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Hipmunk Hotels: Get Outside in California from Concord to Huntington Beach

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Written by Carl Hedinger

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Get Outside in California from Concord to Huntington Beach

If you’re headed to California and searching for some outdoor fun, check out these hidden gems of inspiration! These spots from San Francisco Bay to Orange County come packed with places to see and stay. This guide is going to show you some great outdoor destinations in California from Concord all the way down to Huntington Beach.


Visit Concord near San Francisco and stay at Crowne Plaza Concord/Walnut Creek before spending a day or more at Waterworld California. The Contra Costa Canal Trail will appease walkers, runners, and cyclists familiar with beautifully laid out paths. Families with younger children flock to Pixieland for the rides and Newhall Community Park has wide and spacious fields for picnickers and dogs to enjoy.


Catch a cheap flight to San Francisco and skip the big city for Burlingame, where your wallet will thank you for this choice. Visitors can get outside and explore the Shorebird Sanctuary’s beautiful landscapes and relaxed atmosphere. Spend a morning, afternoon, or whole day at Crystal Springs Golf Club and put your skills to the test. Choose a hotel like Vagabond Inn Executive San Francisco Airport for the perfect place to stay in Burlingame.

Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz has a lot of outdoor fun for every type of traveler. A hotel like Ocean Pacific Lodge will put you right in the center of it: near West Cliff Drive, which is the best way to start a walk or bike ride all the way to the Boardwalk. Natural Bridges State Park will take care of your hiking and beach needs while Santa Cruz Harbor Beach is perfect for those searching for exquisite views and possible whale sightings.


Fresno is a great base for visitors to Sierra National Forest and Yosemite, but there are plenty of outdoor things to do while staying in the city. Woodward Regional Park is a great way to start and the Shinzen Japanese Garden within will take you across the Pacific without ever stepping on a plane. Catch a ballgame at Chukchansi Park when the Fresno Grizzlies are in town and see players on the verge of making the major leagues.

Huntington Beach

Just south of Long Beach, Orange County’s Huntington Beach has plenty to do on the water and more. Book a night at Shorebreak, A Klimpton Hotel for easy access to the Huntington Beach Pier for people-watching and views of the water. Huntington State Beach (South Beach) is where many people come for the surf and sand and there are many patches of sand in the area. Huntington Central Park is a great outdoor escape and equipped with a Frisbee golf course among more fun.

How do these cities sound for your California trip? Whether you’re all the way up in San Francisco or down south near Los Angeles, expect your journey to excel, thanks to these destinations. Enjoy your California adventure and bring some friends and family along for the ride!

About the author

Carl Hedinger

I’m a writer and recovering American expat who shares my family’s travels through life. Follow our adventures here and on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.