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Campsite in Joshua Tree
Casa Pequena - Ultimate Camping Vibes, Views!!!!!!
This unit is completely new and upgraded as of 11/20! Enjoy making memories under the most epic sky in Casa, a modern, quant trailer with home-away-from-home vibes. Take in the mesmerizing views of the Copper Mountains to the east, JT Park to the south, and the Big Bear Mountains to the west. You’ll feel secluded yet be right in the middle of everything that rules in the desert and just a short drive to downtown Joshua Tree, Joshua Tree National Park, The Integratron in Landers and more!
$106 per night
Cabin in La Grange
Farm Stay at the Bell-Zwart Lodge
Getaway to the Bell-Zwart Lodge located on a working cattle ranch in La Grange, CA. This 3 bed, 2 bath log cabin home has scenic views of California's rolling hills and Turlock Lake. Take a trip to one of the nearby lakes, Turlock, Don Pedro, McSwain or McClure or take a day trip to Yosemite National Park, located only 59 miles away! Enjoy the peace and quiet in this wonderful country setting yet still close to major cities - only 35-45 minutes from Merced, Turlock and Modesto.
$191 per night
Cabin in Lake Arrowhead
Designer A-Frame Cabin in the Trees
Meticulously designer-renovated cabin surrounded by mature evergreens and nestled behind a charming seasonal creek. Whether you’re looking to spend time with loved ones or work remotely outside of the city, this is the place to do it all. Relax by the fireplace while light pours in from the wall of windows, grill and chill on the deck, and explore nature right outside your front door. Conveniently located near everything Lake Arrowhead has to offer. You'll never want to leave!
$262 per night

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Cabin in Yucca Valley
Minimalist Modern Cabin - Amazing Views
$160 per night
Camper/RV in Joshua Tree
Wonderlust Airstream
$247 per night
Home in Malibu
Ocean View Malibu Getaway
$376 per night
Dome in Joshua Tree
JTHAVN-Joshua Tree Remote Dessert Bubble Dome
$596 per night
Tiny home in Topanga
ShangriLaLa Tiny House Mountaintop Getaway
$240 per night
Villa in Joshua Tree
The Midnight Sun House + Pool Joshua Tree
$429 per night
Yurt in Idyllwild-Pine Cove
Wildland Creekside Eco Yurt + Tesla Charger!
$145 per night
Condo in Carlsbad
Fantastic Oceanfront Condo Featuring Free WiFi, Patio
$218 per night
Hotel room in Laguna Beach
Oceanfront Laguna Beach Incredible Views 29
$241 per night
Home in Yucca Valley
Pause House: PM ... your break in Joshua Tree
$257 per night
Guesthouse in Los Angeles
Private LA Guesthouse with Pool, Mediterranean Garden & View
$150 per night
Cabin in Los Gatos
Private Guest-House in the Redwoods
$147 per night

Your guide to California

All About California

As the third largest state in America and home to a number of famous sites, such as the Golden Gate Bridge, Hollywood, and breathtaking Highway 1 coastline, California has a lot to offer.

In Southern California, Los Angeles is a mix of beach and city living, with world-class international cuisine spread throughout its many neighborhoods, legendary surf spots along its coastline, and hiking in canyons that offer stunning views of the glittering Downtown Los Angeles skyline. Day trips from this sprawling megatropolis bring you into the midcentury design hub of Palm Springs, or the desert landscapes of Joshua Tree National Park.

Up north, San Francisco is a compact city with rolling hills that make driving around or riding its famous cable cars feel like being in a slow-moving roller coaster. The prize for walking to the tops of its many neighborhood parks include views of the Bay Bridge and the iconic orange Golden Gate Bridge, as well as Golden Gate Park, which houses a number of notable museums. The city has a rich history of attracting artists, writers, musicians, who continue to make their marks in San Francisco concerts halls, dive bars, galleries, and museums.

Away from these big metropolises, Santa Cruz and Big Sur draw people to their dramatic Redwood-lined coastlines while Napa Valley and Sonoma bring wine lovers from around the world into town. Yosemite National Park, in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, is a haven for hiking, rafting, and rock climbing.

When is the best time to stay in a vacation rental in California?

Depending on where you’re traveling, you could experience all four seasons or remain in the fog for your entire trip. Generally Los Angeles is dry and arid, with occasional heat waves in the summer, while San Francisco experiences a marine layer of fog that remains even through the summer (if you’re visiting San Francisco, always bring layers for the fog and the wind). Snow comes to the state’s mountain ranges in the winter, bringing cross-country and downhill enthusiasts to ski hubs like Mammoth, Lake Tahoe, and Big Bear.

What are the top things to do in California?

San Diego

When it comes to Southern California beaches, San Diego has some of the best opportunities to swim and surf, with notably warm water and air temperatures year-round, great surf breaks, and plenty of outfitters offering gear and lessons. Back on land, San Diego’s iconic Balboa Park houses 17 museums as well as numerous historic and cultural attractions across 1,200 acres. Beer connoisseurs know the city as one of the country’s epicenters of craft breweries.

Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park, in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, is known for its epic waterfalls; wildlife sightings of marmots, bobcats, and dozens of species of butterflies; and scenic trails winding to lookouts like Glacier Point. Catch a glimpse of El Capitan, one of the park’s highest peaks, and gaze in wonder at the breathtaking Bridalveil Falls, which are at their best in spring.

Lake Tahoe

Lake Tahoe carries the prize of being the largest alpine lake in North America, and it’s one of the most iconic natural attractions in California. Its crystal clear waters make it seem like you could almost stare straight down to the bottom of its 1,645 feet. Come here to swim, hike or ride bikes along the paths that line the lake’s exterior, and in the winter, ski the slopes and Nordic trails nearby.