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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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Anaheim Majestic Garden Hotel

4 stars
3.8 / 5 100 reviews
Built in a distinctive castle-themed style, the Sheraton Anaheim Hotel is a destination perfect for a magical and memorable family vacation. Located one mile from the Disneyland Resort, the Sheraton Anaheim Hotel is situated on 13 acres of strolling gardens with a koi pond, outdoor pool and fitness center. The hotel lets guests avoid long ticket lines by offering discounted Disneyland park tickets at the lobby's Disney Desk. RoomsA wide variety of rooms and suites are available at the Sheraton Anaheim Hotel, including pool view, courtyard view, oversized rooms, bi-level suites and connecting rooms.   The 500-square-foot rooms include a plush Sheraton Sweet Sleeper Beds, refrigerator, coffeemaker featuring Starbucks Coffee, cable TV, iron and ironing board, oversized desk and free weekday newspaper. Video games, on-demand movies and high-speed Internet are available for a fee. Property featuresThe Sheraton Anaheim Hotel has many additional amenities, including the Disney Desk, available medical services, and a guest Laundromat.   Anaheim is a perfect meeting and event destination, and the Sheraton Anaheim Hotel can accommodate up to 1,000 guests in the banquet facilities. Three restaurants on the hotel's property accommodate every culinary desire. Guests can lounge beside the pool, sit in the outdoor whirlpool or explore Downtown Disney for restaurants and entertainment venues like the House of Blues and the ESPN Zone Sports Arena.   Within a short drive of he Sheraton Anaheim Hotel are many Orange County beaches, fabulous shopping and the Irvine business district. Freeway access puts visitors close to many Southern California's best attractions, including Universal Studios Hollywood, Knott's Berry Farm and the Long Beach Aquarium.   Highlights13 acres of strolling gardens Exclusive Sheraton Sweet Sleeper BedsFree shuttle service to Disneyland Nearby attractionsDisneyland Park: 1 mi/2 kmThe Garden Walk: 1 mi/2 kmEdison Field: 2 mi/4 kmBalboa Peninsula:  5 mi/8 kmOak Park: 9 mi/14 km Business15 meeting spacesConvention service staff8,280-square-foot convention areaWireless Internet (fees apply) TransportationOrange County/John Wayne Airport: 20 mi/32 kmLos Angeles International Airport: 36 mi/58 km PoliciesThe hotel pool will be closed from 02 Nov to 17 Dec 2014. Search ResultCastle-themed family hotel close to Disneyland
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Town and Country Resort San Diego

3 stars
3.4 / 5 287 reviews
Located in Mission Valley, the circa 1953 Town & Country Resort Hotel is the largest privately owned resort and convention center in San Diego. The property combines the very best attributes of two worlds. On one hand, it is located a brief trolley-ride from the restaurants, shopping and attractions in downtown San Diego. On the other hand, it is surrounded by picturesque open space adjacent to a 27-hole golf course. The resort boasts a day spa and outdoor pool complex to maximize relaxation. Two on-site restaurants serve many types of cuisine. RoomsTown & Country Resort Hotel features 970 rooms, including more than 40 suites that vary in size and configuration, comprising two towers and a host of garden bungalows. Each room comes standard with a flat-screen TV, hair dryer, ironing board and in-room safe. Wi-Fi and high-speed Internet access are available (fees apply). Property featuresThe Town & Country Resort Hotel opened with great fanfare in 1953 and has been independently owned and operated ever since. Today, all guests receive complimentary access to a pool complex that features three pools, as well as a modest on-site fitness center. The Bella Tosca Day Spa offers a variety of treatments seven days a week (fees apply). The hotel sits next to the 27-hole Riverwalk Golf Course and near many walking and jogging paths. Two on-site restaurants serve very different types of cuisine. At Trellises Garden Grille, dishes are prepared in French and Californian style. Kelly's Steakhouse is a more traditional meat-and-potatoes type of place. Highlights Golf 27 holes at the neighboring Riverwalk Golf Course Arrange massage treatments through the Bella Tosca Day Spa On-property trolley stop for easy access into San Diego Two on-site restaurants   NOTE: Resort fee is $14 USD/night inclusive of in-room Wi-Fi access; unlimited access to the fitness center from 6AM-8PM; 10% off spa services at Bella Tosca Day Spa; hotel shuttle service to: Riverwalk, Fashion Valley Mall, Mission Valley Mall, Old Town And Hazard Center daily from 10AM-7PM; guestroom local calls (619 and 858 area codes) and 1-800 calls; coffee in guestroom and morning coffee in the hotel lobby from 5AM-9AM; USA Today in the hotel lobby and dining outlets; computer access at the hotel lobby for printing airline boarding passes; and preferred guest pricing on super shuttle airport transportation. Nearby attractions Sea World (2 mi/3 km) Old Town (3 mi/5 km) San Diego Zoo (4 mi/7 km) Petco Park (5 mi/9 km) Qualcomm Stadium (5 mi/9 km) Point Loma (6 mi/10 km) Business 24-hour business center More than 200,000 square feet of meeting space 41,000-square-foot Grand Hall and Plaza Pavilion Transportation San Diego Trolley (2 blocks) MTS Bus (5 blocks) San Diego International Airport (3 mi/5 km) Policies Valet and self parking are available (fees apply) Resort fee is $14 USD/night inclusive of in-room Wi-Fi access; unlimited access to the fitness center from 6AM-8PM; 10% off spa services at Bella Tosca Day Spa; hotel shuttle service to: Riverwalk, Fashion Valley Mall, Mission Valley Mall, Old Town And Hazard Center daily from 10AM-7PM; guestroom local calls (619 and 858 area codes) and 1-800 calls; coffee in guestroom and morning coffee in the hotel lobby from 5AM-9AM; USA Today in the hotel lobby and dining outlets; computer access at the hotel lobby for printing airline boarding passes; and preferred guest pricing on super shuttle airport transportation. Parking fee is $14 USD per day Search ResultHistoric resort offers largest convention space in San Diego
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King George Hotel

