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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

Hilton Anaheim

4 stars
4.0 / 5 283 reviews
With its dancing colored fountains and perfect palms, the Hilton Anaheim is practically part of the nearby Disney resorts, looks-wise, but set far enough apart to enjoy relative piece from all the excitement and associated noise. Relax with a soak in the adults-only indoor pool and hot tub, or take a spinning class during your stay-childcare is available for visiting families. Mix lounge offers a cool cocktail hangout in the atrium, with its chic contemporary fountains and glowing bar, while there's everything from sushi to Starbucks Coffee served on-site. Key facts1,572 guestrooms4 restaurants/bars: Hilton Anaheim Food Court, Mix Lounge, Mix Restaurant, Starbucks CoffeeFitness centerHealth club and spa2 pools and JacuzziHigh-speed Wi-Fi (fees may apply)140,000-square-feet of conference and event spaceDisney ticket outlet NeighborhoodFound just off West Katella or 'Disney' Avenue, you can walk to Disneyland in about 15 minutes from the Hilton Anaheim, but a shuttle pass is available for families with small children or any disabilities. The hotel's location is also convenient for Knott's Berry Farm amusement park to the north, the Discovery Science Center and Newport Beach. You can purchase souvenirs and enjoy a show from Cirque de Soleil at Downtown Disney or take a more chilled-out approach to shopping at the Anaheim Garden Walk, both down the road from the main California Adventure Park. Hints and tipsNot just for Disney fans, the Hilton Anaheim is also close to the Anaheim Convention Center, and has extensive meeting spaces and booking tools. If you're here on a business stay and want to avoid pricey Disney meals at lunchtime, visit local stores like Kmart on Katella Avenue and Target on Harbor Boulevard and DIY your daytime eats.
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The Sofia Hotel

3 stars
4.0 / 5 327 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 / 5 630 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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Hollywood Hotel - The Hotel of Hollywood near Universal Studios

3 stars
3.4 / 5 350 reviews
Stylish comfort close to key sights and trendy Hollywood action Relaxing room amenities and state-of-the-art facilities give this Hollywood hotel its reputation for quality, comfort and convenience. Located in the heart of Los Angeles's dynamic east side, the hotel gives guests easy access to many of the city's best attractions as well as to trendy Hollywood shopping and dining options. Highlights Central Hollywood location near prime shopping and diningCreature comforts such as Moen Revolution Massaging and Sealy Posturepedic plush beds in each roomNearby premium attractions such as Universal Studios Park, Griffith Park and Grauman's Chinese Theater Location The nearby Metro Red Line stations offer rapid access to Hollywood, Miracle Mile, downtown and Burbank/Universal Studios Park. Griffith Park is also minutes away by car or Metro bus. For guests who prefer to drive, the 101 and 5 freeways afford connections to all points in the city and beyond. Rooms Tasteful mahogany or cherry furnishings adorn the hotel's 121 deluxe guest rooms, including six suites. Standard rooms offer one or two queen beds, while suites each come with a king bed. All guests enjoy Sealy Posturepedic plush beds, Moen Revolution showerheads and Poggesi bath amenities. Services include free Internet, Wi-Fi and satellite TV, as well as on-demand movies and Web TV (fees apply). Dogs and cats under 50 pounds are permitted for a fee. Features Elegant European decor with classic Hollywood accents adorn this AAA Three Diamond Award Winner. The hotel's 1160 Bar & Lounge evokes memories of vintage Hollywood. Chic yet casual Italian dining is what you'll find at Valentino's (the restaurant is currently open only for breakfast while undergoing renovation; call hotel in advance for updates). Re-charge with the fitness center's Nautilus and Quantum equipment before unwinding at the heated outdoor pool and sundeck (open year-round). Ample gated parking is also available for all size vehicles (fees apply). Transportation Metro Red Line Stations (2-4 blocks)Los Angeles International Airport (21.5 miles)Bob Hope Airport (10 miles) Attractions Universal Studios Hollywood Theme Park & Universal City Walk (4.6 mi/7.5 km)Griffith Park & Observatory (1.8 mi/2.8 km)Los Angeles Zoo & Botanical Gardens (3.8 mi/6.2 km)Mann's Chinese Theater and Hollywood Walk of Fame (3 mi/4.8 km)Rodeo Drive/Beverly Hills (6.6 mi/10.6 km) Business 30 business-class guest rooms with added services, including free desktops and laptopsFive event roomsBusiness center
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La Quinta Inn Sacramento North

3 stars
3.0 / 5 63 reviews
Affordable hotel just minutes from McClellan office park In a humming business district 12 miles north of California's State Capitol building and just minutes from Highway 80 and Interstate 5, the La Quinta Inn Sacramento North hotel provides guests with a conventional and convenient place to stay near Sacramento. Find casual eateries, golf courses and three shopping malls within 20 minutes. Highlights Free high-speed wireless Internet accessFree waffle breakfast barFree parkingPets welcome for no extra chargeShuttle service within five-mile radius Rooms Three floors contain 126 conventional inn rooms situated around a swimming pool courtyard. There is one suite unit available at the La Quinta Inn Sacramento North hotel. Nintendo game consoles and free high-speed wireless Internet are available in all guest rooms. Features The complimentary breakfast bar at the La Quinta Inn Sacramento North hotel features waffles and continental grab-and-go items every morning.  Additional 3-star amenities include fitness center privileges, outdoor pool, Jacuzzi and guest laundromat. Parking is free on the premises. Transportation Sacramento International Airport (17.4 mi./27.9 km)San Francisco International Airport (108 mi./174 km)Greyhound bus terminal Roseville (8.6 mi./13.8 km)Amtrak station Rocklin (11.8 mi./19 km) Attractions McClellan AFB/ Office Park (2.6 mi./4.4 km)Cherry Island Soccer Complex (5.7 mi./9.2 km)Cal Expo California State Fairgrounds (8.2 mi./13.2 km) Arco Arena (8.9 mi./14.4 km)Sacramento Convention Center (9.1 mi./14.6 km) Sacramento State Aquatic Center (9.3 mi./15 km)California State University Sacramento (9.4 mi./15.1 km)California State Capitol (12.7 mi./20.4 km) Business Free high-speed wireless Internet in public areasTwo meeting rooms with 900 square feet of total meeting space Policies and fees This hotel allows leashed dogs of any size for no extra charge
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Departure Arrival Travel dates Round-trip
Denver Los Angeles Thu, Apr 16 - Tue, Apr 21 $95
Las Vegas San Francisco Tue, Jan 20 - Tue, Jan 27 $97
Denver San Diego Sun, Jan 11 - Wed, Jan 14 $97
Los Angeles Sacramento Sun, Jan 11 - Thu, Jan 15 $117
Denver Orange County Sat, Jan 17 - Tue, Jan 20 $145
San Francisco Ontario Mon, Jan 26 - Wed, Feb 4 $175
Los Angeles San Jose Wed, May 20 - Tue, May 26 $145
Long Beach Oakland Mon, Jan 26 - Fri, Jan 30 $107
Sacramento Long Beach Tue, Feb 3 - Thu, Feb 5 $108
San Francisco Burbank Mon, Jan 5 - Wed, Jan 7 $165
Las Vegas Fresno Tue, Jan 20 - Wed, Jan 28 $157
San Francisco Palm Springs Wed, Jan 14 - Tue, Jan 20 $176
Denver Santa Barbara Tue, Jan 27 - Tue, Feb 3 $355
Los Angeles Monterey Thu, Jan 1 - Wed, Jan 7 $236
Los Angeles Santa Rosa Thu, Jan 8 - Fri, Jan 9 $251
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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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