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Northern California

Northern California tailor-made holidays

Introduction

Northern California is best known for the sights of cosmopolitan San Francisco and the surrounding vineyards of the world-class Napa Valley and Sonoma County, with its ever-excellent vineyards and gorgeous Redwoods, some of the oldest trees in the world. Elsewhere the famous Yosemite National Park is a touching wilderness of imposing mountains, giant forests, gushing waterfalls and daunting granite rocks, while the twisting, cliff-hugging Pacific Coast Highway ranks as one of the drives of a lifetime. Further north the region is a rugged and sparsely populated landscape of dense giant redwood forests, volcanic mountains and arid plains.

Special offers in Northern California

California Classic - USA West Coast

17-day tailor-made self-drive from £2,190 pp

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offer

– Save up to £335 pp
Book by: 30 June 2018

Discover the beauty of Yosemite National Park, austere Death Valley, the bright lights of Vegas, spectacular Grand Canyon and everything in between on this curated road trip.

Pacific Coast Highway Tour

12-day tailor-made self-drive from £1,610 pp

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offer

– Save up to £355 pp
Book by: 30 June 2018

A truly iconic USA fly-drive, the Pacific Coast Highway brings you between San Francisco and Los Angeles, calling into world-class vineyards, pretty coastal towns and sweeping golden beaches.

Highlights of Northern California

14-day tailor-made self-drive from £1,950 pp

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offer

– Save up to £460 pp
Book by: 30 June 2018

Northern California is a region of immense nature, world-leading wines and culture-packed cities, showcased in such icons as San Francisco, Sonoma and Yosemite National Park. Take in its headline acts on this fly-drive holiday.

Luxury California & Las Vegas Self-Drive

12-day tailor-made self-drive from £4,445 pp

Special
offer

– Save up to £325 pp
Book by: 30 June 2018

Drive your way through California to Las Vegas in complete luxury and enjoy activities including Ocean Safari's and city tours, with the option to extend your tour to include Canyon Point. Take in the best of San Francisco, Santa Barbara, Carmel, Los Angeles and Las Vegas on your way.

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Top itineraries in Northern California

California Classic - USA West Coast

17-day tailor-made self-drive from £2,190 pp

Special
offer

– Save up to £335 pp
Book by: 30 June 2018

Discover the beauty of Yosemite National Park, austere Death Valley, the bright lights of Vegas, spectacular Grand Canyon and everything in between on this curated road trip.

Pacific Coast Highway Tour

12-day tailor-made self-drive from £1,610 pp

Special
offer

– Save up to £355 pp
Book by: 30 June 2018

A truly iconic USA fly-drive, the Pacific Coast Highway brings you between San Francisco and Los Angeles, calling into world-class vineyards, pretty coastal towns and sweeping golden beaches.

Highlights of Northern California

14-day tailor-made self-drive from £1,950 pp

Special
offer

– Save up to £460 pp
Book by: 30 June 2018

Northern California is a region of immense nature, world-leading wines and culture-packed cities, showcased in such icons as San Francisco, Sonoma and Yosemite National Park. Take in its headline acts on this fly-drive holiday.

Luxury California & Las Vegas Self-Drive

12-day tailor-made self-drive from £4,445 pp

Special
offer

– Save up to £325 pp
Book by: 30 June 2018

Drive your way through California to Las Vegas in complete luxury and enjoy activities including Ocean Safari's and city tours, with the option to extend your tour to include Canyon Point. Take in the best of San Francisco, Santa Barbara, Carmel, Los Angeles and Las Vegas on your way.

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Top places to stay in Northern California

Fairmont San Francisco

Grand & elegant hotel

One of the original luxury landmark hotels to be built atop Nob Hill, the Fairmont San Francisco delivers breathtaking views, superb personal service and oodles of old-world luxury.

The Argonaut, San Francisco

Contemporary hotel

This early 20th century red-brick and wood-beamed fruit cannery warehouse has been skilfully transformed into a boutique, nautically-themed hotel that offers a waterfront location, seafood specialities and complimentary wine tasting every evening at five.

Majestic Yosemite Hotel (previously Ahwahnee), Yosemite

Historic hotel

Dating from 1927, this historic Four-Diamond hotel is set on a valley floor looking up in reverence to the colossal sights of Yosemite National Park.

The Meritage Resort & Spa, Napa Valley

Traditional resort

The Meritage Resort & Spa is the perfect base for exploring the Napa Valley, America’s most celebrated wine region. Among its many features are sprawling suites, a luxurious pool, acres of vineyards, an underground spa and an award winning restaurant.

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Where to go in Northern California

Sonoma County

The Sonoma Valley marks the birthplace of California's wine industry and also the closest to San Francisco – just 30 miles away. Located between the Sonoma and Mayacamas mountain ranges you'll find nine square miles of beautiful rolling vineyards, small farms and scenic parkland to explore.

Pacific Coast Highway

The Pacific Coast Highway, or California State Route 1, ranks as one of the drives of a lifetime. The most scenic part of the drive extends from San Luis Obispo to Monterey, passing the through the spectacular Big Sur area ...

Napa Valley

California's illustrious wine country is an archetypal display of some of the world's most exquisite food and wine. Spend days hot air ballooning above acres of green hills or wine tasting under the sun at world-famous vineyards, and come back to spa treatments and Michelin-starred restaurants.

San Francisco

San Francisco is truly a city of contrasts, with jellybean Victorian houses just moments away from enormous green parks, gritty Italian neighbourhoods and fantastical murals around each corner.

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When to go to Northern California

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Northern California articles

  • Just back from: Northern California

    Wexas Travel’s Claire Benktander recently drove from San Francisco to the wine regions of Napa and Sonoma. Read her review for an insight into this spectacular road trip, taking in dramatic coastlines, redwood forests and vineyards, paired with, of course, world-class food and wine.

  • California Dreaming

    Wexas USA specialist Patrick Griffin brings us off the beaten track of California to give his expert recommendations on the Golden State's wines and desert enclaves.

  • Make a self-drive holiday luxurious

    From renting classic cars to planning high-end picnics, these tips will help you craft a luxury self-drive holiday.

  • Free Entrance to US National Parks: the Centenary & Other Times to Visit

    The vision of 19th century artist, George Catlin, America’s National Parks Service has grown from humble beginnings, starting with just one park. The veritable grandfather of it all – Yellowstone – was once protected from poachers and misuse by the U.S. Army, a trend that continued to the second na…

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