Northern California February 24, 2018
7 Places In Northern California That Are Better Than Anywhere Else In The Country
There’s a reason Northern Californians carry such pride when it comes to this specific region of our state. It’s because NorCal is full of amazing places that you just can’t find anywhere else. With so much to do and see, our state is truly an adventurers paradise. Listed below are the seven absolute best places to visit in Northern California. How many have you checked off your bucket list?
We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life as we all practice social and physical distancing. While we’re continuing to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, we don’t expect or encourage you to go check them out immediately. We believe that supporting local attractions is important now more than ever and we hope our articles inspire your future adventures! And on that note, please nominate your favorite local business that could use some love right now:
1. Russian River
One of the most beloved natural attractions in Northern California is the wonderful Russian River. This lazy river stretches for 110 miles through the heart of Sonoma County. The river gives a unique character to the many towns that reside next to it, and it's long been the location of treasured summer time activities. It seems that no matter what time of year it is, there's always something to see or do around the Russian River!
2. Point Reyes National Seashore
Whenever anybody tries to argue that Southern California has all the beaches, just go ahead and point them here. The Point Reyes National Seashore offers over 70,000 acres of protected coastline. It's one of the most stunning parks in all of Northern California. Maintained by the National Park Service, Point Reyes is an accumulation of protected wildlife species, stunning coastal beaches, endless hiking trails, and some of the best views on the entire coast.
Nestled near the top of Napa Valley is the small town of Calistoga. This place may have a small population but it boasts nearly an endless amount of attractions including hot springs, mud baths, wineries, and the famous medieval castled called Castello di Amorosa. Calistoga boasts a rustic charm that you just can't get anywhere else. On top of all that, this town boasts some of the must stunning views of the one-of-a-kind Napa Valley. It's one of the best places in the world to relax.
4. Mount Shasta
Magical. Mysterious. Mythic. Mount Shasta embodies all of these descriptors. It's probably
the most beloved landmark in the entire northern region of our state. This giant looming figure can be spotted from a hundred miles away on a clear day. It's easily one of the most awe-inspiring sights in the country. People's love for this epic mountain goes back centuries. Some would even argue that the mountain contains a sacred quality.
Dunsmuir is another quaint town with a whole lot to offer. The amount of things to do near Dunsmuir is almost overwhelming. You can go see the aforementioned Mount Shasta, fish in the Sacramento River, explore the geologic wonder that is Castle Crags, or hike to one of the many waterfalls in the area. Dunsmuir acts as a gateway to some of the most incredible natural attractions in the state.
This small coastal community might be as close to heaven on earth as you can get. Set on top of a picturesque setting of ocean bluffs, Mendocino is one of the most unique towns in the nation. Stroll along the magnificent beach, shop in the boutiques, or take advantage of the many spas and salons. Full of art, food, and small town charm, this place feels like paradise.
7. Muir Woods National Monument
There's a reason this is one of the most popular national parks in the country. Muir Woods is a unique wonder—the likes of which you've never seen before. Resembling a scene from prehistoric times, you can't help but gaze in awe at the towering redwoods and the pure abundance of surrounding foliage. Muir Woods takes the cake as one of the best places to view Northern California's iconic redwoods.
What do you think? What would you add to this list? Share your comments with us below! Check out the
15 Best Natural Attractions In Northern California for even more adventure ideas.