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Why Now Is The Best Time To Visit This Sunny State

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Fall and winter birds! We’re all looking to escape the heat, and we love a good warm location during the cooler months.

With silky sands, a rugged coastline, diverse neighborhoods, and convenient flights, this sunny state is selling itself already without even trying.

Temecula, CA USA - October 8, 2022 One of American Balloons flying over the vineyards in Temecula California

New data released by International Air Travelers shows that U.S. travel continues to grow post-pandemic. One of the top destinations for travelers from various countries was, in fact, the sunny state of California.

The perfect mix of adventure and relaxation — California has it all!

A state of diversity, history, innovation, and culture; whether you’re traveling with family, friends, or alone, you’ll find tons of activities and entertainment to keep you busy on your trip. 

While the rainy season technically starts in December, NOW is the best time to visit California if you want fewer crowds, affordable prices, and drier days.

It’s important to note that the weather changes so much here, so even the ‘rainy’ season may only see a few sprinkles here and there.

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Diverse Climates and Good Flights

One key factor of travelers booking California during the winter is the sun.

El Nino popping up in the news may leave visitors feeling a little wary. The state is known for being so diverse weather-wise and fluctuates depending on which part you’re visiting. 

In many parts of California during the late fall/winter, snow is expected by locals. If you want a traditional cooler getaway with some light flurries and a little apres-ski, then head on over to the Lake Tahoe region.

Many of the resorts and hotels in the area are fully prepared for guests looking for some wintery fun — think snow-covered lakes, hot tubs, and snowmobiling… It’s all here!

Vineyard In Temecula Valley, Riverside County, Southern California, United States

There are not many places in the world where you can experience two seasons in a week!

If you want a change from snowy adventures, then it’s time to head on over to the parts of California that remain mild in the winter — and there’s plenty!

You’re convinced of the weather, but what about getting there? Luckily, California offers many easy and direct flight routes from around the U.S.

If you keep an eye on Google flights in the coming weeks, you’re bound to find a reasonable flight. Boston to San Diego in December can be found non-stop for under $300, and similar pricing can be found for other cities too!

sonoma view of vineyard

Activities For All

As the most populous U.S. state, California has SO MUCH to do. If you have enough time to drive the coast or visit a few neighborhoods here and there, we highly suggest doing it.

Two picturesque locations that are definitely worth a visit (and have diversified activities for the family) are Sonoma County and Carmel-By-The-Sea. Venture to the scenic valleys of Carmel for a hike, explore the beaches or participate in a bit of wine tasting.

Experience the incredible views of the Russian Valley and the essence of Lynmar Estate Winery — the ideal day out. 

If you’re an adrenaline junkie or simply want a little rest and relaxation, then you’re in for a treat. Windsurfing, wineries, food tours, rollerblading, cliff jumping, hikes, spas… California does not hold back when it comes to things to do in the state!

view of house on a cliff

New Openings

With the change of seasons comes a change in accommodations. California welcomes a slew of new hotel openings, exciting both the locals and visitors! 

With over 8 new hotels popping up around the state, this leaves travelers with a variety of options that fit their needs. Beach-front properties, city views, and luxurious escapes, the full list can be seen here.

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