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Northern California Road Trip

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Experience the California most people never see; get out on the open road and explore these Northern California regions that people often skip in lieu of the more popular sights. Head north out of San Francisco and leave the crowds behind experiencing the newest up and coming wine region, re-live the gold and mining history, and see the waves crashing up against the Stornetta Lands. I spent a week on a camping road trip to search out and experience the ‘next destinations’ in California!
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Point Arena, CA 95468, USA
The newly protected Point Arena-Stornetta Public Lands (through its designation as a unit of the California Coastal National Monument system) contain more than 1,000 acres of scenic coastal habitat harboring wildlife including sea lions, beavers,...
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9613, 23627 Devries Rd, Lodi, CA 95242, USA
“Everyone has drank Lodi wine, they just don’t know it,” said Dan, the owner of Oak Farm Vineyards. Only 90 miles from San Francisco is one of the most sipped, but least known wine regions in California. Lodi has been growing wine grapes since the...
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127011 Newton B. Drury Scenic Pkwy, Orick, CA 95555, USA
You can drive among giants, hike among giants, and you can even sleep among giants in Redwoods National Park. Next to a big open meadow where wild elk roam is the Elk Prairie Campground located in Redwoods National Park. You can either choose a...
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This part of Northern California (and Southern Oregon) was close to succeeding and becoming out 49th state back in 1941. This was a region that earned a living off the lumber, fishing, and other harvesting businesses in the area and they felt the...
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2297 Harrison Ave, Eureka, CA 95501, USA
A little off the beaten path in Eureka, you’ll find this neighborhood breakfast spot. No greasy diner food here, only fresh, local goodness. I stopped in on Easter morning and the whole café smelled of fresh hot cross buns that had just come out...
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Westport, CA, USA
Not only was a I surprised when my twisting, winding road through the forest suddenly gave way to jaw dropping coastal views and cliffs, but I was also surprised that no one was there! I decided they could call it the Lonely Coast since I seemed...
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The saying “One man’s trash is another person’s treasure” has never been so true in Fort Bragg. Fort Bragg has beautiful coastal walks, however veer off the path and head down to the beach and you’ll find more than just sand. Former city trash...
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45500 Lighthouse Rd, Point Arena, CA 95468, USA
Not only is this a great stop for soaking in a stunning sunset, but you can also visit the lighthouse museum, learn about it’s history, walk around the grounds, and even go to the top of the 115 foot lighthouse for jaw dropping views. From the top...
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Coast Hwy, Point Arena, CA 95468, USA
There are no spares at bowling ball beach. You can only experience these round, smooth geological wonders at low tide, the so-called bowling balls are actually known as a "concretion", sedimentary rock formed by a natural process. These boulders...
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18921 Atkins Rd, Lodi, CA 95240, USA
There’s an attitude in Lodi of “We can do anything here” – and they do when it comes to wine making. Not only is the area known for Zinfandales, but they are also known for being experimental. Bokisch Vineyards is one of those experimenting with...
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Coloma, CA, USA
There’s gold in them there Sierra foothills! After a winding drive through the valleys of green I discovered the quaint little town of Coloma along Highway 49. A cute little town the provides a nod to the discovery of gold in California was a...
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1620 Doolittle Dr, San Leandro, CA 94577, USA
The wheels I used for this trip was a bit modern day hippy. I rented a camper van that basically was my bed on wheels – it even had a kitchen too – all packed into a little mini van. It was a great way to get around the twisting, narrow roads...