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The land of perpetual sun and bronzed bodies isn't just for glam socialites and cashed-up celebs; California is also the place for fun on the cheap. Hit the sands of Manhattan Beach or pick up some knick-knacks at Maclin Markets. If you want a taste of the high-life, take a cruise along Mulholland Drive for a peek at some of the most opulent homes in the country. Bring the family to Disneyland or explore Yosemite National Park. If you just feel like chilling out and watching a good (and often free) play, head to the Greek Theatre in Griffith Park.

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Disney's Grand Californian Hotel and Spa on Disneyland Resort Property

4 stars
4.4 / 5 179 reviews
Disney's Grand Californian Hotel and Spa in Anaheim is a luxury resort displaying marvelous American Craftsman architecture. This style of design flourished during the late 1800s and early 1900s, and it's both elegant and rustic. There are more than 1,000 rooms at this tranquil hotel, which offers pool, courtyard and theme park views. The Grand Californian offers a water-lover's paradise, with a large swimming pool, a water slide that looks like a redwood tree, two smaller pools, and a pool just for kids. Several ballrooms and meeting spaces, an elaborate spa and fitness facility, and a gift shop round out the full hotel experience. Guests won't be short on dining options, with two lounges, a snack bar, the family-oriented Storyteller's Cafe, and the first-class restaurant Napa Rose all on-site. Key facts 948 guestrooms44 suitesConference and event facilities3 poolsGym4 restaurantsConvenient park entrySpaFree Wi-Fii24-hour room service NeighborhoodThe Grand Californian looks out on Disneyland and is right next to Disney California Adventure. Disneyland, which opened in 1955, is packed with both cutting-edge and traditional rides and shows, and Disney California Adventure recreates scenes of California's yesteryears. For instance, a section of the park purposely resembles 1920s Los Angeles. Between these two parks is Downtown Disney, a lavish shopping and dining district with a huge range of activities on offer. Hints and tipsGuests of the hotel have their own access for entering and exiting Disney California Adventure, making it easy to slip away from the park for a swim or a nap.During check-in, ask the desk clerk if you can get a complimentary room upgrade - there are occasional openings and it's worth inquiring about.
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Horton Grand Hotel

3 stars
3.9 / 5 205 reviews
Historic San Diego hotel gives guest a glimpse of the past Located in San Diego's historic Gaslamp Quarter, the Horton Grand Hotel is the modern incarnation of two Victorian hotels that opened in the late 1880s. The hotel's oak grand staircase, marble lobby and antique furnishings transport guests to the 19th century. Just steps from the San Diego Convention Center, the Horton Grand Hotel today delights guests with charming ambiance, friendly service and a fantastic location near Petco Park and the bars, restaurants and shopping of the Gaslamp Quarter. Highlights Listed on the National Register of Historic PlacesUnique Victorian-style guest rooms feature hand-carved armoires, fireplacesLocated in San Diego's historic Gaslamp QuarterNew Orleans-style open-air courtyard Location Just two blocks from the Horton Grand Hotel, Westfield Horton Plaza is a hub of activity. Live music and performances take place all summer, and public art adds an eclectic sensibility. More than 100 stores and services are anchored by Macy's and Nordstrom. RoomsSome of America's great historic figures -- Wyatt Earp, Babe Ruth and President Benjamin Harrison -- stayed at the original hotels that make up today's Horton Grand Hotel. Follow in their footsteps by staying in one of the hotel's 108 guest rooms and 24 grand rooms. City views and Victorian-inspired furnishings establish unmistakable sense of place. All rooms feature gas burning fireplaces, some have French doors that lead to a balcony overlooking the hotel courtyard. Complimentary Wi-Fi Internet access is available throughout the hotel. FeaturesAfter a long day of business or sightseeing, unwind with a drink at The Palace Bar at the Horton Grand Hotel, open Thursday to Sunday evenings with live entertainment available on Saturday nights. Be sure to stop by the front lobby and say hello to Sunshine, a life-size papier-mache horse from the saddle shop that previously occupied the building's ground floor. Guests can also buy souvenirs at the on-site gift shop, open 24/7. Limited valet parking (fees apply) and room service (limited hours) are also on offer. Hit the Gaslamp Quarter, home to approximately 200 bars, restaurants and nightclubs. For something slightly more low-key, Cafe 222 is a great place for people watching over breakfast or lunch. Transportation San Diego MTS bus stop (one block)San Diego International Airport (2.6 mi/4.2 km) Attractions San Diego Convention Center (0.2 mi/0.3 km)Petco Park (0.4 mi/0.6 km)USS Midway Museum (0.8 mi/1.3 km)San Diego Air & Space Museum (1.2 mi/1.9 km)San Diego Zoo (1.9 mi/3.1 km)SeaWorld (5.5 mi/8.9 km) Business Over 23,000 square feet of meeting space including a 250 seat theatre and 5,000 square-foot warehouse.Complimentary Wi-Fi access throughout the hotel Policies and feesCheese Shop is undergoing renovations and will re-open on March 2014.
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The Opal San Francisco

