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Visit this state of many contrasts: mountains to oceans, fertile agricultural areas to modern cities and tall forests to deserts.

The mid-1800s California gold rush brought many adventurers to the Pacific Ocean shores. Their descendants have established fascinating cities and structures in the midst of amazing natural beauty.

Visit Sacramento to see the art and architecture of the state capital. The California State Railroad Museum tells the important story of building the railroads that enabled development of the California region.

In the Sierra Nevada Mountains, visit Sequoia National Forest. See giant redwood trees, up to 300 feet (91 meters) tall and over 33 feet (10 meters) in diameter, hundreds or thousands of years old. Enjoy the spectacular landscape of granite monoliths, limestone caves and whitewater streams.

The mountains offer a range of choices for outdoor activities. Visit the Lake Tahoe area to hike, boat, fish and swim in the chilly aquamarine waters in the summer. In winter ski at Squaw, site of the 1960 Olympics, Northstar, Alpine Meadows and others, with excellent skiing and views over the lake. See sparkling granite cliffs and majestic waterfalls in Yosemite National Park.

Take a wine tour in Napa or Sonoma. Stop in the fertile agricultural area of the Central Valley to sample strawberries, olives, garlic and much of the nation’s fresh produce.

Like Tony Bennett, you might leave your heart in San Francisco. The views of the Golden Gate Bridge are unforgettable. Visit Chinatown, ride the trolley, climb the hills of the city, ferry to the former prison of Alcatraz and enjoy the exciting nightlife.

Moving south to Los Angeles, enjoy the many beaches on the Pacific Ocean. Watch seals, surfers and skaters. Go to Hollywood to see celebrities’ stars embedded in the sidewalk. Tour Universal Studios. Visit the original Disneyland® Resort in Anaheim, the La Brea Tarpits and the J. Paul Getty Museum.

Farther south, see even more California beaches in San Diego, along with the USS Midway Museum, a retired aircraft carrier. Visit Palms Springs for desert heat and world-famous golf. Cross the border to Tijuana for a Mexican holiday.

Q: Should I book a car while on vacation in California?

A: If you're staying around the center of Los Angeles or San Diego County for a day or two, perhaps not. But if you're going to stay longer and want to explore the region of Los Angeles County or farther afield, go for it. Nothing can top the freedom you get with your own wheels. With the help of our guide to Cheap Car Hire in California, finding the right vehicle is a breeze.

Q: Which airports can I fly in to for a vacation to California?

A: California has many airports of varying sizes. International flights generally arrive and depart from:

Q: What are the most popular types of hotels for a vacation to California?

A: There's no shortage of choice when it comes to accommodations in California. The most popular places are hotels. But if you're after something else, you can also choose from private vacation homes, condos, motels and much, much more.

Q: What does a vacation booking with Expedia include?

A: Everything from hotels and flights to car rentals. You can book just one or two or combine the lot. Expedia also has a large selection of experiences and activities to make your escape even more unforgettable.

Q: What is the best way to save money on my vacation to California?

A: You'll be well rewarded when you lock in a California vacation package via Expedia. Bundle your Flights, Hotels and Rental Cars and enjoy unbeatable discounts, such as up to 42% off select properties. You'll soon be looking at your dream getaway at a price that might just surprise you.

Q: What are the best things to do in California?

A: It would almost be a crime if you didn't see Pepperdine University, Six Flags Magic Mountain and J. Paul Getty Museum during your stay in Los Angeles. These three attractions are iconic in this fantastic city.

San Diego County is another fantastic city with plenty on offer. Be sure to visit San Diego Convention Center, University of California-San Diego and San Diego City College before you leave.

Last of all, Westfield Valley Fair Shopping Mall, San Jose State University and Children's Discovery Museum are top choices if you're eager to create some special memories while staying in San Jose.




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Anaheim Majestic Garden Hotel
Reviewed on Mar 25, 2020
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Anaheim Majestic Garden Hotel

Anaheim Majestic Garden Hotel

900 S Disneyland Dr, Anaheim, CA
     
    4.1 of 5
    3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    Beautiful hotel that had a Disney vibe to it. Loved that they had a shuttle to and from Disneyland every half hour. Only real negative was that there wasn’t much lighting in the room. The room was spacious and beautiful. Will definitely stay there again.

    Hilton Anaheim ¥13,251
    Reviewed on Mar 17, 2020
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    Hilton Anaheim

    Hilton Anaheim

    777 W Convention Way, Anaheim, CA
       
      4.1 of 5
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      I liked how much space we had in our room. It took forever for the water to get hot in the shower though. Room service was very fast even though they said they were running a little late.

      La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham LAX ¥8,511
      Reviewed on Mar 28, 2020
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      La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham LAX

      La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham LAX

      5249 W Century Blvd, Los Angeles, CA
         
        3.7 of 5
        3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        The area is great for eating and walking around and right near the airport

        Crowne Plaza Los Angeles - International Airport ¥11,118
        Reviewed on Mar 23, 2020
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        Crowne Plaza Los Angeles - International Airport

        Crowne Plaza Los Angeles - International Airport

        5985 W Century Blvd, Los Angeles, CA
           
          4.0 of 5
          4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          This is my second stay and the second time One of the lights was out in the room. This time it was over the desk. Also the tub did not drain which made it disgusting when I was taking a shower

          Hyatt Regency Orange County ¥10,897
          Reviewed on Mar 16, 2020
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          Hyatt Regency Orange County

          Hyatt Regency Orange County

          11999 Harbor Blvd, Garden Grove, CA
             
            4.3 of 5
            4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Clean near restaurant transportation quiet easy check in

            Hotel Caza Fisherman’s Wharf
            Reviewed on Mar 18, 2020
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            Hotel Caza Fisherman’s Wharf

            Hotel Caza Fisherman’s Wharf

            1300 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, CA
               
              4.3 of 5
              3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

              Staff was very friendly. Location was excellent, easy walk to Fisherman's Wharf. There were 2 problems with the description in the Expedia booking. It was stated that breakfast was to be included but breakfast was for purchase only also we were booked for a king bed with a port view, there was no ...

              Hilton Los Angeles Airport ¥10,234
              Reviewed on Mar 25, 2020
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              Hilton Los Angeles Airport

              Hilton Los Angeles Airport

              5711 W Century Blvd, Los Angeles, CA
                 
                3.9 of 5
                4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Everything was fine. Very convenient hotel to stay in before a morning flight.

                Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Lake Tahoe ¥5,575
                Reviewed on Mar 23, 2020
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                Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Lake Tahoe

                Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Lake Tahoe

                50 Highway 50, Stateline, NV
                   
                  3.6 of 5
                  3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  They let us check in early and was in close walking distance to everything.

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