17 Reasons to Go to Northern California Right Now

One third of California is north of San Francisco, and although the gems in this area rarely get the credit of their more southern counterparts, they might be the biggest treasures that state has to offer. Here are 17 of them…

1. Stunning Views Framed by Flowers

Hearn Gulch Coast Access Point, Northern California

Hearn Gulch Coast Access Point, Northern California

2. Good Places to Siesta


Point Arena Lighthouse, Northern California

Salt Point State Park, Northern California

 

Salt Point State Park, Northern California

Salt Point State Park, Northern California

3. Small Town Adorableness

Mendocino, California

Mendocino, California

Tiburon, California

Tiburon, California

Griffin Inn, Elk California, We didn't stay here but it sure is cute!

Griffin Inn, Elk California, We didn’t stay here but it sure is cute!

4. Food Made with Loads of Love

Breakfast served right to your bedroom door - Sea Gull Inn, Mendocino, California

Breakfast served right to your bedroom door – Sea Gull Inn, Mendocino, California

5.  Seals!

Seals, Point Arena, Northern California

Seals, Point Arena, Northern California

Seals, Point Arena, Northern California

Seals, Point Arena, Northern California

6. Trees of the Very Big, Very Tall Variety

Redwoods off of Highway 128, Northern California

Redwoods off of Highway 128, Northern California

7. Trees of the Same Very Big, Very Tall Variety that People Prefer as Furniture Instead of Forests

Cut Down Redwoods

Cut Down Redwoods

 8.  Views that Defy Reality at Every Turn

Hearn Gulch Coastal Access, Northern California

Hearn Gulch Coastal Access, Northern California

View from Area Near Cuffy's Cove Community Cemetery, Northern California

View from Area Near Cuffy’s Cove Community Cemetery, Northern California

 9. See Cemetery’s From Way Back When

Cuffy's Cove Community Cemetery (Where Tombstones Teach You they Used to Measure Life in the Number of Years, Months and Days Lived)

Cuffy’s Cove Community Cemetery (Where Tombstones Teach You they Used to Measure Life in the Number of Years, Months and Days Lived)

10. Fish Off Cliffs

Fisherman, Hearn Gulch Coastal Access

Fisherman, Hearn Gulch Coastal Access

11. Fly a Kite

Kite Flying, Point Arena, California

Kite Flying, Point Arena, California

12. See People Voluntarily (and Feverishly) Scrounging for Garbage / Ruining Something Cool

Glass Beach, Fort Bragg, California. Formerly a beach covered in glass but lack of controls and people who feel the need to take it have left the beach almost glass-less. :(

Glass Beach, Fort Bragg, California. Formerly a beach covered in sea glass but lack of controls and people who feel the need to take it have left the beach practically glass-less. 🙁

 13. Hotels and Views

Surf Hotel, Gualala California (We Did Stay Here, Reasonable Price, Fun Place)

Surf Inn, Gualala California (We Did Stay Here, Reasonable Price, Fun Place)

 14. Wacky Rocks

Stump Beach, Northern California

Stump Beach, Northern California

15. See Sea “Life”

Whale Carcass (?) Jughandle State Park, Northern California

Whale Carcass (?) Jughandle State Park, Northern California

16. Locals with a Sense of Humor

Frankie's, Mendocino, California and the Questions Customers As

Frankie’s (Mendocino, California A Blackboard on the Questions Customers Ask

Pattersons, Mendocino, California

Pattersons, Mendocino, California

 17. Love and Fun

Linda and David

Linda and David

linda and david the delicious day

Linda and David

If you go, don’t leave home without the book that helped us plan and navigate our entire trip, Lonely Planet California.



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