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Southern California

Travel Guide
Manhattan Beach showing cycling and a beach as well as a small group of people

The sun always seems to shine in Southern California, where you can enjoy some of the country’s best weather on gorgeous beaches, in family theme parks and at iconic landmarks. 

Southern California, often affectionately referred to as “SoCal,” exudes a sense of coolness and welcome at all times. Relax and embrace the laid-back atmosphere of a region that offers stylish beach towns and glamorous cities.

Visit 18th-century missions such as San Juan Capistrano and San Antonio de Padua to learn about the region’s Spanish settlers. They sought to colonize Southern California while the War of Independence was still raging in the east.

Take in as many attractions in Los Angeles as possible. Glamorous Hollywood, beneath the famous hilltop sign, features old cinemas, the Walk of Fame and celebrity spotting excursions. Expansive Griffith Park is the home of the Griffith Observatory, Los Angeles Zoo and some of the best viewpoints in the city. Spend hours in the J. Paul Getty Museum, which features vast collections of European and American art.

Bring your family to SoCal for some of the best theme parks in the country. Experience the magical atmosphere of Disneyland® Park, the non-stop thrills of Six Flags Magic Mountain and the cinematic escapism of Universal Studios Hollywood®.

Kick back in chic San Diego, which is packed with attractions, quality seafood restaurants and popular entertainment venues. Amble through Balboa Park, which features 15 different museums, as well as San Diego Zoo, botanic gardens and a miniature railroad. Spend your evening in trendy Seaport Village for dining and shopping on the waterfront.

Enjoy the friendly and relaxed vibe of SoCal’s beach towns. Venice exudes hipster charm and Huntington Beach is popular for surfing. Take your children to the gentler waters of Crystal Cove State Park.

Experience the life of luxury in stylish resort towns such as Palm Springs, Malibu and Santa Monica. Spa retreats and high-end restaurants make these destinations popular with the rich and famous.

Los Angeles International Airport has the most flights into the region of any SoCal airport, making it the easiest point of entry. Visit Southern California in spring or fall to avoid the highest temperatures and biggest crowds of summer.

Where to stay in Southern California

Sheraton Gateway Los Angeles Hotel
Sheraton Gateway Los Angeles Hotel
4 out of 5
6101 W Century Blvd, Los Angeles, CA
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $129 per night from Aug 29 to Aug 29
Situated near the airport, this eco-friendly hotel is 2.4 mi (3.9 km) from Toyota Sports Center and 2.9 mi (4.7 km) from Hollywood Park Casino. Los Angeles Forum ...
4.1/5Very Good! (3,433 reviews)
"Wonderful large hotel. There was a large size pool totally protected from the other buildings around it. This area is very near LAX, excellent transportation. The only restaurants with a short walk were other hotels except a local Greek restaurant that had great food."

Reviewed on Jul 30, 2021

Sheraton Gateway Los Angeles Hotel
Hilton Anaheim
Hilton Anaheim
4 out of 5
777 W Convention Way, Anaheim, CA
The price is $132 per night from Aug 15 to Aug 15
This family-friendly Anaheim hotel is located near the beach, within 1 mi (2 km) of Disney California Adventure® Park and Disneyland®. Angel Stadium of Anaheim ...
4/5Very Good! (3,336 reviews)
"Overall good"

Reviewed on Jul 29, 2021

Hilton Anaheim
Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego
Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego
4 out of 5
1 Market Pl, San Diego, CA
The price is $197 per night from Aug 15 to Aug 15
Located in Downtown San Diego, this romantic hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Seaport Village, San Diego Convention Center, and USS Midway Museum. Port of ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (3,261 reviews)
"Parking,restaurant,pool"

Reviewed on Jul 31, 2021

Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego
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Palm Canyon Resort by Diamond Resorts
Palm Canyon Resort by Diamond Resorts
2.5 out of 5
2800 South Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, CA
The price is $99 per night from Aug 25 to Aug 25
This family-friendly Palm Springs aparthotel is located in Canyon Corridor, within 2 mi (3 km) of San Jacinto Mountains and Moorten Botanical Garden and Cactarium. ...
3.9/5Good! (2,372 reviews)
"the pool was nice the rooms need to be cleaned had an odor in the room glad we weren't in room too long"

Reviewed on Jul 19, 2021

Palm Canyon Resort by Diamond Resorts
Clementine Hotel & Suites Anaheim
Clementine Hotel & Suites Anaheim
3 out of 5
1700 S Clementine St, Anaheim, CA
The price is $159 per night from Aug 29 to Aug 29
This family-friendly Anaheim aparthotel is located in the entertainment district, within 2 mi (3 km) of Disney California Adventure® Park and Disneyland®. Angel ...
4.3/5Excellent! (2,446 reviews)
"The studio was super cleaned.. staff was friendly would definitely stay here again."

Reviewed on Jul 26, 2021

Clementine Hotel & Suites Anaheim
The Westin Desert Willow Villas, Palm Desert
The Westin Desert Willow Villas, Palm Desert
4 out of 5
75 Willow Ridge, Palm Desert, CA
The price is $135 per night from Aug 15 to Aug 15
This family-friendly Palm Desert condo resort is within 2 mi (3 km) of Desert Willow Golf Resort and Hovley Soccer Park. San Jacinto Mountains is 2.7 mi (4.4 ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (1,949 reviews)
"I liked that the Westin Desert Willows had multiple swimming pools. Two of them had thrilling water slides and there was a quiet pool that was very relaxing."

Reviewed on Jul 30, 2021

The Westin Desert Willow Villas, Palm Desert
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.

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