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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 Sat, Nov 14 - Thu, Nov 19 $81
Las Vegas San Francisco Sat, Dec 5 - Wed, Dec 9 $67
Denver San Diego Wed, Aug 19 - Wed, Aug 26 $127
San Francisco Orange County Tue, Sep 8 - Wed, Sep 9 $120
Seattle Sacramento Sat, Aug 22 - Tue, Aug 25 $137
Los Angeles San Jose Wed, Sep 23 - Mon, Sep 28 $125
San Francisco Ontario Tue, Sep 8 - Mon, Sep 14 $117
Portland Palm Springs Sat, Aug 15 - Tue, Aug 18 $177
Phoenix Oakland Sun, Sep 6 - Tue, Sep 8 $127
Phoenix Burbank Sat, Sep 5 - Tue, Sep 8 $173
San Diego Fresno Tue, Aug 11 - Tue, Aug 25 $165
Phoenix Santa Barbara Sat, Aug 1 - Tue, Aug 4 $168
  • 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 Diego

San Diego Vacation Packages

Hotel only $100

Days Hotel San Diego Hotel Circle/ Near SeaWorld

3 stars
3.6 / 5 962 reviews


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 / 5 359 reviews


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 $178

Humphreys Half Moon Inn & Suites

3 stars
4.0 / 5 448 reviews


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 $224

Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina

4 stars
4.3 / 5 240 reviews


Rate includes breakfast

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

Hotel only $187

The Dana On Mission Bay

3 stars
3.9 / 5 454 reviews


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 $92

Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina

4 stars
3.8 / 5 455 reviews


Save 10% on your stay

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

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 $168

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

Hotel only $230

Paradise Point Resort and Spa

4 stars
3.8 / 5 338 reviews


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 / 5 282 reviews


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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San Francisco

San Francisco Vacation Packages

Hotel only $243

Parc 55 San Francisco - a Hilton Hotel

4 stars
4.0 / 5 506 reviews


Rate includes breakfast

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

Hotel only $201

The Opal San Francisco

3 stars
3.5 / 5 621 reviews


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

Hotel only $229

Orchard Garden Hotel

4 stars
4.3 / 5 251 reviews


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 $237

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

Hotel only $282

Kimpton Buchanan

4 stars
3.8 / 5 124 reviews


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

Hotel only $488

Fairmont San Francisco

5 stars
4.3 / 5 176 reviews


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 $280

The Westin St. Francis San Francisco on Union Square

4 stars
4.1 / 5 355 reviews


Save 15% on your stay

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

Hotel only $251

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

Hotel only $254

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 $220

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

Hotel only $130

Atrium Hotel Orange County Airport

3 stars
3.2 / 5 368 reviews


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 $126

Anabella Hotel

4 stars
3.7 / 5 792 reviews


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 $113

BEST WESTERN PLUS Raffles Inn & Suites

3 stars
3.7 / 5 203 reviews


Save 10% on your stay

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

Hotel only $115

Anaheim Marriott Suites

4 stars
4.0 / 5 167 reviews


Rate includes breakfast

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

Hotel only $145

Red Lion Hotel Anaheim Resort

4 stars
3.7 / 5 296 reviews


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 $128

Hyatt Regency Orange County

4 stars
4.2 / 5 233 reviews


50% off the upgrade fee to a suite

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 $153

Anaheim Marriott

4 stars
3.8 / 5 113 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 $110

Laguna Hills Lodge

3 stars
4.0 / 5 277 reviews


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 $128

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 $88

Close 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 & Suites Orange County Santa Ana features amenities designed for... More

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Los Angeles

Los Angeles Vacation Packages

Fairfield Inn & Suites Los Angeles LAX/El Segundo

2 stars
3.0 / 5 3 reviews


Book early, Save big!� Enjoy 15% Off!

