With mesmerising azure blue waters that mirror the surrounding mountains, Lake Tahoe is a must-see. Here, you can try fishing, kayaking, canoeing and hiking in the surrounding countryside, or simply relax on sandy beaches and paddle in the tranquil waters. Come winter, and resorts like the aptly named Heavenly and Kirkwood offer world-class skiing.
A visit to this crashing waterfall, which plunges 40 metres down a tree-shrouded rock face in a series of beautiful cascades, is a must on Shasta Cascade holidays. There's also hiking, fishing, boating and horseback riding in the surrounding State Park.
Tuolomne, Madera and Yosemite National Park
Discover the untamed beauty of inland Northern California with visits to Tuolomne and Madera Counties, both gateways to the spectacular Yosemite National Park, with its towering granite outcrops, hidden canyons, plunging waterfalls and giant sequoia trees.
Avenue of the Giants
The giants in this case are redwood trees and the avenue in question runs for 33 miles along the Eel River from Philipsville, through the 51,000-acre Humboldt Redwoods State Park. Many of the trees are over 100 metres tall making for a jaw-dropping drive. You can even drive right through a living Redwood at the Shrine Drive-Thru Tree at Myers Flat, around half-way along the Avenue.
The City by the Bay
Famous for its cultural diversity, eclectic architecture and liberal community, there’s good reason why San Francisco is one of the world’s most visited cities. Shop till you drop at Pier 39 and then watch the seals at Fisherman’s Wharf, visit a treasure trove of museums and galleries or take in the best views of the bay from the water with a Hornblower Dinner cruise. Nearby Oakland is also well worth a visit.