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Northern CaliforniaUnited States of America

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.

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
The price is NZ$125 per night from 26 Oct. to 27 Oct.

Situated in the entertainment district, this hotel is steps away from Casino at MontBleu Lake Tahoe and Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Lake Tahoe. Casino at Harrah's ...

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
The price is NZ$115 per night from 26 Oct. to 27 Oct.

This family-friendly Stateline hotel is located in the mountains, steps away from Casino at MontBleu Lake Tahoe, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Lake Tahoe and Casino ...

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
The price is NZ$209 per night from 26 Oct. to 27 Oct.

Situated in the mountains, this resort is steps away from Heavenly Gondola and The Shops at Heavenly Village. Casino at Harrah's Lake Tahoe and Casino at Harveys ...

3.9/5Good! (3,280 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
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Holiday Rentals in Northern California

Heavenly Village Condos
Heavenly Village Condos
4 out of 5
1001 Heavenly Village Way, South Lake Tahoe, CA
The price is NZ$346 per night from 28 Oct. to 29 Oct.

Located in the mountains, this ski-in/ski-out condominium resort in South Lake Tahoe is within a 5-minute walk of The Shops at Heavenly Village and Heavenly ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (773 reviews)

"The property was very nice and our two bedroom condo was very spacious. The resort was doing some very noisy hammer work around our area for most of the day which was :/. The pool was open during Covid, which was great. I had wished the hot tub would be as well, but that’s no fault of the ..."…"

Reviewed on 10 Oct. 2020

Heavenly Village Condos
Lake Tahoe Vacation Resort by Diamond Resorts
Lake Tahoe Vacation Resort by Diamond Resorts
3.5 out of 5
901 Ski Run Blvd, South Lake Tahoe, CA
The price is NZ$97 per night from 5 Nov. to 6 Nov.

Situated near the beach, this condominium resort is within 1 mile (2 km) of Heavenly Valley, Heavenly Gondola and The Shops at Heavenly Village. Heavenly Ski ...

3.9/5Very Good! (1,955 reviews)

"It was my first time staying at a resort, I didn’t have enough time to enjoy the pool and other facilities. I enjoyed my time there because it’s located in a great spot, close to a lot of places, stores, and you can even walk to the lake from there."…"

Reviewed on 22 Oct. 2020

Lake Tahoe Vacation Resort by Diamond Resorts
Grand Residences by Marriott, Lake Tahoe
Grand Residences by Marriott, Lake Tahoe
4 out of 5
1001 Heavenly Village Way, South Lake Tahoe, CA
The price is NZ$201 per night from 8 Nov. to 9 Nov.

Located in Lakeside Park, this condominium resort is within a 5-minute walk of Heavenly Gondola and The Shops at Heavenly Village. Casino at Harveys Lake Tahoe ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (1,375 reviews)

"It was great, perfect location. Super nice rooms"…"

Reviewed on 13 Oct. 2020

Grand Residences by Marriott, Lake Tahoe
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Popular places to visit in Northern California

Pier 39
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Pier 39

4.5/5(308 reviews)

This waterfront location has a mix of thrilling rides and lively street entertainment, but watching the sea lions hanging out in the bay wins the day!

Golden Gate Bridge
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Golden Gate Bridge

4.5/5(293 reviews)

One of the most iconic bridges in the world, walk the 2.7-kilometre marvel of engineering for the best views over the bay and the ocean beyond, fog permitting.

Monterey Bay Aquarium
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Monterey Bay Aquarium

4.5/5(12 reviews)

Perched on the edge of the Pacific Ocean, you’ll find a spectacular window into life both above and below the waves.

Redwood National and State Parks
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Redwood National and State Parks

5/5(5 reviews)

Walk amid towering trees, hike along scenic coastal trails and spot rare wildlife at this spectacular national park in North Coast California.

Yosemite Valley
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Yosemite Valley

5/5(36 reviews)

From Yosemite Falls to Half Dome and El Capitan, you can see some of the most stunning scenery in the world from Yosemite National Park’s central valley.

Squaw Valley Resort
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Squaw Valley Resort

4/5(3 reviews)

Two expansive ski resorts in North Lake Tahoe have joined to provide some of the finest snow experiences on the whole continent, with an added dash of celebrity sparkle.

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
Napa Valley & Sonoma - Wine Country Tour from San Francisco
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Napa Valley & Sonoma - Wine Country Tour from San Francisco

NZ$194
Per adult
90% of travellers recommend
San Francisco Big Bus Panoramic Night Tour
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San Francisco Big Bus Panoramic Night Tour

NZ$68
Per adult
82% of travellers recommend
M.S Dixie II Sunset Dinner Cruise
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M.S Dixie II Sunset Dinner Cruise

NZ$151
Per adult
72% of travellers recommend

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