Northern California Day Trips for Spring and Summer

half-dome-534768_1280Do you hear that? We bet that if you stop for a second, near an open window, you’ll hear the chirping of the birds, reminding you that it’s time to get outdoors in Northern California. Whether you want to simply take a walk, or you’d rather pack up your hiking gear, paddle board or bike to take a day trip, Northern CA offers a plethora of options for enjoying nature’s wonders. The tough part is deciding if you want visit the mountains, the ocean and bay, lakes, rivers, the gold country or the wine country!

We’ve put together a list of some of the easy options for getting outside and reveling in this place we call home. And if you’re reading this and don’t live in Northern CA, may we suggest a trip?

Let’s start with Tahoe! Just a few hours drive and you’ll have gone into the heart of the Sierra’s, past the Truckee River and come to the gorgeous, tree-lined Lake Tahoe. We suggest packing your hiking shoes, swimwear and your bike. The options are endless once you’re there! Rent a kayak, or simply take a hike near the lake, until you jump in to cool off.

Perhaps you would prefer a day of exploring the History of the Gold Country with a trip to Coloma, Old Sacramento, Nevada City or Auburn. Why not grab a pan and see if you might find what others overlooked and become the next generation to declare “Eureka!”

If it’s a short drive to majestic beauty that you’re longing for, let us point you toward Yosemite. This national treasure might be calling your name. With everything from day hikes to camping and even luxurious overnight options at the famed Ahwahnee Hotel, there is something for everyone.

Does the ocean feed your spirit? Then look no further than the Northern California coast, with it’s open and wild waters, beaches and it’s Redwood Empire, you will marvel at how the big trees meet the open waters! Bring a jacket, your hiking shoes and your spirit of exploration and take in all the wonder in this area.

We’ll end our list close to home, with the world-famous, California Wine Country. The list of suggestions for exploring, tasting and experiencing all that this area has to offer is vast! From wine tours and tasting, the Wine Train, restaurants, hot air ballooning, spa trips, shopping to simply biking through the beauty, it’s up to you to put together your perfect day in this incredible place.

However you choose to follow the invitation of the chirping birds, remember that getting outside and staying fueled by healthy snacks, such as our Granola Trail Mix varieties is always a good way to “Get a Good Habit”. Take along your favorite flavor of our Simple Granola or even a bag of Granola Cereal and you’ll be getting back to Nature from the inside out!