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Central California Vacation Packages

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Most Central 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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Last Minute Hotel + Flight Deals in Central California

Echo Lodge
California Inn & Suites Rancho Cordova - Sacramento
Sunset Inn and Suites
Executive Inn and Suites
Roy Inn & Suites – Sacramento Midtown

Top Central California Flight + Hotel Deals

Hotel Shattuck Plaza
MacArthur Place
Kimpton Sawyer Hotel
Southbridge Napa Valley
Graduate Berkeley

Where to stay in Central California

Find the best Central California areas and neighborhoods for the activities you enjoy most. Learn more about Central California

Top Hotels in Central California

Inn at the Pier
Inn at the Pier
4 out of 5
601 Cypress Street, Pismo Beach, CA
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $139 per night from Mar 1 to Mar 2
4.3/5Excellent! (1,353 reviews)

"Property is new and very clean. Excellent location."…"

Reviewed on Feb 23, 2021

Inn at the Pier
Cottage Inn By The Sea
Cottage Inn By The Sea
3 out of 5
2351 Price St, Pismo Beach, CA
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $134 per night from Feb 28 to Mar 1
4.3/5Excellent! (1,199 reviews)

"Lovely oceanfront hotel located near city center with beach access."…"

Reviewed on Feb 20, 2021

Cottage Inn By The Sea
Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa
Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa
4.5 out of 5
400 Cannery Row, Monterey, CA
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $251 per night from Mar 14 to Mar 15
4.7/5Exceptional! (1,753 reviews)

"Food was amazing!! Views were fantastic! Friendly and humorous staff made our stay delightful. We were sad to leave, but look forward to being back soon."…"

Reviewed on Feb 20, 2021

Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Top things to do in Central California

Central California Vacation Packages

Much of the nation’s produce comes from the fertile valleys in this area bordered by the Sierras and the Pacific Crest Trail. Drive an hour or two east of San Francisco to Central California, where the farmlands and excellent weather of the Central Valley create an agricultural wonderland. Visit farm stands with produce freshly picked from the fields and wineries with old-vine red zinfandels. Travel to higher elevations and cooler weather in the mountains of this central part of the state.

In the fertile valleys stretching from Bakersfield to Lodi, view millions of acres of more than 200 varieties of produce, from tomatoes, asparagus and strawberries to fruit and nut trees and wine grapes. As much as 45 percent of the food reaching U.S. tables is grown here. Stop at roadside stands near Stockton, Modesto, Turlock, Merced, Fresno , all in the San Joaquin Valley to experience the exceptional taste of these fresh fruits and vegetables.

John Steinbeck grew up in Salinas and later wrote about the plight of farmers after World War I in The Grapes of Wrath, Of Mice and Men and other works. Visit the Steinbeck House and the National Steinbeck Center to see artifacts describing Steinbeck’s life and the history of workers in Central California. Explore the talus caves and high peaks of Pinnacles National Park in nearby San Benito.

In Fresno, experience a subsurface microclimate at Forestiere Underground Gardens, built nearly 100 years ago by a Sicilian immigrant to provide a cooler growing space than the lands aboveground. In the relatively flat valley regions, bicycling is popular for all skill levels. Stop to see the U.S. Bicycling Hall of Fame in Davis.

Drive from valleys to the mountains of the Sierra Nevada Range. Photograph granite peaks in Yosemite National Park in black-and-white Ansel Adams style. View the tall Yosemite Falls and other impressive waterfalls from Yosemite Valley . Hike up Half Dome or relax in the Tuolumne Meadows. Bike and fish during summer in Mammoth Lakes. Ski and snowshoe on the majestic mountains in winter.

Whatever the season, enjoy Central California’s natural bounty.

What are the advantages of a road trip to Central California?

There’s nothing quite like a Central California road trip. And Expedia makes it easy for you to turn all those road trip ideas into reality. You can find cheap deals on hotels in Central California or bundle your hotels with car rentals to save even more. With our Central California packages, you’ll find hitting the highway for that road trip adventure is more affordable than ever.  

How to plan a road trip to Central California?

