, lush oasis with access to numerous Orange County attractionsFor 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... More

Hotel only $119

Service reigns at this sunny, family-friendly hotel in Anaheim 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... More

Hotel only $79

Orange County hotel close to great Southern California attractionsClose to beaches, shopping, family fun and business facilities, La Quinta Inn & Suites Orange County Santa Ana is a budget-friendly choice for visitors looking for a work, fun or both. La Quinta Inn... More

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San Jose

San Jose Vacation Packages

Hotel only $84

Ramada Sunnyvale/Silicon Valley

3 stars
3.0 / 5 103 reviews


Stay 2, Save 15%

Sunnyvale hotel enjoys central location, delivers international appealAn especially appropriate choice for international travelers, the Ramada Silicon Valley is a smoke-free hotel that has a multilingual staff, with representatives who speak Japanese, Spanish, Tagalog,... More

Hotel only $89

County Inn

3 stars
3.4 / 5 62 reviews


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 $104

San Jose Airport Garden Hotel

3 stars
3.3 / 5 242 reviews


Affordable San Jose airport hotel provides convenient value with styleThe 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... More

Hotel only $95

BEST WESTERN Silicon Valley Inn

3 stars
3.6 / 5 59 reviews


Save 17% on your stay

Travelers who work hard or play hard find value at Sunnyvale hotelThe Best Western Silicon Valley Inn proves that traveling on a budget need not mean traveling without style. Guest rooms here all feature modern, up-to-date looks and amenities. A complimentary hot... More

Hotel only $134

Dolce Hayes Mansion

4 stars
4.1 / 5 131 reviews


California dreaming at this stunning and historic San Jose resortLined with palm trees, this picturesque 20-acre estate was once a privately owned property, and it's easy to see the meticulous care that went into the Mediterranean Revival-style architecture back in 1905.... More

Hotel only $89

Arena Hotel

3 stars
3.7 / 5 235 reviews


Affordable downtown San Jose hotel offers easy access to everythingLocated in the heart of downtown San Jose, the Arena Hotel offers walkable access to the HP Pavilion, downtown offices and the San Jose Caltrain station. Guests appreciate the variety of nearby dining and... More

Hotel only $103

Hyatt Regency Santa Clara

4 stars
4.1 / 5 106 reviews


Rate includes Breakfast Buffet for 2

Santa Clara Convention Center hotel with choice location and luxuriesAttached to the Santa Clara Convention Center and located across the street from Great America, the Hyatt Regency Santa Clara offers incomparable convenience for trade show-goers and easy access for... More

Hotel only $89

Four Points by Sheraton San Jose Downtown

4 stars
4.0 / 5 76 reviews


Save 20% on your stay

San Jose's iconic landmark hotelThe Four Points by Sheraton San Jose, built in 1911, is one of the most iconic buildings in the area and is on the California Register of Historic Places. Renovated in 2014, this modern hotel maintains its iconic style but now has a casual... More

Hotel only $126

Fairmont San Jose

4 stars
4.4 / 5 81 reviews


Style and substance add up to four-star luxury at San Jose hotelStately 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... More

Hotel only $129

An island getaway in the heart of Silicon Valley. 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.... More

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Carmel Vacation Packages

Hotel only $119

Colton Inn

3 stars
3.8 / 5 157 reviews


Monterey inn offers spacious rooms, free breakfast and afternoon snacksLocated 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... More

Hotel only $129

Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel and Spa

4 stars
3.7 / 5 102 reviews


Bed and Breakfast for 2

Multi-million dollar renovation transforms AAA Four Diamond resort A multi-million dollar renovation elevates Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel and Spa to a new plateau of excellence. This 550-room retreat set on 22 acres adjacent to the Pebble Beach Company's Del Monte Golf... More

Hotel only $91

BEST WESTERN Beach Dunes Inn

3 stars
3.3 / 5 139 reviews


Save 15% on your stay

Welcome to BEST WESTERN Beach Dunes Inn! Monterey, CA hotels are surrounded by the best of California like golden beaches and great dining, and our Marina hotel staff goes above and beyond to make your stay pleasant. Are you looking for the best hotels near Monterey... More

Hotel only $84

Casa Munras Garden Hotel & Spa

3 stars
3.7 / 5 171 reviews


Save 18% on your stay!

A Spanish hacienda in the heart of Old MontereyCasa 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... More

Hotel only $199

Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa

4 stars
4.4 / 5 187 reviews


One of only 160 Forbes Four Star hotels in the U.S. 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... More

Hotel only $169

Hotel Abrego

3 stars
4.1 / 5 117 reviews


Great location, rated #7 on Tripadvisor

Boutique hotel on Monterey Peninsula offers relaxing coastal atmosphere 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,... More

Hotel only $159

The Normandy Inn

3 stars
3.9 / 5 46 reviews


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 $111

Two blocks to gorgeous Monterey coastline Enjoy the convenience of Holiday Inn Express's location, just two blocks from Monterey's coastline and close to Highway 1, Fisherman's Wharf, Monterey Bay Aquarium, and world-class golf at Pebble Beach. Tour nearby... More

Hotel only $92

Sea Breeze Inn and Cottages

3 stars
3.8 / 5 186 reviews


Free wifi, free parking and continental breakfast

Pacific Grove inn with a patio fire pit and an outdoor pool and JacuzziThe Sea Breeze Inn and Cottages captures the essence of charming Pacific Grove where beautiful beaches, large parks and numerous golf courses cluster at the tip of the Monterey Peninsula. Attractions... More

Hotel only $139


3 stars
3.7 / 5 73 reviews


Nice rates near the conference center and Fisherman's WharfIn a popular and sometimes pricey tourist destination, the smoke-free Best Western Plus Monterey Inn welcomes guests with affordable rates in a central location. Walking distance or a short drive from Fisherman's... 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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