California, Air, Car, 8 Nights, From $909

Explore the Golden State, from its dramatic coastline to the unique character of its three major cities.

Pacific Coast Highway

The Pacific Coast Highway in California.

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The Real Deal Round-trip airfare arriving in San Francisco and departing San Diego on Virgin Airlines, two nights in San Francisco at the Pickwick Hotel, one night in Monterey at Hotel Pacific, one night in Cambria at Cambria Pines Lodge, one night in Santa Barbara at Best Western Plus Pepper Tree Inn, two nights in L.A. at the Wilshire Hotel Los Angeles, one night in San Diego at Crowne Plaza San Diego, seven-day car rental, two breakfasts, hotel taxes, and fuel surcharges, from $909plus an estimated $75 in parking fees.

When Apr. 20, 2012 ($909); add $70 for Mar. 30, 2012; add $100 for Apr. 13, 2012; add $110 for Mar. 16, 2012; add $290 for Mar. 9, 2012; add $320 for Mar. 23, 2012.

Gateways L.A. ($909); add from $34 for Denver; from $89 for Seattle; from $197 for Dallas; from $199 for Detroit; from $204 for Salt Lake City; from $208 for Chicago; from $265 for Orlando; from $267 for Washington, D.C.; additional gateways available.

The Fine Print Does not include up to $110 in taxes and fees. Car rental begins on day three. Does not include transfer from San Francisco airport to your hotel or back to the airport to pick up your rental car. Based on double occupancy; single supplement is from $590. Read these guidelines before you book any Real Deal.

Book By No deadline; based on availability.

Contact Virgin Vacations, 888/937-8474,

Why It's a Deal A recent search on Kayak showed that the lowest mutli-city airfare from Los Angeles, arriving in San Francisco and departing San Diego, starts from $287 with taxes for travel in early January (Delta). Add to that $149 per person, including tax, for two nights at the Pickwick Hotel, $99 per person for one night at Hotel Pacific, $49 per person for a night at Cambria Pines Lodge, $108 per person for a night at Best Western Plus Pepper Tree Inn, $136 per person for two nights at the Wilshire Hotel Los Angeles, and $76 per person for a night at Crowne Plaza San Diego, and you'd be paying $904 for the airfare and accommodations alone. For $65 less, this package covers the flight and eight nights' accommodations, plus seven-day car rental, two meals, and all taxes and fees.

More Hotel upgrades are available, starting from $50 per person. Rental car upgrades are available from $38. Travelers may opt to stay at San Diego's Best Western Plus Bayside Inn, rather than Crowne Plaza San Diego, as part of the package. Extend your stay at the Crowne Plaza San Diego starting from $54 per person per night, or at the Best Western Plus Bayside Inn from $71 per person per night.

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Note:This story was accurate when it was published. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.

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