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California Winter Getaways

6 Great Places to Go in California in Winter


Some places in California are great any time, but theses are especially nice to visit during Winter. In California, that's December, January and February.

These places are warm in the winter - and too hot to visit in summer, put on some great seasonal events or are good places to catch a meteor shower.

Death Valley

© 2001 by Betsy Malloy.
It finally cools off in winter but stays warm enough to make it a great destination if you're feeling a little too cold.

Newport Beach

Courtesy of Laguna Beach Visitor's Bureau
Newport and neighboring Orange County towns put on some of the best Christmas festivities in Southern California.

Pacific Grove

© 2000 by Betsy Malloy.
It's nice any time, but when the Monarch butterflies are here, Pacific Grove earns its title as Butterfly Town.

Shooting Stars

Courtesy of Getty Images News/NASA
The Geminid meteor shower occurs in mid-December with a multi-colored display of white, yellow, and even blue, red and green streaks through the sky. Death Valley, Big Sur, Mendocino and locations along Scenic Highway 395 are some of the best places to see it. Check the exact dates for this year.

Tournament of Roses Parade

2004 Rose Parade Float
Courtesy of Tournament of Roses
Held on the first day of the New Year (in most years), this parade is a classic that's well worth a trip.


©2007 Betsy Malloy Photography. Licensed to About.com
Winter is time for Yosemite's Vintners Holidays, Chef's Holidays and California's best Christmas celebration, the Bracebridge Dinners.
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