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Northern California Mountains and Valley

Best Places to Visit in Northern California


Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park is in California’s Sierra Nevada Mountains. About 2.5 hour scenic drive from Stockton. This park offers waterfalls, giant sequoias, abundant wildlife, and awe-inspiring cliffs, like Half Dome and El Capitan where you hike, backpack or ski in one of the most beautiful places on earth, you’ll find your place in Yosemite.

Lake Tahoe

Resting on the California-Nevada border, Lake Tahoe is about 3 hour scenic drive from Stockton. You can enjoy hiking, biking, boating, fishing, swimming, winter sports such as Ski and snowboarding or enjoy a spa day with shopping and nightlife. 

San Francisco-2 hour drive, officially the City and County of San Francisco, is a cultural, commercial, and financial center in Northern California. It’s about a 2 hour drive or hop on the Bart for easy transportation.

Golden Gate Bridge is a one-mile- wide that connects the SF Bay to the Pacific Ocean. You can start your walk or enjoy a bike ride at Golden Gate Park.

Alcatraz Island - is located in San Francisco Bay, 1.25 miles offshore from San Francisco. Accessible by Ferry at Alcatraz Landing from Pier 33. Alcatraz has a many-layered history: Civil War fortress, military prison, federal prison, bird sanctuary, first lighthouse on the West Coast, and the birthplace of the American Indian Red Power movement.

Muir Woods National State Monument

Muir Woods National Monument is part of California’s Golden Gate National Recreation Area, north of San Francisco. It’s known for its towering old-growth redwood trees amazing trails.

The Pacific Coast Highway, also known as California Highway 1

State Route 1 is a major north–south state highway that runs along most of the Pacific coastline of the U.S. state of California. At a total of just over 656 miles, it is the longest state route in California. Stunning coastline from San Francisco to San Diego with great stopping points from beginning to end.