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    Pocket Guide: California

    From the gorgeous oceanfront resorts along its southern coast to some of the nation's top ski resorts in the northeast, California is a destination unlike any other. The Golden State features an exceptional range of terrains and climates, from arid deserts, to rugged mountains, to sandy beaches, as well as dozens of cities both big and small. Whether you're planning a family trip to the world-famous Disneyland®, a star-studded tour of glittering Los Angeles, or a grand outdoor adventure to the scenic shores of Lake Tahoe, we'll help you find the accommodations you need to make your trip unforgettable. Take a look at our wide selection of California hotels and book one of our many cheap flights to California today!

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    Best Times to Visit

    Because of its sheer variety of destinations, there is no bad time to visit California. The most popular time of year is late spring through early summer, when the beautiful California weather is in full swing. You can hit the beach in sunny San Diego or Los Angeles, view the spectacular waterfalls and wildflower blooms in Yosemite National Park, or take a scenic stroll through the verdant countryside of Napa Valley. September through October is an ideal time to visit Disneyland®, Knott’s Berry Farm®, Universal Studios®, and many of the state's other popular tourist attractions as the weather is still comfortable, but there are fewer crowds and slightly lower prices. Fall is also a great time to visit some of the state's desert attractions, such as Death Valley and Joshua Tree National Park. In the winter, California's numerous ski resorts serve as the perfect destinations for hitting the slopes and enjoying the beautiful scenery.

    Popular Destinations

    No matter what time of year you visit California, there is never a shortage of things to do. Cities such as Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego, and Sacramento boast an almost endless variety of family attractions, historical landmarks, museums, shopping centers, and restaurants as well as top California resorts and a thriving nightlife. California's Wine Country is another appealing destination, featuring quaint bed-and-breakfast inns, attractive scenery, and some of the most charming hotels in California. Venturing further into the wilderness, California is also home to some truly wild natural attractions. You and your family are sure to enjoy California parks such as Yosemite, Death Valley, Channel Islands, and numerous other state and national parks. If snow is more your style, Expedia.com has you covered. Check out our listings and you'll find some of the nation's premier winter resorts, many of which are nestled into the snowy peaks surrounding famous Lake Tahoe.

    Lodging and Amenities

    From the most extravagant all-inclusive Hollywood hotels to the quietest bed-and-breakfasts in the Napa Valley, Expedia.com can help find the right accommodations for your lifestyle. Whether you're planning a family vacation, celebrating your honeymoon, or simply searching for a place to get away and enjoy yourself, we list all the hottest deals on hotels and resorts in California to help you find exactly what you need. You'll find a wide variety of recreation and entertainment options, which include relaxing pools and spas, challenging golf courses, trendy nightclubs, on-site restaurants, and more. Many hotels also include popular amenities and services such as fitness centers, high-speed wireless Internet, business services, daycare, and various transportation options. At Expedia.com, we're confident you'll find the perfect California hotel.

    Geography

    California is very much a land of contrasts with varied geography that runs the gamut from parched, sunbaked deserts in the south to temperate, misty forests and snow-capped mountain ranges in the north. The state is home to portions of the beautiful Sierra Nevada and Cascade Ranges, including the towering spire of Mount Whitney, which stands as the tallest peak in the Lower 48. The Coast Ranges, famed for the towering coast redwoods that thrive in the mountainous terrain, run along the western portion of the state. Between the mountain ranges, the Central Valley is home to both bucolic farmlands and inland cities such as Sacramento. Bordering the Pacific Ocean, the western coast of California is world-renowned for its unique terrain and stunning vistas. With so many different climates and environments, there truly are resorts in California for just about everyone. Let Expedia.com help you find the perfect fit for your West Coast escape.