3 stars
3.5 / 5 653 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 and efficient; spacious work desks are popular among business travelers. Other amenities include a complimentary on-site fitness center and 24-hour coffee and tea service, as well as a complimentary breakfast buffet. Highlights Walking distance to shopping in Union SquareHistoric architecture, decorative touches24-hour coffee and tea serviceComplimentary breakfast buffet Rooms Each of The Opal's 164 guest rooms features central air and heat, cable television and complimentary high-speed Internet. (There's also free Wi-Fi in the hotel lobby.) Suites include small sitting areas with plush sofas. A handful of rooms have windows that look out onto the bustling Union FeaturesThe 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 lobby of The Opal -- a public area decorated to invoke the way it looked when the hotel debuted in 1908. Elsewhere on the property is a 24-hour laundry facility (fees apply) and car rental desk (fees apply; rentals also can be facilitated by the concierge). Overnight parking is also available (fees apply).All guests have complimentary access to a state-of-the-art on-site fitness center. Guests also are entitled to a complimentary breakfast buffet every morning.After a long day exploring the city, grab a milkshake and a tuna melt at the on-site outpost of Mel's Drive-In, a 1950s-style diner that has become a San Francisco institution. The restaurant is open 24 hours on weekends. Transportation San Francisco International Airport (45 minutes)Oakland International Airport (40 minutes)MUNI bus (5 minutes walking)Cable car stops (15 minutes walking)BART (18 minutes walking) Attractions Union Square Theater DistrictEmbarcaderoSan Francisco Museum of Modern ArtAT&T Park Policies and feesDebit cards are not acceptable at check-in. Overnight Parking is available (FEES APPLY).
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Stay on Main

