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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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Days Hotel San Diego Hotel Circle/Near SeaWorld in San Diego is the perfect home base to enjoy some of California's best attractions. As you arrive, you'll be drawn to the laid-back Southern California decor and charm of the hotel. A friendly staff stands ready to greet... More
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 Garden Bistro & Bar, a... More
Humphreys Half Moon Inn & Suites in San Diego, California, boasts deluxe suites and inviting guestrooms accented by a glorious waterfront location. A full menu of amenities includes plush beds, contemporary decor, in-room massage services and 42-inch LCD... More
The Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina in San Diego offers travelers by land or by sea respite from their journeys. In addition to the property's 1,305 regular rooms, 55 suites and 80,000 square feet of meeting space spread out over 25 floors, there are 466 berths for... More
The Dana On Mission Bay in San Diego provides guests with the ideal location for a romantic or relaxing getaway. The hotel features a private marina on the Mission Bay waterfront that's full of boats, which you can rent for a day out on the water. Catering to business... More
The Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina in San Diego, California, has three swimming pools and marina views that you can enjoy while swimming or soaking in the sun. This posh location is also equipped with a tennis court, hot tubs, water volleyball and a fitness center.... More
Slip into San Diego's storied past when you enter the Ramada Inn & Suites Gaslamp/Convention Center. Located in the Gaslamp Quarter, this downtown property recalls California history through interiors of the original St. James Hotel. Built in 1913, the premium... More
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
The Paradise Point Resort and Spa San Diego embodies a luxury island vacation. Jack Skirball designed the site with the same attention he paid to his film sets. Lagoons and waterfalls sprinkle the island's landscape, and one of the five outdoor pools is reserved for... More
The Hard Rock Hotel in San Diego gives you celebrity-style lodging with trendy urban furnishings, rockin' room service and all-access passes to the hottest nightlife spots. Two types of accommodations are offered: Hard Rock suites and Rockstar suites. You can purchase... More
Right in the heart of downtown San Francisco, you can book your stay at Parc 55 San Francisco - a Hilton Hotel, which provides luxury rooms and suites for all its guests. In both room types, you can choose pet-friendly options that allow you to bring your animal companion... More
Union Square is one of the most visited areas in the country, and booking your stay at The Opal in San Francisco puts you within a mile of this historic area. The Opal was originally built in 1908 and still has the timeless architecture and elegant ambiance that it was... More
The Orchard Garden Hotel in San Francisco, California, provides guests with a luxurious experience, including rooms with high-definition LCD television sets and entertainment centers, minibars, complimentary high-speed Internet access and even a range of pillow options.... More
A trip to San Francisco wouldn t be complete without visiting the famed Fisherman s Wharf, so by staying at the Holiday Inn, you ll be within close proximity of all the excitement the Wharf has to offer. You ll be able to choose from standard guest rooms, executive club... More
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
Guests of the Omni San Francisco Hotel San Francisco are greeted with the fine grandeur of the majestic lobby, which features opulent Italian marble, Austrian crystal chandeliers and exquisite fabrics. This four star hotel is housed in a former 1926 bank building,... More
The Fairmont San Francisco in San Francisco is a world-famous luxury hotel and an integral part of the history of the city. A landmark hotel for over a century, it has set the standard for service and hospitality. The elegant, classical interior decor is combined with... More
Overlook the beautiful city of San Francisco when you stay in a tower room at The Westin St. Francis San Francisco on Union Square in San Francisco. With skyline views and many rooms to choose from, guests have many choices when staying at The Westin. This historic... More
The Holiday Inn Express & Suites San Francisco Fisherman s Wharf in San Francisco is known as an IHG Green Engage Hotel, meaning that it is committed to making a worldwide effort to protect the environment and tracks how much water, carbon and energy it uses... More
Upon your arrival at the sophisticated Hotel Carlton, a Joie de Vivre Hotel in San Francisco, California, you'll be greeted by the friendly and helpful guest services staff. In addition to welcoming you, the staff also welcomes your dog or cat. A special pet bed will be... More
The first hotel built near the Orange County Airport (John Wayne Airport - SNA) in the 1960s, the Atrium Hotel was originally known as "The Airporter", evolving into today s chic hangout, spilling over with water fountains and sprouting with native greenery, both inside... More
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
Relax in a comfortable room at the Best Western Plus Raffles Inn & Suites in Anaheim. Amenities include a refrigerator, microwave oven, entertainment center and complimentary high-speed Wi-Fi. Children's options are available, including cribs or bunk beds, and the... More
Anaheim Marriott Suites in Garden Grove offers a pleasant atmosphere for the whole family. Young guests will enjoy the kids' video game room while both adults and children alike will enjoy splashing in the hotel's outdoor pool. Travelers can work out at the full-service... More
Although it s known as one of the Anaheim Disneyland hotels, The Red Lion Hotel Anaheim offers the atmosphere of an friendly California inn and business travelers will appreciate the 5,000 square feet of event space and free Wi-Fi throughout. The sleek, glass-walled hotel... More
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 even the busiest event. At the end of a long day, release some pent up... More
Dating back to the eighties, the Anaheim Marriott upholds the standard Mariott brand of hospitality with its imposing pillared lobby, vivid blue and orange accents and zingy lighting. Earning an Energy Star award from the US Environmental Protection Agency for water... More
Laguna Hills Lodge, in Laguna Hills, attracts business travelers and vacationers to its lush and vibrant settings in Southern California. This family-owned hotel sits amid colorful flowers, and lively greenery lets guests enjoy a quiet place to relax. A delightful staff... More
The Anaheim Portofino Inn and Suites in Anaheim, California offers comfort and convenience for leisure, business and convention travelers. Choose from king suites, deluxe guest rooms and kid suites decorated in neutral colors and stylish accents. King Suites offer the... More
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
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
Best Western Plus Carriage Inn in Sherman Oaks offers affordable rates for rooms with all the amenities you ll need to rest comfortably during your stay, including 37-inch TVs with HBO, coffee makers, refrigerators and safes in every room. The sparkling heated outdoor... More
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