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Most California hotels offer free cancellation. Consider booking refundable hotels rather than non-refundable ones. Just look for the ‘free cancellation’ message during your hotel search. Prices can vary, but right now we believe that flexibility matters.
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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.
A: If the plan is to head out and explore the region of Los Angeles County, a rental car is a smart choice. Wind down the windows and find all the attractions and landscapes that this amazing place has to offer. Sticking to the cities of Los Angeles or San Diego County? Your own set of wheels is the way to escape the beaten track. Whenever you need Cheap Car Hire in California, we can help.
A: Get set to kick off your thrilling escape in California from one of these international airports:
A: Many travelers recommend private vacation homes in California. However, you're not short on options. Hotels, condos and motels are also readily available in this destination.
A: Hotels, cars, flights — and experiences and activities. Expedia has everything you need for the ideal vacation. Pick just one of these options or secure one of our amazing travel packages. You have the flexibility and freedom to tailor your getaway to California exactly the way you like it.
A: Save money (and time) by choosing to bundle your bookings with us. From Flights to Experiences, Expedia will help you pull together a memorable California getaway. The more you sort out now, the more you stand to save. You'll also have less to be worried about when you touchdown in your destination.
A: If you're stopping for a while in Los Angeles, we suggest visiting Universal Studios Hollywood™, Santa Monica Pier and Hollywood Walk of Fame. These are absolute must-sees.
And if your next stop is San Diego County, be sure to check out SeaWorld, Legoland California and San Diego Zoo.
And last but in no way least, you'll find a ton of exciting things to see and do in and around San Jose. Don't leave this impressive city until you've visited Winchester Mystery House, SAP Center at San Jose and San Jose Convention Center.
*Savings based on all vacation package bookings with Flight + Hotel on Expedia.com from January through December 2020, as compared to price of the same components booked separately. Savings will vary based on origin/destination, length of trip, stay dates and selected travel supplier(s). Savings not available on all packages. For Free Flight or 100% Off Flight deals, package savings is greater than or equal to the current cost of one component, when both are priced separately.
The Advantages of a Road Trip in California
Road trips in California are a rite of passage for Californians. Take a weekend getaway from Los Angeles or a northern California road trip. The best routes will take you on an unforgettable adventure through some of the most spectacular national parks, shorelines, beach towns, and viewpoints in the world.
Before you hit the highway, you can book car rentals in San Francisco or wherever you’re coming from. And you can take advantage of even more savings on your San Francisco vacation by bundling car and hotel bookings into one.
The California Road Trip Itinerary
Make your California road trip itinerary 7 days, 10 days, or 14 days, because you won’t be running out of ways to fill them. Up north, Monterey, Carmel-By-The-Sea, and Big Sur will take your breath away. On the central coast, you’ll love Santa Barbara’s blend of nature and history with Mediterranean architecture between the coast and the mountains. Down in So-Cal, there’s so much to see and do in Venice Beach, Santa Monica, Laguna, and Catalina Island.
San Francisco, Los Angeles, and San Diego vacations are the most popular itineraries, and you’ll save time and money when booking your car rental and hotel all in one place. The bigger the bundle, the bigger the discounts.
Road trips in California for the Weekend
There’s no better way to spend a weekend than on the open road. And weekend road trips in California are like no other. Whether you’re taking a weekend getaway from San Francisco or skipping town for a Los Angeles vacation, you’ll maximize your savings when you bundle hotels and car for your road trip on Expedia. Head south where we have incredible deals on San Diego hotels, and there are so many exciting ways to spend a weekend in San Diego.
The Benefits of a Road Trip to California
Those who live outside the state have been California dreamin’ for too long. And why fly when you can take a road trip to California? Don’t put miles on your ride and drive through the Rocky Mountains, Mojave Desert, or down the Golden State coastline with a rental car instead. Enterprise car rentals have cheap, road-trip-ready cars and customizable pickup and drop-off locations.
If you’re heading to California for the weekend, San Francisco is the perfect destination. You can pack a whole lot into 2 days in this city but consider catching an early flight into San Francisco International Airport to really make the most of your time.
Transportation: For your first day in SF you can get around easily by public transportation, but we recommend having a rental car for your trip out of the city on day 2. Pick up your rental car at the airport, and you can feel good about saving big by bundling your flight, hotel and car rental through our California package deals.
Where to stay: San Francisco has an array of great places to stay, including the Hotel Zeppelin San Francisco, known for its artsy, ultra-modern décor and proximity to the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and Union Square. Alternatively, there’s the Agronaut Hotel, where the chic nautical theme goes nicely with the bay views.
The best thing about quick getaways in California is the chance to explore both city and nature. So today is the day to expand the scope of your California vacation and get out of bustling SF to explore some of the natural wonders not too far from the city.
Before your flight home, consider stopping at the city of Half Moon Bay (93 miles north of Carmel). Have a drink or early dinner with views of the sunset at The Ritz-Carlton, set on a bluff overlooking the ocean. From here it’s just a 30-minute drive to the San Francisco International Airport. If you are getting an early morning flight home, stay overnight at The Ritz for a luxurious end to your weekend trip in California.
Property was nice, bed was comfortable, staff was pleasing. The first room I checked into smelled like cigarettes and the front desk was happy to change my room. The parking was discounted due to COVID to only $15 which was nice for the area.
Love the location and cleanliness, wonderful staff. Awesome private beach on the bay for people staying at the hotel. Roberto at check in was amazing! My husband and I were on our honeymoon and he took exceptional care of us. I recommend staying at the Bahia if you need a wonderful get away.
Everything was really clean and the staff are amazing
Because of pandemic we weren’t able to use pool , arcade , pretty much any of the perks of being at a resort . Would be nice if they extended an offer to us to come back with a discount or incentive upgrade as we love the resort but were disappointed that even our rooms weren’t able to be cleaned ...
Staff was super friendly, this hotel was awesome. You can’t beat the beach access and the pool was nice. Our room had an ocean view on the beach ! Can’t wait to go back
This hotel is a gem and is located on most beautiful waterfront property
Pool was great, nice view. Staff very friendly and helpful. Would stay again!