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There's nothing like a visit to Sutters Fort in Sacramento to bring the California Gold Rush days to life!
Calaveras County is deep in the heart of California's Gold Country, but it's also known for wine making, water sports, winter activities ... come along and find out more!
Many Chicoans are surprised to learn how many people have heard of their town. But Chico California has so much to offer, it's really no mystery!
Take your next vacation along the Big Sur California coastline to discover dramatic beauty with a Bohemian vibe.
Are you interested in San Francisco nude beaches? Here's some helpful information for you . . .
Do you have fabulous memories of your Northern California camping adventures? Know of some great places to camp? Share your stories with us!
Like to hold on to your hard-earned bucks? You won't BELIEVE how many Free Things To Do there are in San Francisco!!
San Francisco neighborhoods are the BEST part of San Francisco. IMHO, they are what MAKE San Francisco the unique city that it is. Visit the neighborhoods with us!
Culture in downtown Chico takes on many forms - museums, public art, performing arts, musical venues, dance... Come see for yourself, there's so much more to downtown Chico than you might imagine!
Northern California Insider Secret: there are many things to do that are free in Sonoma California!
Come for the beaches, the redwoods, the camping; but don't miss the artsy, the Hippie, and the Bohemian - these are great Big Sur attractions too!
There is absolutely nothing like staying inside Yosemite NP! You sure can't beat the ambience, so come along and explore Yosemite National Park Lodging with us...
Snuggled between the Sierra Nevada Mountains and the Coastal Range, the California Central Valley is a place of agriculture, california history, and now - california wines as well!
The Big Sur views are spectacular from many of its campgrounds - especially the oceanviews. Find Big Sur Oceanview Campgrounds here!
Looking for some Whale Watching Tips to enhance your experience and make your whale watching trip more enjoyable? This is the place for you!
The California missions of Alta California were built as religious and military way stations to help spread Spain's influence in the New World.
Now you can find fabulous Events and Festivals from all over Northern California, in one convenient location. Looking for a nearby January event? February? March? You'll find them here!
Over the years, through our own travel adventures and those of others, we have come across some excellent websites that we'd love to share with you!
On the coast, and just south of Del Norte County, discover rough and ready Humboldt County with its mighty rivers, redwood forests, and Lost Coast.
Does it look like Chico California is vying for the title "Most Farmers Markets in One Town"? You be the judge!
Big Sur backcountry camping offers you get away from it all, nature communing, rustic self-reliant solitude in the Santa Lucia Mountains.
What will you do when you visit Napa California? Tour wineries? Wine taste? That's all well and good, but don't miss these additional Napa CA attractions!
Come explore Big Sur Beaches North; you'll find a pretty stretch of sand (Garrapata Beach), a driftwood beach (Andrew Molera), hidden Pfeiffer Beach, and a cove and falls at Julia Pfeiffer Burns SP.
What's San Francisco California mean to you? Theater? GG Bridge? Dining? Alcatraz? Shopping? It's all that, but what about neighborhoods? Not your usual image? Come and see what you might have missed.
I absolutely love festivals, especially food festivals! That's why I've gathered the fun food festivals of Northern California together in one place. Find the one(s) that you love best!
Ever thought about camping in Big Sur, California? You're not alone - Big Sur camping offers some of the most spectacular scenery on the California coastline!
Thinking you'll probably have to postpone any big vacations this year? But you still get the travel itch, right? Have you given Day Trips a thought? Here are some of our favorites starting from Chico.
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Mendocino Village: Cape Cod homes, Victorians, shops and restaurants; all set atop a weather-and-surf pounded rocky bluff with fantastic views of ocean, whales, and sunsets-what's not to love!
David Urmann wrote a wonderful article about things to see and do at Yosemite National Park. I wanted to share it with you.
Here's a guest article from the popular Mom Maps app-er and online Kids Play Guide author, Jill Seman about iPhone apps.
Beaches can be very dangerous places. Learn some simple rules for beach safety for you and your family.
Lake Tahoe Ski California - get the lowdown on ski resorts in California's Lake Tahoe area!
There were two ways to reach the goldfields during the California Gold Rush-one was to travel overland by covered wagon (prairie schooner) to Northern California.
Did you know there are actually two versions of San Francisco Chinatown - the Tourist version, and the Locals' version. Just how different are they?
Union Street is San Francisco's OTHER shopping area, not to be confused with Union Square. If you're a shopper, you won't want to miss this Cow Hollow treasure!
Looking for free things to do in Big Sur? We can help you with that!
