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. There actually endless opportunities to explore.
This image was shot in the King Range National Conservation Area.
If you love day hiking, scenic drives, and other adventures, then Northern California has got you covered. There's almost too many options! Between the mountains and the ocean, even after spending a lifetime here there are still thousands of new adventures to be had. This shot was taken in the Sierra Buttes
2. Northern Californians are an innovative bunch and are constantly coming up with the next big thing.
We're not satisfied to just do the same adventures again and again. We like a challenge. The folks in this photo are a perfect example. Why just find an easy surf break close to the road when you can hike up the beach to find that perfect spot? This photo was taken in the King Range National Conservation Area.
3. We have the most spectacular forests on earth.
The California Redwoods are the largest trees on earth. Every time you see them, you will be humbled and in awe of nature. What more can a nature loving wanderer ask for?
4. We also have some of the most impressive mountains on the planet.
Again, why travel the world to be wowed by the natural world when there is so much to take in right here in Northern California? We aren't saying you can't ever travel to other areas, but we are saying staycations will seem more and more appealing once you start looking into to some of these Northern California destinations. This is a view of Mt. Shasta.
5. And the most spectacular coastline.
Deep blue waves crashing against the dramatic cliffs, tide pools teeming with ocean life, the rush of the wind in your hair... Northern California's coast line is like no other place in the world. You'll want to spend forever just exploring all the treasure troves up and down the coast.
6. There's no where else you can experience such variations in climate in just one day.
There is snow in the Sierra when it is over 90 degrees in the valley and 50 degrees and foggy along the coast. Every time you need a change in the climate, just hop in the car and drive a couple hours. Boom, you are there. These hikers are having fun in the Sierra Buttes.
7. We have so many different cultures here, you will never get bored.
If you travel all over the world to experience new people, ways of life, and ideas, well we've got all that too. From the granola loving folk of the redwoods, the rural, small town people, the recreation loving hikers and cyclists, the skiers and snowboarder of the mountains, and this Hawaiian shirt and Western Hat wearing happy guy in this photo, we sure have a lot of differences. Strike up a conversation with someone in your own community you normally would steer clear of. You might learn a thing or two about their way of life.
8. The diversity of flora and fauna here is almost shocking.
From crustaceans to elk to redwoods to star thistle, it's incredible that this area is home to it all. These elk were photographed in the Humboldt Lagoons State Park.
9. The area has a fascinating history that will take a lifetime to fully understand.
It started with the native peoples who made their home here for thousands of years, then the first pioneers made their way out west. They were followed by the 49ers and eventually the railroad. Then, the logging boom took over. Flash forward to the last 20 years: Northern California is at the forefront off all global industry as the epicenter of the tech boom. There's so many stories and individuals to learn about and discover if you want to truly understand Northern California's story. Pictured here is the historic Butte Store.
10. It's pretty easy... and scenic to get around here.
With a large network of scenic byways and lovely roads, the experience is really about the journey rather than the destination. Pictured here is the Feather River Scenic Byway in Butte County.
11. Our National Parks
This image is of Lassen Volcanic National Park.
From the Redwoods to the volcanic splendor of Lassen, Northern California boasts some of the most beautiful national parks in the country. It's been said that Europe has its cathedrals and America has its National Parks. If that's true than Northern California is a very holy place indeed.
Are you a Northern California Wanderer? Where are your favorite places to roam to? Share with us, we are eager to know!