15 Cheap Weekend Getaways In California To Visit Now

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The Golden State is not known for being the most affordable vacation destination, but there are plenty of fun and cheap vacation spots in California and this guide lists all the best choices!

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Whether you are taking a spontaneous road trip or flying in for a short break, here are 15 of the best budget-friendly places to visit in California that won’t hurt your wallet.

It’s a cheaper alternative to Santa Barbara if you’re looking for the perfect blend of a cultural city break and a relaxing beach vacation.


California’s state capital is often overlooked. Compared to other bustling cities like Los Angeles and San Francisco, it’s one of the cheapest places to visit in California!


San Luis Obispo is a compact yet absolutely beautiful city with a diverse artistic heritage and tons of museums surrounded by mountains and vineyards.

San Luis Obispo

The mountain resort area of Big Bear Lake offers an abundance of outdoor activities in the summer and winter months and it’s one of the best places for a cheap weekend getaway.

Big Bear Lake

Cambria is a stunning small town on the Pacific Coast Highway with rugged cliffs, views of the Pacific Ocean, and a charming downtown surrounded by pine forests.


While many of these California getaways are coastal towns, Pismo Beach has the quintessential California beach town vibe.

Pismo Beach

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