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Northern California

Northern California is one of the most beautiful areas in the world. The Redwood Trees are absolutely amazing. From the ancient towering redwood trees, to dazzling Lake Tahoe, to the jaw dropping coastline, this part of the US is truly majestic and awe inspiring. Every time you turn is the right spot for a photo opportunity.

Check out my list of fun things to do in the region, which ranges from activities found in San Francisco all the way up to the Oregon border near Klamath. Enjoy!
  • 1. Walk across the Golden Gate Bridge
    Walk across the Golden Gate Bridge
    Golden Gate Bridge, , 94129
    Driving across the historic Golden Gate Bridge is a spectacular experience, however, walking across the 1.7 miles bridge 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
    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
    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 right at your fingertips. 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 fun and scenic to do. Above all, an Emerald Bay hike is an unparalleled experience. Do not leave without exploring breathtaking Emerald Bay State Park.
  • 4. Ride the Sky Trail at the Trees of Mystery in Klamath
    Ride the Sky Trail at the Trees of Mystery in Klamath
    15500 U.S. 101, , 95548
    This quirky, long running roadside attraction offers an aerial tramway which takes you up past the tall trees onto an observation deck. After a scenic ride up to the 1570 foot high observing area, you will be treated to 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
    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 shiny, gem-like sea glass. You could spend hours here sifting through old sea glass. The way the glass sparkles in the sun is an incredible sight to behold. Wildlife is also abundant - if you are lucky you might see some seals. Exploring the tide pools is another fun option.
  • 6. Cruise along the Pacific Coast Hwy
    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
    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 little oasis to spend the day relaxing on the sand listening to the waves.
  • 8. Try out a delicious waterfront seafood restaurant
    Try out a delicious waterfront seafood restaurant
    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. Explore San Francisco
    Explore San Francisco
    Visitor's Bureau - 749 Howard St, , 94103
    There is much to see and do in San Francisco, whether your interests lie in history, food, recreation, or sightseeing. A few must-dos include: walking the Golden Gate Bridge, riding an iconic cable car, touring the various museums, exploring the food scene, strolling around Fisherman's Wharf, and taking the ferry over to Alcatraz Island.
  • 10. Check out a Bigfoot Museum
    Check out a Bigfoot Museum
    Various, , 38949
    Northern California is often referred to as the Bigfoot Capital of the World. With the dreary weather, ancient trees, and remote setting, it's not surprising that so many people have claimed to have seen the legendary creature over the years. Willow Creek in Humboldt County, a Bigfoot hotspot, is home to the largest Bigfoot museum. Interestingly, there have been hundreds of sightings reported in this area alone!

    Of course, there are many quirky Bigfoot museums if you would like to explore the evidence. For any Sasquatch seekers out there, Northern California is the place to be!