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Reasons to Rent a Car in Northern California

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California, USA
Its a long haul from San Francisco, but so magical when you arrive you almost forget how long you've been in the car.
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1 Point Reyes-Petaluma Rd, Inverness, CA 94937, USA
My all time favorite thing to do in Northern California when the fog clears! Shucking without gloves is risky business though!
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2400 London Ranch Rd, Glen Ellen, CA 95442, USA
The hike through Jack London State Historic Park to the top of Sonoma Mountain runs through redwood groves, meadows, and vineyards. Vigorous blackberry bushes provide some sustenance -- but bring water, because it gets hot up there in the summer....
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If you've yet to experience the extreme pleasure of visiting the redwoods, you may be surprised to learn how close these dark, cavernous, other-worldly forests are to the bright sunny beach. Switch up your redwood camping itinerary by breaking...
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Whitethorn, CA 95589, USA

This is some of the finest, most remote backpacking in northern California.

Its stunning.

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Big Sur’s winding roads, plunging cliffs and canyon-spanning bridges may cause nausea but they provide some of the most striking scenery in the country. After miles of lush green forests and sapphire blue oceans, the palm trees and turquoise...
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21600 Big Basin Way, Boulder Creek, CA 95006, USA
Upon arrival at Big Basin State Park, the ranger hands you a small piece of paper with check boxes. Each carload needs to check where they will be hiking and list their equipment. The sheet is placed on their dashboard in case the car remains...
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961 Ukiah St, Mendocino, CA 95460, USA
Anytime we get anywhere near Mendocino, we have to stop at the Brickery, the stand-alone bakery behind the renowned Cafe Beaujolais restaurant. This is where the breads are baked for the restaurant, but the bakers also sell retail right out the...
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44850 Comptche Ukiah Rd, Mendocino, CA 95460, USA
Innkeeper Jeff Stanford puts his ethics on the plate at Ravens' Restaurant in the Stanford Inn by the Sea. Vegan for both health and philosophical reasons, Stanford collaborates with certified nutrition consultant Sid Hillman and the Ravens' chefs...
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Hiking around Mt. Tamalpais is the best thing of all times, ever. That, pretty much, everyone agrees on. But this weekend, I found a way to make it better. Start at the Pantoll Ranger Station and take the Matt Davis trail. This will be a nice mix...
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Whitethorn, CA 95589, USA
Driving to the Needle Rock Visitor Center beings on a one-lane road in the redwoods and ends with a 3 mile stretch of dirty road switching-backing between granite wall and cliff. And when you arrive? Solitude, wilderness, and Roosevelt Elk. The...
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Happy Isles, Yosemite Valley, CA 95389, USA
No other landmark in Yosemite is as well recognized and beloved as Half Dome, the steely granite monolith towering 4,347 feet above Yosemite Valley. Geologist Josiah Whitney declared it “inaccessible” in 1870 but was proven wrong only...
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California, USA
“We wanted to go to Yosemite, but didn’t have time.” I’ve heard this refrain from several San Francisco visitors and they all have said it with regret. Yes, the reverent national park is outside of a short-drive comfort...
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Mariposa Grove, California 93623, USA
My husband and I enjoyed a pleasant hike among the sequoias and pines at Mariposa Grove in the southern portion of Yosemite. Head out early to avoid the crowds who hit this popular spot to see the 2,700-year-old Grizzly Giant sequoia in the Lower...
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24898 Volcanic Legacy Scenic Byway, Burney, CA 96013, USA
only 4 hours up north of san francisco is Burney Falls State Park. The 129 ft falls is a beautiful Oasis set among pristine forest area. There are campgrounds not far from the falls and you can catch Rainbow Trout in the picturesque river..... The...
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Bolinas Beach, California, USA
When I visited San Francisco for the 2nd time, I'd thought I'd seen it all. Great vintage shops, beautiful parks and great food but this place re introduced me to California. The journey to Bolinas Beach was just as much apart of the adventure...
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8010 Mons Rd, Whistler, BC V0N 1B8, Canada
Scandinave Spa, at the edge of the forest beside Lost Lake, is a Nordic–inspired spa that recommends alternating dips in the hot and cold pools, steam rooms, and brisk waterfall rinses. There are myriad ways to stitch together...