• Mendocino (Prices and hotel photos)
  • Point Reyes Station (Prices & Hotel Photos)
  • Redwood National and State Parks, Crescent City (Hotel Prices & Photos)
  • Yosemite National Park Prices & Photos Dunsmuir (Prices and hotel photos)
  • Lassen Volcanic National Park (Prices & Photos)
  • Lake Tahoe (Hotel Prices & Photos)
  • Sonoma (Prices and hotel photos)
  • Murphys (Prices and hotel photos)
  • Santa Cruz (Prices and hotel photos)
  • San Francisco (Hotel Prices & Photos)
Northern California offers a wide range of attractions and natural splendor, 
hosting everything from famous cities to charming towns, 
wild beaches, towering redwoods and majestic mountains.
If you are planning to visit, these are some of the best places to put on your itinerary.

Mendocino
Mendocino

Mendocino (Prices and hotel photos)

Mendocino is an artists colony that sits atop a cliff overlooking the Pacific Ocean, 
it is the only one on the California coast that is designated as a historic landmark.
 Founded in 1850, its streets are lined with grand Victorian buildings and salty cottages,
 which may look familiar if you've ever seen the "Murder, She Wrote" TV series.
 Thanks to its New England flavor, Mendocino doubled down on Cabot Cove's role in the popular show.
 Not only does it offer jaw-dropping beauty, however it is home to tons of fun attractions,
 including exceptional restaurants, a museum, book shops, unique boutiques, and romantic B & Bs.
 The Elk Cove Inn & Spa is one of the best places to stay in the area, 
with its luxurious oceanfront accommodations and European-style spa. On the edge of town,
 Mendocino Headlands State Park offers paths to unwind down to secluded coves and beaches.
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Stazione di Point Reyes

Point Reyes Station

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Located on the edge of the Point Reyes National Seashore about an hour north of San Francisco,
 this small, unincorporated town is home to just 350 inhabitants and serves as the hub for a
 magnificent stretch of coast that is home to miles and miles of scenic trails and a healthy oysters.
 The Point Reyes Lighthouse, built in 1870, offers some of the best views of the rugged coastline, 
lined with dramatic cliffs and even some waterfalls. Harbor seals can often be seen lounging on the 
rocks and paddling in the kayak or taking a ride with Blue Waters Kayak, you can get a close-up look 
at these adorable creatures. In town, the Station House Cafe offers fantastic meals made with 
local organic ingredients, while Tomales Bay Foods, located in an old barn, serves as the bakery 
and tasting room for the famous Cowgirl Creamery.
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Redwood National and State Parks, Crescent City

Looking at the trees in Redwood National and State Parks

Redwood National and State Parks, Crescent City (Hotel Prices & Photos)

Redwood National and State Parks, located just south of Crescent City, offer a chance to gaze at the towering
old-growth redwoods, some of the tallest trees on the planet. The area also boasts stunning beaches such as
Enderts Beach, where visitors can explore tide pools filled with a multitude of multicolored creatures and,
in winter, watch gray whales pass by on their migration. In the meadows just outside Newton B. Drury Scenic Parkway,
Roosevelt’s elk can often be seen grazing.

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Yosemite National Park
Sunset in Yosemite National Park, California

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Yosemite National Park is one of the most scenic national parks in America, with its spectacular mountains
and steep granite cliffs offering the opportunity for outdoor activities. Since vehicles are discouraged to 
prevent traffic and pollution in Yosemite Valley, the best way to explore it is to get out on over 800 miles 
of trails, with hikes available for every fitness level in every season. Many of the hikes offer the chance 
to see spectacular waterfalls, such as Bridalveil Fall, Yosemite Falls, and Wapama Falls. If you visit in 
February and have luck on your side, you will see Horsetail Falls explode in a fiery glow that looks as if 
a fire is plunging off the cliff. Traveling to lesser-known areas of the park, you can enjoy equally magnificent 
scenery, minus the crowds, such as Tuolumne Meadows and Tenaya Lake, a stunning High Sierra lake, surrounded by 
granite domes, lodge forests, and vast wilderness areas.
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Dunsmuir

Dunsmuir

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This small railway town is located near the snow-capped peaks of Mount Shasta and has a historic center with
buildings that date back to the early 20th century. It is the ideal place to stroll, visit interesting shops 
and enjoy a bite in a peaceful atmosphere. Most visit Dunsmuir for its access to outdoor adventures, including 
everything from world-class fly fishing to skiing, mountaineering, mountain biking and hiking. One of the most 
scenic waterfalls in the region is accessible nearby, magnificent Mossbrae Falls that can be reached by just a 
one-mile walk along the Sacramento River and Pacific Union Railroad tracks.
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Lassen Volcanic National Park
Lassen National Park

