1. Walk across the Golden Gate Bridge
Golden Gate Bridge, , 94129
Driving across the Golden Gate Bridge is a spectacular experience, however, walking across it is even more mesmerizing! Walking across the bridge is an exhilarating experience which allows you to truly appreciate the scenery and magnificence of the area.
2. See majestic trees at Redwoods National Park
1111 2nd St, , 95531
Located along the coast of California, these Redwood trees hold an indescribable beauty; you really need to see them for yourself to take in the magnificence. Even if you are short on time and unable to take a hike or bike ride, just driving through the area for a few hours will allow you to take in the natural beauty of the forests.
3. Plan a trip to Lake Tahoe
Vistor's Bureau - Fallen Leaf, , 96151
The Lake Tahoe area is one of my favorite vacation destinations. There is so much beauty and so much to do. If you are looking for outdoor recreation you will find a plethora of options including scenic drives, hikes, gondola rides, skiing, ice skating, bike rides, boat rides, and more.
If you are looking for restaurants you have fine dining, casino buffets, theme restaurants, and more. If you are looking for entertainment you can head over to the Stateline casinos for shows and live entertainment. No matter what season you visit there is always something to do. An Emerald Bay hike is an unparallelled experience.
4. Ride the Sky Trail at the Trees of Mystery in Klamath
15500 U.S. 101, , 95548
This roadside attraction offers an aerial tramway which takes you up past the tall trees onto an observation deck. From up here you get fantastic views of the forests and Pacific Ocean. In addition, there is a museum (with a lot of cool Bigfoot history) and also a 49 foot tall statue of Paul Bunyan.
5. Visit Sea Glass Beach
Glass Beach Drive - Elm St & Old Haul Road, , 95437
This beach in Fort Bragg is loaded with sea glass, hence the nickname of Glass Beach. Over 50 years ago Fort Bragg was used as a public dump; years later the broken glass has transformed and tumbled into sea glass. You could spend hours here sifting through old sea glass. The way the glass sparkles in the sun is an incredible sight. If you are lucky you might see some seals. Exploring the tide pools is another fun option.
6. Cruise along the Pacific Coast Hwy
Hwy 101 - Avenue of the Giants Highway, , 95571
Hwy 101 is a photographer’s dream. Take your time with this drive; the views are to die for. It is rated the most scenic drive in the US and for good reason. You will drive past gigantic redwood trees, magnificent cliffs, and the Pacific Ocean. One of the best parts of this drive is the "Avenue of the Giants," an extremely scenic 31 mile drive through very tall Redwood Trees.
7. Spend the day at Seaside State Beach
Hwy 218, , 93955
Seaside State Beach, located in Monterey State Park is a hotspot for those hunting for sea glass. The pieces here are mostly small, but that makes them easier to turn into jewelry. Search the rocks during low tide. The secluded feeling of the beach makes it the perfect spot to spend the day relaxing on the sand listening to the waves.
8. Try out a delicious waterfront seafood restaruant
Various, , 94129
Northern California is known for being home to some great seafood restaurants. San Francisco is a great destination for dining, seafood lover or not, there are more than enough choices to entice even the pickiest diners.
9. Spend the night in Willits
Visitor's Bureau - 299 E Commercial St, , 95490
Willits is nicknamed "The Heart of Mendocino County" and "Gateway to the Redwoods." This is a great area to stay because of the close proximity to the Redwood Trees. In addition, Willits offers amenities of it's own including the Sherwood Valley Rancheria Casino.
10. Take your picture next to the giant Paul Bunyan statue
15500 U.S. 101, , 95548
There is a gigantic 49 foot tall statue of Paul Bunyan at the Trees of Mystery in Klamath. There is also a 35-foot-tall statue of Babe the Blue Ox.