Nature travel options in the Monterey-Carmel-Big Sur region are a major attraction in the region, ranging from a visit to the Aquarium to a walk in Point Lobos.
California's Santa Cruz is the epitome of beach culture, enticing visitors with its Pacific Avenue, Beach Boardwalk, University campus, and Natural Bridges State Park.
John Steinbeck's house in Salinas and the National Steinbeck Center two blocks away acquaint a traveler with the life and novels of this literary icon, who wrote the classics, The Grapes of Wrath and Cannery Row.
California's Monterey area is an exciting place at which to discover the early Spanish-Mexican story of California, both at the Carmel Mission and at the Monterey Presidio.
California's "other" redwood country, especially Bag Basin State Park, is almost as enticing as the huge parks in far northern California.
As you peruse the bountiful travel options in the Golden State, the question arises: just what are the best things to do and see at each of the major travel destinations in Northern California?
Lee Foster's new travel guide book is Northern California Travel:The Best Options, celebrating the 30 top travel trip ideas for the territory, which extends from Oregon to Death Valley on the East, and Oregon to Big Sur on the West.
Kayaking Elkhorn Slough in California, near Monterey, can be an antidote to environmental pessimism.