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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 / 5 893 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. Policies and FeesResort fee is $5 USD plus tax.Parking fee is $16 USD plus tax.
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Horton Grand Hotel

3 stars
3.9 / 5 227 reviews
Historic San Diego hotel gives guest a glimpse of the past Located in San Diego's historic Gaslamp Quarter, the Horton Grand Hotel is the modern incarnation of two Victorian hotels that opened in the late 1880s. The hotel's oak grand staircase, marble lobby and antique furnishings transport guests to the 19th century. Just steps from the San Diego Convention Center, the Horton Grand Hotel today delights guests with charming ambiance, friendly service and a fantastic location near Petco Park and the bars, restaurants and shopping of the Gaslamp Quarter. Highlights Listed on the National Register of Historic PlacesUnique Victorian-style guest rooms feature hand-carved armoires, fireplacesLocated in San Diego's historic Gaslamp QuarterNew Orleans-style open-air courtyard Location Just two blocks from the Horton Grand Hotel, Westfield Horton Plaza is a hub of activity. Live music and performances take place all summer, and public art adds an eclectic sensibility. More than 100 stores and services are anchored by Macy's and Nordstrom. RoomsSome of America's great historic figures -- Wyatt Earp, Babe Ruth and President Benjamin Harrison -- stayed at the original hotels that make up today's Horton Grand Hotel. Follow in their footsteps by staying in one of the hotel's 108 guest rooms and 24 grand rooms. City views and Victorian-inspired furnishings establish unmistakable sense of place. All rooms feature gas burning fireplaces, some have French doors that lead to a balcony overlooking the hotel courtyard. Complimentary Wi-Fi Internet access is available throughout the hotel. FeaturesHolidaymakers at Horton Grand Hotel savour delectable culinary specialties for lunch and dinner at Ida Bailey's Restaurant, open from 6 AM to 2 PM. After a long day of business or sightseeing, unwind and sample appetizers at The Palace Bar, open every night, from 5 PM until midnight. The Palace Bar also offers live entertainment on Friday and Saturday evenings. Be sure to stop by the front lobby and say hello to Sunshine, a life-size papier-mache horse from the saddle shop that previously occupied the building's ground floor. Guests can also buy souvenirs at the on-site gift shop, open 24/7. Valet parking (fees apply) is also available for added convenience. Hit the Gaslamp Quarter, home to approximately 200 bars, restaurants and nightclubs. For something slightly more low-key, Cafe 222 is a great place for people watching over breakfast or lunch. Transportation San Diego MTS bus stop (one block)San Diego International Airport (2.6 mi/4.2 km) Attractions San Diego Convention Center (0.2 mi/0.3 km)Petco Park (0.4 mi/0.6 km)USS Midway Museum (0.8 mi/1.3 km)San Diego Air & Space Museum (1.2 mi/1.9 km)San Diego Zoo (1.9 mi/3.1 km)SeaWorld (5.5 mi/8.9 km) Business Over 23,000 square feet of meeting space including a 250 seat theatre and 5,000 square-foot warehouse.Complimentary Wi-Fi access throughout the hotel Policies and feesValet parking fee is $35 per night with unlimited in and out privileges. The hotel does not offer self-parking.
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King George Hotel

3 stars
3.6 / 5 241 reviews
Stately boutique hotel near Union SquareConsidering its name and the British flag flying out front, it's no surprise that the King George Hotel near San Francisco's Union Square district has a decidedly European flair. Decorative touches are subtle but continue this theme: chess boards in every room, coats of arms, and more. All guests receive complimentary Wi-Fi and high-speed Internet access. The on-site restaurant, Winston's Bar and Lounge, even serves imported beer. Highlights Complimentary Wi-Fi and high-speed Internet accessHop on any one of the city's cable cars down the streetUnion Square shopping is only a four-block walk from the hotel Rooms Accommodations -- 141 rooms and 12 suites in all -- vary in size and configuration but come standard with flat-screen televisions, pillow-top mattresses, MP3 docking stations and in-room safes. Guests receive complimentary Wi-Fi and high-speed Internet access as well as nightly turndown service. Features The King George Hotel, a free-standing structure, dates back to 1914 and has been renovated numerous times since. It also is now a certified member of the California Green Lodging Program. All guests have access to a nearby Club One Health Club (fees apply), a full-service facility with spa, pool and fitness center. The hotel also offers 24-hour laundry service (fees apply). Grab a pint (what else?) at Winston's Bar & Lounge, a kitschy-but-lovable bar on the ground floor. The pub no longer serves food, but the scene is still lively on weekend nights. Valet and self-parking are available (fees apply). Transportation San Francisco International Airport (18 mi/30 km)Oakland International Airport (15 mi/25 km)Cable car stops (3 blocks)BART (6 blocks/1 km)MUNI bus (1 block) Attractions Union Square (3 blocks)Theater District (4 blocks)Fisherman's Wharf (1 mi/1.5 km)AT&T Park (2 mi/3.5 km)Golden Gate Park (6 mi/10 km) Business 24-hour business center in lobbyIntimate 500-square-foot meeting room Policies and FeesThe hotel accepts reservations for guests under 18 years old given that parent/legal guardian guarantees payment for all charges. If legally emancipated, guests can present documents that prove emancipation and the ability to shoulder expenses at the hotel.
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Stay on Main

2 stars
2.8 / 5 218 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
3.0 / 5 405 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 feesGuests must provide a valid government issued ID and major credit card at time of check-in for deposit and incidental charges. Debit cards, prepaid cards, and cash will not be accepted.There is 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 USD per room for STBID fee.
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Departure Arrival Travel dates Round-trip
San Francisco Los Angeles Wed, Sep 2 - Wed, Sep 9 $97
San Diego San Francisco Tue, Oct 13 - Mon, Oct 26 $57
Denver San Diego Tue, Sep 8 - Mon, Sep 14 $97
Seattle Sacramento Tue, Jun 23 - Fri, Jun 26 $161
San Francisco Orange County Mon, Aug 24 - Tue, Aug 25 $119
San Francisco Ontario Mon, Sep 28 - Mon, Oct 5 $164
Los Angeles San Jose Mon, Jul 6 - Wed, Jul 8 $145
Long Beach Oakland Wed, Sep 30 - Tue, Oct 6 $87
Las Vegas Long Beach Tue, Oct 20 - Tue, Oct 27 $87
Portland Burbank Wed, Jun 24 - Tue, Jun 30 $214
Phoenix Fresno Wed, Sep 16 - Tue, Sep 22 $176
San Francisco Palm Springs Fri, Aug 7 - Tue, Aug 11 $209
Seattle Santa Barbara Tue, Jun 23 - Wed, Jun 24 $277
San Diego Monterey Tue, Jun 23 - Sun, Jun 28 $179
Los Angeles Arcata Sat, Jul 4 - Wed, Jul 8 $375
Los Angeles Santa Rosa Tue, Aug 18 - Sun, Aug 23 $231
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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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