2 stars
2.8 / 5 174 reviews
Dynamic downtown hotel is city's gateway with affordable comfort Sporting a cool, colorful style, Stay appeals to all travelers looking to save money on accommodations without compromising on comfort. A variety of guest-room and pricing options fits any budget, while handy amenities such as complimentary Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs and iPod dockings stations in each room add to the appeal. The downtown location means many of L.A.'s prime attractions are walkable or easily accessible via the nearby Metro or freeways. The trendiest downtown eateries and bars are also short walks away. Highlights Complimentary Wi-Fi in all guest rooms and public areasConvenient downtown location means an abundance of nearby dining, shopping and recreationMetro Stations, Union Station and freeways all nearby Location Guests will find a wealth of attractions, from downtown L.A.'s heritage buildings, Little Tokyo and Chinatown to the Museum of Contemporary Art and Walt Disney Concert Hall, all within walking distance. Two Metro stations are only blocks away, putting Universal Studios, Miracle Mile and Hollywood within easy reach, while the nearby 110 and I-5 freeways allow connectivity to all of greater L.A.'s destinations. Rooms Stay's 138 guest rooms come in various types. Guests can choose from rooms with private baths and with queen, twin or bunk beds. The same bed options are available for rooms with shared baths located down the hall. All rooms are equipped with complimentary Wi-Fi access, iPod docking stations and flat-screen TVs. Guests enjoy 300-count bed sheets and European bath and body essentials. Features This boutique hotel caters to anyone looking for friendly, functional accommodations at a budget price. Complimentary Wi-Fi is available in all public areas. To satisfy every hunger and thirst, there is an abundance of the trendiest bars and restaurants within walking distance. The nearby fashion and arts districts offer fantastic shopping and gallery-hopping opportunities. Transportation Closest Metro Stations: Pershing Square (5 blocks) & 7th Street/Metro Center (1 mi/1.5 km)Los Angeles International Airport (19 mi/30 km)Bob Hope Airport (15 mi/25 km) Attractions Museum of Contemporary Art (1 mi/1.5 km)Walt Disney Concert Hall (1 mi/1.5 km)Griffith Park & Observatory (8 mi/13 km)Grauman's Chinese Theatre & Hollywood Walk of Fame (8 mki/13 km)Universal Studios Hollywood Theme Park (11 mi/18 km)Santa Monica Pier & Third Street Promenade (16 mi/26 km)
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Good Nite Inn Sacramento

2 stars
2.9 / 5 368 reviews
Affordable and convenient Sacramento area hotelThe Good Nite Inn Sacramento offers rates as cheap as they come in Sacramento and suits basic overnight needs in an easy-to-find location. The hotel is just off Highway 50 in a neighborhood just a few miles out of downtown Sacramento. Its location makes the Good Nite Inn Sacramento a quick stopover for travelers going to and from California's busy bay area, serene Lake Tahoe and anywhere in between. Public transportation to Sacramento's City Center is accessible via a Light Rail stop just blocks of the hotel. HighlightsFree coffee and tea every morningOutdoor poolBudget-friendly rooms with Wi-Fi access (fees apply) RoomsThe Good Nite Inn Sacramento has 102 rooms on three floors, accessed by elevators and exterior hallways. The rooms are furnished with double and queen beds and standard accessories. Wi-Fi Internet access is available (fees apply). Pets are not permitted. Non-smoking rooms are on offer. FeaturesThe property offers free coffee and tea daily. The lobby has a computer with Internet access available for guest use (fees apply). Fax and copy services also are available (fees apply). The Good Nite Inn Sacramento offers free outdoor parking and guest laundry area. Transportation Sacramento International Airport (17 mi./28 km)San Francisco International Airport (103 mi./166 km)Sacramento Light Rail closest stop: Power Inn (0.2 mi./0.3 km)Greyhound bus terminal Sacramento (5.4 mi./8.7 km)Amtrak station Sacramento (7 mi./12 km) Attractions American River Bike Trail (0.5 mi./0.7 km)Cal Expo California State Fairgrounds (3.7 mi./5.9 km) Sutter's Fort (3.9 mi./6.3 km) California State University Sacramento (5 mi./8 km)Memorial Auditorium (5 mi./8 km)Sacramento Convention Center (5.1 mi./8.2 km) California State Capitol (5.2 mi./8.3 km) Old Town Sacramento (6 mi./9.6 km) Policies and feesGuests must provide a valid government issued ID and major credit card at time of check-in for deposit and incidental charges. Debit cards, prepaid cards, and cash will not be accepted.There is an additional Sacramento Tourism Management District (STMD) assessment fee of 1% on room revenue at Good Nite Inn Sacramento. This assessment fee is in addition to 12% room tax and $1.25 USD per room for STBID fee.
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Departure Arrival Travel dates Round-trip
Denver Los Angeles Tue, Sep 1 - Tue, Sep 15 $87
Las Vegas San Francisco Tue, Aug 25 - Wed, Aug 26 $67
Denver San Diego Wed, Jun 3 - Wed, Jun 10 $81
Los Angeles Sacramento Thu, Mar 19 - Tue, Mar 24 $117
Denver Orange County Wed, Apr 15 - Wed, Apr 22 $118
San Francisco Ontario Tue, Apr 7 - Wed, Apr 15 $181
Los Angeles San Jose Wed, Apr 1 - Tue, Apr 7 $139
Las Vegas Oakland Tue, Apr 14 - Tue, Apr 21 $81
Sacramento Long Beach Tue, Apr 14 - Wed, Apr 22 $87
Phoenix Burbank Thu, Apr 2 - Thu, Apr 9 $179
Phoenix Fresno Fri, Apr 17 - Tue, Apr 21 $167
San Francisco Palm Springs Tue, Apr 7 - Wed, Apr 8 $159
Seattle Santa Barbara Mon, May 18 - Thu, May 21 $329
San Diego Monterey Tue, Mar 31 - Wed, Apr 8 $159
Los Angeles Arcata Fri, Mar 13 - Mon, Mar 16 $760
Los Angeles Santa Rosa Wed, Jun 10 - Tue, Jun 16 $231
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  • Best Time to Go