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    Hotels in Los Angeles

    Sheraton Gateway Hotel Los Angeles Airport - Los Angeles Hotels
    Rating: 3.5 Stars

    Sheraton Gateway Hotel Los Angeles Airport

    6101 W Century Blvd, Los Angeles - Map
     
     
    "Nice hotel close to Airport and provides Shuttle. "
    Only one small bottle of Water was placed as Complementary for 2 of us which I think is inadequate. Wifi is provided in the rooms and is appreciated. Because some Hotels provide Free Wifii only in the Lobby. Regards.
    Traveller from Islamabad, Pakistan
    The Sheraton Gateway Hotel is just outside Los Angeles International Airport; downtown is 15 miles away, ocean beaches are 5 …More
    The Concourse Hotel at LAX - A Hyatt Affiliated Hotel - Los Angeles Hotels
    Rating: 3.5 Stars

    The Concourse Hotel at LAX - A Hyatt Affiliated Hotel

    6225 W Century Blvd, Los Angeles - Map
     
     
    "Very unhappy that pool was closed for repairs "
    Very unhappy that the pool was closed since I expected to use it.
    A Traveller
    Located on the airport area's main boulevard, this hotel is 1 block from Los Angeles International Airport via complimentary …More
    The Westin Los Angeles Airport - Los Angeles Hotels
    Rating: 4.0 Stars

    The Westin Los Angeles Airport

    5400 W Century Blvd, Los Angeles - Map
     
     
    "Enjoyed my stay at The Westin "
    The location of the hotel was very good! The hotel was clean and comfortable. I really like the beds and the comforters. When I booked it said free parking (it wasn't it was $30 per night!) and free breakfast (they did not offer any sort of breakfast)
    Traveller from toronto, canada
    Located a short complimentary shuttle ride from the Los Angeles International Airport, The Westin Los Angeles Airport offers …More

    Hotels in San Francisco

    Parc 55 San Francisco, a Hilton Hotel - San Francisco Hotels
    Rating: 4.0 Stars

    Parc 55 San Francisco, a Hilton Hotel

    55 Cyril Magnin St, San Francisco - Map
     
     
    "perfect position"
    Found this hotel the perfect spot to get anywhere; from going up to University of San Franisco to getting to the Wharf it was easy to get cabs or trams or to walk. Being close to the Tenderloin was a little off putting but did not feel threatened. Would stay here again as its amenities were great, the bar and the breakfast restaurant served excellent foods and drinks and the service was outstanding from checkin to check out and all that we met inbetween. One of the best places I have stayed in San Fran. :)
    Traveller from San Diego
    Just off Market Street, downtown San Francisco's major thoroughfare, this contemporary 32-story hotel is 1 block from San …More
    Hotel Nikko San Francisco - San Francisco Hotels
    Rating: 4.0 Stars
    $322

    Hotel Nikko San Francisco

    222 Mason St, San Francisco - Map
     
     
    "Excellent hotel"
    Everything was fine. Excellent breakfast, comfortable bed, rapid elevator, big swimming pool, made big fun of our short vacation
    Traveller from New Jersey
    The Asian-inspired Hotel Nikko San Francisco is located downtown, a 4-minute walk from Union Square and the designer shops of …More
    Park Central Hotel San Francisco - San Francisco Hotels
    Rating: 4.0 Stars

    Park Central Hotel San Francisco

    50 3rd St, San Francisco - Map
     
     
    "Room"
    Temp on the 20th floor never got cool enough. Even though the thermostat said 60, the room never got cold.
    A Traveller
    Located in the heart of the South of Market district (SoMa), Park Central Hotel San Francisco (formerly Westin Market Street) …More

    Hotels in San Diego

    Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego - San Diego Hotels
    Rating: 4.0 Stars

    Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego

    1 Market Pl, San Diego - Map
     
     
    received a very good customer service especially from Chris L.
    Traveller from Houston texas
    This expansive highrise hotel towers over San Diego Bay next to the Seaport Village retail complex, 1 block from the …More
    The Sofia Hotel - San Diego Hotels
    Rating: 3.5 Stars
    $216

    The Sofia Hotel

    150 W Broadway, San Diego - Map
     
     
    "San Diego Hotel"
    The hotel is centrally located in San Diego. Most bars, stores, and restaurant are a 5-10 minute walk. The staff was very friendly.
    Traveller from South Bend, In
    In the heart of downtown San Diego, this historic boutique hotel is 2 blocks from Horton Plaza, 4 blocks from the Gaslamp …More
    Town and Country Resort & Convention Center - San Diego Hotels
    Rating: 3.5 Stars

    Town and Country Resort & Convention Center

    500 Hotel Cir N, San Diego - Map
     
     
    Check-in was easy & pleasant. No other comments regarding this stay.
    A Traveller
    Comprising 32 acres, this resort and conference center is next to the 27-hole Riverwalk Golf Club; Old Town, Balboa Park …More