Downtown Oakland skyline. Photo © Eric Broder Van Dyke/123rf.

Things to Do in Oakland

Oakland is the biggest city in the East Bay. Although its reputation hasn’t always been perfect (travelers should probably stay in the popular visitor areas), today a great deal of downtown urban renewal has made it a visitor-friendly place with plenty of attractions, accommodations, and exceptional food. For interactive fun, a truly exceptional museum, and outdoor activities, check out these locations.

Mount Shasta. Photo © Christopher Arns.

Northern California Getaway: Mounts Shasta and Lassen

The mountains in the far northern reaches of California are some of the most unspoiled areas in the state, protected by a wealth of national and state parks and forestlands. The most prominent features of this region are two iconic mountains: Shasta and Lassen. Both mountains make great vacation destinations, beautiful to behold and surrounded by recreation opportunities, or a fabulous weekend getaway—particularly if you’ve got a three-day weekend.

Trinidad Memorial Lighthouse. Photo © Jbatt/Dreamstime.

Where to Go in Northern California

If you can’t decide between the beach or the mountains, city nightlife or quaint historical towns, and sleeping in luxury or roughing it, then Northern California is your ultimate destination. Here you’ll find a breakdown of each distinct region in the area, highlighting their major draws and general personalities.

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Moon Northern California Hiking

Seasoned outdoors authors Tom Stienstra and Ann Marie Brown know the best hiking trails in Northern California. This brand-new guidebook leads beginner and expert hikers alike to the best trails the northern part of the state has to offer. Complete with detailed regional maps, hiking tips, difficulty and quality ratings for each hike, Moon Northern […]

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Moon Northern California

This full-color guide includes vibrant photos and easy-to-use maps to help with trip planning. Northern California residents Elizabeth Linhart Veneman and Christopher Arns cover the best that Northern California has to offer, from day hikes in awe-inspiring Yosemite Valley to rest and relaxation at the spas and vineyards of Wine Country. To help travelers plan […]

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Moon Tahoe

California outdoors expert Ann Marie Brown provides you with the essential details needed to discover all of the can’t-miss sights, attractions, and restaurants in and around Tahoe. Ski Squaw Valley’s renowned slopes, hibernate in a cozy South Shore cabin, dine in Tahoe City, or hike the Tahoe Rim Trail—Brown will help you maximize your time […]

If driving along Pacific cliffs appeals to you, hop on Pacific Coast Highway 1 when you hit San Luis Obispo.

Road Trip Itinerary: San Diego to San Francisco in Two Days

You could drive from San Diego to San Francisco in several hours of featureless traffic, or you could take your time exploring the scenic route. Our two-day itinerary gives you time to lounge on the beach, enjoy the natural splendor of the central coast, and leaves plenty of time for cosmopolitan fun.

Moon Northern California Camping

Tom Stienstra, the nation’s top-selling outdoors writer, invites you to spend the night under the stars with the latest edition of Moon Northern California Camping. Stienstra covers over 1,500 camping options throughout the region, from remote backcountry destinations in the High Sierra to quaint spots in Mendocino and Wine Country. Detailed descriptions, directions, contact information, […]