    California vacations are popular throughout the year because much of the state has a very mild climate. At the same time, however, it does cool off during the winter, making it more difficult to enjoy the beach. You can save money during the winter because many of the beaches slow down during these months, which brings about fewer tourists. You can also avoid lineups at many tourist destinations during the winter. Do not miss the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, held at the end of April in Indio and features some of the most famous bands in the world.

  • Hearst Castle Estate

    Tour the Hearst Castle estate and its large collection of antiques and art.

  • Summer Concerts

    Summer concerts are held all over the state, with the Hollywood Bowl and the Ford Amphitheatre being popular locations.

  • Hollywood Comedy

    California travel is not complete without a trip to a Hollywood comedy club, such as the Laugh Factory, where you are sure to see a surprise special guest.

  • Santa Cruz Boardwalk

    The Santa Cruz Boardwalk is less popular than Santa Monica, but is preferred by most who visit this location.

  • Sea World

    While SeaWorld gets most of the attention, the Monterey Bay Aquarium features a number of great exhibits in a more personal environment.

  • California highlights
  • San Francisco

    A solid hippie history and picturesque city center make this trendy hub a must for California travels. Ride a cable car, indulge your taste buds in Chinatown, hit Fisherman's Wharf, and marvel at the iconic Golden Gate Bridge -- a 1.7-mile span between San Francisco and Marin County that draws nine million visitors each year.

  • Los Angeles

    The City of Angels may be filled with its share of sinners, but there's no escaping the "anything is possible" vibe that comes over you when you arrive. Hollywood is a California vacation must-see, and while it's not the movie-making hub today that it once was, it still leaves visitors star-struck. The Santa Monica Boulevard is also worth a look, so get your bronze on.

  • Anaheim

    It's hard to think of a California vacation without your inner child getting a word in. Home of Disneyland, Knotts Berry Farm and California Adventure, Anaheim is the hub of childhood joy. When you're not whizzing through the air on rides or taking in the magic of Disney, check out the Crystal Cove State Park for some magic of the natural variety.

  • Wine Country

    For a taste of the high life and some top-shelf wine while you're at it, make your way to California's Wine Country. Strewn with vines, artisan boutiques, laidback people and some of the prettiest scenery you're likely to see anywhere, Wine Country includes idyllic towns like the Napa Valley, Sonoma County and Santa Barbara. It's the perfect place to sit back, relax and let yourself indulge a little on your California travels.

  • Pacific Coast Highway

    For awesome views and some great pics to show the folks back home, you can't beat a drive along this iconic stretch. During the day, you'll get sun-drenched ocean scenes to snap in places like Big Sur and Orange County, and by night you'll see a sea of glimmering lights and the glowing moon. Take your significant other for an extra-special moment, if you know what we mean…

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