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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 Paradise Pier Hotel on Disneyland Resort Property

4 stars
4.1 / 5 221 reviews
Renamed the Disney Paradise Pier Hotel Anaheim in late 2000 after five years as the 'Disneyland Pacific Hotel,' the grounds reflect the grand seaside resorts of an earlier era, with beach ball-bright decor in the rooms, and features like the rooftop water slide. Slurpin' USA! provides poolside sandwiches and hot dogs, while Surfside Lounge serves the more sophisticated cocktail crowd. Make sure the kids are at breakfast in Disney's PCH Grill - you can often eat your waffles alongside animated heroes ranging from Stitch to Donald Duck. Indulge in the Mandara Spa at the Disney Grand Californian next door, but make sure you're back at the Paradise Pier pool deck by evening for the firework displays (selected nights). Key facts489 guestroomsRooftop poolGym3 restaurants: Disney's PCH Grill, Surfside Lounge, Slurpin' USA!ATMLicensed child activity centerAccess to spa NeighborhoodDisney's Paradise Pier overlooks the section of Disney California Adventure Park that shares its name, and recreates classic amusement park attractions. Access to nearby Downtown Disney is free for all, if you're up for live music on the lake at Disney West Side, or to browse the world's largest Disney Store. Located off the Santa Ana freeway in Anaheim, California, it's a short drive north to other theme parks like Knott's Berry Farm, and shuttles run from the Disney resorts to Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and downtown Los Angeles. Hints and tipsBy staying at the Paradise Pier Hotel, guests are eligible for early Disney theme park admission every day of the week.Make the most of the Disney resorts entrance at the neighboring Disney Grand Californian Hotel-you can enter and re-enter the park from your hotel as often as you wish.
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The Sofia Hotel

3 stars
4.0 / 5 355 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 / 5 656 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 / 5 180 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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Disney's Grand Californian Hotel and Spa on Disneyland Resort Property

4 stars
4.4 / 5 181 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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Cheap Flights

Departure Arrival Travel dates Round-trip
San Francisco Los Angeles Tue, May 5 - Tue, May 12 $87
Las Vegas San Francisco Sat, May 2 - Tue, May 12 $67
Denver San Diego Tue, Apr 28 - Tue, May 5 $81
Seattle Sacramento Tue, May 12 - Wed, May 13 $117
San Francisco Orange County Sun, May 24 - Wed, May 27 $141
Seattle Ontario Sat, May 16 - Wed, May 20 $157
Los Angeles San Jose Wed, May 13 - Mon, May 18 $137
Las Vegas Oakland Tue, Apr 28 - Sun, May 3 $81
San Francisco Long Beach Tue, May 19 - Wed, May 20 $107
Seattle Burbank Tue, May 5 - Tue, May 12 $177
Phoenix Fresno Thu, May 28 - Wed, Jun 3 $225
San Francisco Palm Springs Tue, May 26 - Thu, May 28 $197
Denver Santa Barbara Tue, May 5 - Sat, May 9 $324
San Diego Monterey Tue, May 19 - Thu, May 21 $179
Los Angeles Arcata Thu, Jun 4 - Tue, Jun 30 $363
Los Angeles Santa Rosa Tue, Jun 2 - Thu, Jun 4 $209
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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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