Saturday, March 8, 2014

Weekend Getaways In Northern California


Northern California consists of 48 counties with a variety of temperatures and places to visit. Travelers can enjoy sight seeing and weekend activities like camping, mountain climbing, surfing and rafting. Getaways can be taken to the area's mountains, valleys, lakes and beaches; or to cosmopolitan centers like San Francisco with its variety of attractions.

Big Sur

Big Sur

Big Sur is accessible by taking Highway 1, America's national scenic by-way. Visitors will appreciate the coastal view of the Pacific and enjoy weekend activities like camping or hiking at Pfeiffer State Park, located south of Carmel on Highway 1. Weekend travelers to Pfeiffer State Park will appreciate its redwoods, wild life, a self-guided nature trail for hikers and numerous camping grounds. Reservations for guided tours and accommodations can be made through the Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park. Most of the trails are accessible within walking distance from the camp.

Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park

Big Sur Station #1

Big Sur, CA 93920

(831) 667-2315

Napa Valley

Napa Valley

California's Napa Valley and neighboring Sonoma County are located in the north east of California, approximately one hours' drive north of San Francisco. Weekend visitors can enjoy the regions vineyards along with wine tasting tours, and dinner at a Zagat-rated restaurant. Reservations for overnight stays, wine resort tours and dinner reservations can be made through the Euro Spa Inn.

Euro Spa Inn

1202 Pine Street

Calistoga, CA 94515

(707) 942 6829



Right at the peak of Napa Valley, Calistoga's hot springs and spas, specializing in hot volcanic mud baths, complement a weekend getaway to Napa Valley. A wellness package at a spa resort, includes a one-night stay, dinner, breakfast, a spa treatment, tours of wineries and wine tasting in Napa Valley. Reservations can be made for day trips or overnight stays at the Roman Spa Hot Springs Resort.

Roman Spa Hot Springs Resort

1300 Washington Street

Calistoga, CA

(800) 914-8957

San Francisco

Golden Gate Bridge

In addition to the city's landscape and distinctive neighborhoods, San Francisco is a popular tourist destination, offering a weekend getaway for theatergoers, shoppers and museum lovers. The Golden Gate Bridge, Fisherman's Wharf and the Wax museum are all attractions to visit. Weekend package tours to these sites, an overnight stay at a luxury hotel and theater reservations can be made by contacting the San Francisco Visitor Information Center.

Visitor Information Center

900 Market Street

San Francisco, CA 94102-2804

(415) 391 2000

Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz

Famous for its beaches, boardwalks, climate and activist communities, visitors to Santa Cruz can enjoy sailing, fishing or surfing at world-renowned surf spots like Pleasure Point. The beaches of Santa Cruz are ideal for surfing. Beginners can take classes with surf coach professionals at Club Ed International Surf School. The school also rents equipment and arranges reservations for camping and overnight accommodation.

Club Ed International Surf School

101 Beach Street

Santa Cruz, CA 95060

(831) 464-0177

Lake Tahoe

Lake Tahoe

Located between California and Nevada, Lake Tahoe has two shores. The north shore offers views of the lake and surrounding mountains, and has wildlife and ski resorts. The south shore has casinos, nightlife and fine dining. Visitors can enjoy Lake Tahoe all year long, whether it's for weekend ski trips on the north shore or the casinos and nightlife of the south shore. Reservations can be arranged through the Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority.

Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority

169 Highway 50/ PO Box 5878

Stateline, NV 89449

(775) 588-5900

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