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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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Disney's Grand Californian Hotel and Spa on Disneyland Resort Property

4 stars
4.4 / 5 179 reviews
Disney's Grand Californian Hotel and Spa in Anaheim is a luxury resort displaying marvelous American Craftsman architecture. This style of design flourished during the late 1800s and early 1900s, and it's both elegant and rustic. There are more than 1,000 rooms at this tranquil hotel, which offers pool, courtyard and theme park views. The Grand Californian offers a water-lover's paradise, with a large swimming pool, a water slide that looks like a redwood tree, two smaller pools, and a pool just for kids. Several ballrooms and meeting spaces, an elaborate spa and fitness facility, and a gift shop round out the full hotel experience. Guests won't be short on dining options, with two lounges, a snack bar, the family-oriented Storyteller's Cafe, and the first-class restaurant Napa Rose all on-site. Key facts 948 guestrooms44 suitesConference and event facilities3 poolsGym4 restaurantsConvenient park entrySpaFree Wi-Fii24-hour room service NeighborhoodThe Grand Californian looks out on Disneyland and is right next to Disney California Adventure. Disneyland, which opened in 1955, is packed with both cutting-edge and traditional rides and shows, and Disney California Adventure recreates scenes of California's yesteryears. For instance, a section of the park purposely resembles 1920s Los Angeles. Between these two parks is Downtown Disney, a lavish shopping and dining district with a huge range of activities on offer. Hints and tipsGuests of the hotel have their own access for entering and exiting Disney California Adventure, making it easy to slip away from the park for a swim or a nap.During check-in, ask the desk clerk if you can get a complimentary room upgrade - there are occasional openings and it's worth inquiring about.
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Motel 6 San Diego Downtown

1 star
3.3 / 5 73 reviews
Motel 6 San Diego Downtown is located within walking distance to area dining. Marina Park Beach is 1 mile. Ride the San Diego Trolley to popular San Diego destinations, 1.6 miles. Enjoy our modern rooms. Wi-Fi is available in all rooms for a fee.
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Orchard Hotel

3 stars
4.3 / 5 130 reviews
Eco-friendly hotel near Union Square and steps from cable cars As its name suggests, the residential-style Orchard Hotel is all about the environment. The boutique hotel was San Francisco's first hotel to become LEED-EB certified by the U.S. Green Building Council, and it continues to tout a number of eco-friendly programs today. The hotel was built in 2000, and rooms still feel brand-new. Daffodil, the on-site restaurant, serves a variety of cuisines from all over the world. Highlights Eco-friendly programs and organic bath productsWalk to shopping at Union Square and Westfield Centre mallComplimentary business and fitness centers Rooms Relax and rejuvenate in one of the Orchard's 104 rooms, including nine suites. Armoires feature state-of-the-art DVD and CD entertainment centers and 27-inch flat-screen televisions. Guests will find large work desks, complimentary high-speed Internet and Wi-Fi and fully stocked mini-bars. Designed specifically for the Orchard, most of the furniture is made of wood from Bali. Bathrooms boast organic bath products. Features The Orchard opened in 2000, making it one of the newest boutique hotels in San Francisco. When it opened, it became the city's first LEED-EB certified hotel. Since then, the property has collected a number of other accolades for its commitment to eco-friendly practices. The Orchard continues to refine its approach to green. Art is a common theme inside; a bronze-cast statue entitled "Spring Awakening" welcomes visitors to the lobby, and paintings and photographs in hallways upstairs are from local artists. While the on-site fitness is complimentary, guests also have access to a handful of independent fitness facilities within walking distance (fees apply). Dining Daffodil, the eclectic on-site eatery, pairs seasonal and local organic cuisine with wines from all over the world. The restaurant is open for breakfast and dinner only, though a happy hour menu spotlights a number of tapas-style small plate dishes. Transportation San Francisco International Airport (45 minutes)Oakland International Airport (40 minutes)MUNI bus (5 minutes walking)Cable car stops (15 minutes walking)BART (20 minutes walking) Attractions Union SquareWestfield Centre shopping mall Theater DistrictEmbarcaderoSan Francisco Museum of Modern ArtAT&T Park Business Executive boardroom is perfect for small meetings (seats 18)Wine Room available at the on-site Daffodil restaurantSpecial "Green Meeting" packageComplimentary Business Center Policies and fees Valet parking available (fees apply)
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The Standard Downtown LA

