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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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Tropicana Inn and Suites

3 stars
3.8 / 5 174 reviews
Friendly, vibrant family hotel in great Anaheim locationLocated across the street from both Disneyland Resort and the Downtown Disney District, Tropicana Inn & Suites is a designated Disneyland Resort Good Neighbor Hotel. Tropicana Inn & Suites is a lively, attractive, family-friendly hotel. The hotel features a friendly, accommodating staff as well as a variety of comfortable, affordable rooms and suites. Tropicana Inn & Suites is conveniently adjacent to the Pedestrian Walkway, where families can park their cars and walk to both theme parks. HighlightsJacuzziOlympic-style poolKitchen Suites Adjacent to the Pedestrian Walkway RoomsThe Tropicana Inn & Suites features freshly remodeled rooms equipped with refrigerator, microwave oven, coffee/tea maker and hair dryer. For guests traveling with a larger group, the hotel's deluxe Kitchen Suites make vacations more comfortable and convenient by offering full kitchens with stovetop, oven, refrigerator, microwave, seating area, utensils and dish pack.   Rollaway beds are available (fees apply) and cribs are available free of charge. Wireless Internet is available for a fee. FeaturesFor guests looking for a refreshing dip after a long day at Disneyland, Tropicana Inn & Suites features an Olympic-style pool and a large Jacuzzi in the center of the hotel.   The Tropicana Inn & Suites is close to a number of vibrant nighttime entertainment options, including The Grove of Anaheim, House of Blues, and the Anaheim Improv comedy club. The hotel is also located within minutes of the Honda Center, home of the Mighty Ducks, the Anaheim Convention Center and Angels Stadium, home of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.   TransportationOrange County/John Wayne Airport: 13 mi/21 kmLos Angeles International Airport: 36 mi/58 km AttractionsDisneyland Park, Disney’s California Adventure Park and Downtown Disney: 0.2 mi/0.3 kmAnaheim Convention Center: 0.7 mi/1 kmEdison Field: 1 mi/2 kmLa Palma Park: 2 mi/3 kmAnaheim GardenWalk: 4 mi/9 km BusinessWireless Internet access (fees apply)Walking distance to Anaheim Convention Center Policies and feesOn-site parking is available for $9 plus taxes per vehicle, per night, and is payable directly to the Tropicana Inn & Suites upon check-out.
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The Sofia Hotel

3 stars
4.0 / 5 323 reviews
Sophisticated elegance in Gaslamp with business center and yogaThe Sofia Hotel was designed for business travelers. Guests enjoy the 24-hour business and fitness centers and 24-hour health center with yoga studio. Other convenience-oriented amenities in this sophisticated and elegant property include mini refrigerators, laptop-sized in-room safes and more. Situated on the edge of the Gaslamp Quarter, the hotel features breathtaking views of San Diego Bay. The on-site restaurant, Currant Brasserie, serves French-inspired cuisine. The hotel also offers Wi-Fi access throughout the property. Highlights24-hour business center, fitness center and yoga centerIn-room mini refrigeratorLocated steps from the Gaslamp Quarter and the waterfrontProperty-wide Wi-Fi access RoomsThe Sofia Hotel offers 211 rooms, including six suites which are sparsely decorated, but elegant nevertheless. Each room comes standard with a flat-screen TV, mini-refrigerator, microwave oven, MP3 docking station, laptop-sized safe, hairdryer and Gilchrist & Soames bath products. Pets are welcome (fees apply). Features The Sofia Hotel dates back to 1926, when it opened as the Pickwick. It closed in 2006, underwent extensive renovations and reopened in 2008 as the Sofia. Along the way, the property was inducted into the National Trust Historic Hotels of America. Today, guests of the hotel receive complimentary access to the 24-hour business and fitness centers and 24-hour health center with yoga studio. The yoga studio offers classes in a number of different styles, complimentary to guests. The Sofia Hotel also boasts an on-site spa which offers a variety of treatments inspired by the Far East (fees apply). The hotel even offers on site pet-care services through a local Dogs and the City outpost (fees apply). Currant Brasserie, the on-site restaurant, serves a mix of American and French style brasserie dishes, along with inventive cocktails and desserts. Transportation MTS Bus (1 block)San Diego Trolley (4 blocks)San Diego International Airport (2 mi/3 km) Attractions Gaslamp Quarter (1 block)Petco Park (3 blocks)San Diego Zoo (1 mi/1.5 km)Old Town (2 mi/3 km)Sea World (5 mi/9 km)Qualcomm Stadium (6 mi/11 km)Point Loma (6 mi/11 km) Business 24-hour business centerMeeting space to accommodate up to 90 peopleGlobal videoconferencing capabilities Policies and feesGuest must be at least 18 years old and should bring valid ID and credit card to check in to the hotel.Valet parking fee is $34.The guest service fee is $8.75 ($9.85 with tax and assessments). The fee includes the following: Property-wide Wi-Fi and Ethernet Internet access, 24-hour Fitness Centre and Yoga Studio, Scheduled yoga classes (please check with the hotel for times), 24-hour Business Center, Unlimited local and toll-free telephone calls, 2 in-room bottled waters, HBO and ESPN, Guided Walking Tours (Weekends, weather permitting), In-room coffee and condiments, Lobby Newspapers (USA Today), "Urban Cruiser' bicycle use with helmets.
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The Opal San Francisco

