When Is the Best Time to Visit California?

Los Angeles Beach California coast

With sweeping landscapes and majestic natural beauty, a wide range of world-famous sites and entertainment, and vibrant culture, it’s no wonder why California is such a renowned vacation destination for travelers the world over. 

California is a phenomenal place to visit year-round, but depending on exactly what you’re looking for, you can time your stay to better take advantage of optimal weather conditions, crowd sizes, and pricing, to make your vacation truly unforgettable. 

Here are several considerations when planning the best time for your California holiday: 

Weather 

California is a sprawling state with a generally stable, Mediterranean climate, yet the time of year and region you’re visiting are important factors in determining the ideal weather. 

Summer

Summers are dry and warm, with plenty of sunshine and clear blue skies. Temperatures average in the 70s and 80s. All this is perfect for relaxing days lounging on the beach! 

Spring 

This season enjoys comfortable temperatures hovering between 65 to 70 degrees Fahrenheit, and plenty of colorful, blooming flowers on display—setting the stage for any number of activities, from long hikes and lazy picnics to day trips and wine tours. 

Winter 

Typically wet and mild in most of the state, traveling north to the mountainous and higher altitudes brings colder temperatures and regular snowfall. These conditions make California perfect for skiing, snowboarding, and other fun, cooler-weather activities. 

Autumn 

Autumn in California hosts clear and mild weather, with temperatures between 76 and 81 degrees. This is also the best time of year for wine and vineyard tours as this is the prime period for grape harvesting! 


The beautiful weather is one of the Golden State’s major draws, and based on exactly where you’re visiting, you could experience a range of other weather conditions, too—from thick fog blanketing the northern coasts to the dry desert climate of the southeast. 


Tourism & Prices  

When you choose to travel can significantly impact crowd sizes and prices for activities, accommodations, and travel. 

The most popular times to visit are during the peak summer months from June to August, and major holidays—but expect larger crowds and higher rates on hotel rooms, theme park tickets, and more.  

If you’re looking to avoid crowds and save some money, schedule your California dream vacation during the low season in winter, stretching from November through March. 

For the perfect balance of great weather and lower crowd sizes and costs, the shoulder seasons from April to May, and September to October offer the best of both worlds

Work With an InteleTravel Advisor to Plan Your California Vacation

When it comes to planning a California vacation, there are a myriad of factors and options to consider. From the best time to book your travel, to making a detailed itinerary for your events and activities, travel planning can be a daunting task.

InteleTravel simplifies the entire process. Our experienced team of certified travel advisors works with you to design the perfect itinerary, book the many components aspects of your travels, and even secure exclusive deals and upgrades

InteleTravel Advisors also never charge travelers for such services—meaning you’ll work with a dedicated travel professional throughout every step of your journey, all at no cost to you! 

So what are you waiting for? 

No matter what type of travel experience you’re looking for, InteleTravel will make it your dream vacation!

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