10 Things Every True Northern Californian Does At Least Once Before They Die
There’s some things that Northern Californians just
have to do at least once in their lifetime. If you’ve been itching to take full advantage of all the experiences our state has to offer, then these things are a pretty good place to start. If you’ve lived in NorCal for awhile now, chances are that you’ve completed at least a few of the items on this bucket list. How many can you say you’ve completed? Take a look below.
1. Take a stroll through the Cypress Tree Tunnel.
You've probably seen dozens of pictures of this iconic grove of cypress trees but you have to experience it in person to truly understand what an incredible place this is. Don't forget to take your own picture!
2. See a lighthouse with your own eyes.
Historic and beautiful lighthouses such as the one at Pigeon Point are scattered all along our coast. There's something pretty incredible about seeing one of these beauties up close.
3. Go wine tasting and explore a vineyard.
This one is a given. Northern California
is primarily known for producing some of the finest wine in the country. Bonus points if you visit the majestic structure known as Castello di Amorosa in Napa Valley's Calistoga!
4. Play in the snow at Tahoe.
Some of the best skiing and snowboarding opportunities are right here in Northern California. Tahoe is pretty much a giant playground for adults that should definitely be taken advantage of!
5. Float down the lazy Russian River.
Is there any better way of cooling off on a hot summer day? Whether you choose to kayak or tube, just remember it's all about relaxing and taking in the beautiful scenery. Oh, and don't forget to bring plenty of friends.
6. Drive through a redwood tree.
the thing to do when you visit any redwood forest. Nothing will make you feel smaller than driving through one of these massive trees. You'll find plenty of these "drive through trees" located off of Highway 101.
7. Witness the incredible wonder that is Burney Falls.
It's everybody's favorite waterfall for a reason. The sight of multiple cascades of water flowing down into the bright blue pool below is something that just can't be beat. Located in McArthur-Burney Falls Memorial State Park, this is something every Northern Californian needs to see.
8. Venture bravely through an abandoned ghost town.
Our region is full of
abandoned ghost towns
, but the most famous is the incredibly well-preserved town of Bodie. Strolling through the town you can really get a feel for what life was like during the town's heyday. It's an incredible experience that you won't soon forget...especially if you come across something supernatural!
9. Eat fresh oysters directly from the water they came from.
If you're not eating them right out of the ocean, then you're doing it wrong. They taste even better when you catch them and shuck them yourself.
10. Soak your worries away in a natural hot spring.
Nothing compares to relaxing in one of our region's beautiful natural hot springs, like
the one pictured here in Bridgeport
. The water is hot and the views are incredible. What more could you ask for?
What do you think? What would you add to this bucket list? Maybe you’ve done all of the things on this list already. In that case, go ahead and check out these
10 Unimaginably Beautiful Places In Northern California That You Must See Before You Die.