3 stars
3.5 / 5 622 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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Historic Mayfair Hotel

2 stars
2.7 / 5 103 reviews
The charming Historic Mayfair Hotel is ideally positioned in the heart of Los Angeles just few blocks from the Los Angeles Convention Center, Staples Center, Nokia Theater, USC, Business and financial Center, Jewelry District, Fashion District, China Town, Little Tokyo, Korean Town, Courthouse, Music Center, Walt Disney Music Center, Macy Shopping Mall, dodger Stadium and Natrual Science Museum . Easy access to Hollywood, Beverly Hill, Universal Studio , Santa Monica, Venice Beach by Metro Train, Bus or car. Corporate offices are within 2 miles. Los Angeles Police Headquarter, Mayor office, Los Angeles Court House, Immigration Office, Good Samaritan Hospital, St. Vincent Hospital.Financial offices such as Ernst and Young, Price Water House, Deloitte, KPMG, Bank of America, Capital, Chase Bank, Wellsfargo, Union Bank, Citibank.Lawyers nearby are O'Melveny and Meyers, Latham and Watkins, Gibson Dunn and Crutcher. The Mayfair Hotel is completely non-smoking. If a guest chooses to smoke inside the room, a cleaning fee will be assessed and charged to the guest. Refrigerators are offered, based on availability, for a fee. If a guest would like to request a refrigerator for their stay, the additional fee can be paid directly at the Hotel. Once again, this is based upon availability and requests cannot be guaranteed. Children 12 years of age and younger may stay free with a parent in the same room, using existing bedding. Any person older than the age of 12 years will be regarded as an adult and be charged as such. BREAKFAST BUFFET at the CELEBRITY RESTAURANT Hours: M - F: 6:30 AM - 10:30 AM SAT - SUN: 6:30 AM - 11:00 AM $12.95 Per Person *Includes applicable taxes and gratuity Parking fee is fourteen ($14) dollars a day plus tax. Minimum age required to do the check-in at the hotel is 21 years old. Check-in: 3:00 PM Check-out: 12:00 PM (Noon)
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Good Nite Inn Sacramento

2 stars
2.9 / 5 333 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 feesPhoto ID and credit card are required at check-in for incidental charges. Effective July 1, 2012, there will be 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 per room for STBID fee.
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Departure Arrival Travel dates Round-trip
San Francisco Los Angeles Mon, Jan 26 - Thu, Jan 29 $135
Los Angeles San Francisco Wed, Jan 21 - Tue, Jan 27 $135
Denver San Diego Wed, Jan 7 - Sat, Jan 10 $87
Los Angeles Sacramento Tue, Dec 30 - Thu, Jan 1 $145
Denver Orange County Thu, Dec 4 - Thu, Dec 11 $135
San Francisco Ontario Mon, Dec 15 - Tue, Dec 16 $175
Los Angeles San Jose Wed, Jan 28 - Sat, Jan 31 $149
Las Vegas Oakland Thu, Dec 4 - Thu, Dec 11 $97
San Francisco Long Beach Sat, Dec 6 - Tue, Dec 9 $102
San Francisco Burbank Thu, Nov 27 - Fri, Nov 28 $192
Denver Fresno Wed, Dec 10 - Mon, Dec 15 $145
San Francisco Palm Springs Thu, Nov 27 - Thu, Dec 4 $145
Denver Santa Barbara Fri, Nov 28 - Wed, Dec 3 $205
Los Angeles Monterey Mon, Dec 22 - Fri, Dec 26 $327
Los Angeles Arcata Mon, Jan 26 - Mon, Feb 2 $452
Los Angeles Santa Rosa Sun, Dec 28 - Thu, Jan 1 $273
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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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