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California Holiday

Visit this state of many contrasts: mountains to oceans, fertile agricultural areas to modern cities and tall forests to deserts.

The mid-1800s California gold rush brought many adventurers to the Pacific Ocean shores. Their descendants have established fascinating cities and structures in the midst of amazing natural beauty.

Visit Sacramento to see the art and architecture of the state capital. The California State Railroad Museum tells the important story of building the railroads that enabled development of the California region.

In the Sierra Nevada Mountains, visit Sequoia National Forest. See giant redwood trees, up to 300 feet (91 meters) tall and over 33 feet (10 meters) in diameter, hundreds or thousands of years old. Enjoy the spectacular landscape of granite monoliths, limestone caves and whitewater streams.

The mountains offer a range of choices for outdoor activities. Visit the Lake Tahoe area to hike, boat, fish and swim in the chilly aquamarine waters in the summer. In winter ski at Squaw, site of the 1960 Olympics, Northstar, Alpine Meadows and others, with excellent skiing and views over the lake. See sparkling granite cliffs and majestic waterfalls in Yosemite National Park.

Take a wine tour in Napa or Sonoma. Stop in the fertile agricultural area of the Central Valley to sample strawberries, olives, garlic and much of the nation’s fresh produce.

Like Tony Bennett, you might leave your heart in San Francisco. The views of the Golden Gate Bridge are unforgettable. Visit Chinatown, ride the trolley, climb the hills of the city, ferry to the former prison of Alcatraz and enjoy the exciting nightlife.

Moving south to Los Angeles, enjoy the many beaches on the Pacific Ocean. Watch seals, surfers and skaters. Go to Hollywood to see celebrities’ stars embedded in the sidewalk. Tour Universal Studios. Visit the original Disneyland® Resort in Anaheim, the La Brea Tarpits and the J. Paul Getty Museum.

Farther south, see even more California beaches in San Diego, along with the USS Midway Museum, a retired aircraft carrier. Visit Palms Springs for desert heat and world-famous golf. Cross the border to Tijuana for a Mexican holiday.


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Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Lake Tahoe NZ$130
Reviewed on 21 May 2019
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Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Lake Tahoe

Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Lake Tahoe

50 Highway 50, Stateline, NV
     
    3.5 of 5
    3.5 out of 5.0

    Staff and checkin was great on a Mothers Day Weekend. Wanted to pay extra for the lake view but did not pull the trigger and got the mountain view which was just as beautiful. Rooms were clean and quiet, free and easy parking which can be a rarity with hotel and saves you $$ on the vallet and great ...

    Anaheim Majestic Garden Hotel NZ$171
    Reviewed on 20 May 2019
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    Anaheim Majestic Garden Hotel

    Anaheim Majestic Garden Hotel

    900 S Disneyland Dr, Anaheim, CA
       
      4.1 of 5
      3.5 out of 5.0

      We liked that it was close to Disneyland and staff was helpful when it came to asking questions.

      Hyatt Regency Los Angeles International Airport NZ$233
      Reviewed on 20 May 2019
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      Hyatt Regency Los Angeles International Airport

      Hyatt Regency Los Angeles International Airport

      6225 W Century Blvd, Los Angeles, CA
         
        4.4 of 5
        4.0 out of 5.0

        The hotel is very close to the airport so it’s great for a night before catching an early morning flight.

        The Sofia Hotel NZ$237
        Reviewed on 16 May 2019
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        The Sofia Hotel

        The Sofia Hotel

        150 W Broadway, San Diego, CA
           
          4.2 of 5
          3.5 out of 5.0

          Excellent location. Walkable to restaurants and stores.

          Hilton Anaheim NZ$197
          Reviewed on 20 May 2019
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          Hilton Anaheim

          Hilton Anaheim

          777 W Convention Way, Anaheim, CA
             
            4.1 of 5
            4.0 out of 5.0

            Everyone was very nice in the Valet. We needed jackets from our Tahoe and they brought it up quickly with no problem and then took the vehicle right back to be parked. The room was very nice as well as the hotel. It smelled great right as you walked in and was very modern inside. The only complaint ...

            Crowne Plaza Los Angeles - International Airport NZ$283
            Reviewed on 19 May 2019
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            Crowne Plaza Los Angeles - International Airport

            Crowne Plaza Los Angeles - International Airport

            5985 W Century Blvd, Los Angeles, CA
               
              4.0 of 5
              4.0 out of 5.0

              Clean and convenient to LAX Food in the restaurant was great

              Disneyland Hotel
              Reviewed on 18 May 2019
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              Disneyland Hotel

              Disneyland Hotel

              1150 W Magic Way, Anaheim, CA
                 
                4.3 of 5
                4.0 out of 5.0

                It’s the original Disney property. Clean hotel, friendly staff and characters often seen on the property.

                Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel NZ$187
                Reviewed on 20 May 2019
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                Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel

                Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel

                4130 Lake Tahoe Blvd, South Lake Tahoe, CA
                   
                  4.1 of 5
                  3.5 out of 5.0

                  It was very nice. Loved the Atriums. Did not like getting offered to attend a presentation. Overall, very nice stay.

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