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.


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.

How many vacation rentals are available around Northern California?

Our 2019 vacation rental listings offer a large selection of 21,831 house rentals around Northern California. From 11,182 Houses to 2,507 Cabins, find unique vacation rental for you to enjoy a memorable holiday or a weekend with your family and friends. The best place to stay around Northern California is on HomeAway.

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: 1,948 vacation rentals
  • Oregon: 9,964 vacation rentals
  • Oregon Coast: 4,488 vacation rentals
  • Napa County: 1,071 vacation rentals
  • Monterey: 886 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: 1,948 rentals
  • Monterey: 886 rentals
  • Carmel-by-the-Sea: 844 rentals
  • Sonoma: 947 rentals
  • Napa: 984 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): 2,059 home rentals
  • Brookings, OR (BOK): 142 home rentals
  • Eureka, CA (EKA-Murray Field): 248 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:

  • Yosemite Valley: 760 vacation homes
  • Napa Valley Wine Train: 854 vacation homes
  • Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca: 945 vacation homes
  • Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk: 518 vacation homes
  • Carmel Beach: 648 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.

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