3 stars
3.6 / 5 245 reviews
Considering its name and the British flag flying out front, it's no surprise that the King George Hotel near San Francisco's Union Square district has a decidedly European flair. Decorative touches are subtle but continue this theme: chess boards in every room, coats of arms, and more. All guests receive complimentary Wi-Fi and high-speed Internet access. The on-site restaurant, Winston's Bar and Lounge, even serves imported beer. RoomsAccommodations -- 141 rooms and 12 suites in all -- vary in size and configuration but come standard with flat-screen televisions, pillow-top mattresses, MP3 docking stations and in-room safes. Guests receive complimentary Wi-Fi and high-speed Internet access as well as nightly turndown service. Property featuresThe King George Hotel, a free-standing structure, dates back to 1914 and has been renovated numerous times since. It also is now a certified member of the California Green Lodging Program. All guests have access to a nearby Club One Health Club (fees apply), a full-service facility with spa, pool and fitness center. The hotel also offers 24-hour laundry service (fees apply). Grab a pint (what else?) at Winston's Bar & Lounge, a kitschy-but-lovable bar on the ground floor. The pub no longer serves food, but the scene is still lively on weekend nights. Valet and self-parking are available (fees apply). HighlightsComplimentary Wi-Fi and high-speed Internet accessHop on any one of the city's cable cars down the streetUnion Square shopping is only a four-block walk from the hotel Nearby attractionsUnion Square (3 blocks)Theater District (4 blocks)Fisherman's Wharf (1 mi/1.5 km)AT&T Park (2 mi/3.5 km)Golden Gate Park (6 mi/10 km) Business24-hour business center in lobbyIntimate 500-square-foot meeting room TransportationSan Francisco International Airport (18 mi/30 km)Oakland International Airport (15 mi/25 km)Cable car stops (3 blocks)BART (6 blocks/1 km)MUNI bus (1 block) PoliciesThe hotel accepts reservations for guests under 18 years old given that parent/legal guardian guarantees payment for all charges. If legally emancipated, guests can present documents that prove emancipation and the ability to shoulder expenses at the hotel. Search ResultStately boutique hotel just off Union Square
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Stay on Main

2 stars
2.8 / 5 222 reviews
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. LocationGuests 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. RoomsStay'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. Property featuresThis 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. HighlightsComplimentary 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 Nearby attractionsMuseum 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) TransportationClosest 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) Search ResultDiscover L.A. at a smart price from this dynamic downtown hotel
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The Citizen Hotel

3 stars
4.3 / 5 85 reviews
The 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. DiningOn-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. RoomsCustom 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). Property featuresEarly 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). HighlightsGreen 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 Nearby attractionsCalifornia 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)   BusinessBusiness center11,000 square feet of total meeting space Roof deck Historic ballroom TransportationSacramento International Airport (11 mi/18 km)San Francisco International Airport (99 mi/159 km)Amtrak station Sacramento (0.6 mi/0.9 km) RecreationA workout room is available. Get fresh air at Cesar Chavez Park across the street or nearby State Capitol building's 40-acre park. PoliciesValet Parking surcharge applies.This hotel is pet-friendly (fees apply). Search ResultArt deco hotel at California's State Capitol
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Departure Arrival Travel dates Round-trip
Denver Los Angeles Wed, Aug 26 - Wed, Sep 2 $117
Las Vegas San Francisco Wed, Oct 14 - Tue, Oct 27 $77
Denver San Diego Tue, Sep 22 - Sat, Sep 26 $127
Los Angeles Sacramento Wed, Oct 14 - Tue, Oct 20 $159
San Francisco Orange County Tue, Aug 18 - Mon, Aug 24 $145
San Francisco Ontario Sat, Jul 25 - Tue, Jul 28 $142
Portland San Jose Tue, Aug 4 - Tue, Aug 18 $119
Las Vegas Oakland Tue, Aug 18 - Wed, Aug 19 $81
Las Vegas Long Beach Fri, Sep 4 - Tue, Sep 8 $84
Seattle Burbank Tue, Aug 11 - Mon, Aug 17 $177
Phoenix Fresno Sat, Aug 22 - Tue, Aug 25 $212
San Francisco Palm Springs Sun, Sep 13 - Fri, Sep 18 $209
Portland Santa Barbara Fri, Jul 31 - Mon, Aug 10 $277
San Diego Monterey Mon, Sep 28 - Thu, Oct 1 $252
Los Angeles Arcata Tue, Sep 8 - Sun, Sep 13 $386
Los Angeles Santa Rosa Mon, Nov 23 - Thu, Nov 26 $237
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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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