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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 / 5 780 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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Days Hotel San Diego Hotel Circle/ Near SeaWorld

3 stars
3.6 / 5 988 reviews
Convenience and value with gourmet restaurant near SeaWorldJust minutes from SeaWorld and Mission Bay, the Days Hotel - Hotel Circle offers convenience and value in comfortable accommodations. The hotel features an outdoor heated pool and a hot tub. An on-site restaurant, Bunz Burger Joint, serves gourmet farm-to-table burgers and hot dogs and is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Highlights Dine in gourmet burgers, hot dogs, and milkshakes at the on-site Bunz Burger Joint Luxuriate in the outdoor pool or hot tub Located minutes from SeaWorld and Mission Bay Free wireless Internet access RoomsAll of the 280 rooms at the Days Hotel - Hotel Circle were renovated in 2010. Today, most rooms come standard with mini-refrigerator, microwave, coffee maker and ironing board. Business place guest rooms feature a work desk and include a daily snack pack with bottled water. Deluxe kitchenette guest rooms feature an efficiency kitchen, complete with utensils and dishes. Complimentary Wi-Fi Internet access is available throughout the property. FeaturesThe Days Hotel - Hotel Circle is the highest-rated Days Hotel in the San Diego area and the property is a member of the California Green Lodging Program. All guests receive free parking. Guests also have complimentary access to a heated outdoor pool and a hot tub in the on-site laundry facility. Bunz Burger Joint serves breakfast, gourmet burgers, hot dogs, shakes and more for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. TransportationMTS Bus (Across the street)San Diego Trolley (1 mi/1.5 km)San Diego International Airport (7 mi/13 km) AttractionsOld Town (1.9 mi/3.1 km)San Diego Zoo (3.1 mi/5 km)Point Loma (3.5 mi/5.6 km)Qualcomm Stadium (4.1 mi/6.6 km)Sea World (4.4 mi/7.1 km)PETCO Park (4.8 mi/7.7 km) Business1,150-square-foot meeting room Policies and fees A valid credit card will be required upon check-in and will be authorized as a deposit for daily incidental charges.
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The Opal San Francisco

3 stars
3.5 / 5 615 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 / 5 144 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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Good Nite Inn Sacramento

2 stars
2.9 / 5 328 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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Cheap Flights
Departure Arrival Travel dates Round-trip
Houston Los Angeles Fri, Oct 31 - Tue, Nov 11 $115
Los Angeles San Francisco Wed, Nov 12 - Tue, Nov 18 $125
Portland San Diego Fri, Oct 31 - Fri, Nov 7 $89
Portland Sacramento Wed, Nov 12 - Fri, Nov 14 $148
San Francisco Orange County Sat, Nov 8 - Sat, Nov 15 $135
San Francisco Ontario Wed, Feb 11 - Tue, Feb 24 $183
Seattle San Jose Tue, Nov 18 - Wed, Nov 19 $147
Las Vegas Oakland Fri, Oct 31 - Tue, Nov 4 $99
Oakland Long Beach Sun, Dec 14 - Thu, Dec 18 $122
Phoenix Burbank Sat, Nov 8 - Tue, Nov 11 $204
Denver Fresno Wed, Nov 19 - Wed, Dec 3 $155
San Francisco Palm Springs Thu, Nov 20 - Thu, Nov 27 $155
Denver Santa Barbara Mon, Nov 10 - Wed, Nov 12 $185
Los Angeles Monterey Wed, Feb 11 - Tue, Feb 17 $225
Los Angeles Arcata Thu, Nov 20 - Sun, Nov 23 $452
Los Angeles Santa Rosa Thu, Oct 30 - Fri, Oct 31 $370
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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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