California Vacations

Thinking of visiting California? Great idea! The Golden State really does have it all. And the goal of this website is to help you plan amazing California vacations. Whether you're looking for a visitor guide, tourist attractions, hotel recommendations, or simply ideas for things to do, we'll try our best to accommodate you - with concise, useful information instead of pointless overload.

Neptune Pool, Hearst Castle
Hearst Castle, San Simeon photo: © 2012 California Vacations Now

Very few locations on Earth offer scenery or attractions as diverse as California's. Take southern California, for example: a place where you could easily find yourself in shorts and a T-shirt on a sunny day, while looking up past palm tree fronds to snow-covered mountains beyond. In 30 or 40 minutes you could be in those mountains, switching from surfing to skiing. Or, in even less time, you could arrive at Hollywood or Los Angeles.

If you choose to travel a little further north along the scenic central coast, you'll be treated to breath-taking ocean views and ancient redwood forests. You might take a tour of the one-of-a-kind Hearst Castle or sample Napa Valley's wine country, perhaps finishing your adventure with the wonders of Monterey and San Francisco, or the captivating beauty of Yosemite. Or go a little further east to see gorgeous Lake Tahoe, and top off the perfect vacation.

If none of the above appeals to you, there are more than a few classic amusement parks in California. Or you could always drive to the very southern part of the state and soak up the laid back perfection that is San Diego. Or maybe you like a challenge? How about braving Death Valley? Want to sun yourself by the pool while sipping a cool drink? There's Palm Springs. The possibilities are endless!