Travel Writing by Cory Hanson

Southern California Getaways

Home to the American television and movie industry, miles and miles of beaches and boardwalks, some of the best museums and cultural attractions in the country, and Disneyland — “The Happiest Place on Earth” — the Interstate 5 corridor of Southern California has something to offer travelers of all tastes. Whether you’re coming to SoCal on a business trip, a family vacation, or an outdoor adventure, consider booking a comfortable and affordable room in one of these five favorites.

In the Heart of Los Angeles

If you’re looking to soak in the sights and sounds of Los Angeles’ downtown district, maybe catching a Los Angeles Philharmonic concert at the Walt Disney Concert Hall or a Lakers game at the Staples Center, book your stay at the hip, trendy Standard Downtown LA. This updated mid-century high-rise has all the modern amenities with some additional youthful perks like a rooftop pool and bar with a full 360-degree view of the city.

Best for Business

Many of Southern California’s corporate headquarters are in the Los Angeles suburbs of Orange County. Those flying into John Wayne Airport with an early dinner meeting to catch would do best to book their stay at Wyndham Irvine Orange County Airport. This full-service, business-friendly hotel offers free shuttle service to the airport and to the nearby corporate offices so you won’t miss that first-night keynote address. After your meetings, relax or keep working in a comfortable room with free Wi-Fi and your own private workstation.


Fireworks Display at Disneyland | Image via Flickr by denn

Family-Friendly Fun

Anaheim and Irvine are known for much more than conference rooms and breakfast meetings; these colorful suburbs are also home to top-notch resorts, shopping, and theme parks. If you’ll be in Orange County for more play than work, consider a comfortable hotel convenient to the best attractions like the Hilton Irvine Orange County Airport. Located just a stone’s throw from the airport and the 405, this is the perfect hub from which to launch your day trips to Disneyland and other Orange County favorites.

Guaranteed Tee Times

No golf fan will forget the thrilling finish of the 2008 U.S. Open played at Torrey Pines. In the finale, Tiger Woods defeated fellow American Rocco Mediate in a one-hole, sudden-death playoff after tying on an 18-hole playoff round for the championship. This historic moment secured Torrey Pines’ place in golf history. Today, you can enjoy your own historic golf vacation with a stay at The Lodge at Torrey Pines. Enjoy luxury accommodations and stunning views of the the coast from your room before you hit the links with a guaranteed tee time at this legendary course.


Torrey Pines Golf Course | Image via Flickr by cloudchaser32000

Quiet, Coastal Comfort

Golf isn’t the only draw in the San Diego suburb of La Jolla. If you’re looking for a quiet, blissful getaway near to the spectacular San Diego County coast for less than you’d pay in the city, consider booking with Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines. Here, enjoy top-notch pampering with lots of extras like a heated pool, spa, and tennis courts.

Whatever your travel preference, Southern California has what you’re looking for. When making plans for your next West Coast getaway, put the I-5 corridor at the top of your list — and don’t forget your golf clubs and your mouse ears!

Cory Hanson is an American travel writer specializing in American and European travel. This is part of a series of American destination posts brought to you by travel search engine and booking service Hipmunk. Find more Hipmunk posts here, and a full sponsored content disclosure here

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