Monday, August 01, 2011

Touring Northern California - A Mini Guide Part II

When I first wrote about a simple guide on some of the places around or somewhere in San Francisco, Sonoma, Marin, and Napa of California, I didn't realize that there are a lot of places to enjoy in Northern California. It has become so long that I have to separate it into two parts. This is Part II of the mini guide. You can read here, Part I at Touring Northern California - A Mini Guide Part I

California is at the Western end of the U.S.A continent; therefore, it is facing the Pacific Ocean. The California coastline offers a variety of coastal scape, beaches, and rock formations. Bodega Bay is situated in Northern California specifically at Sonoma County. It is a perfect place to just drive by and enjoy the ride along the sea coast. Of course, while you are already there, don't miss to check out the beaches, you will enjoy the sound of the waves and be amazed with the natural wonders.
Guide link: Sonoma Coast

yummy dumplings at Chinatown

The Chinese are one of the earliest migrants in California. The Chinese are also known for their business acumen and very close knit community. Understandably, in every place that they migrated to, there will be Chinatown. Today, Chinatown in San Francisco is not any  different from any other Chinatown. Business still thrives in this distinct community. The good thing with it is that you will really find good and inexpensive finds. If you are in a hunt for jewelries, they say that Chinatown offers a very good price. Of course, it's also an excellent place to try out dimsum and other authentic Oriental dishes. 

more Chinese food at Chinatown

There are so many places left to be discovered by every visitor/tourist in SFO, especially at the downtown area. Shopping, dining, bar hopping, dancing, etc. are just a few of the activities when spending some time in SFO. Lombard, the famous crooked street, and Union Square are just a couple of the SFO landmarks that a visitor must experience. 

If you don't mind the many tourists or crowd; be sure to visit Pier 39. Your day will go by very quickly when you are at this place. There are so many things to do at this place. Enjoy the good food and get ready to be entertained the Pier 39 way. 

Summer with its warm weather and sunny skies is the best time to be out and about. It's also the great time for outdoor activities. Most counties have fairs or carnivals held on summer days. It's a unique experience and inexpensive to enjoy rides, games, shows, etc. 
Be sure to check out a fair schedule at the place nearest  you. 
Guide link: California Fairs and Festivals

Napa and Sonoma are known for their world-class wines. Wine tasting, wine tours, and scenic drives are just a few of the things that you can do at the heart of wine production in California. 

For a fun, eco-friendly, and inexpensive activity at the bay area be sure to check out the SFO Golden Gate Park. It's a huge park that is divided into several sections with various attractions. I highly recommend this place especially for first time visitors at SFO.  
Guide link: Golden Gate Park

Is the place if you are looking for a place with a great view of the Pacific Ocean. You can visit the place all year round with various activities and highlights each season. Point Reyes is also the best place for whale watching. Be sure to plan ahead your visit for an ultimate experience. 

After six months, I leave the place with an external drive full of photos and memories. I realize that there are still so many (sometimes unheard of) places to explore, which is a good thing if you prefer non-touristy locations.

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