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California Hotel Travel Guide

Perhaps it’s understandable that the most populous state in the nation has a bit of a split personality. Southern California is a place of golden skies and even more golden surfers. Northern California is heaven for techies, sports fans, and nature lovers (it’s a diverse place!). Wherever you end up, with a hotel in California you’re sure to find gorgeous scenery and a “go-with-the-flow” mentality.

From SF to LA

There’s no better way to get into the Cali groove than a cruise on the Pacific Coast Highway. Listen to the ocean below as you wind through Big Sur, then take a break and walk to the McWay Waterfall, which cascades to the beach below in a picture-perfect scene. You’ll soon know what author Henry Miller meant when he wrote, “This is the face of the earth as the Creator intended it to look”—and it’s not just the landscape that will impress you. California hotels take it up a notch in Big Sur, with clifftop views and rustic fireside lodges. If you enjoy cell phone service, however, head to the cities to the north or south. Hotels in Los Angeles are a good bet for city lovers. This California metropolis has it all, from first-rate restaurants to street tacos and Broadway plays to beach drum circles. For Northern Cali flavor, get cultured in San Francisco, where you can check out the nation’s oldest Chinatown and take the perfect profile pic at the Golden Gate Bridge.

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