Destination guide

Lively Northern California will entice you

The area's wineries and live music are just a few of the reasons to vacation in Northern California. This city's sporting events, restaurants and shopping draw many visitors. Lafayette Gallery, Computer History Museum and Greek Theater are a few of the top cultural sights. Many of our vacation rentals offer full kitchens, spacious living quarters and sometimes even a hot tub—perfect for a relaxing getaway.

Activities

Sightseeing in and around Northern California

Are you hoping to discover attractions to visit while you're in town? You'll be sure to enjoy Northern California for its hiking and biking. Venture out of your vacation home and experience everything that makes Northern California a fun spot to vacation. Here are some of the major attractions to see, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city center:

  • Mallard Lake Golf Course (18.8 mi / 30.3 km)
  • Oroville Gymnastics Academy (23.1 mi / 37.2 km)
  • Feather River Fish Hatchery (24.6 mi / 39.7 km)
  • Hickman Family Vineyards (25.7 mi / 41.4 km)
  • Bangor Ranch Vineyard & Winery (26.6 mi / 42.8 km)
  • Spencer Shirey Winery (29.9 mi / 48.1 km)
Natural features

Exploring the natural landscape of Northern California

Whether you're an active traveler or just want to spend some time taking in the scenery, you'll be sure to find the perfect setting for your vacation in Northern California. These are a few of the area's most eye-catching sights, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city center:

  • North View Park (17 mi / 27.4 km)
  • Ellis Lake (17.2 mi / 27.6 km)
  • Venice Park (17.3 mi / 27.8 km)
  • Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge Complex (20.3 mi / 32.7 km)
  • Bedrock Park (23.6 mi / 38 km)
  • Kelly Ridge Recreation Area (29.1 mi / 46.8 km)
How to get there

How to get to and around Northern California

The nearest airport is in Marysville, CA (MYV-Yuba County), located 20.1 mi (32.4 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that works for your travel itinerary, you might consider flying into Willows, CA (WLW-Willows-Glenn County), which is 25.6 mi (41.2 km) away.

If you prefer to travel by train, Chico Station, Rocklin Station and Roseville Station are the main stations in the city. You can get around Northern California by catching a ride on the metro at Watt-I-80 West Station, Roseville Road Station or Watt-I-80 Station.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Northern California?

There are many lovely places to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Northern California. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular destinations to visit are:

  • San Francisco: 1,796 vacation rentals
  • Oregon Coast: 4,221 vacation rentals
  • San Francisco Bay Area: 3,888 vacation rentals
  • Monterey: 868 vacation rentals
  • Santa Cruz: 666 vacation rentals

And HomeAway offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in Northern California! Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Northern California?

Whether you're travelling with family or friends, here are the cities with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Northern California:

  • San Francisco: 1,796 rentals
  • Monterey: 868 rentals
  • Santa Cruz: 666 rentals
  • Napa: 924 rentals
  • San Jose: 851 rentals

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Can I find easy-access vacation rentals when travelling by plane to Northern California?

Yes of course. Our owners offer a large selection of vacation rentals near airports. The airports with a large selection of lodging choices in Northern California are:

  • San Francisco International Airport (SFO): 1,865 home rentals
  • Del Norte County Airport (CEC): 165 home rentals
  • Sacramento International Airport (SMF): 212 home rentals

For other airports, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Near which points of interest can I spend my holiday in Northern California?

HomeAway offers a large selection of lodging choices near lovely places in Northern California. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Napa Valley Wine Train: 810 vacation homes
  • Carmel City Beach: 873 vacation homes
  • Stanford University: 569 vacation homes
  • Pfeiffer Beach: 78 vacation homes
  • Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca: 919 vacation homes

But there are many other points of interest around Northern California listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection.

Explore destinations around Northern California

San Francisco
1,796 vacation rentals
Monterey
868 vacation rentals
Santa Cruz
666 vacation rentals
Napa
924 vacation rentals
San Jose
851 vacation rentals
Carmel-by-the-Sea
823 vacation rentals
Sonoma
897 vacation rentals
Big Sur
264 vacation rentals
Oakland
1,631 vacation rentals
Sacramento
244 vacation rentals
Sausalito
1,411 vacation rentals
California Hot Springs
16 vacation rentals
Pacific Grove
761 vacation rentals
Mill Valley
1,325 vacation rentals
Eureka
174 vacation rentals
Santa Rosa
1,086 vacation rentals
Saint Helena
553 vacation rentals
Half Moon Bay
395 vacation rentals
Berkeley
1,582 vacation rentals
Carmel Valley
474 vacation rentals