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Budget Hacks: Traveling in California for Cheap


If you’re heading to Escondido, California, you’ll be pleased to find that not only is there abundance of things to do, but there is an unlimited number of Escondido hotels that won’t break the bank. Some of the top sites to see in the city are the nearby San Diego Safari Park, Grand Avenue, California Center for the Arts, and Mission San Antonio de Pala. If you’re an outdoor lover, check out Palomar Mountain State Park, Elfin Forest Recreational Reserve, or and Daley Ranch. The most affordable hotel options here include Welk Resorts, Holiday Inn Express, and Escondido Lodge.


Although Oxnard is a less traveled California city, it is home to some popular tourist sights. Some of these include Mandalay Beach, Channel Islands Maritime Museum, Channel Islands Harbor, Oxnard State Beach and Park, Silver Strand Beach, and Heritage Square. For some affordable Oxnard hotels, check out Comfort Inn near Channel Islands, Courtyard by Marriott, or Palace Inn Oxnard. If you’re willing to spend a little extra, book a room at the popular Embassy Suites Mandalay Beach.

Pacific Grove

Pacific Grove is home to popular tourist attractions such as Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, Asilomar State Beach, Lovers Point and Lovers Point Park, Monarch Grove Sanctuary, and Point Pinos Lighthouse. Before exploring these amazing sights, be sure to book from one of these budget-friendly Pacific Grove hotels, some of which include Green Gables Inn, Centrella Inn, Wilkie’s Inn, and Clarion Collection Pacific Grove.

Manhattan Beach

Whether you’re traveling as an individual, with family, with your significant other, or on business, Manhattan Beach has attractions that will appeal to your interests or hobbies. Top hotspots include Manhattan Beach, Manhattan Beach Pier, AdventurePlex, and Sand Dune Park. There is also a collection of spas in the area that you should take advantage of. Some of the most affordable Manhattan Beach hotels include Residence Inn by Marriott, The Belamar, Manhattan Inn and Suites, and Hi View Inn and Suites. If you are willing to spend a bit more, book a room at Sea View Inn at the Beach or Manhattan Beach Marriott.


Goleta is home to popular sights such as Goleta Butterfly Grove, Goleta County Beach, Refugio State Park and Beach, Fairview Gardens, and Coal Oil Point Reserve. For an unconventional touring experience, sign up for a horseback riding tour through the town. Save money on Goleta hotels such as Bacara Resort and Spa, The Goodland, Best Western Plus South Coast Inn, and Hampton Inn Goleta. For something a tad bit pricier, book a room at the nearby Courtyard Santa Barbara.

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I'm an actress and travel blogger in Los Angeles. Activites: Writing, taking photos, traveling, exploring, getting in trouble. Addictions: music, coffee, Greece, road trips, the ocean, steaks. I have not yet heard of a single place in this world I didn't want to travel to and explore immediately.

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