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Holidays in Northern California

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Where to stay in Northern California

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Top hotels in Northern California

Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Lake Tahoe
Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Lake Tahoe
3.5 out of 5
50 Highway 50, Stateline, NV
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is NZ$125 per night from 27 Oct. to 28 Oct.
3.5/5Good! (5,448 reviews)

"the room they gave us was nead the crew room.very loud at night.... we didnt have good sleep"…"

Reviewed on 22 Oct. 2020

Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Lake Tahoe
MontBleu Resort Casino & Spa
MontBleu Resort Casino & Spa
4 out of 5
55 Highway 50, Stateline, NV
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is NZ$115 per night from 27 Oct. to 28 Oct.
3.7/5Good! (2,136 reviews)

"Very nice room. Cleaned and smelled good. Nice view"…"

Reviewed on 1 Oct. 2020

MontBleu Resort Casino & Spa
Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel
Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel
3.5 out of 5
4130 Lake Tahoe Blvd, South Lake Tahoe, CA
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is NZ$209 per night from 27 Oct. to 28 Oct.
3.9/5Good! (3,282 reviews)

"Location was great, close to everything on both side of the state line. Quiet hotel just back off the strip."…"

Reviewed on 19 Oct. 2020

Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel
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Top activities in Northern California

San Francisco Hop-On Hop-Off Big Bus Tour
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San Francisco Hop-On Hop-Off Big Bus Tour

NZ$66
Per adult
82% of travellers recommend
Go San Francisco All-Inclusive: 25+ Attractions in 1 Pass
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Go San Francisco All-Inclusive: 25+ Attractions in 1 Pass

NZ$117
Per adult
88% of travellers recommend
Yosemite National Park - Full Day Tour from San Francisco
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Yosemite National Park - Full Day Tour from San Francisco

NZ$278
Per adult
82% of travellers recommend

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 grey 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 metres) 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 (4,550 metres) 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.

Frequently asked questions

Q: Should I book a car while on holiday in Northern California?
A: Rent a car travel around like a local, not a tourist. Slide behind the wheel and discover what San Jose and San Francisco have to offer, from impressive attractions to hidden gems. Your own set of wheels is also a must if your plan is to road trip around the region of Santa Clara County or farther afield. Cheap Car Hire in Northern California? We can help.
Q: Which airports can I fly in to for a holiday to Northern California?
A: There are several airports that service flights to and from Northern California. Start your fantastic escape from one of these main international terminals:
  • San Francisco, CA (SFO-San Francisco Intl.): 3,103 international flights per month.
  • San Jose, CA (SJC-Norman Y. Mineta San Jose Intl.): 323 international flights per month.
  • Sacramento, CA (SMF-Sacramento Intl.): 123 international flights per month.
Q: What are the most popular types of hotels for a holiday to Northern California?
A: The most popular accommodation in Northern California are private holiday homes. There are also lots of condos, hotels and motels.
Q: What does a Northern California holiday booking with Expedia include?
A: The sky is the limit. We have the basics, like Northern California cars, hotels and flights. We’ve also got tons of experiences and activities to think about. Lock in just one of these options or a combination of a few.
Q: What is the best way to save money on my holiday to Northern California?
A: Did you know that Expedia handsomely rewards you just for bundling your Flights, Hotels, Car Rentals and Activities? Start planning your perfect holiday and see just how much you can save by booking a package. Watch out Northern California, here you come!
Q: What are the best things to do in Northern California?
A: Think San Jose, think Winchester Mystery House. The two just go hand in hand. This renowned attraction is definitely worth a visit. Your trip to San Francisco is not complete until you visit Golden Gate Bridge. But if Fresno is your base point for your holiday, Forestiere Underground Gardens definitely lives up to its impressive reputation.