When people think of California, they usually think of Los Angeles and movie stars, or alternatively, Palm Springs and golf courses. But there's a lot of fun to be had up north too.
San Francisco is probably the most well-known city in northern California, and offers a wide range of activities for visitors to enjoy. From trolley cars to Ghirardelli chocolate and onto Pier 39, there's no limit to the amount of fun to be had in this cosmopolitan city. With shopping galore, sea lions down on the beach, restaurants enough to satisfy even the most varied of taste buds, and history that includes earthquakes and the infamous Alcatraz prison.
If you’re looking for a more peaceful trip to the area Yosemite National Park offers something for the inner nature lover in all of us. Whether you want to enjoy the scenery from a hotel room window or camp out in a tent to enjoy nature up front and personal, you'll find what you're looking for at Yosemite. Even farther up north is the amazing Redwood National Park, with its gigantic trees and serene atmosphere. Here you’ll gain not only a true appreciation for the beauty and diversity of this world, but will also find a new perspective on life!
It’s not really possible to mention northern Californian highlights without mentioning the Napa Valley area, Sonoma Wine Country. For the wine aficionados of the world, Napa Valley is heaven on earth. There are wine tasting parties and open houses almost year-round – just make sure to call ahead or check on the Internet to see what the latest information is. The Napa Valley also has some amazing landscapes to appreciate.Love the ocean? Say no more, northern California's coast line is breathtaking. From Carmel-by-the-sea and Half Moon Bay to the famous Bodega Bay (where the Alfred Hitchcock movie 'The Birds' was filmed in 1961), there is plenty of sand, surf and calming serenity and gorgeous vista's to enjoy as well as wonderful fishing. You'll love relaxing here and enjoying the local artist galleries, shops, restaurants and pubs. For history buffs, northern California is a gold mine of Spanish missions, gold rush exhibits, and railroad museums. If you're interested in how California evolved into to what it is today, you'll love exploring all of the museums and exhibits dedicated to this time period.
Whatever you’re looking for in a vacation, whether it’s wild nights or wildlife, or high living or high summits, you’re sure to find it in beautiful northern California.