Northern California is home to dozens of natural and man made marvels. We drive by a lot of them every day and don’t even bat an eye. So today, why don’t you check out the ones that made our list? How many have you seen in person? Maybe this summer it’s finally time to head out and come face to face with a few, and maybe even take a selfie to shake on the deal.
1. Mount Whitney
At over 14,500 feet high, this mountain peak is ranked tallest in the lower 48 of the United States. Both Inyo and Tulare counties have a piece of her inside their boundaries and are happy about that.
2. General Sherman
Safely at home in the Sequioia National Forest stands General Sherman. The Guinness Book of World Records believes it to be the largest tree in existence with a circumference of over 85 feet. The World Records reports this tree alone has the equivalent 630,096 board feet of timber, enough to make over 5 billion matches. This forest houses over 33 protected groves of these amazing redwood trees.
3. Lava Beds National Monument
Thousands of years ago hot lava bubbled and flowed to create dozens of the lava tubes you can explore today. There's twenty-five to be exact. This is also the site of the home of the Modoc Indians. The Modoc war took place here in the late 1800s. One of the oldest petroglyphic rocks in existence is from this very national monument.
4. The Golden Gate Bridge
Is it even possible to have a list of Northern California marvels and NOT include her? Nope. Standing in all her glory, she's the most recognized and photographed bridge in the world. Until 1964 she was the longest suspension bridge at one mile. She looks pretty good for being close to 80 years old.
5. Lake Tahoe
The second deepest lake in America and the highest alpine lake in the U.S., Lake Tahoe may just be one of the prettiest bodies of water in the country. Whether you're here to ski in the winter or catch some sun in the summer, she never ceases to amaze.
6. Mount Shasta
Over 14,000 feet of stately majestic beauty. A sleeping volcano and a mountain that makes us proud it stands in Northern California.
7. Mirror Lake
This photo is exquisite. A mirror of the natural gorgeousness all around. You can find this oasis in Yosemite Park, which is another marvel in itself.
8. Bumpass Hell
Lassen Volcanic Park is where this slice of hell lies. Boiling mudpots and steaming ground marks the spots where volcanic matter below comes up and reaches the surface of earth. Named after the settler whose leg was burned after slipping into one of the boiling mudpots -- this place is like being on another planet.
9. Tufa Island
Geologists call these towers "Tufa." This area is also known as the "Tufa Towers." They've formed over hundreds of years beneath the water which shows you that Mono Lake (where these are) had a much higher water level at one time.
10. Napa Vineyards
World renowned grapes are grown here. Their use? To create some of the most amazing wines in the world. The next time you have a glass you can thank a farmer in Napa.
11. Burney Falls
These 129 foot high falls are more than the soul can take - they're that gorgeous. Water comes from beneath the ground to fuel these falls. In 1954, President Theodore Roosevelt said these were the 8th natural wonder of the world. We agree, Mr. President.
12. The Cypress Tunnel
Part natural marvel, part man made marvel, this tunnel is made up of dozens of giant Monterrey cypress trees. You can find this spot just 45 miles north of the Golden Gate Bridge in Point Reyes.
We live in a magical part of this state. Northern California has dozens and dozens of marvels that take our breath away. Where’s your favorite marvel in this place we are lucky enough to call home?