Northern California Sea Lions

Sea Lions lounging on a foggy Northern Californian coastline.

What are you missing if you don’t ever visit Northern California?

San Francisco, for starters. One of the most popular cities in the world, the City by the Bay is home to historic cable cars still in action; fascinating architecture, including the famous, colorful Painted Ladies; Pier 39, with frolicking seals; The Presidio, a former Spanish, Mexican and U.S. military base with numerous historic landmarks among its 600+ buildings; the iconic Golden Gate Bridge; Alcatraz; and so much more.

Are you into nature? You’ll see it at its finest in Yosemite National Park, home of not only Yosemite Sam but also some of the world’s tallest trees and most beautiful waterfalls. With more than 800 miles of hiking trails, the park never gets old, from the beautiful Yosemite Valley to Half Dome, a hiker’s and climber’s paradise. Then there’s the backcountry, with no crowds and the primitive forest and streams as indigenous people and other early explorers knew it.

Are you a techie? Look no further than Silicon Valley, where you’ll find a boatload of startups, venture capitalists and major tech firms, including Google, Apple, Hewlett Packard and Facebook. And don’t miss Oracle, eBay and Intel. You can tour some of the campuses and/or facilities and even apply for jobs. Businesses headquartered in San Francisco include DocuSign FitBit, Grammarly, Pinterest and Reddit.

Alcatraz in Morning

Alcatraz Island, a great addition to any private San Francisco tour.

The Northern California coast is breathtaking, and you can enjoy it on a drive down the storied Pacific Coast Highway. From San Francisco, the scenic route travels the awesome coast past Half Moon Bay, Santa Cruz, Monterey and Big Sur. Along the way, you can stop to eat, surf, visit the Monterey Aquarium, take a few selfies with spectacular views in the background or just relax on a beach.

We can drive you in private comfort to any of these places, while sharing interesting history and entertaining anecdotes or you can explore on your own. Either way, don’t miss out.