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Top 7 Northern California Attractions

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Top 7 Northern California Attractions

The state of California is a popular destination with visitors from across the globe and has so much to offer travelers in terms of sights, stunning scenery, and other top attractions that are especially unique to California.

On the Pacific West Coast of the USA, the northern area of the
state offers a truly authentic Californian holiday experience, with a variety of exciting places to explore, both on and off the beaten track.

Attractions range from nature-made to man-made and run the gamut from

awe-inspiring to snooze-inspiring (think falling asleep to the sounds of lapping waves along the ocean's edge or to the wafting of a gentle breeze through the tops of Yosemite's pines).

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Top 7 Northern California Attractions
#1 Has to be The Coast!

The stunning seascapes that sit alongside the Northern Californian coastal roads are an event in themselves.

Those visiting the area will want to ensure that they bring along their digital cameras in order to capture the coastline in all its natural glory.

Driving the Northern California coast makes a great choice of road trip with a number of intriguing sites and attractions along this spectacular scenic route.

The northern part of The Golden State as California is affectionately termed, offers a stark contrast to the hustle and bustle of Southern California and the LA area.

With marvelous wilds and a real sense of self, this region offers a true taste of the wonderful and welcoming West Coast.

Top 7 Northern California Attractions
#2 Through #6 Simply Must Include Redwoods, Wildlife, and Wines

Top Northern California attractions for you to see in the area include:

  • Mendocino County - just a couple of hours north of the Bay Area and San Francisco lies Mendocino County, an oasis of green vineyards and beautiful beaches.
  • Drive the world famous Pacific Highway 1 along its beautiful coast, or enjoy a tipple from one the regional wine producers at the many viticulture showrooms along the way.
  • Redwood National and State Parks - Northern California is home to the Redwood National and State Parks - where the largest tress on earth live. Active types can enjoy an exciting array of hiking routes in these areas, while others may prefer the arboreal oddities on display at attractions such as Trees of Mystery in Klamath, home to the Cathedral Tree (a mind boggling giant nine-tree structure) or the stunning Avenue of the Giants with its amazing Drive Thru Trees.
  • The parks also offer an exciting opportunity to spot local wildlife in its natural habitat - from bald eagles to black bears and even the occasional cougar. Visitors should, however be aware of safety practices such as disposing of bear-bait trash responsibly and keeping young children in sight at all times.
  • Humboldt County - a little piece of old style California, which is surprisingly easy to get to from the Bay Area. Humboldt County is a quaint area offering an alternative Californian experience with attractions such as Confusion Hill, Gravity House, and the Samoa Cookhouse, the oldest surviving cookhouse in the West.
  • Sonoma - another stunning wine producing county in Northern California, Sonoma is home to more than 300 wineries as well as offering coastal attractions at Bodega Bay such as surfing and kayaking. History buffs may enjoy a visit to Fort Ross State Historic Park with its reconstructed stockade.

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