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Curbed's Guide to Road Trip Vacations

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The holidays are approaching, and plane tickets are ridiculously expensive. This year save your hard-earned dough and consider vacationing in a spot that's within a few hours drive. We've collected options from around the state, with amenities ranging from the insanely luxurious to the super low-budget.

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1. Yosemite Insane Luxury

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39766 Wishing Well Dr
Bass Lake, CA 93604

This Bass Lake mansion is only 20 minutes from Yosemite National Park and features its own private boat slip. With a gourmet kitchen, multiple stone fireplaces, and 4,000 square feet, it sleeps 12 (plus a couple of bears, we're sure). You'll need em all to cover the $600/night price tag.

2. Yosemite On A Budget

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7231 Golden Chain Hwy
Mariposa, CA 95338

This little 2 bedroom log cabin is a steal at only $99, and they allow dogs. It's a 45 minute drive to Yosemite, so it's a bit of schlep. Bonus points for two telescopes for late-night stargazing.

3. Lake Tahoe Insane Luxury

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12825 Lookout Loop, Tahoe National Forest
Truckee, CA 96161

"Insanely Luxurious" is perhaps pushing it a bit, but this estate in Truckee is pretty lovely. It's 4-bedrooms plus a loft with 4.5 bathrooms, so plenty of room for a big family to spread out and enjoy a ski vacation. There are even two master suites, so it would be great for two families to share, though the adults will get to fight over who gets the spa bathroom and who gets the in-bedroom fireplace (BYO bearskin rug). You'll pay $750 per night during the winter.

4. Lake Tahoe On A Budget

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11429 Dolomite Way
Truckee, CA 96161

For $250 per night you can stay in this lovely 3-bedroom, 2-bath condo in Truckee. We love that it's walking distance from "downtown" Truckee which means late night pizza runs need not involve a car. It's got a nice open kitchen and a cozy-looking fireplace. The condo complex gives you access to neat things like a hot tub and fitness facility in case you need a break from the mountain.

5. Santa Cruz Insane Luxury

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131 30th Ave
Santa Cruz, CA 95062

This all-caps LUXURY rental will only run you $395 during the winter, a steal from its $550 during those warm summer months. The three bedrooms magically sleep 16 because of several futons, which means it could be a great house to host a big party. It's just a few houses from the beach and a short distance from the boardwalk, so you're right in the thick of things. Enjoy your own private hot tub in the back yard, safe from the prying eyes of neighbors.

6. Santa Cruz On A Budget

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142 Phelan Ct
Santa Cruz, CA 95060

For those in the market for something smaller, this cute studio will only cost you $165 per night. It's only two blocks from the beach, which will come in handy when you can bring your pooch on vacation. There's a fireplace inside and you get access to an outdoor hot tub, deck, and grill.

7. Wine Country Insane Luxury

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1889 Redwood Dr
Healdsburg, CA 95448

This Sonoma estate features a main house with its own guest cottage, with enough room to sleep 8. Located on the Russian River, the main house has been featured in Wine Enthusiast magazine and The New York Times - probably thanks to the giant redwood tree that grows right through the middle of the house. At $600/night, grab your seven richest friends and head on up.

8. Wine Country On A Budget

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4110 McKinnon Rd
Napa, CA 94559

This little one-bedroom/one-bath cottage in Napa is perfect for any granola-cruncher-on-a-budget. Located on organic farm with horses, chickens, and dogs running around, this posting encourages future guests to "just slowwwwwwwwwwwww down for a bit." At $150/night all year, that shouldn't be too hard.

1. Yosemite Insane Luxury

39766 Wishing Well Dr, Bass Lake, CA 93604

This Bass Lake mansion is only 20 minutes from Yosemite National Park and features its own private boat slip. With a gourmet kitchen, multiple stone fireplaces, and 4,000 square feet, it sleeps 12 (plus a couple of bears, we're sure). You'll need em all to cover the $600/night price tag.

39766 Wishing Well Dr
Bass Lake, CA 93604

2. Yosemite On A Budget

7231 Golden Chain Hwy, Mariposa, CA 95338

This little 2 bedroom log cabin is a steal at only $99, and they allow dogs. It's a 45 minute drive to Yosemite, so it's a bit of schlep. Bonus points for two telescopes for late-night stargazing.

7231 Golden Chain Hwy
Mariposa, CA 95338

3. Lake Tahoe Insane Luxury

12825 Lookout Loop, Tahoe National Forest, Truckee, CA 96161

"Insanely Luxurious" is perhaps pushing it a bit, but this estate in Truckee is pretty lovely. It's 4-bedrooms plus a loft with 4.5 bathrooms, so plenty of room for a big family to spread out and enjoy a ski vacation. There are even two master suites, so it would be great for two families to share, though the adults will get to fight over who gets the spa bathroom and who gets the in-bedroom fireplace (BYO bearskin rug). You'll pay $750 per night during the winter.

12825 Lookout Loop, Tahoe National Forest
Truckee, CA 96161

4. Lake Tahoe On A Budget

11429 Dolomite Way, Truckee, CA 96161

For $250 per night you can stay in this lovely 3-bedroom, 2-bath condo in Truckee. We love that it's walking distance from "downtown" Truckee which means late night pizza runs need not involve a car. It's got a nice open kitchen and a cozy-looking fireplace. The condo complex gives you access to neat things like a hot tub and fitness facility in case you need a break from the mountain.

11429 Dolomite Way
Truckee, CA 96161

5. Santa Cruz Insane Luxury

131 30th Ave, Santa Cruz, CA 95062

This all-caps LUXURY rental will only run you $395 during the winter, a steal from its $550 during those warm summer months. The three bedrooms magically sleep 16 because of several futons, which means it could be a great house to host a big party. It's just a few houses from the beach and a short distance from the boardwalk, so you're right in the thick of things. Enjoy your own private hot tub in the back yard, safe from the prying eyes of neighbors.

131 30th Ave
Santa Cruz, CA 95062

6. Santa Cruz On A Budget

142 Phelan Ct, Santa Cruz, CA 95060

For those in the market for something smaller, this cute studio will only cost you $165 per night. It's only two blocks from the beach, which will come in handy when you can bring your pooch on vacation. There's a fireplace inside and you get access to an outdoor hot tub, deck, and grill.

142 Phelan Ct
Santa Cruz, CA 95060

7. Wine Country Insane Luxury

1889 Redwood Dr, Healdsburg, CA 95448

This Sonoma estate features a main house with its own guest cottage, with enough room to sleep 8. Located on the Russian River, the main house has been featured in Wine Enthusiast magazine and The New York Times - probably thanks to the giant redwood tree that grows right through the middle of the house. At $600/night, grab your seven richest friends and head on up.

1889 Redwood Dr
Healdsburg, CA 95448

8. Wine Country On A Budget

4110 McKinnon Rd, Napa, CA 94559

This little one-bedroom/one-bath cottage in Napa is perfect for any granola-cruncher-on-a-budget. Located on organic farm with horses, chickens, and dogs running around, this posting encourages future guests to "just slowwwwwwwwwwwww down for a bit." At $150/night all year, that shouldn't be too hard.

4110 McKinnon Rd
Napa, CA 94559