California always makes for a great holiday destination, whether you’re traveling to only one spot or taking a leisurely California road trip. Explore some of California’s less popular cities that have a lot to offer including some great resort hotels.
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South Lake Tahoe
A pristine lake with the bluest of blue waters and the impressive Sierra Nevada Mountains as a backdrop, Lake Tahoe is one of America’s treasures. If you’re looking for outdoor adventure, look no further. Kayaking, hiking, skiing and more make a trip to Lake Tahoe a great choice for those who love the outdoors. And being located right near the Nevada border means you can make a trip to Carson City (28 miles away) and Reno (63 miles away). South Tahoe offers several upmarket resort hotels like Lake Tahoe Hotel Resort with its interesting medieval turret detail.
Ventura was originally a mission city named after Saint Buenaventure and means “city of good fortune”. You can visit the Old Mission San Buenaventura and stay at the Four Points by Sheraton Ventura Harbor Resort which puts you ten minutes away. Ventura is less than an hour from Santa Barbara and will appeal to those seeking a relaxed and casual coastal city. From luxury oceanfront hotels to intimate bed and breakfasts, you’ll find accommodation in Ventura to suit every traveler.
With most travelers heading to Los Angeles or Santa Barbara, Torrance is one of Southern California’s overlooked gems. Opting to stay in Torrance is a good choice though. It offers sun worshippers a great beach holiday thanks to the great weather and 1.5 miles of beaches . Plus you’ll be near to Los Angeles, Santa Monica, and Redondo Beach. The Staybridge Suites Torrance/Redondo Beach is an all-suite resort-style hotel perfect for an extended stay. For a unique experience, try the Miyako Hybrid Hotel Torrance, a Japanese-themed upmarket boutique hotel with a top-class spa. It’s East meets West in the most luxurious way.
Travel 45 minutes south of Torrance and you’ll arrive in Santa Ana, part of Orange County. Santa Ana is ideally located if you plan on visiting the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim. An excellent choice of luxury accommodation is the Sheraton Park Hotel at The Anaheim Resort. It’s a short walk from Disneyland, and depending on the room you book, you could have a glimpse of the fireworks in the evening. Santa Ana has a wonderful Artists Village where you can explore local art studios and galleries. Join the Downtown Art Walk that takes place on the first Saturday of every month.
Carlsbad is a scenic resort town also called “The Village by the Sea”. Being a resort town, there’s no shortage of resort hotels. The Omni La Costa Resort and Spa (Carlsbad) is a sprawling luxury hotel resort with 600 rooms, suites, and villas, and boasts a world-class golf course that has seen several well-known golfers, including Tiger Woods, conquer these greens . Legoland California is one of Carlsbad’s biggest drawcards, but there’s plenty more to enjoy in this Southern California city. Seven miles of beaches, antique and boutique shops, and European-style sidewalk cafes all make this a great holiday destination.