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.
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.
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:
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: Anaheim/Orange County Los Angeles Sacramento San Diego San Francisco
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:
THE BEST OF THE DESERT Top 10 Things to Do in Palm Springs
Discover the top attractions in the Coachella Valley with our list of the Top 10 Things to Do in Palm Springs, from top-notch shopping to stunning natural wonders to Mid-Century Modern mansions.
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.
STAYCATIONS Top 10 Getaways from San Francisco
Take a little trip without the hassle of long-distance travel and airports. Take a train or hop in the car and getaway for a weekend to any of these nearby destinations.