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Enjoy Quality Time On a California Weekend Getaways

California is a huge, diverse state offering an array of weekend getaway possibilities. Whether you're in the mood for a culture-centric city break, a tour through Napa Valley wine country, or fun in the Southern California sun, you'll be able to plan exactly the sort of getaway you seek. The state's natural attractions are equally varied. Depending on the season, consider hiking or skiing in California's ample mountains, while at any time of year, you can easily hit the beach simply by heading far enough south along the Pacific coast.

City Breaks in California: Top Accommodations

Cottage Sea Ranch
May 17 - May 24
-61%
$633
$246 per night
Cottage ∙ 4 guests ∙ 1 bedroom

Cottage in Sea Ranch with Sauna, Grill & Patio

5.0
Outstanding (1 rating)
Sea Ranch, Sonoma County, California
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Cottage Dillon Beach
May 27 - Jun 3
$225 per night
Cottage ∙ 5 guests ∙ 2 bedrooms

Cottage in Dillon Beach with Grill, Patio & Yard + Ocean View + Close to Beach

4.8
Outstanding (308 ratings)
Dillon Beach, Marin County, California
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House South Lake Tahoe
May 11 - May 18
-67%
$456
$150 per night
House ∙ 7 guests ∙ 3 bedrooms

Beautiful Vacation Home in South Lake Tahoe with Grill, Yard & Patio

5.0
Outstanding (5 ratings)
South Lake Tahoe, El Dorado County, California
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The Best Weekend Getaway Destinations in California

The Best Weekend Getaway Destinations in California

California is an iconic destination, whether you're on a romantic break, traveling with family, or hitting the road solo. From wine country idylls to amazing towns, scenic beaches, deserts, and mountains, there is much to discover here.

  • 1. Lake Tahoe

    Located at the base of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, Lake Tahoe is beloved for its dazzling water, mountains, and crisp, fresh air. Depending on the season, enjoy opportunities for skiing and snowboarding, or during the summer, biking, hiking, boating, fishing, and camping.

  • 2. Santa Catalina Island

    From picturesque seaside villages and secluded beaches to dreamy island scenery, Santa Catalina is the most popular of the Channel Islands off the coast of Los Angeles. The largest town, Avalon, is known for its mix of culture and seaside—stop by Descanso Beach for swimming, snorkeling, and kayaking. Across the island, enjoy quality time at Two Harbors, a village that offers dining, fishing spots, a general store, small boutique hotels, and pristine beaches. All around the island, you can also hike and camp.

  • 3. Palm Springs

    This town is a perennial favorite, located in the Sonoran Desert. Visit the Design District for its home goods stores, boutiques, and antique shops. Explore the beautiful Tahquitz Canyon from horseback. Play a round of golf, relax in hot springs, or really unwind at one of the many local spas.

  • 4. Point Reyes National Seashore

    Here you can see over 1500 species of flora and fauna while enjoying your weekend getaway in California. Watch elephant seals, try your hand at mountain biking, or go hiking and horseback riding through the 150mi. of trails along or near the seashore. Or simply relax and take in impressive views of the ocean as it crashes against the rocky headlands.

  • 5. Malibu

    Malibu is one of the most attractive locales in Southern California. The nearby Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area offers magical hiking opportunities. Spot sea creatures at Point Dume or visit the Malibu Wine Safari to taste wine as you check out wild animals, including giraffes and zebras. Or simply hit the beach, and look out for celebrities.

Best Places to Stay for City Breaks in California

House Santa Fe
Jan 4 - Jan 11
$318 per night
House ∙ 10 guests ∙ 4 bedrooms

Lovely Vacation Home in Santa Fe

4.0
Very good (1 rating)
Santa Fe, Oakland, California, United States
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Apartment Santa Clara
Apr 2 - Apr 9
$74 per night
Apartment ∙ 2 guests ∙ 1 bedroom

Rental Apartment in Santa Clara with Grill & Patio + Street View

5.0
Outstanding (6 ratings)
Santa Clara, Santa Clara County, California, United States
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House Southwest Berkeley
Mar 23 - Mar 30
$131 per night
House ∙ 6 guests ∙ 2 bedrooms

Charming Vacation Home in Southwest Berkeley with Yard

4.7
Excellent (70 ratings)
Southwest Berkeley, Berkeley, California, United States
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Things to Do During Your Weekend Getaway in California

Things to Do During Your Weekend Getaway in California

The list of activities to enjoy on your weekend break is nearly endless, but here are few to get you started.

