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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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Anabella Hotel

4 stars
3.6 / 5 770 reviews
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. Rooms come decorated in one of 14 different styles: from deluxe rooms to Hacienda suites and Disney-inspired kids' bunk rooms. Float in the serene Quiet Pool and pamper your muscles in the Jacuzzi after a solid workout in the hotel fitness center, or enjoy some fragrant marinated chicken or Mexican-influenced platters at the Tangerine Patio & Grill. Key facts358 guestrooms Tangerine Grill & Patio and Nectarine poolside barFree Internet access7 flexible indoor and outdoor conference/banqueting spaces2 swimming pools and a JacuzziGymSpaBarber/beauty salonLaundry servicesHandicapped rooms available NeighborhoodConveniently located on W. Katella Avenue just off the Santa Ana freeway in Anaheim, the Anabella is directly across from Disneyland's California Adventure Park, so you can treat the little ones-or not-so-little ones-to all the excitement of Disneyland theme parks simply by crossing the street. Moreover, the Downtown Disney District offers free admission to enjoy shopping, eateries and entertainment shows. Those in town on business will benefit from the hotel being a part of the Anaheim Convention Center campus, with the center less than half a mile away on foot. Hints and tipsHints and tips If you need Disneyland passes, ask the concierge at the Anabella Hotel to find out about any current discount offers. Stroll up to the Nectarine Bar by the pool during Happy Hour (2:30 pm – 6:00 pm) to get low-cost light bites and drinks deals.
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BEST WESTERN PLUS Island Palms Hotel & Marina

3 stars
4.1 / 5 460 reviews
Convenient hotel on Shelter Island with free bike rentalsThe Best Western Island Palms Hotel & Marina combines the best of both worlds: a modern hotel with a state-of-the-art marina. The property is located on Shelter Island, which is known among locals as San Diego's Hawaiian isle. Hotel guests can unwind at one of two bayside pools or an outdoor fireplace with breathtaking views of Point Loma. Accommodations span three distinct sections of the hotel, each with a unique theme and feel. The on-site restaurant, Blue Wave Bar & Grill, serves tasty, island style seafood. HighlightsPrivate Mega-Yacht Marina Two bayside pools, one with outdoor fireplaceOn-site restaurant serves island-style cuisineComplimentary bike rentalsComplimentary shuttle to San Diego Airport and Amtrak RoomsThe Best Western Island Palms Hotel & Marina offers 227 rooms, including 60 suites. Accommodations span three sections of the hotel: Casa del Mar, Casa Marina and Island Palms. All three have different decor including tropical and Mediterranean themes. Rooms vary in size and configuration, but each comes standard with a flat-screen TV, ironing board, hair dryer and spacious work desk. Most suites include a kitchen with mini refrigerator and microwave. Most accommodations feature balconies and patios. Guests also receive complimentary Wi-Fi Internet access. FeaturesThe Best Western Island Palms Hotel & Marina sits on Shelter Island, which is known among locals as San Diego's Hawaiian isle for its tropical landscape. The property overlooks a private marina and sits adjacent to bike paths encircling San Diego Bay. The hotel is within one mile of Point Loma. All guests receive complimentary transfers to the airport or cruise ship terminal, as well as complimentary bike rentals. Guests also have access to two pools, a spa, fitness center and garden patio with outdoor fireplace. The Blue Wave Bar & Grill specializes in tropical-style cuisine. TransportationComplimentary shuttle to San Diego Airport and AmtrakMTS Bus (4 blocks)San Diego International Airport (3 mi/5 km)San Diego Trolley (3.5 mi/ 5.6 km) AttractionsOld Town (3.5 mi/5.6 km)SeaWorld (4 mi/6.4 km)Gaslamp District (8 mi/12.9 km)Petco Park (8 mi/12.9 km)San Diego Zoo (8 mi/12.9 km) Business6,300 square feet of meeting space accommodates up to 150 guestsOutdoor space can be converted into meeting facilityConference windows overlook marina Policies and FeesStarting 01 June, parking fee will be $10 USD per night.
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The Opal San Francisco

3 stars
3.5 / 5 608 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 / 5 140 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
Denver Los Angeles Tue, Oct 7 - Wed, Oct 8 $98
Los Angeles San Francisco Wed, Dec 31 - Tue, Jan 6 $137
Portland San Diego Wed, Sep 24 - Tue, Sep 30 $125
Los Angeles Sacramento Wed, Oct 8 - Wed, Oct 15 $151
Denver Orange County Wed, Oct 29 - Sat, Nov 1 $151
San Francisco Ontario Tue, Oct 21 - Sat, Oct 25 $209
Los Angeles San Jose Tue, Nov 25 - Tue, Dec 2 $137
Las Vegas Oakland Tue, Oct 7 - Wed, Oct 8 $95
Oakland Long Beach Tue, Sep 30 - Tue, Oct 7 $98
Seattle Burbank Mon, Oct 6 - Wed, Oct 8 $145
Denver Fresno Wed, Oct 1 - Sat, Oct 4 $175
San Francisco Palm Springs Tue, Dec 2 - Tue, Dec 9 $137
Denver Santa Barbara Sat, Oct 4 - Wed, Oct 8 $155
Los Angeles Monterey Wed, Oct 1 - Fri, Oct 3 $176
Los Angeles Santa Rosa Wed, Nov 26 - Sun, Nov 30 $557
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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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