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Lake Tahoe, California; Lake Tahoe, Nevada

Visit the Best Hotels of Undiscovered California in Lake Tahoe, Hawthorne and More

With its combination of wild and natural beauty, outdoor activities, and gorgeous coastal and inland cities, California is one of the top tourist destinations in the USA today. However, beyond the architecture of San Francisco, the palm tree-lined streets of Los Angeles, and the wineries of Napa Valley there is a lot more to discover in California most visitors don’t know about.

Here are five California attractions you need to visit soon!

Lake Tahoe

Almost all native Californians have visited this snowy mountain area for a road trip or snowboarding session, but plenty of out-of-staters have never passed through here. Book one of the many ski lodges or budget hotels in Lake Tahoe to explore the area’s gorgeous lake and mountain beauty, as well as take a couple of runs down one of the best spots for skiing and snowboarding in the country. If you want to splurge, stay at the Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel for an incredible outdoor retreat with your family, significant other, or friends. Every type of traveler can find something to do here, from cycling through the beautiful scenery or fishing in the summer, to exploring the landscape by snowmobile in winter.


If you’ve already visited LA, try booking one of the hotels in Hawthorne to explore a different side of the area. Hawthorne is just five miles from LAX and puts you within a short driving distance of the southwestern beaches of LA County, including Huntington, Manhattan, and Newport Beach. Best of all, the local hotels usually have lower prices than LA or beach hotels. For a family getaway in LA, stay in Hawthorne and explore the beaches, water activities like SUP and surfing, as well as the shops and restaurants of the beach communities.


Just one hour outside of Los Angeles, Ventura is a charming, beautiful seaside town that makes visitors from the city feel as though they’ve stepped into another world. Stroll along the Ventura coastline on one of Southern California’s numerous sunny days, take in the views from Serra Cross Park, or just bask in the sun one of the town’s many beaches. You will find plenty of boutique hotels and reasonably priced hotels in Ventura as well, so go ahead and book a family trip out here now!

Santa Barbara

This wealthy coastal town is known for its surrounding wineries as well as its great shopping and restaurants. Santa Barbara sits right on a picturesque coastline nicknamed the “American Riviera”, and in true California style has a chic yet laidback ambiance. Surfers mingle with fashionistas, and all of them enjoy the sun, surf, food, shopping, and wine in Santa Barbara’s Mediterranean-inspired downtown area. Hotels in Santa Barbara are a bit more expensive than elsewhere in the area, but the pampering they will give you at places like Belmond El Encanto will be worth the price.


If you want to shy away from tourist-swarmed areas, book one of the many comfortable budget hotels in Torrance, and enjoy the city’s local vibe, or head to nearby Redondo Beach for a swim. Stroll through Wilson Park, visit the Western Museum of Flight, or admire the Chen Art Gallery collection without another tourist in sight!

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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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