Lassen Volcanic National Park (Prices & Photos)

Most people don't realize that California also offers its own miniature version of Yellowstone National Park. 
Lassen Volcanic National Park has been called "The West's Most Beautiful and Least Visited Wonderland" and is 
one of the few spots in the world that boasts incredible hydrothermal features along with four types of volcanoes. 
Numerous clusters of hot springs and fumaroles are remnants of ancient volcanic activity, and there are also jagged 
peaks, clear alpine lakes, and lush meadows filled with wild flowers. Traveling the 30-mile stretch known as the 
Lassen Volcanic National Park Highway, you can see many of its highlights, including Sulfur Works, a steam vent 
along the way, boiling mud, and the famous Bumpass Hell Overlook.
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Lake Tahoe

Lake Tahoe

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Lake Tahoe, the largest alpine lake in North America, extends across the border between California and Nevada. 
Not only is it one of the most beautiful lakes in the world, with its picturesque coves and turquoise waters, 
it is also a year-round vacation paradise offering hiking, biking, diving and sailing in the summer, along with 
some of the best skiing in the world and snowboarding in winter. The area is also famous for hosting live entertainment,
including big-name concerts, casino games, and a wide range of exceptional restaurants. During the warmer months, 
you can expect live music and sunset barbecues on the sand, as well as embark on lake cruises, all with stunning 
views of the surrounding Sierra Nevada and sparkling lake waters.
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Sonoma

Sonoma Valley Vineyard

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While Napa Valley gets all the headlines, Sonoma offers a more intimate experience. Along its Wine Route, there 
are over 400 wineries open to the public for tastings and the ability to purchase wines that are difficult or 
impossible to find elsewhere. More than 60 also offer free tastings. In the downtown area, there is a beautiful 
plaza with a park in the center, along with a number of noteworthy Spanish colonial sites such as the San Francisco 
Solano Mission. Sonoma is also home to some of the most beautiful beaches in the country, with rugged cliffs 
overlooking golden sands - and, in spring, you might just see gray whales heading south from Alaska to Mexico. 
Before heading to any of these, grab some of your favorite picnic ingredients at the Sonoma Dairy.
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Murphys Grammar School

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Located in the Gold Country region of California, Murphys is often referred to as "The Queen of the Sierras" 
and has made a frequent appearance on the lists of the best cities in the state. Its historic tree-shaded main 
street is lined with many period businesses, including the Murphys Hotel, founded during the peak of the Gold 
Rush. Some of his distinguished guests have included everyone from Mark Twain to President Ulysses S. Grant. 
In recent years, it has become more and more popular with wine aficionados who notice that it's like returning 
to Napa Valley several decades ago. Visitors can enjoy tastings with wine producers and taste award-winning wines 
owned by small productions. The surrounding area also offers opportunities for outdoor adventures, including 
cave tours, hiking, cycling, white water rafting and more.
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Santa Cruz
Santa Cruz Beach boardwalk

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Santa Cruz is the place to go if you are looking for beach excitement during the summer. This is where all the 
action takes place, particularly around the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, which hosts thrilling rides such as the 
Giant Dipper, one of the oldest wooden roller coasters in the country, which has been running for over 90 years. 
It's also a great place to listen to live music while soaking up the sun and sand, as well as paddling among sea 
lions and otters on a kayak or stand-up paddleboard. For a romantic excursion, don't miss the chance to take a 
sunset sailboat ride, and if you like shopping, the Pacific Garden Mall is an open-air mall where you won't be 
able to shop only at the consignment shops and in the used shops but also enjoy incredible people watching.
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San Francisco
Golden Gate Bridge

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There is practically an infinite number of things to do in San Francisco - even those who live there usually 
don't see and do everything. You'll find everything from iconic landmarks like the Golden Gate Bridge, to Alcatraz, 
vintage trams, magnificent parks, historic sites, and amazing cuisine. Walk or cycle the 1.7-mile Golden Gate or 
capture the perfect shot of the bridge from Baker Beach to the Presidio, a former US Army base that protected the 
Bay Area from enemies during the Vietnam Civil War. Other highlights include the California Academy of Sciences in 
Golden Gate Park. Named one of the "New Wonders of the World" by Conde Nast Traveler. It features an aquarium, the 
largest planetarium in the world, a four-story rainforest with an amazing coral reef ecosystem, a natural history 
museum, and more.
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