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Once entirely wild, Northern California is now sprinkled with urban cities and highways sharing the countryside. But if you leave the hustle and bustle of mega policies, you will see that Northern California still harbors untamed places. Thankfully, nature’s footprint remains diverse with the landscape preserved in pristine parks, national preserves and wilderness areas.

From Eureka to Crescent City, you will find about half of the state remaining old-growth forests in preserves and parks. The 71,715-acre Redwood National Park is the Southern cornerstone of this necklace of parks. Running South to North are Prairie Creek Redwoods, Del Norte Coast Redwood, and Jedediah Smith Redwood State Parks, all offering fabulous options for taking a hike and pitching a tent. In this part of the state the world’s largest trees preside over a gorgeously beautiful landscape. Rough coast redwoods stand impossibly straight in the North Coast fern-covered canyons and ridgetops, begging for exploration. But the state expansive Northern parks are the best places to get a jaw-dropping look at the primeval beauty of these ancient trees.

The coastal redwood empire extends from Southern border of Oregon to the B&B haven of Mendocino. Nature is divine here. Winter rains and dense summer fog are important for these famous inhabitants that can top 300 feet and some of them are more than 2,000 years old. Just as important to this area is craggy coast which is home to hundreds of bird species. You can spot migrating gray whales in winter and spring from the bluffs North of Trinidad. If you are lucky, you may even catch a glimpse of grazing elk in the silent sanctuaries of the old-growth forest.

In Fort Bragg you can explore the manicured Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens, a dense coastal pine forest, fern-covered canyons, diverse plant collections and flower-filled coastal bluffs overlooking the Pacific.

Get into aquatic paradise in Monterey Bay Aquarium, beautifully set on the gorgeous coast of California within 30 miles of Big Sur and Carmel. It is a fantastic family outing thanks to stunning exhibits ranging from touch pools for toddlers to big shark tanks. This award-winning aquarium offers families an enriching, educational and entertaining visitor experience in its nearly 200 galleries and exhibits devoted to the diverse marine life of Monterey Bay. The aquarium is home to more than 35,000 animals and plants representing 650 species of fishes, invertebrates, mammals, reptiles, birds and plants found in Monterey Bay and other regions of the world.

From a wide array of aquatic life around Monterey to rare wildlife on the Channel Islands, the Central coast is a nature lover’s heaven. Here you can spot majestic gray whales in winter, delicate monarch butterflies clinging to the eucalyptus trees in Big Sur and enormous elephant seals gathering near Piedras Blancas. Wine lovers will appreciate world-class wineries and vineyards sprinkling the area from North to South.

There is hardly better way to explore Big Sur than visiting Point Lobos State Reserve, which is an outstanding place for sightseeing, photography, painting, nature study, picnicking, scuba diving, and jogging. Point Lobos is also famous for its Cypress Grove which is one of only two naturally occurring stands of Monterey cypress in the world. Views of rocky coves and offshore islands from the trail are wonderful. Blue-green water, floating kelp beds, and crashing surf create spectacular scenes you can enjoy here. This beautiful reserve now occupies more than 1,300 acres, the majority of which is underwater. The biological richness of this site is impressive, with over 250 different animal and bird species and over 358 plant species found there.

At Pebble Beach and Carmel-by-the-Sea enjoy miles of sea and sky, immaculate golf course and legendary scenery like the Lone Cypress, Seal Rock and Bird Rock, as well as the colliding currents of the Restless Sea. Pebble Beach is a lush elite golfers’ paradise, best known for its luxury resorts, golf courses and stunning 17-Mile Drive tour which passes through the Del Monte forest. Spend time experiencing the joys of nature beauty in one of the most scenic spots on the whole planet.

Almost midway between San Francisco and Los Angeles stands fabulous Hearst Castle, the most popular non-theme attraction park in the state. Perched high above the Pacific on a site that Mr. W.R. Hearst called the Enchanter Hill, this magnificent estate is yours to explore the miles of coastal vistas and marvel the allure of a glamorous era. Created for private retreat, now it is a perfect place to discover a treasure trove of antiquities from around the globe.

And farther South, tucked between curving white-sand beaches and the green hills of the Santa Ynez Mountains, lies Santa Barbara, a Mediterranean-style beach town renowned for its Spanish and Mission Revival architecture with red tiled roofs. The coastal drive from here down to Ventura is amazingly sublime.

Northern California offers plenty of opportunities to have fun. If you are fond of screaming thrill rides, aim for Six Flags Discovery Kingdom in Vallejo, with its popular Tony Hawk’s Big Spin zooming riders through “half-pipe” track. In Santa Clara California’s Great America offers thrill rides, fireworks shows and concerts. Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk evokes a time of waterfront playlands along the West Coast with live concerts at the bandstand. Here ride Giant Dipper wooden roller coaster, which is a designated National Historic Landmark, making riders scream since 1924.

Northern California has a unique experience to fulfill just about anyone’s interests. From glistening lakes and world-class rivers to scenic drives and backcountry roads, from world-class wineries to elite golf, from rich marine underworld to diverse and rare wildlife, it provides something for everyone to discover and enjoy. Your vacation getaway in Northern California can provide great recreation, adventure and pure relaxation – the perfect escape from the fast pace of city life.