What to Do in Southern California This Winter

California is a destination that appeals to people with all kinds of interests and hobbies. With beautiful beaches, trendy shops and boutiques, natural wonders, and an infinite amount of restaurants and bars, a trip to this state will have you never wanting to go home. As you plan your Cali vacation this winter, be sure to visit these five cities and experience everything they have to offer.


San Rafael

Headed to San Rafael anytime soon? Be sure to check out Marin County’s Farmer’s Market during your stay. Here you’ll find fresh food, locally grown produce, and some great products made by local artisans. If you’re a lover of the outdoors, head to China Camp State Park. Be sure to bring your camera – the views here are breathtaking and you’ll want to be sure to document your experiences. Before planning your itinerary, book a room from one of these popular San Rafael hotels.

Chula Vista

Chula Vista, California is a great destination for everyone, especially families. With attractions such as Aquatica Water Park, Living Coast Discovery Center, Otay Ranch Town Center, and Chula Vista Bayside Park, people of all ages are bound to enjoy their time here. For nature enthusiasts, be sure to stop at Rice Canyon Trail. History buffs will stay entertained at the famous Gunpowder Point. You certainly won’t need help with finding things to do, but for help finding a comfortable place to stay, book a room at one of these Chula Vista hotels.

El Portal

El Portal is a lesser known town in California, but this does not mean this is filled with fun things to do for travelers and tourists. For some of the best local wine and artisan products, shop at El Portal Market. This town is just a short drive to Yosemite, so those interested in nature, hiking, and anything outdoorsy will find plenty to do. For advice on where to stay during your stay, check out these El Portal hotels for an affordable price.

Santa Maria

If you love learning about wine or even just drinking it, Santa Maria is a California town that should be on your travel radar. Head to Presqu’ile Winery, Foxen Canyon Wine Trail, Riverbench Vineyard and Winery, Rancho Sisquoc Winery, or Foxen Vineyard. If you’re traveling with young children, spend an educational yet fun day at Santa Maria Valley Discovery Museum. Santa Maria is also filled with plenty of parks, museums, and restaurants and bars. Check out these Santa Maria hotels to start planning your trip today.

Olympic Valley

Adventurous travelers will fall in love with Olympic Valley, California. You’ll never feel bored here – there are plenty of options for skiing, biking, hiking, flyfishing, snowboarding, and so much more. If you’re looking for a relaxing getaway, the Spa at Squaw Creek will certainly leave you feeling relaxed. Book a massage, facial, or other spa treatment before taking in the incredible Squaw Creek views. Here are a few Olympic Valley hotels that will make your stay worthwhile.