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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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Cheap California Vacation Packages

Doubletree Guest Suites Anaheim Resort/Convention Center

4 stars
4.3 / 5 104 reviews
Full-service business hotel centrally located in Anaheim (57 CHAR) Located adjacent to the Anaheim Convention Center, Doubletree Guest Suites Anaheim Resort/Convention Center hotel is one of the area's most noted full-service hotels. Opened in March 2006, the elegantly designed hotel features Tuscan-inspired décor with contemporary flair and elegantly appointed suites. After a busy day, guests can enjoy Doubletree Guest Suites Anaheim Resort/Convention Center's heated rooftop pool, whirlpool and fitness center. For kids young and old, a video arcade is also available. HighlightsPlush-top mattresses and luxury cotton linensThree distinctive on-site restaurantsRooftop pool RoomsEach room in the Doubletree Guest Suites Anaheim Resort/Convention Center includes the Sweet Dreams by Doubletree bed -- a plush-top mattress with triple sheeting, down comforter and jumbo pillows. Rooms also include a work-friendly desk, ergonomic chair, two telephones with voicemail and desk level electrical and data port outlets with high-speed internet access.  Each room also includes a microwave, refrigerator, coffee maker, iron and ironing board, hair dryer and 27-inch remote control television with premium channels. FeaturesThe Doubletree Guest Suites Anaheim Resort/Convention Center is centrally located in Orange County, with easy access to the business districts of Anaheim, Orange, Garden Grove and Santa Ana. Guests have easy access to the headquarters of such companies and institutions as UCI Medical Center, Home Depot, Boeing, SBC Pacific Bell, Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Chapman University and California State Fullerton. TransportationOrange County/John Wayne Airport: 13 mi/27 kmLos Angeles International Airport: 36 mi/58 km AttractionsAnaheim Convention Center: 0.4 mi/0.7 kmDisneyland Park: 1 mi/2 kmEdison Field: 2 mi/3 kmHonda Center: 2 mi/4 kmAdventure City: 5 mi/8 km Business7,500 square feet of meeting spaceConvention service staffSelf-service business center
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Humphreys Half Moon Inn & Suites

3 stars
4.0 / 5 432 reviews
Easy access to San Diego attractions from Shelter Island locationHumphreys 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 for business conferences, family vacations or weddings. The tropical island setting showcases the recently renovated suites and rooms on offer from Humphreys Half Moon Inn & Suites. Many rooms feature views of the marina or the city. Humphrey's Restaurant offers guests fine international cuisine along with superb views of San Diego Bay and the Marina.The property also provides parking at additional cost. Reasons to stay Humphreys Concerts by the Bay - open air concerts between May and October Close to SeaWorld and San Diego ZooPool bar, spa and fitness center Humphreys Half Moon Inn & Suites RoomsHumphreys Half Moon Inn & Suites offers 182 rooms, including 54 suites that boast incredible views of the nearby marina and San Diego Bay. Decor is Mediterranean in style and each room comes standard with a flat-screen TV, mini refrigerator, microwave and in-room safe. All suites include private patios or balconies. Guests receive complimentary Wi-Fi Internet access. Things to do nearby Seaport Village  (5.0 mi/8.0 km)SeaWorld  (5.0 mi/8.0 km)Mission Beach  (6.0 mi/10.0 km)San Diego Zoo  (8.2 mi/10.0 km) Policies and feesParking is available for $14 USD per night.Starting July 1, Humphrey's will be implementing a passport fee of $9.95 USD per room/night that includes: Free high-speed wireless Internet accessFree business center services including Boarding Pass PrintingFree two-hour bike rentalsFree entrance to our Backstage Live Music LoungeFree dining offers in our restaurant, lounge and pool barAdditional discounted selections at our restaurant, lounge and pool bar Discounts and special offers to local attractions and businesses. 
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The Opal San Francisco

3 stars
3.5 / 5 610 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 / 5 141 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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The Citizen Hotel