3 stars
3.7 / 5 117 reviews
Trendy L.A. landmark is a downtown home for exploring the city This hotel really does set the standard for "urban cool" in L.A. Cutting-edge design and a dynamic vibe fill every inch of the hotel, from the swank lobby to the ultra-stylish rooms. Guests are dazzled by the super-cool Rooftop Bar, trendy 24/7 brasserie, and sexy, artful decor. Los Angeles cultural and recreational destinations, such as the Walt Disney Concert Hall, the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, the Museum of Contemporary Art, The Staples Center and more are just blocks away. Highlights Rooftop Bar offers spectacular downtown views and chic designStylish guest rooms with glass-encased showers and platform bedsUltra-convenient downtown location near major cultural destinations Rooms Guest rooms vary in size from 300 to 1,000 square feet. Designed with bright, post-modern style, these spaces are sure to delight guests. All rooms come with either queen- or king-size platform beds, complimentary Wi-Fi, large-screen TVs with DVD players, iPod stereos and oversized work desks. Bathrooms come furnished with glass-enclosed walk-in showers or soaking bathtubs, earth-friendly bath amenities and plush bath towels. Features The grand lobby's dazzling 125-foot fuchsia Omnibus sofa by designer Vladimir Kagan is only one detail in the visual feasts that fill this hotel. The lobby also includes a conceptual Jenny Holzer art installation, an Alexander Calder-inspired mobile, billiards table, a 15-time zone clock encased in stainless steel, and, of course, a full-service bar and lounge.   Business travelers take advantage of the free Wi-Fi, fully equipped business center and state-of-the-meeting rooms. Unwind at the heated outdoor pool and the fitness center in between shopping, sightseeing and nightlife adventures. Dining The hotel's 24/7 Restaurant serves fabulous New American cuisine in a vibrant, retro-diner interior and an outdoor patio alongside a delightful fountain. At the Rooftop Bar, DJ's spin the hippest grooves, guests sip tempting cocktails in a sexy lounge setting, and L.A.'s downtown skyline is laid out for view. Transportation Closest Metro Stations: Pershing Square (0.5 mi/less than 1 km), 7th/Metro Center (2 blocks) Union Station (2.5 mi/4 km)Los Angeles International Airport (18 mi/29 km)Bob Hope Airport (15 mi/25 km)                Attractions Museum of Contemporary Art (less than 1 mi/1 km)Walt Disney Concert Hall (1 mi/1.5 km)Grauman's Chinese Theatre & Hollywood Walk of Fame (8 mi/13 km)Universal Studios Hollywood Theme Park (10 mi/16 km)Rodeo Drive/Beverly Hills (11 mi/18 km)Santa Monica Pier & Third Street Promenade (16 mi/25 km) Business Business centerComplimentary Wi-Fi14,500 square feet of flexible meeting spaceCustomizable sound systemsIn-room fax machines Polices & Fees At the time of check-in, the hotel takes an authorization to cover incidental charges. Please be aware that if a debit or check card is presented at check-in, your bank may place a hold on your account for that amount for up to two weeks after departure. Cash deposits for the incidental charges will not be taken. Overnight valet parking is available (fees apply).
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Hyatt Regency Sacramento

4 stars
4.2 / 5 60 reviews
Front row view of California’s State Capitol building in SacramentoNothing beats the Hyatt Regency Sacramento convention hotel for proximity to the famous State Capitol building. Popular with discerning sightseers who require a spot close to Old Town and business professionals who can't risk a substandard stay, this hotel promises one of Sacramento's finest experiences. An impressive upper-floor event space offers grand dome views. Highlights: Closest hotel to State CapitolUpscale meeting facilities Sunday champagne brunch RoomsSleep in a Grand Bed with optional hypo-allergenic bedding in any of 503 guestrooms. Brown tones accented with bright colors are California-modern. Some rooms provide balconies and views of the palm-tree-lined capitol park. There is a club level and four suites. Wi-Fi Internet access is available (fees apply). All rooms have a 42-inch flat-screen TV and iPod docking station. Bath products are by Portico. Room service is available (limited hours). Features Covered valet and self-parking (fees apply).   DiningA private club lounge in the hotel offers refreshments to Regency Club members mornings and evenings. Indoor-outdoor Vines Cafe uses local California ingredients on its breakfast and lunch menus as well as its popular Sunday champagne brunch. Classy on-site American steakhouse restaurant Dawson's serves dinner and martinis nightly. Trendy lounge Amourath 1819 is open late. Recreation Yoga video workouts can be ordered through each guestroom's entertainment system. A 24/7 workout room has cardio machines and weights. Pleasant outdoor spaces include a heated pool, Jacuzzi and a 40-acre park across the street for jogging and walking. Transportation Sacramento International Airport (11 mi/18 km)San Francisco International Airport (99 mi/159 km)Amtrak station Sacramento (0.9 mi/1.4 km)24-hour airport transportation provided by Super Shuttle (fees apply)Limo and Town Car service (fees apply) Attractions California State Capitol (across the street) Sacramento Convention Center (0.1 mi/0.1 km) Old Town Sacramento (0.9 mi/1.5 km)California State University Sacramento (4.7 mi/7.6 km) Cal Expo California State Fairgrounds (4.7 mi/7.6 km) Business 24-hour business center has copying, faxing, scanning and high-speed Internet access (fees apply)High-speed wireless Internet access in pubic spaces (fees apply)Computer rentalsCurrency exchange28,000 square feet of total indoor and outdoor meeting spaceCapitol View Room offers skyline viewAudio/visual, projectors and easelsEvent staff and catering Policies and feesPets allowed - Dogs only. Standard non-connecting room only.Minimum check in age for this hotel is 21 years.
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Departure Arrival Travel dates Round-trip
San Francisco Los Angeles Tue, Apr 21 - Sun, Apr 26 $193
Dallas San Francisco Sun, Apr 26 - Wed, Apr 29 $163
Denver San Diego Wed, Apr 22 - Wed, Apr 29 $291
Portland Sacramento Tue, May 12 - Tue, May 19 $343
Phoenix Orange County Sat, Apr 4 - Sat, Apr 11 $165
Portland Ontario Sun, Mar 8 - Tue, Mar 10 $275
Dallas San Jose Sat, Jun 6 - Wed, Jun 10 $165
Chicago Oakland Tue, Mar 31 - Tue, Apr 7 $120
Phoenix Long Beach Sun, Mar 8 - Tue, Mar 10 $190
Houston Burbank Thu, Apr 16 - Sun, Apr 19 $350
Portland Fresno Sat, Mar 28 - Mon, Mar 30 $338
Denver Santa Barbara Fri, Jun 19 - Sun, Jun 28 $469
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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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