Immerse yourself in NorCal's diverse cities, quaint historic towns, towering forests, and stunning coastline with Moon Northern California. Inside you'll find:
Strategic, flexible itineraries from three days in San Francisco to two days in Yosemite, designed for road trippers, outdoor adventurers, culture mavens, foodies, and more
How to plan a Northern California road trip, with detailed mileage and driving times for trips to the North Coast, Shasta and Lassen, and the Gold Country
Unique experiences and can't-miss highlights: Explore a Gold Rush-era ghost town, stroll the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, or crest San Francisco's steep hills on a historic cable car. Visit the Bay Area's world-class museums, learn something new at the Capitol Building in Sacramento, or watch the otters play at the Monterey Bay Aquarium. Climb Yosemite's granite peaks, hike among the redwoods in Sequoia and Kings Canyon, ski Tahoe's pristine powdery slopes, or catch a peek of the condors in Big Sur. Sample reds, whites, and rosés in wine country, savor an authentic Mission burrito, or enjoy a romantic dinner of fresh seafood as the sun sets over the Pacific
Expert advice from NorCal native Elizabeth Linhart Veneman on where to stay, where to eat, and how get around
Full-color photos and detailed maps throughout
Handy tips for LGBTQ visitors, international travelers, families with children, seniors, and travelers with disabilities
Background information on the landscape, wildlife, history, and culture
Full coverage of San Francisco and the Bay Area, Wine Country, the North Coast, Shasta and Lassen, Lake Tahoe, Sacramento and Gold Country, Yosemite and the Eastern Sierra, the Central Coast, and Sequoia and Kings Canyon
With Moon Northern California's practical tips and local insight, you can plan your trip your way. Exploring more of the Golden State? Check out Moon California or Moon California Road Trip. For an epic outdoor adventure, pick up Moon California Camping or Moon Yosemite, Sequoia & Kings Canyon.
About the Author
Californian Elizabeth Linhart Veneman grew in up San Francisco and Carmel, where she was lulled to sleep by the din of the cable car line and chilled to the bone at foggy 4th of July celebrations. Since then, she has explored the natural and cultural landscape of the West traveling forgotten highways and hiking backcountry trails; working in bookstores and restaurant kitchens; baking bread under Alaska's midnight sun; and finding home in rural farmhouses, and cramped urban apartments. At UC Santa Barbara and UC Santa Cruz, she studied American history (north and south), specifically issues surrounding identity, social movements, and the history of food. Her writing has appeared in 7x7, the San Francisco Chronicle, and Alaska Magazine, and she has written and contributed to nearly a dozen books including Moon Napa & Sonoma, Moon California, and Moon Northern California.
Elizabeth Linhart Veneman now lives in San Francisco where she spends her days taming small children, big appetites, her yen for the outdoors, and a love of the written word.