About California - With a stunning coastline, top-notch wineries, dramatic deserts, and rugged mountains, California is easily one of the most diverse places in the U.S. that offers extensive opportunities for all kinds of travelers. Located on the west coast of the U.S., The Golden State is bordered to the north by Oregon, to the east by Nevada and Arizona across the Colorado River, to the south by Mexico, and to the west by the Pacific Ocean. If you’re heading here and planning a family vacation, a group outing, a girls’ trip, or a retreat, California presents a lot of options, and Owner Direct Vacation Rentals will make sure you find the right vacation home for you. One that meets all your needs and will exceed your expectations, making sure that the accommodations you choose is the best one yet!
Where to Stay & Why - Looking for a home away from home while on vacation, house hunting, remodeling, or visiting relatives? You’re in the right place! All vacation rentals you find here are designed and equipped to have everything you need to enjoy your stay and have a relaxing, comfortable vacation.
The bedrooms have comfortable beds, space for all your stuff, and some lodging even have a TV in every room! The bathroom(s) can have hair dryers, basic toiletries, and paper towels as a welcome treat. The living room can feature modern and comfortable furniture to lounge and enjoy the flat screen TV, cable, DVDs, Netflix, game consoles, or do some karaoke. The kitchen has everything you need to cook a meal or pack snacks for the beach or the park. You can dine indoors on the dining table or out on the patio dining set.
Head outside to the backyard oasis where some vacation homes offer a pool, greenhouse, fire pit, and lounge chairs. Other amenities can include games/recreational rooms, landline for local calls, air conditioning, fans, WiFi, parking for car/RV/boat, washer, dryer, iron, ironing board, boogie boards, surfboards, beach toys, and beach chairs. If traveling with kids, most homes can provide a play fort, high chair, baby bathtub, potty seat, eating utensils, sippy cups, toys, books, and activities. If you’re staying in a condo rental, you’ll get access to resort amenities like the spa, sports equipment and courts, swimming pool, and other activities.
Some owners include a helpful welcome packet in the home that includes information about the home and the local area, tips and tricks to attractions and theme parks like Disneyland, lists, and maps of restaurants, grocery stores, and more. It will literally make you feel at home, but with added luxury!
What to See & Do - California is heaven for hikers, skiers, and watersports enthusiasts. Mountain bike through redwood groves and scramble over boulders in the desert. Head to a bay with eighty-foot surf and a harbor that’s perfect for stand-up paddleboarding. Yet California is far too large to be fully explored in a single trip - much will depend on what you’re looking for. Los Angeles is easily the biggest and most stimulating city. It's also where you’ll find Disneyland. To the south, San Diego has broad, welcoming beaches, great food, and a renowned zoo. Further inland, the deserts, most notably Death Valley, make up a barren and inhospitable landscape of volcanic craters and saltpans that becomes the hottest place on earth during summer. Heading north, the central coast is a gorgeous run that takes in lively small towns such as Santa Barbara<.a> and Santa Cruz. San Francisco is a European-styled jewel whose wooden Victorian houses and steep hills make it one of the world’s most distinctive and appealing cities. To the east, the mesmerizing national parks include Yosemite, where waterfalls cascade into a sheer glacial valley, and Sequoia/Kings Canyon with its gigantic trees. North of San Francisco, the countryside becomes wilder, wetter, and greener, peppered with volcanic tablelands and verdant mountains.
Where to Eat & Drink - California has always been a social melting pot, and this is reflected in its modern, cosmopolitan cuisine with an endless variety of ethnic influences. Food trucks have become a phenomenon - you can find them parked outside of office buildings, universities, public parks, and sporting events. Some of California’s specialties are steak, seafood, clam chowder served in a bread bowl, all kinds of tacos, and fruits.
Los Angeles is home to an array of illustrious clubs with rich and famous patrons, like Le Deux. San Francisco has all-night dance clubs and an underground rave scene. San Diego is the best city to check out independent and local bands. Northern California wineries often host evening tastings to the mellow soundtrack. There are also a variety of micro-breweries serving excellent pale ales and lagers.
How to Get Here & Getting Around - California is easily accessed by road from surrounding states and Mexico via the John J. Montgomery freeway (Interstate 5). By plane, San Francisco International Airport (SFO) and Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) are the most popular entry points with a wide variety of flights from different parts of the world. Other airports in the vicinity of San Francisco are in Oakland, San Jose, and Sacramento. In LAX, there’s Burbank, San Diego, Santa Ana, Long Beach, and Santa Barbara Airport.
A car is necessary for exploring much of California. If you love long-distance cycling, you can also do that specially oceanside of the road. Flying can be an option if you’re crossing large expanses of the state.
When to Go - Most of the state enjoys mild temperatures year-round, so visit California at your leisure. Just keep in mind that the climate varies considerably as you move south to north. For the best skiing, the end of January and beginning of February offer good snow and a break from the swelling crowds. For prime sunny beach weather, July and August offer lots of sun and heat, but there will be crowds. You can avoid the “May Gray” and “June Gloom”, which brings clouds over the coastline for most of the day.
Have a specific state or kind of vacation in mind? Visit our California Travel Guide for more information!