Must Visit Destinations in NorCal

By: Elle Northalle Lee - Visit NorCal Contributor

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Northern California is a mind-blowing destination that you can visit in the United States. The region is surrounded by a wide range of attractions suitable for all kinds of travelers. You will be awestruck by the beauty and wonders in the area from exploring the waterfalls to volcanoes. Some of the best places that you can go in Northern California are listed

Lands’ End Park Labyrinth

This park can be found at the entrance to the San Francisco Bay and a place not to miss. One of the numerous fascinating points of interest in the park is the Labyrinth. The labyrinth is a maze that was created by a local artist and it offers panoramic views of the Marin Headlands and the Golden Gate Bridge.

Bodega Head

Bodega Head, Bodega Bay, CA

This is a dramatic cliff that juts out into the sea and it is a stunning spot to go hiking during the winter or the early spring. You can also go on a whale-watching activity here as you will see whales playing in the water. The highlight is that the trails offer picturesque sceneries that will leave you coming back for more.

Stornetta Public Lands

This is another great spot to go for outdoor lovers. You are going to find hiking trails around the area where you can go hiking. The Stornetta Public Lands is close to Point Arena and the best thing is that it is not crowded. The highlight of the park is that it offers the opportunity to see as seals swim in the calm waters between the rock tables.

Old Faithful Geyser of California

Although this geyser is not as popular as the one in the Yellowstone National Park, it is easier to get to. The geyser can be found in the upper Napa Valley and it shoots a stream of steam to about 75 feet height into the air every 30 minutes. Apart from enjoying the geyser shoot up, you are also going to see varieties of farm animals in the area. The most famous animals to look out for is the fainting goats.

Point Reyes National Seashore

This is a peninsula that stretches 10 miles out into the Pacific Ocean north of San Francisco. It offers tourists raw and rugged nature as it is surrounded by strong winds, crashing waves, dramatic cliffs, and an abundance of wildlife. You should also make sure you head to the Point Reyes lighthouse which can be found down a large staircase at the tip of the peninsula. You can also come here during the winter and spring to watch the whales and seals.

Capitol Park, Sacramento

This park is located in the center of Downtown Sacramento and it is among the best outdoor spaces in the area. The best thing is to explore the large capitol building to see the historic rooms and dome. You can then wander around the park admiring the diverse trees from all over the world and also the war memorials and rose garden.

Lassen National Park

This park is among the hidden gems and less crowded parks in northern California. The park features numerous places where you can camp and the best place is Manzanita Lake which houses new rustic cabins. Some of the best things to do in the park are to go camping, explore the Cinder Cone, and go on a hike to the Lassen Peak where you will get an insight into the geology of the area and enjoy great views.

Lake Tahoe

This is a perfect spot not to miss if you are seeking a scenic natural environment. The lake is popularly known for its winter skiing but a fascinating place to go in the summer. The best thing to do here is to head to Sand Harbor Beach where you can go paddle-boarding or just spend your time enjoy the majestic water and sceneries.

Salt Point State Park

This park has a dramatic and varied landscape which makes it a great destination for nature lovers. The park houses rocky promontories that rise along the over six miles of rugged shoreline and it features a sheltered cove. The park is also surrounded by over 20 miles of hiking trails that you can explore. You can also try out mountain biking on the fire roads and paved areas in the park.

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Must Visit Destinations in NorCal