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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.

From San Francisco to Los Angeles and Palm Springs to San Diego, with CheapTickets, your California vacation can be a bargain bonanza.

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Red Lion Hotel Anaheim

4 stars
3.7 / 5 297 reviews
Like they say in Hollywood, they have had a little work done. The new Red Lion Hotel Anaheim has under gone a multi-million dollar transformation and reinvented itself as the premier place to stay when visiting Anaheim, California. Conveniently located across the street from the Disneyland Resort and the Anaheim Convention Center, guests will appreciate comfortable amenities and the hotel's warm, inviting atmosphere. The hotel is also just moments away from all the fun and excitement of Southern California destinations including Medieval Times, Pirate's Adventure Dinner, Anaheim Stadium, Honda Center, Knott's Berry Farm and local shopping at the Anaheim Garden Walk. Sun-worshippers can take an easy trip to experience the famous Newport and Huntington Beaches. The design style is forward, yet timeless and delivers on their brand promise of STAY COMFORTABLE. A rich pallet and sophisticated design have been used in the renovation of the guest rooms and will be seen in the furnishings and luxurious finishes throughout the hotel, including the lobby and public spaces. The Red Lion Hotel Anaheim is certified with Disneyland as a "Good Neighbor" hotel offering 2 day and 3 day ParkHopper passes at the front desk. Hotel amenities include: Complimentary wireless and wired Internet access Roaring Start Breakfast Buffet available ($9.95 per person) Cafe'2Go grab-and-go outlet for travelers in a hurry Red's Pasta Kitchen 37" flat screen plasma television, and iPod alarm clocks in all guestrooms Refrigerator, microwave and in-room safe in all guestrooms Fitness center Outdoor heated pool, open year-round until 9:00 p.m. Business center with guest work station. Bring your pet with you - Red Lion Hotel Anaheim is a pet friendly hotel. Red Lion Hotel Anaheim is a non-smoking facility Hotel has $14 per day self onsite parking. Their 310 renovated guestrooms in the Red Lion Hotel Anaheim feature Stay Comfortable plush pillowtop beds, ergonomically designed work areas, imported granite and tile baths, iPod docking stations, flat-screen televisions and more. They offer Red Lion's signature Roaring Start Breakfast Buffet... and don't forget, kids 10 and younger eat free with each adult. For meetings, the hotel offers over 5,000 square feet of flexible meeting space. To help you remain connected, the property offers complimentary wireless Internet access in guest rooms, the lobby, pool areas and meeting and banquet rooms.
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The Sofia Hotel

3 stars
4.0 / 5 325 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
The Opal San Francisco
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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 / 5 334 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 Wed, Jan 7 - Thu, Jan 15 $135
Los Angeles San Francisco Wed, Jan 7 - Sat, Jan 10 $135
Denver San Diego Tue, Jan 13 - Sat, Jan 17 $87
Los Angeles Sacramento Thu, Feb 12 - Thu, Feb 19 $123
Denver Orange County Thu, Dec 4 - Tue, Dec 9 $135
Seattle Ontario Wed, Jan 21 - Tue, Jan 27 $175
Los Angeles San Jose Thu, Dec 4 - Tue, Dec 9 $135
Las Vegas Oakland Thu, Dec 4 - Thu, Dec 11 $97
Sacramento Long Beach Sat, Jan 24 - Tue, Jan 27 $103
Phoenix Burbank Fri, Dec 12 - Sat, Jan 10 $140
Denver Fresno Wed, Dec 10 - Mon, Dec 15 $145
Denver Palm Springs Sun, Dec 7 - Thu, Dec 11 $145
Denver Santa Barbara Wed, Dec 3 - Fri, Dec 5 $145
San Diego Monterey Thu, Feb 19 - Sat, Mar 21 $219
Los Angeles Santa Rosa Sun, Nov 30 - Wed, Dec 3 $431
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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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