Destination guide

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

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.

Weather

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.

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.

How many vacation rentals are available around California, US?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 52,091 vacation rentals around California. From 26,176 house rentals to 1,145 villa rentals, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable holiday or a weekend with your family and friends.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in California?

There are many lovely places to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in California. From Vrbo travelers, the top most popular destinations to visit are:

  • San Diego: 6,222 vacation rentals
  • Palm Springs: 6,626 vacation rentals
  • Los Angeles: 3,758 vacation rentals
  • San Francisco: 1,982 vacation rentals
  • Malibu: 1,277 vacation rentals

And Vrbo offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in California! Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in California?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the cities with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in California:

  • San Diego: 6,222 rentals
  • Palm Springs: 6,626 rentals
  • Los Angeles: 3,758 rentals
  • San Francisco: 1,982 rentals
  • Malibu: 1,277 rentals

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Can I find easy-access vacation rentals when traveling by plane to California?

Yes of course. Our owners offer a large selection of vacation rentals near airports. The airports with a large selection of vacation rentals in California are:

  • Los Angeles International Airport (LAX): 3,168 vacation rentals
  • San Francisco International Airport (SFO): 2,131 vacation rentals
  • Oceanside, CA (OCN): 2,513 vacation rentals

For other airports, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Near which points of interest can I spend my holidays in California?

Vrbo offers a large selection of rentals near lovely places in California. From Vrbo travelers, the top most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Long Beach: 2,626 rentals
  • Disneyland: 3,147 rentals
  • Venice Beach: 3,068 rentals
  • Yosemite Valley: 745 rentals
  • Catalina Island Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau: 236 rentals

But there are many other points of interest around California listed on Vrbo where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection.

Explore destinations around California

San Diego
6,222 vacation rentals
Palm Springs
6,626 vacation rentals
Los Angeles
3,758 vacation rentals
San Francisco
1,982 vacation rentals
Malibu
1,277 vacation rentals
Newport Beach
2,548 vacation rentals
South Lake Tahoe
2,764 vacation rentals
Santa Barbara
939 vacation rentals
Santa Cruz
686 vacation rentals
Palm Desert
7,764 vacation rentals
Monterey
878 vacation rentals
Santa Monica
1,948 vacation rentals
Huntington Beach
2,692 vacation rentals
Laguna Beach
2,417 vacation rentals
Carlsbad
2,542 vacation rentals
Anaheim
1,476 vacation rentals
Oceanside
1,997 vacation rentals
Napa
979 vacation rentals
Mammoth Lakes
2,168 vacation rentals
Carmel-by-the-Sea
840 vacation rentals