Since 1969, restaurant, hotel, travel & other witty reviews by a handpicked, worldwide team of discerning professionals—and your views, too.

CALIFORNIA TRAVEL GUIDE

A Guide to The Golden State

An aerial view of downtown Los Angeles

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.

   

TRAVEL FEATURE

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.
A salt flat in California's Death Valley, one of our Top 10 U.S. National Parks

CALIFORNIA 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.
See also Top 10 Lists for select cities

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CALIFORNIA HOTELS

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

Central Coast
Los Angeles Area
Monterey/Carmel
Napa/Sonoma
Orange County
Palm Springs
Sacramento
San Diego
San Francisco/Bay Area
San Jose
Santa Barbara
Ventura County


A guest room of The Fairmont San Francisco

Modern suite of the Parker Palm Springs

The courtyard of The Four Seasons Santa Barbara
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:



FEATURED HOTELS
The Huntington Hotel & Nob Hill Spa
Historic Mission Inn
Hyatt Carmel Highlands
Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa
Rancho Las Palmas Resort
Terranea Resort
Miyako Hybrid Hotel
The Resort at Pelican Hill
Miramonte Resort & Spa
Hotel La Jolla
Montage Laguna Beach
Parker Palm Springs

Read more California hotel profiles

View from the water of the Napa River Inn in California

Exterior view of Montage Laguna Beach in California


CALIFORNIA TRAVEL

Sacramento State Capitol in California

Shopping at South Coast Plaza in Orange County

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

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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:

A lifeguard tower at Laguna Beach

The famous Golden Gate Bridge in California

Attractions of Disneyland theme park in California


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.

Palm Springs is filled with excellent examples of Mid-Century Modern architecture like the Frey House II


A sailboat outside The Balboa Bay Club & Resort in Newport Beach, CA
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.
A wine cellar in Santa Barbara, California

Planning a vacation to California? Check out www.visitcalifornia.com

Guides for other parts of the world

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Whether looking to travel across the Australian Outback, the Canadian Rockies or historic Europe, these opulent trains will let travelers see the countryside in comfort.
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