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Visitors to California will find every type of accommodation imaginable, from bare-bones budget lodgings to the most sumptuous deluxe hotels, resorts and spas. The cities abound with trendy-boutique hotels, big-brand-name deluxe options and cheap motels, although many of the latter are in questionable areas.Read More ...

Along the coast, there's an abundance of bed-and-breakfasts, inns and historic small hotels as well as beachfront and cliffside properties. Almost without exception, hotels offer Internet connections and most now have Wi-Fi.

If you are headed to the national parks, you'll get a somewhat smaller range of choices. To stay inside Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks, you can camp, stay in cabins (some with private baths) or stay in the lodges run by guest services.

Yosemite, on the other hand, is well supplied with hotels, lodges, campgrounds and cabins inside park boundaries, but the vast number of people needing accommodations makes vacancies hard to come by. This is especially true—at Yosemite and all other national and state parks—in the summer months. You would be wise to book ahead.

Visitors traveling up the coast to Redwood National Park will find the best selection of accommodations in Eureka, on the southern end, and Crescent City, on the northern. No facilities are available inside the national park itself. A few bed-and-breakfasts, motels, trailer parks and campgrounds lie between the two cities, and there are also campgrounds at nearby state parks. Hikers can camp within the national park (with a permit), but there are no developed campgrounds.

In Wine Country, you can choose from elegant country inns, bed-and-breakfasts, hotels, resort retreats and hot-spring spas. Choosing accommodations in the Palm Springs area is like choosing from a dessert trolley—making a decision among the villas, condos, casitas and resort hotels can be really fun.< Show Less