Take This Road Trip Through Northern California’s Most Picturesque Small Towns For A Charming Experience

Northern California is just the best place for road trips. There are beautiful places to see, interesting people to meet, and fun activities all along the way. If you are looking for some fun towns to visit, the options are really endless and you can definitely find some really amazing towns in any of Northern California’s four corners. For the sake of simplicity, however, we created this road trip that takes you to 10 picturesque small towns in Northern California in just under eight hours of driving.

Have a blast, and be sure to report back on how much you enjoyed your road trip!

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For more road trips to additional picturesque small towns in Northern California, as well as some travel ideas, be sure to take a look at our previous articles. Some of our favorites are 15 Slow-Paced Small Towns in Northern California Where Life Is Still Simple and This Natural Wonders Road Trip Will Show You Northern California Like You’ve Never Seen It Before. You may even wish to check out our Northern California Coastal Road Trip.

Address: Weaverville, CA, USA
Address: Chester, CA 96020, USA
Address: Quincy, CA 95971, USA
Address: Graeagle, CA 96103, USA
Address: Downieville, CA 95936, USA
Address: Nevada City, CA 95959, USA
Address: Grass Valley, CA, USA
Address: Auburn, CA, USA
Address: Coloma, CA, USA
Address: Placerville, CA 95667, USA
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Picturesque Small Towns In Northern California

April 09, 2021

What other road trips can I take in Northern California?

There’s nothing like hopping in the car and taking a road trip for some fun and excitement in Northern California, right?  From a lighthouse road trip to the best beaches, we have coastal road trips covered in our guides. If you like exploring spooky places, we have abandoned and haunted road trips as well. Question is, which road trip journey do you want to take first?

What are the smallest towns in Northern California?

NorCal is filled with teensy tiny towns that dot the landscape, many of which go unnoticed unless we know where to stop and look. With a population of just over 200 people, Sierra City was settled in n1850 in the Canyon of North Yuba River. It is filled with historic buildings and worthy of a stop if you are passing through the area. If you happen to be a fishing and/or camping enthusiast, stop at Hat Creek which is located 70 miles east of Redding. This tiny locale is chock full of outdoor recreational opportunities.

What is the most scenic town in Northern California?

This is a hard question to answer because there are so many incredibly scenic towns in NorCal. But Mendocino is a strong contender with its location on the coast and the natural beauty that surrounds it. The seascape is absolutely breathtaking with waves crashing against the rock formations sticking out of the water. Even the charming downtown is just picture-perfect. Mendocino is an absolute dream weekend getaway place as well. 

 

Address: Weaverville, CA, USA
Address: Chester, CA 96020, USA
Address: Quincy, CA 95971, USA
Address: Graeagle, CA 96103, USA
Address: Downieville, CA 95936, USA
Address: Nevada City, CA 95959, USA
Address: Grass Valley, CA, USA
Address: Auburn, CA, USA
Address: Coloma, CA, USA
Address: Placerville, CA 95667, USA