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Northern California Road Trip Itineraries: Map, Routes and Ideas


When you go on a road trip in Northern California, you will face a vast territory, which extends from Inyo County (where Death Valley is located) and Tulare County (where Sequoia National Park is located) to the Oregon border. It is a very diverse region where there are deserts, mountain parks (Yosemite National Park, Sierra Nevada, and the Upstate California region), coastal attractions (e.g. Redwood Parks), incredible geological wonders (Lassen Volcanic National Park), Gold Rush historical sites, and most of the rural agricultural region known as the Central Valley.

The most important city is inevitably San Francisco, which is a beautiful city, and from there, you can take interesting excursions in the surrounding area. North of San Francisco, you can explore the wine region in the Napa and Sonoma Valley and admire more spectacular views on the northern stretch of the California coast. Here are all our itineraries to help you plan a Northern California road trip.

Northern California Road Trip itineraries

Here are all the itineraries divided by region:

Central Valley and Gold Country

San Francisco Bay and the Surrounding Area

Northern California Coast

Redwood National Park California

Redwood Parks in California: the Tallest Trees in the World

When talking about Redwood National Park it would be more correct to say “parks”, because in northern California, a few miles from the Oregon border, the Redwood National and State Parks system includes four national and state parks that make giant redwood forests their undoubted strength. Organizing an on the…

Sierra Nevada Region


The Best Places to Visit in California’s Sierra Nevada

The image most people have of California is sunny beaches and beach life, but in reality, it is only a small part of what this vast state has to offer in terms of tourism. On the eastern side of the state, on the border with Nevada, the Sierra Nevada (also known as the High Sierra) possess beauty far removed from stereotypes as well as an impressive array of natural landscapes, making it one of the most fascinating regions in America…

Things to do in Sequoia National Park

Sequoia National Park: Why You Should Go and How to Plan Your Visit

Naturalist and explorer John Muir wrote in 1891: “In the vast Sierra wilderness far to the southward of the famous Yosemite Valley, there is a yet grander valley of the same kind.” He was writing about the area now known as Sequoia National Park, one of the most important national parks in the entire Sierra Nevada mountain range in California….

Upstate California

Northern California Road Trip Map