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CALIFORNIA TRAVEL GUIDE

A Guide to The Golden State

Surfers catching the waves on one of California's scenic beaches

California Hotels, Restaurants, Spas and More

With a size and economy that exceeds many countries, it's no wonder that one state can offer so much. California encompasses ocean, mountains and desert and plays home to celebrities, laid-back beach lovers and nearly everyone in between. Come for the Golden Gate Bridge, the Hollywood sign or even the weather. The Gold Rush may long be over, but California will always beckon you west.

   



RESTAURANTS

The dining room of The Bazaar by José Andrés in Los Angeles

DINING GUIDE
Restaurant Reviews Statewide

Browse our extensive restaurant listings in cities throughout the state to find the best dining in California. It’s all in the details as you read about our favorite cafés, bistros, dining rooms and other fine eateries.

Browse California's numerous dining options

Top 10 lists for select cities

Save money dining out



HOTELS

A guest room at The Fairmont San Francisco Hotel

LIVING IT UP
We offer professional reviews and ratings of hundreds of hotels in the Golden State, so you can enjoy the perfect stay:

Big Bear
If you're looking for the perfect accommodations tonight, let our reviews of Big Bear hotels be your guide.

Central Coast
One way to find the best Central Coast, CA hotels is to read our unbiased hotel reviews.

Los Angeles Area
Whether you want to relax at the most luxurious hotel or simply find an affordable but well-rated property, GAYOT's entire list of Los Angeles hotel ratings can guide you to your ideal stay.

Monterey/Carmel
There are many great Monterey and Carmel hotels, so to choose the best one for your stay, use our unbiased hotel reviews.

Napa/Sonoma
Whether you want to relax at the most luxurious hotel or simply find an affordable but well-rated property, GAYOT's entire list of Napa/Sonoma hotel ratings can help guide you to your ideal stay.

Orange County
If you're not sure which Orange County, CA hotels will satisfy your needs, take a look at our hotel reviews.

Palm Springs
Whether you want to relax at the most luxurious hotel or simply find an affordable but well-rated place, GAYOT's entire list of Palm Springs hotel ratings can guide you to your ideal stay.

Sacramento
When you don't know where to find the best Sacramento hotels, our motel and hotel reviews can guide you.

San Diego
Whether you want to relax at the most luxurious hotel or simply find an affordable but well-rated property, GAYOT's entire list of San Diego hotel ratings can help guide you to your ideal stay.

San Francisco/Bay Area
Whether you want to relax at the most luxurious hotel or simply find an affordable but well-rated property, GAYOT's entire list of San Francisco/Bay Area hotel ratings can guide you to your ideal stay.

San Jose
The best San Jose, CA hotels are out there, you just need to know where to look.

Santa Barbara
Browse through our hotel reviews for all of the best Santa Barbara, CA hotels.

Tahoe
If you're looking for the perfect accommodations tonight, let our reviews of Tahoe and Reno hotels be your guide.

Ventura County
Our unbiased hotel reviews will lead you to the best Ventura County hotels.



Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore in Santa Barbara, CA
DO YOUR RESEARCH
In-Depth Hotel Profiles
From seaside fantasies in Santa Barbara to mingling with chic locals in Santa Monica or snowshoeing in Mammoth Lakes, we feature in-depth reviews of California's best, most stylish and luxurious properties — and the occasional off-the-radar oddball.

Read more California hotel profiles




TRAVEL

The California State Capitol in Sacramento was completed in 1874 and features turn-of-the-century architecture

STAYING BUSY IN THE GOLDEN STATE
Business Travel Guides
Got meetings in L.A.? A conference in Anaheim? Business in Sacramento? Read our Business Travel Guides and arrive knowing everything there is to know about restaurants, hotels and off-the-clock diversions, all with the business traveler in mind.

Be prepared for your next trip



One of the picturesque beaches in Laguna Beach, a city also called California's Riviera

FUN IN THE SUN
72-Hour Vacations
Wine tasting in Napa, Paso Robles or Temecula. Hiking in Yosemite. Foodie adventures in San Francisco. Skiing in Big Bear. Fun in the sun in San Diego. Whatever your chosen travel destination, California offers something for every kind of traveler, and our 72-hour itineraries guide you to the best sights, restaurants, hotels and everything else you need to know before planning a trip:

Big Bear Lake
Big Bear is a great vacation spot in any season, but unless you live in Southern California, chances are you've never heard of this alpine playground in the San Bernardino Mountains.

Disneyland
Anaheim's sprawling Disneyland Resort complex is so chock full of memory-making fun, two days is not enough time to see it all.

Laguna Beach
Laguna Beach epitomizes the ideal Southern Californian getaway in many ways.


Los Angeles
Frequently misunderstood, often underrated and perennially envied, Los Angeles is a massive, complex metropolis that can hardly be absorbed in a mere 72 hours.


Monterey Peninsula
From the pristine surf of Carmel Beach, the small town feel of Pacific Grove and the über-fresh seafood of the Monterey Bay to the vast produce fields of Salinas...

Napa Valley
These days, a wine country getaway can be had in many of the 50 United States, but Napa Valley still reigns at the very top...


Newport Beach
Newport Beach is a great representation of the luxurious side of the SoCal lifestyle.


Palm Springs
Since the beginning of its recorded history Palm Springs has been a sanctuary.

Paso Robles
Nestled in California's Central Coast, halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, Paso Robles has become one of the secret hot spots of those in the know.

Sacramento
The economy may be heading slightly upward, but travelers are still hesitant to dole out the big bucks for spendy vacation destinations.

San Diego
San Diego is known for its perfect weather, sandy beaches and miles of gorgeous coastline.

San Francisco
Ask a local about the best things to do in San Francisco and answers will be punctuated by suggestions for small plates and libations to enjoy along the way...

Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara is the poster child for the California good life, a coastal catwalk where top-shelf wines flow and the weather is laughably ideal.


Santa Barbara Wine Country
The wine country of Santa Barbara has begun to mellow with age.

Sonoma County
Sonoma County has long-endured the ignobility of being the "other wine county," next to the entertainment-industrial complex known as Napa.

Temecula
Situated less than 90 miles from Los Angeles - 30 miles closer than Santa Barbara's famed Wine Country...

Ventura & Ojai
Though largely overshadowed by Malibu and Santa Barbara, her sister cities to the south and north respectively, Ventura offers big city arts and small town charm.


Yosemite
There are many destinations in the world people should visit at least once in their life, and Yosemite is definitely one of those places.



Ventura Harbor Village is an outdoor mall with plenty of shops and restaurants for your browsing pleasure

CLOSE ESCAPES
Top 10 Getaways from Los Angeles

Looking for a quick escape without having to board a plane? These nearby destinations, from the mountains to the desert, can be easily reached from L.A. by car or train.

See what trips await you



Single vineyard wines are produced at Fess Parker Winery & Vineyards in Santa Barbara County, CA

STAYCATIONS
Top 10 Getaways from San Francisco

Take a little trip without the hassle of long-distance travel and airports. Jump on a train or hop in the car and get away for a weekend to any of these nearby destinations.

Explore Northern California's other treasures



TRAVEL FEATURE


Yosemite is abundant with beautiful views, hidden waterfalls, glacial lakes and boulder fields

EXPLORE AMERICA
Top 10 U.S. National Parks
Check out our list of the country's most breathtaking national parks, featuring California's Yosemite National Park and Death Valley, a vast desert of extreme weather and mysterious geological phenomena.

Read more about this historic sites


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