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Hipmunk Hotels: California Dreaming in Escondido, San Luis Obispo, and More

A prison to visit? A gate to admire? Trails to choose from? Swells to ride on? History lessons on the go? Yes to everything! California has it all. Adventure seekers love exploring Yosemite National Park, and Golden Gate Bridge must be one of the most iconic bridges in the world. These are just some of the hundreds of destinations you can enjoy in California. Check out these affordable hotels as you realize your dream vacation.

Photo by Meet You in the Morning via trover.com

Photo by Meet You in the Morning via trover.com

Escondido: Wine and Beer

Escondido is home to some of the finest brewing companies and wineries in the country, so it’s no surprise that this place attracts beer and wine lovers. If you want to be near to attractions like Orfila Vineyard and Winery and San Diego Safari Park, consider staying at Quality Inn & Suites Escondido. For something fancier and more elegant, a night at Courtyard by Marriott San Diego – Rancho Bernardo will make your stay unforgettable.

Carlsbad: Fun in the Sun

What do you have in mind? Beaches? Yes! Lagoons? Yes! Legoland? Yes! Music Museum? Yes! How about flower fields? Oh, yes! Carlsbad is not that bad. It’s a quaint city that balances arts and fun. If you’re looking for something affordable and strategically located, try Best Western Plus Oceanside Palms, which is near the beach, Camp Pendleton, and Carlsbad Flower Fields. For something away from the crowds, a night or two atOceanside Marina Suites sounds amazing. Take a dip in its heated outdoor pool or lounge outside while enjoying barbecue.

San Luis Obispo: Oceanfront Appeal

San Luis Obispo is the kind of city you want for yourself. The tongues of the Pacific Ocean hiss nearby. Wineries and vineyards embrace the city. Just six kilometers away from the airport is the Courtyard by Marriott San Luis Obispo, whose elegant rooms offer microwaves and fridges. After a long day out, conclude your night with a dip in its outdoor pool or indulge in a sumptuous dinner at the Courtyard Café. You can also chooseLexington Inn San Luis Obispo, which is near Dallidet Adobe and Gardens and California Polytechnic State University.

Orange: Colors More Varied Than Orange

Whether it’s shopping at the outlets, walking around Irvine Regional Park, or indulging in food tours, Orange County is more colorful than you think. Start your journey here by booking a night or more at Best Western Plus Meridian Inn & Suites, Anaheim-Orange, whose rooms are equipped with premium TV channels, free high-speed Wi-Fi, a fridge, and a microwave. For something budget-friendly, The Hotel Fullerton Anaheim is the perfect fit. Nearby you’ll find theme parks and Knott’s Berry Farm.

Monterey: Paradise by the Pacific

Let the sun kiss your skin. Let the ocean breeze brush through your hair. Let the salty air embrace your body. Monterey feels like that. From peninsulas to bays to stretches of white-sand beauties, Monterey embodies life on the coast. If you’re a budget traveler, stay at Arbor Inn Monterey, which is a 10-minute drive to Monterey Bay Aquarium and Fisherman’s Wharf. If you want to pamper yourself, Martine Inn is the place. The hotel boasts complimentary breakfast, excellent spa service, and even a library and an arcade.

Indeed, California is nothing short of marvelous.

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