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The Hidden Beaches Road Trip That Will Show You Northern California Like Never Before

Northern California is overflowing with gorgeous waterfront areas to explore. From Crescent City to the Mendocino Coast, the rugged coastline along the Pacific Ocean is nothing short of stunning. While there are plenty of well-known beaches scattered throughout the Golden State, nothing beats a lesser-known area when you just want to get away from it all— so we’ve compiled a road trip itinerary with 11 incredible hidden beaches that might just become your new favorite summer hangouts. This is one road trip you’ll never forget.

For a link to the customizable itinerary, click here.

Did any of your favorites make the list? Are you willing to share any of your “secret” spots in Northern California with us? Let us know in the comments below, and happy road-tripping!

Jill S.
Jill is a freelance writer from a small Northern California town and lives in the Sierra Nevada mountains. If you have an idea for an Only In Northern California story, email her at