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.

Things to do

Experience the best of California

No matter where you find yourself in this massive state, you’ll be close to something amazing. Los Angeles travelers need to stop by Griffith Observatory, where you can see stars of another kind in the city of celebrities. Enjoy a relaxing trek through Yosemite National Park to find breathtaking views from Glacier Point overlooking a vast area of scenic mountains and forest. If you’re looking for a more family-friendly adventure with all the thrills you could ask for, head down to Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, and enjoy multiple theme parks and water parks.


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.

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: 5,815 vacation rentals
  • South Lake Tahoe: 2,719 vacation rentals
  • Malibu: 2,239 vacation rentals
  • Huntington Beach: 2,503 vacation rentals
  • Mission Beach: 1,328 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: 5,815 rentals
  • South Lake Tahoe: 2,719 rentals
  • Malibu: 2,239 rentals
  • Huntington Beach: 2,503 rentals
  • Laguna Beach: 2,292 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): 5,587 vacation rentals
  • San Francisco International Airport (SFO): 1,902 vacation rentals
  • San Diego International Airport (SAN): 5,106 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: 2,894 rentals
  • Venice Beach: 5,559 rentals
  • Universal Studios Hollywood: 3,833 rentals
  • Napa Valley Wine Train: 817 rentals
  • Catalina Casino: 235 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
5,815 vacation rentals
South Lake Tahoe
2,719 vacation rentals
2,239 vacation rentals
Huntington Beach
2,503 vacation rentals
Laguna Beach
2,292 vacation rentals
827 vacation rentals
Big Bear Lake
2,465 vacation rentals
2,425 vacation rentals
Mammoth Lakes
1,970 vacation rentals
906 vacation rentals
Long Beach
1,359 vacation rentals
Big Sur
263 vacation rentals
Lake Arrowhead
602 vacation rentals
425 vacation rentals
Tahoe City
2,891 vacation rentals
769 vacation rentals
4,757 vacation rentals
Bodega Bay
521 vacation rentals
La Quinta
4,784 vacation rentals
San Luis Obispo
921 vacation rentals