9 Undeniably Fun Weekend Trips To Take If You Live In Northern California
As people head back to work or school after a relaxing summer, many are already wondering when their next vacation will be. But the best destinations don’t have to be far from home. Check out these five destinations in Northern California that are perfect for a weekend getaway with the family.
1. You'll love the beautiful stretch of California coast that is Big Sur.
Explore the rugged coastline, hike the stunning cliffs, and gaze at the misty horizon at Big Sur. This family-friendly destination is perfect for playing on the beach, driving through beautiful vista points, and enjoying fresh-caught seafood.
2. Visit the site of a volcano at Lassen Volcanic National Park.
While this volcano is no longer active, you'll still catch evidence of volcanic activity beneath the surface at hydrothermal spots like Bumpass Hell. You can even climb Lassen Peak to take in the gorgeous views of the surrounding wilderness.
3. The Point Reyes National Seashore is a crown jewel of California beaches.
Check out the popular Wildcat Beach, or admire the cliffside Alamere Falls. You and the family will love visiting the Point Reyes Lighthouse to catch glimpses of migrating whales. Take one of many trails through green grasslands and through thick pine forests.
4. The Sequoia Park Zoo is just one of the many highlights in Eureka.
One of California's northernmost towns, Eureka has some of the state's oldest redwood trees. You can also visit Humboldt Bay to catch glimpses of seals. And of course, you'll witness plenty of adorable animals, like this red panda, at the Sequoia Park Zoo.
5. For wine lovers, Sonoma Valley is a must.
At Sonoma Valley, you can enjoy one of the world's best wine tasting trails, visiting wineries both large and small, old and new. By the end of it, your palate just might decide it only wants Sonoma wines going forward! Just make sure there is a designated driver in the group.
6. Admire the Mendocino coast.
There are beautiful stretches of coastline up and down California, but Mendocino has some of the best.
7. Check out our state's capitol.
Many California residents have never been to Sacramento. Check out our state seat!
8. Visit the world-famous Yosemite.
Yosemite National Park is as famous as it is beautiful. You can't call yourself a true Californian until you visit.
9. Walk among the redwoods.
There are countless parks throughout California where you can feel dwarfed by gigantic redwood trees.
These are just some of the beautiful destinations you’ll find around Northern California that are perfect for a weekend getaway. For more seriously fun places to visit, check out
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