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Plan Your California Vacation


Use these resources to plan your California vacation. Learn about locations and distances, read about when and where to go.
  1. Know Before You Go on a California Vacation
  2. When to Go to California
  3. Be a Savvy California Visitor
  4. Getting Around in California
  1. Trip Ideas for California Vacations
  2. California on a Budget
  3. The Best California Destination for Your Interests

Know Before You Go on a California Vacation

Some people wreck their California vacations by planning too many things to do. If you don't live in California, you may not realize how big the state is, how far apart the major sights are or how to get around. Use these resources to decide what's most important to you and find out how to plan California vacations that maximize what you can see without wearing you out.

When to Go to California

Californians love to brag about their weather and say it's a great place to visit any time of the year. They're not far from wrong, but it can be foggy at the beach in mid-summer, Yosemite waterfalls slow to a trickle after the spring thaw and in late summer, San Diego is packed with Arizonans escaping the heat. The best time to visit for you may not be the most obvious. These guides include month-by-month event guides, weather tips and what's special in each season.

Be a Savvy California Visitor

We've been visiting California attractions and watching others at them for well over a decade, and we've seen it all, from the smart to the silly. Let those other poor dorks stand in line at Disneyland, miss the boat to Alcatraz, pay too much for their hotel rooms or get stuck in traffic. You'll know better with these travel tips.

Getting Around in California

Most California visitors get around by automobile, but we've got all the details for going by planes, trains and buses, too. Just look for the cities and places you want to travel to (or from) and you'll find a complete guide to how to do it - by airplane, train, bus or shuttle.

Trip Ideas for California Vacations

You probably want to plan your own trip, your own way and don't need our stinkin' advice, but take a minute to find out how these samples can give you some ideas for how to organize your trip, routes to follow and how long they will take.

California on a Budget

We all think we know how to save money on a vacation: just stay in a cheap motel, eat at a fast food joint and try to find discounted tickets. It doesn't have to be like that. You might be surprised to find out that you can stay in a really nice hotel for the price of the Cockroach Inn, get a nice meal at a decent price - and save a ton of money on tickets. Just use our proven travel tips to find out things you don't know that can save you money on your California vacation.

The Best California Destination for Your Interests

We've got as many personal interests as the Jelly Belly makers have flavors, so we've put together a bunch of collections of things to do in California to indulge them - and your interests, too. Take a browse through the links below to find something that appeals to your sense of play.

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