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Northern California Vacation Packages

Explore the outdoors, from rivers and lakes to mountains and volcanoes. Here miners once came to find gold and tourists now find nature’s recreational treasures.

Northern California is the region north of San Francisco and the mindset of outdoor living and healthy recreation. Visit this welcoming area to explore its history, enjoy outdoor sports and appreciate splendid views.

Far North California is the state’s least populated area, meaning attractions are often uncrowded and peaceful. Explore Lassen Volcanic National Park to see and smell its sulfurous steam vents and mud pots and hike through many acres of lovely wilderness. Rent a houseboat to party in style on Shasta Lake. Catch trout in the cold waters of Trinity Lake. Walk along the interesting Sundial Bridge across the Sacramento River in Redding’s Turtle Bay Exploration Park to see turtles and other reptiles and mammals.

Appreciate stunning views of lighthouses, towering cliffs and raging ocean waves along the northern California coast between Mendocino, Eureka and Crescent City. From December through May, more than 15,000 gray whales pass near the shoreline on their migratory path. Visit Redwood National and State Parks where you can walk among trees growing to 350 feet (110 meters) tall and over 2,000 years old. Kayak along the coast and observe other plants and wildlife in these peaceful parklands.

Move inland to Gold Country, where aspiring miners searched for and sometimes found vast gold deposits starting in 1848, sparking westward travel of more than 300,000 people. Visit the California State Capitol Museum in Sacramento to learn about this pioneer history and see the state’s modern government in action. Learn how efficient rail travel was developed and contributed to the state’s progress in the California State Railroad Museum.

Farther south and east is the Sierra Nevada Range with snow-capped mountains for challenging climbs or spectacular views, including Mount Whitney at over 14,500 feet (4,400 meters) tall. Hike and ski at the numerous resorts around Lake Tahoe. Go boating on the brilliant emerald-blue waters of this deep lake.

Escape to Northern California to appreciate a healthy lifestyle amid natural beauty.

Q: Should I book a car while on vacation in Northern California?

A: Like most happening cities, San Jose and San Francisco can be explored by public transportation. But if you're planning to set off and discover the wider region of Santa Clara County or farther afield, you may appreciate the freedom that comes from having your own car. For all your motoring needs, check out our guide to Cheap Car Hire in Northern California.

Q: Which airports can I fly in to for a vacation to Northern California?

A: Here's a list of airports that service the majority of international flights in Northern California:

  • San Francisco, CA (SFO-San Francisco Intl.): 3,148 international flights per month.
  • San Jose, CA (SJC-Norman Y. Mineta San Jose Intl.): 335 international flights per month.
  • Oakland, CA (OAK-Oakland Intl.): 124 international flights per month.

Q: What are the most popular types of hotels for a vacation to Northern California?

A: Some of the most sought-after types of accommodations in Northern California include private vacation homes, condos and motels. You might also like to opt for one of the hotels. You'll find all of these types of properties when you book with Expedia.

Q: What does a Northern California vacation booking with Expedia include?

A: It comes down to what kind of getaway in Northern California you're hoping for. Opt for a hotel and flight, or car, hotel and flight, or hotel and car — or any one of these individually. You can also throw in attractions and activities.

Q: What is the best way to save money on my vacation to Northern California?

A: The simplest way to save money is to bundle your bookings with the help of Expedia. Hotels, Flights and Car Rentals can all be quickly combined into a neat package deal — and by doing this, you'll save precious time as well.

Q: What are the best things to do in Northern California?

A: Be sure to wander around Children's Discovery Museum while in San Jose. It never fails to amaze.

If you're on the hunt for a superb local attraction to visit while you're spending time in San Francisco, Angel Island is hard to beat.

Go hard or go home — start with the most impressive attractions and work through the rest of your list if you still have time. In Fresno, Fresno Art Museum is definitely one that rates highly.


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Best Lodging Options Near Northern California

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Embassy Suites by Hilton San Francisco Airport Waterfront ¥14,556
Reviewed on Jun 2, 2020
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Embassy Suites by Hilton San Francisco Airport Waterfront

Embassy Suites by Hilton San Francisco Airport Waterfront

150 Anza Blvd, Burlingame, CA
     
    4.1 of 5
    3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    This hotel is a gem and is located on most beautiful waterfront property

    Holiday Inn Golden Gateway ¥14,013
    Reviewed on May 26, 2020
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    Holiday Inn Golden Gateway

    Holiday Inn Golden Gateway

    1500 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco, CA
       
      4.1 of 5
      3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

      The service desk was so rude and denied to give us the free

      Monterey Tides ¥17,726
      Reviewed on Jun 2, 2020
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      Monterey Tides

      Monterey Tides

      2600 Sand Dunes Dr, Monterey, CA
         
        3.8 of 5
        3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        Nice location. Beachfront. My husband and I did a picnic on the beach and then went to our room. Room was clean, staff was nice,

        Park Pointe Hotel ¥5,385
        Reviewed on May 6, 2020
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        Park Pointe Hotel

        Park Pointe Hotel

        245 S Airport Blvd, South San Francisco, CA
           
          3.2 of 5
          2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Nothing unique; many many many many motels like this.

          Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel & Spa ¥14,567
          Reviewed on May 26, 2020
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          Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel & Spa

          Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel & Spa

          1 Old Golf Course Rd, Monterey, CA
             
            4.0 of 5
            4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            Under construction, but golf course access was nice!

            Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Lake Tahoe ¥7,495
            Reviewed on Mar 23, 2020
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            Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Lake Tahoe

            Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Lake Tahoe

            50 Highway 50, Stateline, NV
               
              3.6 of 5
              3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

              They let us check in early and was in close walking distance to everything.

              Edgewood Tahoe Resort ¥35,739
              Reviewed on Jun 2, 2020
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              Edgewood Tahoe Resort

              Edgewood Tahoe Resort

              180 Lake Parkway, Stateline, NV
                 
                4.8 of 5
                5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                It’s a beautiful property on a golf course. I can’t wait to go back.

                Hilton Garden Inn Monterey ¥12,080
                Reviewed on May 26, 2020
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                Hilton Garden Inn Monterey

                Hilton Garden Inn Monterey

                1000 Aguajito Rd, Monterey, CA
                   
                  4.0 of 5
                  3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Staff was friendly, room was nice and the location is pretty good

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