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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$103
Reviewed on 6 Dec. 2019
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Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Lake Tahoe

Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Lake Tahoe

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

    I was accommodated early without any hassles. Good service on the front desk.

    Hyatt Regency San Francisco NZ$256
    Reviewed on 10 Dec. 2019
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    Hyatt Regency San Francisco

    Hyatt Regency San Francisco

    5 Embarcadero Center, San Francisco, CA
       
      4.3 of 5
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      I love the location but the bathroom sink would not drain and didn’t really realize it until late evening Still this is one of my favorite places to stay I SF

      Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel NZ$187
      Reviewed on 3 Dec. 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

        I loved thw proximity to Heavenly village. It was very clean and quiet. Would definitely stay there again

        Hotel Whitcomb NZ$167
        Reviewed on 10 Dec. 2019
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        Hotel Whitcomb

        Hotel Whitcomb

        1231 Market St, San Francisco, CA
           
          3.3 of 5
          3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          Food options within the hotel were not very good; bar was excellent. Neighborhood is definitely rough, though convenient to BART. That makes the food options more important. Very clean and generally well maintained, especially for the price. The maid did come into our room the morning of the second ...

          Hotel Zephyr NZ$221
          Reviewed on 8 Dec. 2019
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          Hotel Zephyr

          Hotel Zephyr

          250 Beach Street, San Francisco, CA
             
            4.1 of 5
            4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Concierge staff needs to undergo additional training on assisting tourists.

            Fairmont San Francisco NZ$318
            Reviewed on 6 Dec. 2019
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            Fairmont San Francisco

            Fairmont San Francisco

            950 Mason Street Atop Nob Hill, San Francisco, CA
               
              4.5 of 5
              5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Classic San Francisco. Elegant and courteous and a piece of real history to enjoy.

              Hilton San Francisco Financial District NZ$166
              Reviewed on 3 Dec. 2019
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              Hilton San Francisco Financial District

              Hilton San Francisco Financial District

              750 Kearny St, San Francisco, CA
                 
                3.9 of 5
                4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Great place to visit again I think they need more elevators Is a lit people 4 only 4 small elevators

                Hilton San Francisco Airport Bayfront NZ$148
                Reviewed on 8 Dec. 2019
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                Hilton San Francisco Airport Bayfront

                Hilton San Francisco Airport Bayfront

                600 Airport Blvd, Burlingame, CA
                   
                  4.1 of 5
                  4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Property is close to a waterfront walk and restaurant.

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