Discover an Epic 9-Day Northern California Road Trip Itinerary

Northern California is a traveller’s paradise and truly has it all. It’s the perfect road trip destination because it has such a diversity of things to see, do, eat and sip.

This is the real California Dreamin’ trip. If you’re looking to blown away by a legendary national park, other-worldly landscapes, crystal-clear lakes, Gold Rush western vibes, and more.

Day 1: San Francisco

Your Northern California road trip adventures starts off with a bang. If you’ve never been to San Francisco, you’ll want to cram in as much as you can in the city.

Day 2: Sausalito and Sonoma

Have your cameras ready as you cross the Golden Gate Bridge but if you miss it, you can stop at the convenient Golden Gate Bridge View Vista Point.

Day 3: Sacramento

Start your day off by doing a mini-tour of Sacramento by driving through its neighbourhoods, passing by its galleries, museums, and historic landmarks.

Day 4: Lake Tahoe

The first pitstop you’ll make is in Truckee where you’ll have to brush up on a bit of US history and learn the story of the Donner Party. It’s here where Donner Lake and Donner Pass got its name.

Mostly known for being a haven for skiing, the majestic scale of the surrounding mountains here is on full display when you visit here in other parts of the year.

Day 5: Mammoth Lakes

Day 6: Yosemite National Park

You’ll be treated to incredible views of the most epic granite formations, ancient sequioa groves, thundering waterfalls, and jaw-dropping valley at Yosemite.

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