4 stars
4.2 / 5 63 reviews
Jazz era cool in Sacramento for the modern day politicoThe eternal glamour of politics feels downright marvelous at this stylish full-service hotel. The Citizen Hotel opened in fall 2008 in a historic 14-story, 83-year-old brick building, retaining hand-carved stair railings, vintage elevators and vaulted ceilings. This walkable location in the heart of downtown Sacramento is two blocks to the State Capitol and three to the Sacramento Convention Center. Highlights: Green Certified by the state of CaliforniaComplimentary wine tasting nightlyApple Mac Mini in all guest roomsOn-site restaurant Grange is one of Sacramento's contemporary dining stars Rooms Custom design expresses the Citizen Hotel's distinctive 1920s tone. Stately bedding, window treatments and furniture vary in all 198 rooms. Expect quality hand-carved wood, 300-thread count sheets and marble fixtures. Easily join the modern world with in-room Apple Mac Mini computers, iPod docking stations, State Capitol feed channels free on HD LCD TVs and a video library of political movie titles. Most rooms have cityscape views. Refrigerators are available (fees apply). Penthouse suites on the 14th floor have Jacuzzis and share a 400-square-foot balcony. Room service is available. High-speed wired and wireless Internet access is available (fees apply). Features Early California is re-imagined in bold marble, brass, leather and velvet in the old world lobby and lofted bar The Scandal, best enjoyed during complimentary weeknight wine tastings. Framed political quips provide a dash of whimsy for classy clientele of this Joie de Vivre property. The Citizen Hotel offers valet parking (fees apply). Dining On-site American brasserie-style Grange Restaurant and Bar is a star in the contemporary Sacramento dining scene. Seasonal fare is direct from California's nearby Central Valley. The wine list is entirely from California. Recreation A workout room is available. Get fresh air at Cesar Chavez Park across the street or nearby State Capitol building's 40-acre park. Transportation Sacramento International Airport (11 mi/18 km)San Francisco International Airport (99 mi/159 km)Amtrak station Sacramento (0.6 mi/0.9 km) Attractions California State Capitol (0.1 mi/0.2 km) Sacramento Convention Center (0.2 mi/0.3 km) Old Town Sacramento (0.8 mi/1.2 km)California State University Sacramento (4.9 mi/8 km)   Business Business center11,000 square feet of total meeting space Roof deck Historic ballroom Policies and fees Valet Parking surcharge applies.This hotel is pet-friendly (fees apply).
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Departure Arrival Travel dates Round-trip
San Francisco Los Angeles Sat, Oct 18 - Sat, Nov 15 $132
Houston San Francisco Tue, Dec 2 - Sat, Dec 6 $29
Portland San Diego Wed, Oct 15 - Sat, Oct 18 $125
Los Angeles Sacramento Wed, Oct 15 - Sat, Nov 1 $161
Denver Orange County Sun, Nov 2 - Thu, Nov 6 $163
Seattle Ontario Fri, Oct 17 - Tue, Oct 21 $193
Los Angeles San Jose Sat, Oct 25 - Wed, Oct 29 $145
Long Beach Oakland Wed, Dec 10 - Tue, Dec 16 $115
Las Vegas Long Beach Wed, Dec 3 - Sat, Dec 6 $98
Portland Burbank Tue, Oct 21 - Tue, Oct 28 $214
Denver Fresno Wed, Nov 5 - Sat, Nov 8 $145
San Francisco Palm Springs Tue, Dec 2 - Tue, Dec 9 $98
Denver Santa Barbara Wed, Nov 12 - Wed, Nov 19 $165
Los Angeles Monterey Wed, Oct 22 - Thu, Oct 23 $323
Los Angeles Arcata Fri, Dec 26 - Tue, Dec 30 $491
Los Angeles Santa Rosa Fri, Oct 24 - Mon, Oct 27 $255
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Best time to take a vacation to California

  • 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.

Insider tips for California travel

  • 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

  • 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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