13 Incredible Trips In Northern California That Will Change Your Life
By Jill S.|Updated on August 20, 2021(Originally published August 14, 2021)
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 email@example.com.
Let’s face it, we are lucky to live in one of the most amazing destinations in the world. There is just so much to do in Northern California! We know it, and now the rest of the world is starting to as well. Here’s a list of life-changing experiences that you can have right here in NorCal. Give them each a shot and report back! We can’t wait to hear about how much you loved these places. These are our picks for the best day trips in Northern California:
Okay, we are pretty curious about what you think of these unique destinations. They will probably make you see the world with new eyes, so schedule that adventure today! What are your favorite day trips in Northern California? Tell us all about them in the comments.
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What should I add to my Northern California bucket list?
There are literally hundreds of things one could conceivably put on a bucket list in Southern California; it’s a beautiful place with tons to do. You could climb Half Dome, for instance, inside Yosemite National Park. Heck, just add Yosemite to that bucket list, too, because you have to see it to believe it. There’s a petrified forest in Calistoga, which has some of the most intriguing geology in the region. And, did you know that NorCal is home to something often referred to as the “eighth wonder” of the world? It’s true! Visit McArthur-Burney Falls to see why – it becomes pretty clear once you see it. Of course, no journey to Northern California would be complete without checking out one (or two, or fifteen) of NorCal’s most amazing wineries.
What are some must-visit places in Northern California?
That’s an easy one: the great redwoods are calling your name. If you’ve never seen a tree so enormous you could drive through one without felling it, you need to. Sequoia National Park is home to a redwood forest, where you can wander through trees known to be more than 275 feet tall. Of course, there’s also famous attractions like San Fransisco and the Golden Gate Bridge – as well as Alcatraz Island, for the brave. For more of our favorite must-visit places in Northern California, check this article out. If you’re a fan of beautiful places and beautiful towns, Carmel by the Sea is well worth a visit. The homes look like something out of a fairy tale, and the beach is beyond breathtaking.
What are the best day trips in Northern California to do?
NorCal is full of places that are as interesting as they are beautiful, like Napa Valley, for instance. You could easily spend an entire day at your winery of choice or bouncing from one to the next. Either way, you’re in for a delicious time! Another place you could easily spend an entire day at is the Monterey Bay Aquarium, which is one of the most famous aquariums in the world. Big Sur is another amazing one, especially for the nature lovers among us, and you can’t go wrong with a road trip to see several of NorCal’s amazing waterfalls all in one day.