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Where to Start - California Travel Info

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If each state had a philosophy, California’s would be about living life to the fullest. Travelers can experience that spirit by visiting California’s beautiful beaches, mountain getaways, and desert escapes. Whether you’re looking to plan a spa vacation or a family skiing trip, California will have an appealing option for you. The Golden State is known for its sunshine, laid-back atmosphere and outdoor adventure — so get ready to live life to the fullest.

When to Visit

California is one of those fantastic destinations that is attractive all year long. Sunny southern California offers beautiful weather 12 months out of the year. There’s no bad time to go to San Diego for some golf or to visit local attractions like the famous zoo. While weather is consistent, some times of the year are more popular than others. During the summer months when kids are out of school, many travelers plan a trip to southern California.

When you think California you might not think skiing, but that’s exactly what you’ll find in Lake Tahoe. During the peak ski season from December through March, you can rent a mountain cabin in Lake Tahoe and hit the slopes. If you prefer warm-weather getaways, plan a trip here in the summer to enjoy the beaches, boating, and hiking trails.

One place where the summer might be too hot is Palm Springs. While this desert destination offers dry heat, temperatures can still climb over the 100-degree mark. A better time to visit Palm Springs is during the spring and fall. No matter what time of year you visit, your trip will be accompanied by that signature California sunshine.

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What to Expect

Travelers with just about any expectations can have them met in California. Here's just a taste of what you can enjoy on vacation in California.

Looking for the latest trends in fine dining? Plan a trip to San Diego. Other top attractions in this city include the San Diego Zoo, Balboa Park, the beaches of Coronado, and a favorite for kids, Legoland. Downtown San Diego is known for its historic Gaslamp Quarter where you will find restaurants, nightclubs, sports games, and more.


Another popular destination in California is Lake Tahoe. This spot has two high seasons: the winter for skiing and the summer for outdoor adventure. During the winter, rent a cozy cabin for your family getaway. Beyond skiing, other activities include skating, dog sledding, and snowmobile tours. During the summer, Lake Tahoe offers a completely different scene. In the same place you can lounge on the beach, hike the trails, and spend evenings on a sunset boat tour.
Palm Springs offers a completely different vibe to these other California destinations. Here in this desert location you will find stunning scenery, hip restaurants and nightlife, and some of the most serene spas in the state. Outdoor activities include everything from hiking to horseback riding to golf. If you like the dry heat, head to Palm Springs.

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Must Bring

California is known for being laid-back — and that applies to their clothing style as well. You won’t need anything too fussy or fancy for a trip to California, even if you plan on checking out the trendy dining scene in San Diego. Dress up a pair of jeans with some jewelry and a pair of heels, and you will be ready to hit the town. Palm Springs also has an elegant side, so bring along a couple of nicer outfits for fine dining and nightlife here.

If you’re planning a trip to Lake Tahoe, your packing list should include all casual clothes. You will want durable items that can stand up to hiking and skiing, as well as bathing suits, flip flops, and a couple of nicer outfits for restaurants and casinos. Be sure to also bring some entertainment for the vacation rental, including a favorite DVD or deck of cards.

Getting There

California is very accessible from across the country. While some travelers plan a road trip to California, most people arrive by air. If you’re planning a trip to San Diego, you will arrive at San Diego International. Other major airports in the state include Los Angeles, San Francisco, and San Jose. Driving is part of the fun in California, and many visitors choose to reserve a rental car.

If you’re planning a trip to Palm Springs, you can fly direct to Palm Springs International Airport. Those travelers trying to reach Lake Tahoe will want to fly to the Reno International Airport in Nevada. From north to south, destinations in California are easy to reach.

What to Know About Vacation Rentals in California

san diego condo rentalsChoosing vacation rentals in California is right in tune with the laid-back atmosphere of this state. Why stay in a cramped hotel room when you can have all the style and space of a vacation rental? Whether you choose a mountain cabin in Lake Tahoe or a chic condo in San Diego, you will have all the comfort and convenience of extra space and a private kitchen.

A trip to California will be focused on relaxing. Even if you’re planning a trip to the city, this state knows how to focus on the simple pleasures. A vacation rental is one of these simple pleasures. After an active day, you will happy to return to your home away from home. With amenities like private outdoor space, soaking tubs, and the latest technology, vacation rentals are leagues ahead of hotels.

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California Vacation Rentals

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