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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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Tue, Nov 3 - Sat, Nov 7

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Las Vegas

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San Francisco

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Tue, Dec 15 - Wed, Dec 16

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Denver

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San Diego

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Mon, Jan 25 - Tue, Feb 2

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Denver

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Orange County

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Wed, Sep 9 - Thu, Sep 10

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Los Angeles

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Sacramento

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Tue, Sep 15 - Thu, Sep 17

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Los Angeles

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San Jose

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Wed, Sep 16 - Mon, Sep 21

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San Francisco

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Ontario

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Thu, Nov 26 - Wed, Dec 2

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Denver

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Palm Springs

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Tue, Nov 17 - Thu, Dec 3

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Dallas

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Oakland

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Tue, Sep 22 - Fri, Sep 25

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Phoenix

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Burbank

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Tue, Sep 29 - Tue, Oct 6

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San Diego

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Fresno

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Sat, Sep 19 - Tue, Sep 22

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Seattle

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Santa Barbara

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Wed, Oct 14 - Thu, Oct 15

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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
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  • 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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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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4.3 / 5 240 reviews
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  • Rate includes breakfast
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The San Diego Marriott Marquis & Marina is the centerpiece of the beautiful San Diego harbor and bay. Boasting 1,360 guest rooms, 75,000 square feet of meeting space and close proximity to the San Diego convention center, the San Diego Marriott Marquis & Marina is... 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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3.8 / 5 460 reviews
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Nestled at the edge of San Diego Bay, the Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina enjoys panoramic views of the bay and city skyline. The property comprises two high-rise towers, three pools, five restaurants and a semi-private marina. There is also a spa on-site, tennis... 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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Don't let the size of The Westin San Diego Gaslamp Quarter fool you. Though the hulking property boasts 450 rooms, the lodging experience is intimate and cozy. Most of the refurbished rooms have striking views of either the cityscape or San Diego Bay. The hotel sits... More

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3.8 / 5 341 reviews
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  • 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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$197

San Francisco

San Francisco Vacation Packages

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4.0 / 5 508 reviews
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  • Rate includes breakfast
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$184

Yerba Buena Gardens with Samovar Tea Lounge (0.4 mi/ 0.6 km)Asian Art Museum  (0.8 mi/ 1.29 km)Moscone Center and Contemporary Jewish Museum  (0.9 mi/ 1.4 km)San Francisco MOMA (0.9 mi/ 1.4 km)Alcatraz Island via Financial District (2.4 mi/ 3.9 km)Fisherman's... More

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3.5 / 5 629 reviews
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Union Square Theater DistrictEmbarcaderoSan Francisco Museum of Modern ArtAT&T Park GeneralThe hotel has received a three-diamond rating from AAA and was selected as the Crescent Hotel and Resorts "Hotel of the Year" in 2008. A baby grand piano welcomes visitors to the... More

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4.3 / 5 251 reviews
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  • 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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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 on-site restaurants and an outdoor heated pool. It also offers complimentary... More

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3.8 / 5 124 reviews
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Kimpton Buchanan is located in downtown San Franciscos Japantown- an authentic and historic residential neighborhood about a mile west of Union Square- centrally located within walking distance to boutique shopping- dining- museums and nightlife- easy access to Golden... 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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4.1 / 5 356 reviews
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Three on-site restaurants provide a number of options for meals. Bourbon Steak, Michael Mina's newest creation, is a West Coast spin on the traditional steakhouse; the Oak Room offers a more traditional menu. Caruso's is the most casual of the three, offering light snacks... More

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The Holiday Inn Express & Suites San Francisco Fishermans Wharf in San Francisco offers Bay Area visitors an excellent location to stay. The hotel property provides various amenities to make your stay comfortable, including 1,600 square feet of event space for any... 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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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 Mark, a restaurant and lounge on the 19th floor of the hotel, which... More

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Orange County

Orange County Vacation Packages

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3.2 / 5 370 reviews
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  • 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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3.7 / 5 204 reviews
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With 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. As can be expected, this hotel is geared towards families, so the Best... More

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4.0 / 5 167 reviews
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  • Rate includes breakfast
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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 Marriott REVIVE bedding, well-appointed bathrooms and bright,... 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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4.2 / 5 233 reviews
  • 50% off the upgrade fee to a suite
  • 50% off the upgrade fee to a suite
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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

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