Aside from the natural beauty, Northern California’s greatest asset is the people and communities that make it tick. You can find the charm and authenticity of small-town America here in this region, and whether you prefer farming communities, coastal towns, or the Sierra foothills, here are some of our favorite places in the entire region. Here are some slow-paced small towns in rural Northern California where life is still nice and quiet:

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Did your favorite small town make the list? What are your favorite slow-paced small towns in Northern California? Share your ideas and stories with us on Facebook, and if you are interested in reading more about NoCal culture, check out The 11 Charming River Towns in Northern California To Visit This Spring.

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What are some fun day trips in Northern California to take? 

Northern California is a breathtakingly beautiful place. People are incredibly lucky to live somewhere with such an astonishing amount of natural beauty all around us. NorCal is great for day trips, such as:

  • Scenic drives and state parks. In this section of the state alone, there are 21 state parks, two national parks, 10 national wildlife refuges, and so much more.
  • Go on any number of amazing hikes.
  • Check out any of the theme and amusement parks.
  • Spend a whole afternoon at a winery.
  • Check out a list of ghost towns.
  • Hop from ice cream shop to ice cream shop and sample them all.

Northern California basically has anything your heart desires – it just depends on how much time and gas you feel like putting forth for it! Here is a great list of NorCal day trip ideas – one for every month of the year.  

What are some amazing places to visit in Northern California? 

Goodness, where to begin! Northern California is, as mentioned above, ridiculously beautiful. It’s filled with adventure and amazing, must-see places, such as:

  • Sequoia National Park, where you can see trees that are truly larger than life (and thousands of years old) and learn their amazing histories.
  • Hiking Half Dome is a once-in-a-lifetime hike with amazing views you’ll never forget. 
  • Check out McArthur-Barney Falls, which has been called the “8th Wonder of the World” by President Teddy Roosevelt.
  • Visiting Napa – and all of California’s wine country – is also a must-see for anyone who’s never been before.

You’re going to love Northern California, so get out and explore! There’s almost TOO much to do.