Travel with confidence by checking into Fairfield Inn & Suites Los Angeles LAX/El Segundo, a hotel with outstanding service to make all of your travels easy and comfortable. We are located 1 mile south of LAX Airport, and are always ready to welcome you with amenities... More

Hotel only $136


3 stars
3.7 / 5 319 reviews


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 $119

Crimson Hotel Manhattan Beach

2 stars
3.3 / 5 180 reviews


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 $166

Santa Monica Pier and Third Street Promenade (12 mi/20 km) Rodeo Drive/Beverly Hills (12 mi/20 km)J. Paul Getty Museum (14 mi/22 km)Los Angeles County Museum of Art (14 mi/22 km)Grauman's Chinese Theatre & Hollywood Walk of Fame (18 mi/29 km)Universal Studios... More

Hotel only $167

Sheraton Gateway Los Angeles Hotel

4 stars
4.0 / 5 335 reviews


Save 20% on your stay

Guests of this elegant executive-class hotel benefit from stylish comforts, state-of-the-art business and recreational facilities and a bounty of irresistible dining options. Beachside attractions, Beverly Hills shopping, arts & culture destinations, Hollywood sights... More

Hotel only $132

La Quinta Inn & Suites LAX

3 stars
3.7 / 5 313 reviews


Venice Beach (10 mi/16 km)Los Angeles County Museum of Art (10 mi/16 km)Santa Monica Pier & Third Street Promenade (12 mi/19 km)Rodeo Drive/Beverly Hills (13 mi/ 20 km)J. Paul Getty Museum (14 mi/23 km)Grauman's Chinese Theatre & Hollywood Walk of Fame (18 mi/29... More

Hotel only $194

The LINE Hotel

4 stars
4.2 / 5 133 reviews


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 $107

BEST WESTERN Pasadena Royale

3 stars
3.8 / 5 198 reviews


Welcome to BEST WESTERN Pasadena Royale! Experience Southern California from this charming and affordable BEST WESTERN Pasadena, just minutes from the Rose Bowl, Staples Center and Old Town Pasadena. The BEST WESTERN Pasadena Royale is a conveniently located choice for... More

Hotel only $125

The Wave Hotel Manhattan Beach

3 stars
3.1 / 5 275 reviews


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 $272

Built in 1923 and designed along Continental motifs, Millennium Biltmore Hotel's gilded, ornate architecture is an immersion into a classic, bygone era. From the stately guest rooms and the elegant Rendezvous Court to the landmark Gallery Bar and Cognac Room, the hotel... More

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San Jose

San Jose Vacation Packages

Hotel only $116

Ramada Sunnyvale/Silicon Valley

3 stars
3.0 / 5 94 reviews


Stay 2, Save 15%

An 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, and Mandarin. The on-site restaurant, Infused, offers... More

Hotel only $130

County Inn

3 stars
3.4 / 5 59 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 $105

San Jose Airport Garden Hotel

3 stars
3.3 / 5 247 reviews


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 $128

BEST WESTERN Silicon Valley Inn

3 stars
3.7 / 5 58 reviews


Save 17% on your stay

The 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 breakfast buffet and access to an on-site fitness center, plus coin... More

Hotel only $143

Dolce Hayes Mansion

4 stars
4.1 / 5 126 reviews


Lined 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. The Dolce Hayes Mansion was carefully renovated and converted... More

Hotel only $112

Arena Hotel

3 stars
3.7 / 5 230 reviews


Located 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 transportation options whether they are there for a San Jose Sharks... More

Hotel only $168

Hyatt Regency Santa Clara

4 stars
4.1 / 5 105 reviews


Rate includes Breakfast Buffet for 2

Attached 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 theme-park lovers, as well. High-end, modern style is apparent in both... More

Hotel only $113

Four Points by Sheraton San Jose Downtown

4 stars
4.0 / 5 72 reviews


Save 20% on your stay

The 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 and contemporary feel. The hotel... More

Hotel only $161

Fairmont San Jose

4 stars
4.4 / 5 80 reviews


"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

Hotel only $142

  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 Vacation Packages

Hotel only $165

Colton Inn

3 stars
3.8 / 5 154 reviews


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 $169

Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel and Spa

4 stars
3.8 / 5 103 reviews


Bed and Breakfast for 2

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 Course affords services and amenities expected of the area's largest... More

Hotel only $130

BEST WESTERN Beach Dunes Inn

3 stars
3.3 / 5 137 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 $172

Casa Munras Garden Hotel & Spa

3 stars
3.8 / 5 177 reviews


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 $293

Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa

4 stars
4.4 / 5 179 reviews


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 $223

Hotel Abrego

3 stars
4.1 / 5 111 reviews


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


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 $152

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 Carmel-by-the-Sea or visit the Mazda Laguna Seca Raceway.... More

Hotel only $161

Sea Breeze Inn and Cottages

3 stars
3.8 / 5 172 reviews


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

Hotel only $177


3 stars
3.7 / 5 72 reviews


In 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 Wharf, downtown Monterey and the Monterey Conference... 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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