Planning a road trip can feel daunting, especially when you’ll be making multiple bookings for your itinerary. But you can find car rentals in Central California and low rates on hotels all in one place— Expedia. How you plan your road trip depends on what’s important to you. People love to take road trips to experience the great outdoors, bond with friends or family and see more of the world. When planning, bundle your car rental and hotel into one discounted package to maximize savings on both. Or, leave room for spontaneity, booking what you need when you need it with our last-minute deals.  

What to do on a road trip to Central California?

When taking a road trip adventure, it’s best to plan how you want to spend your time on your road trip itinerary. We don’t want you to miss out on any of the best things to do in Central California. You can book all the road trip activities on your Central California wishlist, and even plan activities along your route as well.  

How to rent a car for a road trip?

For an epic road trip, you'll need the perfect car. Renting a car for a road trip is the best option that doesn’t put miles or strain on your vehicle, and especially when it's also so affordable. Because when you book on Expedia, it doesn't need to be expensive. You can pick up a cheap car rental and head out to one of these incredible vacation rentals in Central California. And when you bundle car rentals with hotel stays, you'll save even more on each part of your journey.

Frequently asked questions

How much does a Central California vacation package cost?
Starting from a low $296, a vacation package is your portal to low-priced travel. Customize your Central California escape by selecting from our wide range of flights, hotels and rental cars.
If I'm not able to travel, can I cancel my Central California vacation package?
Because we know life can be unpredictable, the answer is yes. To learn more, check out our Customer Service Portal. But generally speaking, if you’ve made your booking in the last 24 hours, you may be able to cancel or change it free of charge. Your hotel, airline or car rental company may charge a fee if you made your booking a while ago.
How do I get a cheap travel package to Central California?
Bundle your flights and hotels, throw in extras such as activities, and save up to $583. A Central California vacation package makes getting away easy and cheap for everyone. You won’t just bag awesome discounts on your adventure — you’ll have plenty of choice too. When you book through Expedia, you can select from more than 550 partner airlines and 1,000,000 properties worldwide. Your next affordable adventure begins right here, right now!
Where should I stay in Central California?
San Luis Obispo is a terrific destination to visit. This city is where you’ll find well-known sights including Morro Rock and Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa. Monterey also draws in many globetrotters eager to check out some of the best attractions in Central California. Some of the best are Monterey Bay Aquarium and Fishermans Wharf.
What are the top hotels in Central California?
Motel 6 Mammoth Lakes and Best Western Premier High Sierra Hotel know how to make their guests feel at home in Mammoth Lakes. If you also plan to stay in San Luis Obispo, look up Oxford Suites Pismo Beach and La Bellasera Hotel And Suites. Both are very popular with travelers.
When is the best time of year to visit Central California?
is peak season in Central California, while is generally much quieter. If you’re on the hunt for a cheap deal on your vacation, consider the month of . It’s also worth keeping in mind that is usually the most expensive time of year to visit.
How far in advance should I book my Central California vacation?
Get rewarded with the biggest variety and the lowest prices by booking your Central California vacation nice and early. Air carriers generally advertise flight tickets anywhere up to a year in advance, so reserve your spot ASAP. That said, Expedia is committed to providing you with the best bargains around, so there’s never a bad time to book your dream vacation!
What does an Expedia Central California travel package include?
Much of that is up to you. You can pick from a variety of Central California packages, such as a flight, rental car and hotel. You can also book a flight with a hotel, or a flight and a rental car. Once you’ve made your booking, you can add on the fun stuff like activities and tours. Whatever your perfect Central California escape looks like, you’re sure to save!
What should I know before booking a Central California travel package?
A Expedia travel package can be tailored to your budget and is a fantastic way to make your hard-earned dollars stretch further. What you include is up to you. Hotels, rental cars and flights — decide on a combination that works with your plans.
Does Expedia offer Book Now, Pay Later Central California vacation packages?
With a vacation package, you can customize both your getaway and a payment arrangement. Expedia can help reduce financial stress relating to your journey with a Book Now, Pay Later booking, thanks to our partnership with online lender Affirm. That way, all you have to focus on is getting ready to take to the skies.
Can I choose my airline with a Central California Expedia vacation package?
With a vacation package, you’re the boss. Whether you’re eager to fly to Central California in coach or business class, simply select from the available airline options. Expedia has access to over 550 airline partners throughout the world.

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