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Old 08-07-2011, 11:10 PM
 
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I am looking for a nice place to visit in Northern California. I have visited southern California for many years, but have never ventured above LA. I have heard wonderful things about the natural beauty in Northern California and am looking for suggestions on places to visit.
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Old 08-07-2011, 11:24 PM
 
Location: Southern California
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The area around Mt. Shasta looked awesome when I was driving down from Washington but didn't have time to stop. I'd also check out Redwoods.
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Old 08-08-2011, 12:23 AM
 
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I am looking for a nice place to visit in Northern California. I have visited southern California for many years, but have never ventured above LA. I have heard wonderful things about the natural beauty in Northern California and am looking for suggestions on places to visit.
There are so many places. I'd fly into San Francisco and spend some time there. There are many day trips such as Muir Woods (Redwood Trees), Napa Valley (Wine), Sausalito (nice small coastal town across the bridge). If you want to rent a car and travel around, go to Santa Cruz, Monterey, take the Pacific Coast Highway to San Luis Obsipo. You'll pass through San Simeon (wild elephant seals) and Big Sur. You can take HWY 101 back to San Francisco. This will show you some of Northern California and Central California.
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Old 08-08-2011, 08:22 AM
 
Location: San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara Counties
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Tahoe and Lassen, and drive 89 between the two, then head up to Shasta, still on 89. Then across the Klamath Country to Eureka, have lunch at the Samoa Cookhouse, visit the Redwoods, watch the elk. Kayak the lagoons, then wander south to Ferndale, and the Lost Coast, there used to be a great omelet restaurant in Fort Bragg, and there is a great fish restaurant down by the harbor, kayak the harbor, then to Mendocino, take your visa card. etc etc etc.
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Old 08-08-2011, 10:36 PM
 
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There are so many places. I'd fly into San Francisco and spend some time there. There are many day trips such as Muir Woods (Redwood Trees), Napa Valley (Wine), Sausalito (nice small coastal town across the bridge). If you want to rent a car and travel around, go to Santa Cruz, Monterey, take the Pacific Coast Highway to San Luis Obsipo. You'll pass through San Simeon (wild elephant seals) and Big Sur. You can take HWY 101 back to San Francisco. This will show you some of Northern California and Central California.
I would recommend something similar to this as well. The only thing not mentioned is Lake Tahoe but that's quite a far drive from everything else mentioned.
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Old 08-09-2011, 05:00 PM
 
Location: Oregon
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I am looking for a nice place to visit in Northern California.
Are you thinking about picking one general vicinity? Or would you cover several location among 100 ro 200 miles. If you decide to see redwoods, don't compromise on Muir Woods. It's not at all in the league of the far north parks like Humboldt Redwoods State Park, Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park, or Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park.

Oregon's tallest pines at 268 feet, are taller than every redwood in Muir Woods. The tall redwoods are up in Humboldt and Del Norte. The 300 foot plus are up north. And the biggest coast redwoods too. If by chance that sounds interesting, some towns to hang out at are:

Ferndale - Arcata - Eureka - Trinidad

Image below from Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park

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Old 08-09-2011, 07:54 PM
 
Location: Columbia, California
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I am looking for a nice place to visit in Northern California. I have visited southern California for many years, but have never ventured above LA. I have heard wonderful things about the natural beauty in Northern California and am looking for suggestions on places to visit.
I think the most varied and beautiful parts of the state are off PCH. Take a cruize up hwy 1, campgrounds and state parks are very common and nice. Enjoy!
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Old 08-09-2011, 08:14 PM
 
Location: Dublin, CA
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Hands down: Ft Bragg and the Mendocino Coast. Best parts of Northern California.
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Old 08-09-2011, 10:24 PM
 
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Obviously from my name, I like Carmel a beautiful white sand beach and lots of art galleries, restaurants and tourist shopping. Monterey Bay Aquarium is always fun. But my favorite is Big Sur for the Redwoods and Nepenthe.
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Old 08-09-2011, 10:28 PM
 
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Sorry, forgot to add, want to see great pictures of this area? Search City Data for: MtnSurfer he posts great pics!
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