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Whether you're on a Northern California vacation, or you're a long-time California resident looking for something new to discover, NorCal has more variety in a smaller area than anywhere else in the world.

Where else can you: shop and dine with the sophistication of The Ladies Who Lunch in downtown San Francisco, or leave the world behind while you lose yourself in the depths of the redwood forests of Humboldt County...

Tour and taste at some of the best wineries in the world, or climb to the top of a 47-hundred-foot granite rock called Half Dome...

Explore the depths of tide pools along the Monterey County coastline, or pan for gold in the foothills of California Gold Rush territory...

Or spend the night in a tree house high up in the redwoods; or in a fully outfitted luxury yurt along the Trinity River; or in an old-fashioned log cabin near Yosemite National Park; or in a grand safari tent on the (almost) Serengeti of Santa Rosa?

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Come See Northern California's Variety

In Northern California it's possible to snow ski in Tahoe and surf the beaches of Santa Cruz on the same day;

or go bird watching along the Pacific Flyway in the morning, then explore Mendocino Village's art galleries in the afternoon;

or tour the Jelly Belly Factory in Fairfield to see how your favorite Jellys are made, and next morning wake up in a yurt.

NorCal offers a coastal world of long sandy California beaches, but also windswept bluffs, rivers that pour out into the sea, and saltwater marshes.

Discover the vineyards and tasting rooms of California Wine Country and the historic sites and re-enactments of California Gold Country.

Visit sophisticated cities for wining and dining or lose yourself in the peaceful wilderness of NorCal's redwood forests.

Immerse yourself in the diversity of California history... you'll never run out of new things to discover in Northern California!

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Travel Tips to Plan Your California Vacations is your one-stop, online California Vacation Travel Guide for tips on where to go, what to see, and what you can do in the North State.

Together we'll explore the well-known and popular tourist attractions - you can't miss those!

But we'll also dig out the Insider Secret places as well - the types of things only the locals know about.

Whether you're planning your very first visit here for a major California vacation, or you're a long-time resident who's looking for something to do on a Saturday afternoon, you can plan your trip here!

Just Follow These Easy Steps:

  1. Let's say you and your family are planning to be in the Big Sur area and you want to know what there is to do and see nearby... just click on the Big Sur button in the left column, read the intro, and follow the links within to Big Sur Attractions, Big Sur Beaches, Big Sur Camping, etc.
  2. Or maybe you live in the Sacramento area and you've always heard that Sonoma's an interesting place to see. Click on Sonoma County in the left column, start reading, and follow the links to Sonoma Town, Sonoma Plaza, Russian River Drive, and so forth.
  3. If you're interested in whale watching around Northern California, click on the Whale Watching button in the left column and read all about the exciting world of NorCal whales. And follow the links for Whale Watching Tips, Videos, and more.
  4. Want to spend some quality friends-and-family-time camping? Click on the Camping button to find out what your options are.
  5. Coming to Butte County to check out CSU, Chico for your graduating Senior? Click on the Butte County button to the left...

I'm sure you've got the idea now, but if you're having trouble finding what you're looking for, use the Search box in the upper right column to do a search of

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