Best California Vacation Tips

Best California vacation tips from Calif. locals. See all the best sites including Disneyland, San Francisco, Yosemite, wine country, Hollywood, San Diego and more. Everyone loves California. We have sunny beaches and spectacular mountains, the best cities and theme parks, and much more.

Updated October 21 2016 by Best California Vacation.

Northern California is centered around the San Francisco Bay Area, with the beautiful city of San Francisco, and Silicon Valley, home to many technology companies and internet companies, such as Google and Apple. To the north is Napa Valley and Sonoma Valley, home to the best California wine country vacations. Toward the east is Lake Tahoe and Yosemite National Park, two favorite California vacation spots in summer and winter.

Yosemite National park

Yosemite National Park, California

Southern California features Hollywood, and the best theme parks in the world, including:


Universal Studios

San Diego SeaWorld


San Diego Zoo

Safari Park

Southern California also has the best California beaches, including Coronado beach in San Diego, rated the best beach in California and one of the top 10 beaches in the world.

Many areas of California have a Mediterranean climate, making it perfect for outdoor vacations. The low humidity and mild winters are one of the best kept secrets, and make visitors to California want to return again for their next vacation.

The coastal communities are cooler with the marine layer from the Pacific Ocean, while the central valley is hotter. There are some popular desert vacations spots like Palm Springs. To the east are the Sierras - the Sierra Nevada mountains, offering great skiing and snow play in the winter, and great hiking and camping in the summer.

California has many outstanding colleges and universities, including the public University of California system, and private universities such as Stanford University, University of Southern California (USC), and California Institute of Technology (Caltech).

If you are on a budget, enter our contest for free Disneyland tickets. We can also help your find those cheap Disneyland tickets or other discounts to you favorite California attractions, and some of the best lodging to match your budget. California also offers many opportunities for outdoor recreation, including free or inexpensive beaches, parks, hiking trails and campgrounds that are both fun and cheap!

We hope you enjoy our California vacation guide to help you have your best California vacation. Please explore some of our pages to help plan your next vacation in California.

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Hollywood and Universal Studios

Everyone loves their favorite Hollywood stars. Why not visit Hollywood for your best California vacation?

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San Diego

Come see the beaches and theme parks in San Diego.

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San Diego Zoo

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San Francisco

Visit San Francisco, the most beautiful city on the west coast.

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Golden Gate Bridge

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Napa Vacations

Enjoy wine tasting, mud baths and the beautiful scenery in Napa Valley, California's world famous wine country.

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Visit Yosemite National Park, one of the best natural wonders in the world.

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