If you’re trying to come up with ideas for your next vacation consider Northern California. Whether you’re a foodie, a sports fan, or drawn to tourist attractions, the Bay Area has something for everyone. There’s a reason that Tony Bennett left his heart in San Francisco. With endless possibilities it’s easy to fall in love.
Take some time to visit the sites that you’ve seen on television and on postcards. In addition to seeing the Golden Gate Bridge, riding a trolley car, touring Alcatraz, or taking photos on Lombard Street (The Crookedest Street In The World), make a stop at Fishermans Wharf.
Fishermans Wharf is a waterfront community that is a must-see for all of those visiting San Francisco. Restaurants, Madame Tussauds, Ripley’s Believe It or Not!, and the Aquarium of the Bay, are just a few ways to spend a day at the Wharf. It’s also home to the Original Ghirardelli Ice Cream & Chocolate Shop at Ghirardelli Square. The 3 – level building is a former Ghirardelli chocolate factory, now occupied by restaurants and shops.
If you have a sweet tooth make sure to visit some of the other sweet parts of Northern California. From San Francisco to Santa Cruz there’s plenty of shops offering tasty treats like deep fried Oreos & Twinkies, and chocolate covered bacon. Further north in Fairfield you can take a tour of the Jelly Belly factory.
Looking for a treat that’s a little less sweet? Then you have to experience garlic ice cream (yes, that’s a real thing). Every July people from all over gather in Gilroy for the Annual Gilroy Garlic Festival. Make sure to pack plenty of mints because the festival is home to all things garlic.
If shopping is more of your thing you’re destined to find someplace you enjoy in the Bay Area.
San Francisco offers San Francisco Centre, home to more than 130 stores restaurants, and a movie theater. Just outside of the mall you’ll find retailers such as Barney’s New York, Forever 21, Uniqlo, H & M, and Urban Outfitters. Take a short walk to Union Square for stores like Neiman Marcus, Saks, Tiffany & Co., Louis Vuitton, and Gucci.
Across the Bay Bridge in the East Bay there’s Emeryville which has retailers like Sephora, Vans, Pandora, and West Elm.
A couple of minutes away is Piedmont Avenue.
A mix of commercial and resident, Piedmont Avenue is also the location of Fentons Creamery from ‘Up’ by Pixar.
Kustom on Piedmont is a consignment store with vintage and contemporary offerings. There’s Good Stock, a boutique with beauty products and women’s accessories. And Piedmont Avenue in Oakland is where the Oakland Indique Boutique is located. Giving you an opportunity to view the Indique Hair collections in-person.
A visit to Northern California wouldn’t be complete without a stop in wine country. Even if you’re not a wine drinker it’s still worth the visit. The views are amazing and some of the wineries are museums within a winery. Such as Coppola Winery in Geyserville.
Domaine Carneros is also worth seeing if you enjoy spending your day relaxing in a French-inspired chateau.
Northern California should be added to your must-see destination list whether you’re traveling alone, with family, or just want a quick getaway with friends.