Where to stay in Northern California
4.5/5Wonderful!(7 area reviews)
Taste some of the city’s freshest sea food and catch some fabulous views in this waterfront neighbourhood dating back to the time of the gold rush.
4/5Very Good!(249 area reviews)
Fashion puts its best foot forward in one of America’s largest shopping plazas.
4/5Very Good!(76 area reviews)
Visit the Palace of Fine Arts Theatre and marvel at views of the Golden Gate Bridge at this popular waterfront neighborhood.
4.5/5Wonderful!(124 area reviews)
Better known as Little Italy, this neighborhood was once a hotspot for counterculture and features an array of bars, jazz clubs, galleries and cafés.
4/5Very Good!(16 area reviews)
Mingle with businesspeople in the excellent bars and restaurants of this neighborhood where there is a large concentration of corporate headquarters.
Top hotels in Northern California
Reviewed on 22 Oct. 2020
Reviewed on 1 Oct. 2020
Reviewed on 19 Oct. 2020
Top activities in Northern California
San Francisco Hop-On Hop-Off Big Bus Tour
Go San Francisco All-Inclusive: 25+ Attractions in 1 Pass
Yosemite National Park - Full Day Tour from San Francisco
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?
Q: Which airports can I fly in to for a holiday to Northern California?
- 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.