San Francisco needs no introduction, but Northern California is more than the popular city and the Golden Gate Bridge. Read this post to find out what to do in Northern California, and be prepared to plan your trip for exciting experiences.

What to Do in Northern California

The list of places to visit in Northern California is endless and depends on one’s expectations. On our end, we love the fantastic landscape of the region, so we will focus this post on what we believe are the best things to do in Northern California.

What to Do in Northern California: Attractions & Travel Guide // Palace of Fine Arts, San Francisco

Palace of Fine Arts, San Francisco

Northern California Itinerary Suggestions

Northern California Road Trip Itinerary: 7 Days 

  • Day 1: San Francisco
  • Day 2: San Francisco
  • Day 3: Yosemite National Park
  • Day 4: Lake Tahoe
  • Day 5: Napa and Sonoma Valleys
  • Day 6: Redwoods National Park
  • Day 7: San Francisco
What to Do in Northern California: Attractions & Travel Guide // Japanese Tea Gardens, San Francisco

Japanese Tea Gardens, San Francisco

Northern California Road Trip Itinerary: 10 Days 

  • Day 1: San Francisco
  • Day 2: San Francisco
  • Day 3: Monterey Bay & 17-Mile Drive
  • Day 4: Yosemite National Park
  • Day 5: Lake Tahoe
  • Day 6: Napa and Sonoma Valleys
  • Day 7: Pacific Coast or Avenue Of The Giants
  • Day 8: Point Reyes National Seashore
  • Day 9: Redwoods National Park
  • Day 10: San Francisco
What to Do in Northern California: Attractions & Travel Guide // Lonely Cypress by Monterey

Lonely Cypress by Monterey

Northern California Road Trip Itinerary: 14 Days 

  • Day 1: San Francisco
  • Day 2: San Francisco
  • Day 3: Monterey Bay & 17-Mile Drive
  • Day 4: Silicon Valley
  • Day 5: Yosemite National Park
  • Day 6: Lake Tahoe
  • Day 7: Napa and Sonoma Valleys
  • Day 8: Mount Shasta
  • Day 9: Lassen National Park
  • Day 10: Lava Bed National Park
  • Day 11: Pacific Coast or Avenue Of The Giants
  • Day 12: Point Reyes National Seashore
  • Day 13: Redwoods National Park
  • Day 14: San Francisco
What to Do in Northern California: Attractions & Travel Guide // Inside a Lava Tube, Lava Beds National Monuments

Inside a Lava Tube, Lava Beds National Monuments

Northern California Attractions

  • San Francisco
  • Yosemite National Park
  • Death Valley National Park
  • Shasta Volcanoes
  • Big Sur Coastal Highway
  • Santa Cruz
  • Silicon Valley
  • Oakland
  • Berkeley
  • Redwood National Park
What to Do in Northern California: Attractions & Travel Guide // Half-Dome, Yosemite National Park

Half-Dome, Yosemite National Park

Fun Things to Do in Northern California

  • Hiking in Yosemite National Park
  • Trekking in the Sierra Nevadas
  • Wine Tasting in the Napa and Sonoma Valley
  • Exploring the neighborhoods of San Francisco
  • Picnicking in Golden Gate Park
  • Whale-watching
  • Eat in one the Michelin-star California Fusion restaurants
What to Do in Northern California: Attractions & Travel Guide // Elephant Seals Ano Nuevo

Elephant Seals Ano Nuevo

More details will come shortly to provide complete information about our trip, including travel tips and how to organize your Northern California Itinerary.

For now, here are some Californa photos that will make you want to pack and go right away!

What to Do in Northern California: Attractions & Travel Guide // Elk, Point Reyes National Park

Elk, Point Reyes National Park

What to Do in Northern California: Attractions & Travel Guide // Napa and Sonoma Valley Vineyards

Napa and Sonoma Valley Vineyards

What to Do in Northern California: Attractions & Travel Guide // Whale Watching from Monterey

Whale Watching from Monterey

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