What type of adventurer are you? Do you love wandering down busy city streets? Do you want to immerse yourself in the history of each place you visit? Or do you prefer to find yourself in a remote natural area? Whatever your preference, Northern California has something to offer every person seeking adventure. From the wild beauty of its many national forests to historical sites of the Gold Rush to the bustling metropolis of San Francisco, you are sure to find your ideal travel location.
Northern California’s attractions are too numerous count but keep reading for options that should suit people of many tastes. The north is more temperate than the southern part of the state which makes it a great place to explore the outdoors. If you are a beach lover, you can’t miss Big Sur State Park, offering many chances to enjoy the coast. You can hike up into the mountains to see amazing birds-eye views of the Pacific Ocean or enjoy a day on the beach next to one of the most famous surf spots in the world. If rivers are more your speed, Burney Falls is a must-see. Teddy Roosevelt named this magnificent 129-foot waterfall the “eighth wonder of the world”. You can find the falls in the McArthur-Burney Falls Memorial State Park, north-east of Redding.
For water-lovers, it can be frustrating to stand and stare at a body of water without being able to dip your toes in. For a river activity in the area that will get you in the water and your blood pumping, why not try white-water rafting? You can find many opportunities to raft along the South Fork of the American River in Coloma Valley. Coloma is also the perfect location for history buffs to explore the place where gold was discovered in the river in 1848. At Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park you can try your luck at panning for gold like the fabled James W. Marshall and learn more about the rich history of this part of California.
For a more relaxing historical journey, visit the town of Eureka to view the fantastic Victorian architecture in the Old Town and vintage fishing boats still in operation at the docks. This California historic landmark is located on the coast about 100 miles south of the Oregon border. You can enjoy a tour of the river on a boat built in 1910 and visit the Maritime Museum to soak up the culture of the quaint town.
Looking for a big city vibe? Look no further than San Francisco. The notorious “City by the Bay” is not only beautiful but also bustling with life. Enjoy a cable car ride along the hilly streets, rent a bike to cross the Golden Gate Bridge, visit Alcatraz Prison, stroll through the lush Golden Gate Park, visit the sea lions along Fisherman’s Wharf, try the original Irish Coffee at the Buena Vista cafe … San Francisco offers an endless list of adventures for the city-loving traveler.