Why are we so fascinated with whales? Maybe it's because they seem as curious about us as we are about them. It's California whale watching season all year, so come along...
Whale Watching Tips When You're Aloft provides a Jonathan Livingston Seagull perspective!
Don a bit o' the green this weekend, grab your shamrocks and your pot o' gold, and celebrate with Irish music and dance, Irish food and drink, and an Irish parade at these Northern California locations:
Dublin seems a natural place to start - Dublin, California, that is! And you'd be right - they're putting on a whole festival, Saturday, March 14 and Sunday, March 15 with three stages of music and dance, an international food court, shopping, rides...
Across The Bay, San Francisco's long-standing Parade and Festival attracts over 100,000 people each year for parade fun, kilted bagpipers, dancing girls, Irish bands, food and drink, a kids area...
Then there's the O'Sacramento St. Patrick's Parade that presents hundreds of colorful marchers, historic re-enactors, Irish and Highland dancers, military regiments, police and fire people, live entertainment, river cruises...
Both of those are on Saturday only, March 14, 2015.
The art of storytelling is much more than reading a story from a book. It involves the storyteller's ability to convey the full emotional range of the story to the audience through words, tone, and body language alone - no costumes, no props (except possibly a guitar), no backdrops. And it's interactive. The audience is as much a part of the story as the storyteller is.
Don't miss the 28th annual Mariposa Storytelling Festival this weekend. Storytellers include Beth Horner, Tim Lowry, Michael Parent, Antonio Rocha, Anne Rutherford, and Sarah Saulter, all of whom will regale you with original and vintage stories that cover the full range of the human experience.
Take the opportunity to discover one of Mendo's Insider Secrets at the sixth annual Little River Whale Festival this weekend. Little River is a destination hamlet along the Mendocino Coast for those-in-the-know, and this weekend you can discover their special brand of hospitality and save money too!
Hotels, lodges, inns, and B&Bs are offering special prices and packages during the Whale Fest, so it's the perfect time to see and do all that Little River has to offer.
Festival events include:
This weekend brings the second annual Relais & Châteaux GourmetFest to the elegant-yet-kitchy village of Carmel-by-the-Sea. Relais & Châteaux establishments from all over the world will be represented by grand chefs and winemakers presenting their best offerings during 18 fabulous events for gourmet palates to sample and enjoy.
Start with the Welcome Party at La Playa Carmel on Thursday and work your way through vineyard tours and lunches, lunches and cooking demonstrations, world cuisine and wine dinners, a wild mushroom hunt and lunch at the Santa Lucia Preserve, and more. This year's event promises to surpass whatever your expectations might have been!
Wondering what Relais & Châteaux is? So was I - here's what I found out. Relais & Châteaux is a 60 year-old association of individual luxury hotels and restaurants from around the world that are recognized for the exceptional quality of their wares.
For more about what there is to see and do throughout Northern California, visit: DiscoverNorthernCalifornia.com
Come snow or come shine, North Lake Tahoe SnowFest is ten "Snow-Much Fun" (that's the theme this year) days filled with crazy events (the Naughty Dawg Pull, Whacky Human Bowling), concerts, races and bar games, parades and parade parties, the annual Bridgetender Rib Fest, snow sculpturing, and way too much more to mention it all here!
Events take place on the mountain and off the mountain at North Lake Tahoe's resorts and neighborhoods, starting with the Kick-off to SnowFest Party tonight, February 26 at Gar Woods Grill & Pier.
For more about Tahoe, visit Discover Lake Tahoe.
Why wait when you can attend a premier gymnastics event this weekend in Santa Clara. With Men's and Women's Artistic Gymnastic competitions for levels 3-Elite, multiple competition floors, top gymnast teams from around the world (1,000 athletes), national judges, special events and prizes, you'll enjoy a high energy, exciting competition at The Spirit of the Flame!
For more about the area, visit Discover Santa Clara County.
This year marks - not only the 30th year - of Berkeley's much celebrated Jewish Music Festival, but also the last year according to Ellie Shapiro. Ms Shapiro is stepping down as long-time director of the festival and has announced that it will be the final year for the festival-as-we've-known-it as well.
In the meantime, we can still enjoy almost a month of lively, exciting, and culturally historical Jewish music at venues throughout the Bay Area. From Yiddish theater musicals to Klezmer to Yiddish dancing workshops, Jewish music today mixes Jewish culture and progressive Judaism in the best possible way.
The idea for Guest Articles at Discover Northern California was conceived as a way of sharing great articles by other people with my readers. Please enjoy!