Five California Destinations to Explore and Where to Stay During Your Trip

San Francisco Bay Bridge

California is a top tourist state with several big cities to explore. Yet the lesser known and smaller destinations are just as great as travel destinations. Check out five of them and the hotels you can check into while discovering these California gems.

Enjoy a Trip to Disneyland and Budget Accommodations in Anaheim

If you think about theme parks, Orlando is likely the first destination that comes to mind. But did you know the Disneyland Resort is actually in Anaheim? Why not enjoy this treat, along with the Anaheim Convention Center or a game at Angel Stadium, and pay less? The Alamo Inn & Suites welcomes you with traditionally decorated, comfortable rooms; a pool to enjoy; and free parking and Wi-Fi. Disneyland, Disney’s California Adventure, and the Anaheim Convention Center are only a block away, making this family friendly hotel a perfect choice.

Disneyland Castle

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Enjoy the San Francisco Bay from Burlingame

Would you like to stay close to the San Francisco Bay without paying the city’s higher hotel rates? Then why not try one of the many Burlingame hotels? A traveler’s favorite is Embassy Suites San Francisco Airport – Waterfront. Cheaper than any other nearby hotels, Embassy Suites is only a short ride away from all the major San Francisco landmarks. It’s extremely close to the San Francisco Airport, it’s pet friendly, and it offers free breakfast and internet. All the hotel’s suites come with a private bedroom, a separate sitting area and a kitchenette. If you’re in town for business, the executive suits come with and added boardrooms to make your meetings easier.

Discover the History and Charm of Costa Mesa

If your ideal trip includes Civil War reenactments, annual food festivals, and close proximity to Disneyland, then Costa Mesa is your top Californian destination. Costa Mesa Marriott is a perfect choice for both business and leisure travelers in search of modern, comfortable rooms and never-ending lists of amenities. Located in the heart of the business center, the hotel is also great for shopping vacations, with the nearby South Coast Plaza Shopping Center.

Spa Pampering in Coronado Bay

Coronado Sunset

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Whether you want to be close to San Diego, or you just want to enjoy Coronado Island, the Loews Coronado Bay Resort is a perfect choice. This pet friendly hotel offers comfortable rooms with deep soaking tubs and separate showers, free Wi-Fi, a fitness center, and a pool. You can take the Coronado Historical Association tour, visit the Museum of History and Art, or explore San Diego, which is only a ferry ride away.

Explore San Francisco from Emeryville

Considered an artisan’s dream destination, Emeryville is just over the San Francisco Oakland Bay Bridge and welcomes tourists with public art exhibits along the waterfront. Upscale boutique stores, tech companies, and its proximity to San Francisco attractions make it a great destination to explore. If you want a central San Francisco Bay hotel along the water, then try the Hilton Garden Inn San Francisco/Oakland Bay Bridge. Enjoy affordable rates, a stunning location, comfortable and stylish rooms, and the on-site swimming pool and fitness center.

San Francisco Bay Bridge

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Thank you for reading another article in my Himpunk series. I love being a Hipmunk writer and sharing with you the wonderful destinations and hotels I discover with them. Stay tuned for other travel ideas and hotel recommendation posts!

12 Comment to “Five California Destinations to Explore and Where to Stay During Your Trip”

  1. I haven’t been back to California since the nineties but like the idea of spas in the sun!

  2. I have never visited San Francisco, but I totally agree with your suggestions especially if you can have access to new experiences like visiting Emeryville and its attractions. Alternatives are not a bad thing.

  3. A return visit to San Francisco would be such fun. It’s great to see a lot of options in and around the city, too. Personally, I use hotel points to stay in hotels and the SF area seems to have plenty of options.

  4. Been to California two weeks in a van and just loved it! I drove from LA to San Francisco, but stayed in SF only two days. I have to go back and explore more. Thanks for all the tips!

  5. Drew says:

    I am a huge fan of all things California, but I find it much easier to explore this vast state in small, manageable visits. Warmth in the south, wine in the north, etc! (plus, I really need to make it to Disneyland one of these days!)

  6. Arzo Travels says:

    Oh, I would love visiting Disneyland. never have but it is on my list.

  7. Leah says:

    I forget how picturesque California really is. I’m not a huge fan of southern California, but rather the north appeals to me. It seems that Emeryville would be right up my alley.

  8. I’m a big lover of California, I first went 10 years ago and it was the most wonderful trip, I’d love to go exploring more! Disneyland and San Fransisco in particular from your list are at the top there. I want to go to Disney for my 30th, so I don’t have to feel grown up haha! 😉

  9. Cory Lee says:

    I’ve been to California a few times, but only around Los Angeles. These are some great suggestions of other places to visit and they definitely make me want to see more of California. Hopefully soon!!

  10. I have a lot of love for California. This is one place I would really like to visit and your post got me tempted☺

  11. anto says:

    I’d love to visit San Francisco and another reason for me to come to California would be to see the national parks since I love nature. It’s great that it has so much to offer for anyone’s interest, it seems like a country of its own!

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