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.Read More
Curbed's Guide to Road Trip Vacations
1. Yosemite Insane Luxury
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.