  • 1. Ski

    You'll find ample opportunities to hit the slopes. Check out ski resorts near Mammoth Lakes, Lake Tahoe, and Big Bear Lake, and east of Los Angeles, on Mt. Baldy. Other options include the mountains in Yosemite, Sugar Bowl, and Snow Summit.

  • 2. Visit Museums

    Headed to San Francisco? Don't miss the de Young, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and iconic to the city, the Cable Car Museum. In LA, culture buffs will love the Broad, the Getty, and Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

  • 3. Tour National Parks

    From the redwoods of Sequoia to the joshua trees of, well, Joshua Tree, don't miss the state's gorgeous national parks.

  • 4. Taste Wine

    Stop by a couple wineries in Napa Valley, or book a full-on tour.

Recommended Accommodations for City Breaks in California

House Dollar Point
Apr 13 - Apr 20
$333 per night
House ∙ 8 guests ∙ 4 bedrooms

Vacation Home in Dollar Point with Patio, Grill, Hot Tub

4.9
Outstanding (82 ratings)
Dollar Point, Placer County, California, United States
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House Zephyr Cove
Apr 24 - May 1
-68%
$441
$139 per night
House ∙ 6 guests ∙ 2 bedrooms

Vacation Home in Zephyr Cove + Lake Views

5.0
Outstanding (2 ratings)
Zephyr Cove, Zephyr Cove-Round Hill Village, Nevada, United States
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House Zephyr Cove
May 11 - May 18
-60%
$584
$233 per night
House ∙ 10 guests ∙ 4 bedrooms

Rental Vacation Home in Zephyr Cove with Patio & Grill

3.8
Good (68 ratings)
Zephyr Cove, Zephyr Cove-Round Hill Village, Nevada, United States
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What to Pack for Your Weekend Getaway in California

What to Pack for Your Weekend Getaway in California

The state's weather is as diverse as its attractions. Depending where you're headed, you might need beach gear, ski equipment, hiking boots, or a mix of all three.

  • 1. Warm-Weather Clothing

    For city trips to destinations like Los Angeles and San Diego, be ready to step out in outfits made for sunshine. And even if the Pacific is chilly (as it often is), you'll probably still want to hit the beach, so don't forget your bathing suit.

  • 2. Light Jacket

    Areas of California that are consistently temperate by day, like San Francisco and the Inland Empire, often cool down at night. The variety of weather you might experience in a 24-hour period calls for layers!

  • 3. Ski Equipment

    Whether you're headed to Lake Tahoe or Mount Baldy, pack your gear if you're not planning to rent on-site.

  • 4. Hiking and Camping Gear

    If you're planning to visit national or state parks and spend the night, you'll want to be prepared with hiking boots, tents, sleeping bags, water, camping lights, and all the other accoutrements that make for a great outdoors overnight getaway.

Top Offers for City Breaks in California

House Cayucos
Feb 22 - Mar 1
-17%
$395
$327 per night
House ∙ 6 guests ∙ 3 bedrooms

House in Cayucos with Wood-Burning Fireplace + Spectacular Views

4.5
Excellent (102 ratings)
Cayucos, San Luis Obispo County, California
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House Lake Almanor
May 24 - May 31
$858 per night
House ∙ 12 guests ∙ 5 bedrooms

House in Lake Almanor with Patio, Grill & Yard + Enjoy Views

4.8
Outstanding (25 ratings)
Lake Almanor, Lake Almanor Country Club, California
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House Elk
Nov 30 - Dec 7
-40%
$317
$192 per night
House ∙ 4 guests ∙ 2 bedrooms

Beautiful Vacation Home in Elk with Grill & Patio + Spectacular Views

4.2
Very good (98 ratings)
Elk, Mendocino County, California
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Information about Weekend Getaway in California

💳 Highest rates in December
😎 Least busy month June
🛏️ Popular home types House rental and Apartment rental
🌡️ Hottest months July and August
❄️ Coldest months January and December
🌧️ Rainiest months March and December

Frequently Asked Questions

How many accommodations are available to rent for a weekend getaway in California?

You can find more than 200,727 accommodations for rent in California with prices starting at $74 per night.

What kinds of vacation rentals can I find for Weekend Getaway in California?

We would advice choosing from our selection of Apartment rental and House rental for Weekend Getaway in California.

Weekend Getaway in California: How much does a stay cost?

The average rate for a vacation rental in California is usually around $400 and $654 per night.

Can I find a vacation home for a group for Weekend Getaway in California?

House rental in California on average fits 8 guests.

What is the average price of a weekend getaway in California?

The price of a vacation rental in California for the weekend can start from $74 and can go up to $654 per night.

Do many apartments in California offer a pool?

Yes, over 47% accommodations in California offer a pool.

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