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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

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Denver

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Los Angeles

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Wed, Sep 16 - Thu, Sep 17

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Las Vegas

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San Francisco

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Tue, Sep 15 - Tue, Sep 22

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Denver

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San Diego

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Mon, Oct 5 - Wed, Oct 14

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Denver

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Orange County

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Sat, Oct 3 - Thu, Oct 8

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Los Angeles

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Sacramento

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Sat, Sep 26 - Wed, Sep 30

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Portland

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San Jose

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Sat, Sep 26 - Tue, Sep 29

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San Francisco

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Ontario

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Mon, Sep 21 - Tue, Sep 29

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San Francisco

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Palm Springs

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Thu, Nov 26 - Wed, Dec 2

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Dallas

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Oakland

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Sat, Oct 3 - Sat, Oct 10

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Phoenix

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Burbank

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Thu, Sep 17 - Wed, Sep 30

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San Diego

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Fresno

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Sat, Sep 12 - Mon, Sep 28

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Phoenix

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Santa Barbara

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Sat, Oct 24 - Tue, Oct 27

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Best time to take a vacation to California

  • 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.

Insider tips for California travel

  • 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 CafĂ© (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

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3.6 / 5 973 reviews
  • Save 35% on your stay!
  • Save 35% on your stay!
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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

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3.1 / 5 362 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

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4.1 / 5 454 reviews
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  • Save 35% on your stay
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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

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3.9 / 5 459 reviews
  • Business Advantage - Arrival Day Cancel
  • Business Advantage - Arrival Day Cancel
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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

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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

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3.8 / 5 341 reviews
  • Spring/Summer Sale- Save 20%
  • Spring/Summer Sale- Save 20%
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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

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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

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4.1 / 5 446 reviews
  • Business Advantage - Arrival Day Cancel
  • Business Advantage - Arrival Day Cancel
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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

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4.1 / 5 425 reviews
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  • 25% Off
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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

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3.6 / 5 163 reviews
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  • Save 10% on advanced purchase
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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

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4.3 / 5 251 reviews
  • Advance Purchase - Non Refundable
  • Advance Purchase - Non Refundable
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The 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 property was built in 2007 and features many of the latest and greatest... More

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4.3 / 5 177 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

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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

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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

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4.1 / 5 224 reviews
  • Complimentary wireless internet service
  • Complimentary wireless internet service
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$250

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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$250

Orange County

Orange County Vacation Packages

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3.2 / 5 370 reviews
  • Special Advance Purchase Rate
  • Special Advance Purchase Rate
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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

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3.7 / 5 799 reviews
  • Stay 1 night and save 30%!
  • Stay 1 night and save 30%!
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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

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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

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4.0 / 5 279 reviews
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  • Stay 3 nights, Save 35%
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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

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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

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3.5 / 5 277 reviews
  • 30% off your stay
  • 30% off your stay
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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

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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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$79

Los Angeles

Los Angeles Vacation Packages

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3.7 / 5 327 reviews
  • Free Internet and Free Parking
  • Free Internet and Free Parking
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$125

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

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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

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4.2 / 5 136 reviews
  • Stay 3 plus Nts, Save 15%
  • Stay 3 plus Nts, Save 15%
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$155

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

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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

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