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?
Starting just across the Golden Gate and stretching north to Fort Bragg is one of California's loveliest and most diverse coastlines.
Small railroads played an important role in the historic development of Northern California. Today one of those railroads, the Skunk Train, continues to flourish as an excursion train between Fort Bragg and Willits on the Mendocino Coast.
Downtown Napa City offers a satisfying Napa Valley California travel experience.
When the coronavirus crisis abates, the Shasta region of Northern California will appeal to travelers seeking out the beauty of nature and the historic story of the Northern Gold Rush.
Jack London State Historic Park in Glen Ellen, CA celebrates the great adventure writer and his visionary chosen home/farm. His house burned, tragically, shortly after its construction. Hike there now to view the ruins and celebrate the beauty of nature.
More than a million migratory geese and ducks in California's north-of-Sacramento wildlife refuges endured smoke from the devastating 2018 Camp Fire.
Creating Redwood National and State Parks, preserving the tallest of the tall trees, was a milestone in California's awakening environmental awareness.
Mormon entrepreneur Sam Brannan was among the first to see the possibilities of the hot springs of Calistoga as a major travel attraction in Northern California's Napa Valley.
The unexpected and explosive eruption of volcanic Lassen Peak in far northern California, in the spring of 1914, caught the imagination of the entire U.S.
The historic and ongoing struggle to save redwood trees is one of the major stories in Northern California. Immerse yourself in this saga of redwood grandeur with a journey north from San Francisco on Highway 101 to the Avenue of the Giants.
By Lee Foster Author's Note: This article "Visiting the Gardens in Santa Rosa of Luther Burbank, a Visionary of California Agriculture" is a chapter in my new book/ebook Northern California History Travel Adventures: 35 Suggested Trips. The subject is also...
The town of Sonoma and the Sonoma State Historic Park reflect the genial presence of Mariano Vallejo. In the transition from Mexican to American rule in California, he was skillful enough to flourish under both regimes. You can visit his house today.
If you’re looking for a travel-excursion antidote to depressing environmental news, consider an outing to view the saved-from-extinction Tule Elk at Point Reyes National Seashore in Californa. Point Reyes is about an hour north of San Francisco.
California's Healdsburg is a quintessential small town in the Sonoma Wine Country north of San Francisco.
My short-list for the most pleasing wine-food tasting places in an inspiring setting in Northern California would include the Viansa Winery in southern Sonoma County.
For more than 30 years my four sisters and I, accompanied by our parents, spouses, significant others, and children, gathered for an annual summer family reunion.
While many adventurers were drawn to California in search of gold nuggets, some discovered that the true gold was to be found in agriculture. No agricultural product was pursued with more passion than the growing of grapes and the making of wine, especially Cabernet wine in the Napa Valley.
I had a chance recently to renew my acquaintance with the Mendocino Coast, refreshing myself on what an engaging and important segment it is on the California travel map.
The Mendocino Coast intrigues visitors and ranks as one of California’s loveliest and most popular coastal areas. It takes a while to get there, and the road in, Highway 128, is one of California’s more pleasing back-country routes.
There was a time in the early history of California when Russia might have been destined to play a much larger role in the state's history. In its quest for furs, the Russians established a North American beachhead at Sitka, Alaska, at the dawn of the 19th century.
The Redding/Shasta Cascade area of Northern California has emerged with renewed tourism vigor, partly due to the remarkable Sundial Bridge (opened 2004) and adjacent Turtle Bay Exploration Park, which epitomize the best traits of the region.
The explosion of northern California's Lassen Peak on May 30, 1914 paralleled the 1980 eruption of Mt. St. Helens in Washington state. Both are part of the Cascade chain of fire mountains stretching down the west coast. The Redding and Shasta region adjacent to Lassen also presents many travel attractions.
California's Napa Valley Wine Country attracts visitors because of its wine tasting at over 100 major wineries, the beauty of its small and well-proportioned valley, the fascinating history of visitors such as Robert Louis Stevenson, and its adventurous possibilities from ballooning to mud spas, a faithful geyser to a petrified forest.
The California gray whale, art, and the ecological consciousness of the state can be enjoyed along the preserved Northern California Mendocino coast.