When was the last time you stopped to take in the view? If you live in Northern California, there’s ample opportunity to do just that every single day. Whether you find yourself driving around the coastline of Monterey Bay or hiking the mountains of the Sierra Nevada, there are thousands of places that will make your jaw drop. Here are a few of our favorites:
Auburn is known for its California Gold Rush history, and is registered as a California Historical Landmark.
2. The American River
This waterway weaves throughout the Sacramento area and we think she's gorgeous.
3. Angora Lakes
Only a true Northern Californian knows about this secluded slice of heaven located in the Sierra Nevadas.
4. The Bay Bridge
Our old friend had quite the makeover recently. She's never looked so good.
5. Little Grass Valley: Fowler Lake
This tiny town is 10 miles in circumference with a population of two. Which means there are only two people enjoying this spectacular view.
6. Lake Tahoe
Skiing on pretty much any mountain peak will give you a mind-blowing view.
7. San Francisco
The Golden Gate Bridge looks good from any side.
Bidwell Park makes you want to sing a Rogers and Hammerstein song, am I right?
9. Sequoia National Park
How about a view from the bottom up? Walk among giants here at the Sequoia National Park.
10. Mt. Shasta
A potentially active volcano, this breathtaking view reaches an elevation of 14,179 feet.
11. Mt. Diablo
Known as "Devil Mountain" by early American Indians, this mountain is quite a geographical anomaly as it's tightly situated between earthquake faults.
12. Napa Valley
Known for its exceptional wine-producing conditions, this part of the state is one of the first counties birthed when statehood became a reality in 1850. We think she looks pretty good for her age.
13. Portola Valley
It's actually an incorporated town named after the Spanish explorer who first discovered the San Francisco area.
14. Carmel by the Sea
Or, Carmel for short. This piece of gorgeous real estate may be known for its golf tournament and dog-friendly atmosphere, but we know the ocean views are the real star.
15. Pacific Grove
Known as "Butterfly Town U.S.A." for the annual migration of the Monarch butterflies. The city is endowed with more Victorian houses per capita than anywhere else in America.
Where were you in Northern California the last time your jaw dropped because of the breathtaking view? We’d love to hear!