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Northern California holidays are laid-back and relaxing, and often revolve around the naturally beautiful surroundings of this versatile state. For many, the main attraction is trekking through the plentiful vineyards of California Wine Country. Sitting lakeside while visiting the peaceful Lake Tahoe is another highlight, especially when combined with the jaw-dropping sights of the towering redwood trees that are found within California’s Sierra Nevada Mountains.

California is celebrated for being the fourth most significant wine-producing region in the world, after France, Italy and Spain. In California Wine Country, you will be treated to delightful wine tasting experiences, mouthwatering Michelin-starred meals, and a wealth of historic architecture. The best known area is Napa Valley, which is famous for its emerald rolling hills, filled with vineyards.

Visitors will also enjoy Lassen Volcanic National Park, best known for its steaming fumaroles, crystal-clear mountain lakes, and peaceful meadows, all of which are generously dotted with colourful, aromatic wildflowers. Various must-sees within the park include Mount Lassen (also known as Lassen Peak), Manzanita Lake, and Bumpass Hell, the park’s most extensive hydrothermal area.

Northern California holidays: natural wonders to remember

One of the most awe-inspiring natural wonders awaiting you on holidays to Northern California is the state’s immense redwood trees. These trees, commonly referred to as ‘giant sequoias’ are scattered throughout California, but you are sure to find some of the tallest in California's Sierra Nevada Mountains. Some of the redwoods that reside here can reach heights of over 350 feet. Yosemite's Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias is another hotspot, where you’ll find over 500 mature redwoods.

For relaxed beaches, forests and watersports, Lake Tahoe, which is also found in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, allows for maximum mental and physical rejuvenation. Take in the stunning vistas as you contemplate the many memorable experiences of your holiday so far. Being the largest alpine lake in all of North America and the second deepest lake in the USA, Lake Tahoe is a sight to behold.
Pair your Northern California holidays with a city break like no other. Speak to our experts today and we’ll help you plan a tour or multi-centre that takes in cities like Los Angeles, Seattle and San Francisco.

Destination Highlights

  • Trek through fruitful vineyards and sample some fine wines in California Wine Country
  • Visit Lassen Volcanic National Park and savour the natural beauty of steaming fumaroles, clear mountain lakes and peaceful meadows
  • Marvel at the towering redwood trees, some of which are over 350 feet tall, in California's Sierra Nevada Mountains
  • Bask in the tranquillity of the serene Lake Tahoe, which straddles the states of California and Nevada

Great sample itineraries

Northern California holidays are peaceful, but you can make the most of leisurely adventures too. Get inspired by our selection of popular itineraries for Northern California holiday and plan your perfect getaway.

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San Francisco To Seattle Road Trip

  • 11 Days
Explore some of the National Parks and spectacular landscapes along America’s spectacular West Coast, including the breathtaking Redwood National Park...
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Beach holidays
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Pacific Coast Highway Motorcycle Tour

  • 10 Days
  • Guide Price £4,999 PP
The exhilarating EagleRider Pacific Coast Highway Guided Motorcycle tour takes in the sun-drenched coastlines and dreamy landscapes of Washington, Oregon...
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Adventure holidays
Wine Tasting

San Francisco Multi Centre Holidays

  • 12 Days
  • Guide Price £2,599 PP
Enjoy our beautiful road trip through Northern California. You’ll take in all of the area’s top sights and attractions, before...
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City holidays
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Pacific Coast Drive Multi Centre

  • 14 Days
Take an exciting journey down the Pacific Coast from Portland to San Diego. On your epic road trip along America’s...
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Motorcycle holidays

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Charlie, Destination Manager

“I recommend riding the Skunk Train in Fort Bragg, as it takes you into dense redwood forests to see these gigantic trees up close.”

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Charlotte, Destination Specialist

“Visit Sonoma for an alternative to Napa Valley. Drive around and discover vineyards, such as Kendall-Jackson, where you can savour a seven course pairing lunch for under $50.”


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Events & Festivals

Festivals and events are wonderful to include during your Northern California holiday, offering a glimpse into the country’s authentic culture and traditions.


Cherry Blossom Festival

The Cherry Blossom Festival is a popular festival that takes place in April each year in celebration of various Asian traditions, usually in San Francisco’s Japantown. It is the largest festival celebrating all things Asian on the USA’s West Coast. The first Cherry Blossom Festival event took place in 1968 with the purpose of cultivating and nurturing the alliance between Japan and the United States. The festival now welcomes around 220,000 visitors every year who enjoy the delightful, vibrantly coloured display of Japanese culture and natural beauty.  

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