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5 Places In Northern California Way Out In The Boonies But So Worth The Drive

These destinations are so far off the beaten path you’ll need to download a few audio books or stockpile some music before you hop in your car and go. You may start to wonder where on earth you are heading, but trust us, these six destinations are well worth the journey, however long that may be.

There’s so much to discover in Northern California. It’s up to you get off the beaten path and experience something new that is just waiting to be explored. These top destinations might feel a little remote, but you’ll love the lack of crowds and the joy of exploration.

Jill Sanford
Born and raised in the heart of Northern California's Gold Country, Jill now lives in Truckee, CA and dabbles as a creative storyteller and freelance journalist. She is an outdoor recreation enthusiast who loves the Sierra Nevada mountain range and the quirky people who have made their homes there. Jill loves skiing, hiking, and paddling in the backcountry as well as exploring the rural parts of California that most people have never heard about. She is also a big fan of small town pride, list making, hand lettering and typography, and empowering women and girls in the outdoors. Read more of her work at or follow her instagram adventures @jillcsanford.