Discover a selection of more than 10,000 vacation rentals in California, US that are perfect for your trip. Whether you’re traveling with friends, family, or even pets, Vrbo vacation homes have the best amenities for hanging out with the people that matter most, including swimming pools and private pools. Prices start at $105 per night, and houses and cabins are popular options for a stay in California. Either way, you'll find a rental for everyone's needs.
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Experience California in vacation home rentals

What do you expect from your vacation? Is it warm sun coupled with a cool breeze on a sandy beach or the soft chill as you ski down a snowy mountain top? California, USA has it all. Located on the western coast of the United States, California is home to beautiful beaches, gorgeous mountains, and sprawling urban cities, including the entertainment capital of the world, Los Angeles. Get the most out of your trip with a California vacation rental, creating the perfect home away from home as you explore everything the Golden State has to offer.

Things to do

Tourist attractions near California vacation rentals

No matter where you find yourself in this massive state, you’ll be close to something amazing. Los Angeles travelers need to stop by Griffith Observatory, where you can see stars of another kind in the city of celebrities. Enjoy a relaxing trek through Yosemite National Park to find breathtaking views from Glacier Point overlooking a vast area of scenic mountains and forest. If you’re looking for a more family-friendly adventure with all the thrills you could ask for, head down to Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, and enjoy multiple theme parks and water parks.


Activities near California vacation homes

The hardest part about finding something to do in California is where to start. You could take a cruise through San Francisco bay to see the gorgeous city skyline and Golden Gate Bridge glisten during twilight. Hit the beach for amazing surfing opportunities and you might even be able to spot some dolphins. Head to the San Bernardino Mountains to find thrilling ski resorts if you travel during the winter. Make sure you stop by Los Angeles to walk down Sunset Boulevard, where you can find some great music shops and other stores.


Local weather for your stay in California vacation homes

California offers a variety of temperature variations. Northern cities like Alturas and Bodie frequently drop below freezing during the winter months while southern cities like San Diego and Los Angeles will rarely drop below 48 degrees. The winter highs for the south are generally in the high 60s, so you can still enjoy summer fun even in January. Mountainous areas will differ in the south, but most mountains are up north. Finally, don’t worry about rain too much in the south next to the Mojave, but the north and the mountains might call for an umbrella.

Natural features

Explore California’s diverse landscape

Remember to pack your walking shoes because California’s landscape is as diverse and beautiful as its people. Along the coast, you’ll find pristine sandy beaches with perfect waves for surfing. In the north, you’ll find the Klamath Mountains and the Cascade Range featuring beautiful forested areas and snowy mountain peaks. Stop by the Yosemite valley for an incredible view of a heavy forest surrounded by rocky towering mountains. The view from Glacier Point at sunset is particularly spectacular. You can also find numerous waterfalls here in addition to deer, owls, beavers, and marmots.

How to get there

Transportation to and around California

Fly into Fresno Yosemite Intl. Airport (FAT), the closest airport, located 16.7 mi (26.9 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that's convenient for your trip, you might consider flying into Visalia, CA (VIS-Visalia Municipal), which is 31.2 mi (50.3 km) away.

If you're traveling by train, Fresno Station, Hanford Station and Madera Station are the main stations in the city. You can see more of California by jumping on the metro at Santa Teresa Station, Cottle Station or Snell Station.

Food and drink

Culinary culture in California

The cuisine of California is focused on fresh, light, and health-conscious dishes that incorporate elements of Spanish, Asian, Latino, and Oceanian food traditions. The varied microclimates in the state produce fresh fruits, vegetables, and meats, as well as excellent wines and craft brews. The coastal area favors fresh-caught seafood, while the inland areas use ingredients sourced from local ranchers and farmers. Whatever your taste, you can find a range of unique food options in restaurants near your vacation rental.

Good for couples

Romantic vacation homes in California

California has memorable and romantic attractions that are perfect for a couple’s retreat. Vacation homes are available near famed places like the Hollywood Walk of Fame, a star-studded sidewalk with celebrity names, and PIER 39, a bustling bayside area with scenic views, trendy restaurants, and unique shops and entertainment. You could also visit the Getty, a museum with American and European artwork, architecture, and manicured gardens.

What's the best place to stay if you're looking to rent a house for a weekend in California?

If you love the idea of sliding open the balcony doors to glorious views of the ocean, make your way to Santa Monica Beach in Santa Monica. Browse our beachfront vacation rentals here and spend a couple of relaxed days strolling the shore and dozing off to the sounds of splashing waves.

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