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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

House Crescent City
Sep 2 - Sep 9
$254 per night
House ∙ 8 guests ∙ 4 bedrooms

Nice House in Crescent City with Yard & Grill + Scenic Views

4.9
Outstanding (34 ratings)
Crescent City, Del Norte County, California
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House Manchester
Dec 22 - Dec 29
$880 per night
House ∙ 8 guests ∙ 3 bedrooms

Charming Vacation Home in Manchester with Electric Fireplace + Unobstructed Views

5.0
Outstanding (26 ratings)
Manchester, Mendocino County, California
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Cottage Townsite
Sep 7 - Sep 14
$270 per night
Cottage ∙ 5 guests ∙ 2 bedrooms

Beachfront Cottage in Townsite with Yard, Patio & Grill + Ocean View

4.5
Excellent (42 ratings)
Townsite, Camp Pendleton South, 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 Paradise Valley
Aug 31 - Sep 7
$172 per night
House ∙ 6 guests ∙ 3 bedrooms

Vacation Home in Paradise Valley with Yard

4.6
Excellent (83 ratings)
Paradise Valley, South San Francisco, California, United States
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Apartment Fremont
Sep 2 - Sep 9
-43%
$203
$115 per night
Apartment ∙ 6 guests ∙ 3 bedrooms

Lovely Apartment in Fremont

5.0
Outstanding (1 rating)
Fremont, Oakland, California, United States
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Apartment Fremont
Aug 31 - Sep 7
$149 per night
Apartment ∙ 6 guests ∙ 3 bedrooms

Apartment in Fremont

4.0
Very good (3 ratings)
Fremont, Oakland, 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 Tahoe Vista
Oct 26 - Nov 2
-59%
$531
$216 per night
House ∙ 8 guests ∙ 3 bedrooms

Vacation Home in Tahoe Vista with Yard

Tahoe Vista, Placer County, California, United States
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House Incline Village
Sep 23 - Sep 30
-25%
$266
$198 per night
House ∙ 8 guests ∙ 4 bedrooms

House in Incline Village with Grill, Patio & Jacuzzi + Lake View

Incline Village, Washoe County, Nevada, United States
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House Carnelian Bay
Mar 2 - Mar 9
-59%
$1,270
$526 per night
House ∙ 12 guests ∙ 5 bedrooms

Wonderful Vacation Home in Carnelian Bay with Jacuzzi, Patio & Grill

4.1
Very good (14 ratings)
Carnelian Bay, Placer County, California, 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 Aptos
Sep 14 - Sep 21
-24%
$250
$190 per night
House ∙ 4 guests ∙ 2 bedrooms

Vacation Home in Aptos with Full Patio + Great Views

4.1
Very good (48 ratings)
Aptos, Santa Cruz County, California
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Condo Balboa Peninsula
Dec 8 - Dec 15
-67%
$366
$121 per night
Condo ∙ 8 guests ∙ 3 bedrooms

Condo in Balboa Peninsula with Outside Patio + Peek-A-Boo View

3.8
Good (63 ratings)
Balboa Peninsula, Newport Beach, California
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House Southeast Anaheim
Aug 13 - Aug 20
$256 per night
House ∙ 10 guests ∙ 4 bedrooms

House in Southeast Anaheim with Yard & Pool

4.6
Excellent (200 ratings)
Southeast Anaheim, Anaheim, California
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Information about Weekend Getaway in California

💳 Highest rates in December
🥳 Busiest month May
🛏️ Popular home types House rental and Condo
🌡️ Hottest months 97 °F in July and August
❄️ Coldest months January and December
🌧️ Rainiest months 10 rainy days in March and December

Frequently Asked Questions

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

The average price for a rental in California is usually around $389 and $687 per night.

Weekend Getaway in California: are there many vacation homes available for groups of guests?

The average size for a House rental is 189 m² and can fit 8 guests on average which is ideal for large groups.

How many vacation homes are available to book for a weekend in California?

There are more than 219,578 city break accommodations available in California with nightly prices starting from $88 per night.

Weekend Getaway in California: what types of vacation homes are available?

Sure, there are 46,203 House rentals and 13,343 Condos available in California.

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

The price of a vacation rental in California for the weekend can range from $88 and can go up to $687 per night.

Do many vacation rentals in California come with a pool?

Definitely, more than 47% accommodations in California offer a pool.

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