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Northern California Holiday

Explore the outdoors, from rivers and lakes to mountains and volcanoes. Here miners once came to find gold and tourists now find nature’s recreational treasures.

Northern California is the region north of San Francisco and the mindset of outdoor living and healthy recreation. Visit this welcoming area to explore its history, enjoy outdoor sports and appreciate splendid views.

Far North California is the state’s least populated area, meaning attractions are often uncrowded and peaceful. Explore Lassen Volcanic National Park to see and smell its sulfurous steam vents and mud pots and hike through many acres of lovely wilderness. Rent a houseboat to party in style on Shasta Lake. Catch trout in the cold waters of Trinity Lake. Walk along the interesting Sundial Bridge across the Sacramento River in Redding’s Turtle Bay Exploration Park to see turtles and other reptiles and mammals.

Appreciate stunning views of lighthouses, towering cliffs and raging ocean waves along the northern California coast between Mendocino, Eureka and Crescent City. From December through May, more than 15,000 gray whales pass near the shoreline on their migratory path. Visit Redwood National and State Parks where you can walk among trees growing to 350 feet (110 meters) tall and over 2,000 years old. Kayak along the coast and observe other plants and wildlife in these peaceful parklands.

Move inland to Gold Country, where aspiring miners searched for and sometimes found vast gold deposits starting in 1848, sparking westward travel of more than 300,000 people. Visit the California State Capitol Museum in Sacramento to learn about this pioneer history and see the state’s modern government in action. Learn how efficient rail travel was developed and contributed to the state’s progress in the California State Railroad Museum.

Farther south and east is the Sierra Nevada Range with snow-capped mountains for challenging climbs or spectacular views, including Mount Whitney at over 14,500 feet (4,400 meters) tall. Hike and ski at the numerous resorts around Lake Tahoe. Go boating on the brilliant emerald-blue waters of this deep lake.

Escape to Northern California to appreciate a healthy lifestyle amid natural beauty.


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Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Lake Tahoe NZ$119
Reviewed on 25 Jun. 2019
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Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Lake Tahoe

Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Lake Tahoe

50 Highway 50, Stateline, NV
     
    3.5 of 5
    3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    The check in process was a little slow as there was only one person working, but once it was our turn...everything went smooth and was great. The man helping us was even able to switch our room to 2 queen beds instead a king without upping our rate which was awesome. Honestly, my only complaint is ...

    Hotel Spero NZ$218
    Reviewed on 24 Jun. 2019
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    Hotel Spero

    Hotel Spero

    405 Taylor St, San Francisco, CA
       
      4.3 of 5
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Centrally located, a little small but just what we needed

      BEI Hotel San Francisco NZ$165
      Reviewed on 22 Jun. 2019
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      BEI Hotel San Francisco

      BEI Hotel San Francisco

      50 8th Street, San Francisco, CA
         
        3.3 of 5
        3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        Spacious, modern and clean rooms. Great facilities for business as well.

        Sheraton Fisherman's Wharf Hotel NZ$251
        Reviewed on 25 Jun. 2019
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        Sheraton Fisherman's Wharf Hotel

        Sheraton Fisherman's Wharf Hotel

        2500 Mason St, San Francisco, CA
           
          3.9 of 5
          4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          I liked the location. It was close to all restaurants and activities

          Best Western Plus El Rancho Inn NZ$407
          Reviewed on 24 Jun. 2019
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          Best Western Plus El Rancho Inn

          Best Western Plus El Rancho Inn

          1100 El Camino Real, Millbrae, CA
             
            4.0 of 5
            3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            We stayed as a park and fly. It was very convenient and close to the airport. When we returned we waited about 25 minutes to get picked up, but our car was parked in front of our room and they had our car keys and our room key waiting for us. The driver dropped us off right in front of our room.

            Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel NZ$210
            Reviewed on 26 Jun. 2019
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            Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel

            Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel

            4130 Lake Tahoe Blvd, South Lake Tahoe, CA
               
              4.1 of 5
              3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

              The room in this hotel was clean, had comfortable beds, and lots of room. I especially liked the separated living and sleeping spaces. Having a decent breakfast bar was nice as well.

              Harveys Resort & Casino NZ$107
              Reviewed on 24 Jun. 2019
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              Harveys Resort & Casino

              Harveys Resort & Casino

              Hwy 50 And Stateline Ave, Stateline, NV
                 
                3.8 of 5
                4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Did not appreciate dog barking for two hours from 11pm-1am. Dog owners very inconsiderate

                Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel & Spa NZ$289
                Reviewed on 25 Jun. 2019
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                Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel & Spa

                Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel & Spa

                1 Old Golf Course Rd, Monterey, CA
                   
                  4.0 of 5
                  4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Overall a very good experience. That being said, the buildings are older and you are able to notice this

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