Destination guide

Visit California, USA

What do you expect from your vacation? Is it warm sun coupled with a cool breeze on a sandy beach or the soft chill as you ski down a snowy mountain top? California, USA has it all. Located on the western coast of the United States, California is home to beautiful beaches, gorgeous mountains, and sprawling urban cities, including the entertainment capital of the world, Los Angeles. Get the most out of your trip with a California vacation rental, creating the perfect home away from home as you explore everything the Golden State has to offer.


Having fun under the California sun

The hardest part about finding something to do in California is where to start. You could take a cruise through San Francisco bay to see the gorgeous city skyline and Golden Gate Bridge glisten during twilight. Hit the beach for amazing surfing opportunities and you might even be able to spot some dolphins. Head to the San Bernardino Mountains to find thrilling ski resorts if you travel during the winter. Make sure you stop by Los Angeles to walk down Sunset Boulevard, where you can find some great music shops and other stores.


California’s diverse climate

California offers a variety of temperature variations. Northern cities like Alturas and Bodie frequently drop below freezing during the winter months while southern cities like San Diego and Los Angeles will rarely drop below 48 degrees. The winter highs for the south are generally in the high 60s, so you can still enjoy summer fun even in January. Mountainous areas will differ in the south, but most mountains are up north. Finally, don’t worry about rain too much in the south next to the Mojave, but the north and the mountains might call for an umbrella.

Natural features

Explore California’s diverse landscape

Remember to pack your walking shoes because California’s landscape is as diverse and beautiful as its people. Along the coast, you’ll find pristine sandy beaches with perfect waves for surfing. In the north, you’ll find the Klamath Mountains and the Cascade Range featuring beautiful forested areas and snowy mountain peaks. Stop by the Yosemite valley for an incredible view of a heavy forest surrounded by rocky towering mountains. The view from Glacier Point at sunset is particularly spectacular. You can also find numerous waterfalls here in addition to deer, owls, beavers, and marmots.

Where to stay around California?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 50,025 vacation rentals near California. From 24,926 Houses to 1,104 Villas, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near California for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in California?

There are many lovely places to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in California. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular destinations to visit are:

  • San Diego: 5,606 vacation rentals
  • Palm Springs: 5,880 vacation rentals
  • Los Angeles: 6,170 vacation rentals
  • San Francisco: 1,700 vacation rentals
  • Santa Barbara: 899 vacation rentals

And HomeAway offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in California! Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in California?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the cities with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in California:

  • San Diego: 5,606 rentals
  • Palm Springs: 5,880 rentals
  • Los Angeles: 6,170 rentals
  • San Francisco: 1,700 rentals
  • Santa Barbara: 899 rentals

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Can I find easy-access vacation rentals when traveling by plane to California?

Yes of course. Our owners offer a large selection of vacation rentals near airports. The airports with a large selection of vacation rentals in California are:

  • Los Angeles International Airport (LAX): 5,500 vacation rentals
  • San Francisco International Airport (SFO): 1,790 vacation rentals
  • Avalon, CA (AVX-Catalina): 228 vacation rentals

For other airports, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Near which points of interest can I spend my holidays in California?

HomeAway offers a large selection of rentals near lovely places in California. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Disneyland: 2,809 rentals
  • Venice Beach: 5,469 rentals
  • Yosemite Valley: 686 rentals
  • Carmel Beach: 590 rentals
  • Universal Studios Hollywood: 3,726 rentals

But there are many other points of interest around California listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection.

Explore destinations around California

San Diego
5,606 vacation rentals
Palm Springs
5,880 vacation rentals
Los Angeles
6,170 vacation rentals
San Francisco
1,700 vacation rentals
Santa Barbara
899 vacation rentals
South Lake Tahoe
2,669 vacation rentals
Big Bear Lake
2,491 vacation rentals
Newport Beach
2,330 vacation rentals
2,109 vacation rentals
778 vacation rentals
924 vacation rentals
Santa Cruz
649 vacation rentals
Laguna Beach
2,233 vacation rentals
1,274 vacation rentals
Santa Monica
3,733 vacation rentals
Palm Desert
7,085 vacation rentals
748 vacation rentals
Huntington Beach
2,442 vacation rentals
1,826 vacation rentals
2,348 vacation rentals