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GO NORTH! Explore Northern California On This Insta Famous 7-Day Trip

Ready to follow in the footsteps of our epic Insta-Agent fam trip through Northern California? This seven-day road trip is one of the most gorgeous and diverse in the state. Let's go!

Ready to follow in the footsteps of our epic Insta-Agent fam trip through Northern California? This seven-day road trip is one of the most gorgeous and diverse in the state. Let’s go!

The northern-most stretches of California are some of the most beautiful, and under-rated parts of the state.

On any road trip north from San Francisco, rolling green meadows give way to rugged, spectacular mountains and towering Redwood forests in only a short distance.

This seven-day road trip takes you to, through and between some of the most Instagrammable and exciting spots in San Francisco, Shasta Cascade and Sonoma County.

READ: INSTA-FAM: 8 Agents Return From Cali With Amazing Stories to Tell And Sell


Day 1: San Francisco

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Hello, Museum of ice cream!

Morning: Take in the technicolour explosion of art and flavour in the Museum of Ice Cream’s installations.

Lunch: Grab some refreshments at the Commons Club at the Virgin Hotels San Francisco before continuing your exploration.

Afternoon: Glide through one of the city’s most iconic winter activities – ice skating at Union Square – before warming up with your credit card for the neighbouring boutiques. (Ice rink open November – January).

Dinner: Taste a sample of San Francisco’s representation in the 2019 California Michelin Guide at Gibson.

Stay At: Virgin Hotels San Francisco.

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Virgin Hotel San Francisco


Day 2: San Francisco

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Morning: Walk the city stretch including The Castro, Haight-Ashbury, the Painted Ladies, and Golden Gate Park for an Instagram-able adventure.

Hint: If you’d prefer an alternative walking tour, consider going from the Ferry Building to Pier 39, Fisherman’s Wharf, Ghirardelli Square and the Palace of Fine Arts.

Lunch: Fill your tummy on a food tour of North Beach with Avital Food Tours.

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Afternoon: Take in the views of the city skyline from a private tour of Coit Tower on Telegraph Hill.

Evening: Learn something new or have fun at the Exploratorium After Dark. A hands-on museum for children during the day, it opens each Thursday night for adult play – complete with cocktails.

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The Exploratorium After Dark


Day 3: San Francisco -> Chico

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Transit: Hit the road towards Chico (approx. 3h 45m total) after a quick breakfast.

Morning: Shop ’til you drop at The Vacaville Premium Outlets with high-end brands.

Lunch: Grab a bite at California’s favourite pit-stop, Nut Tree Plaza, with 26 casual dining options.

Afternoon: Discover how some of California’s pioneering craft beer is brewed at the Sierra Nevada Brewery.

Dinner: Grab a brew and a bite at the Sierra Nevada Brewery Taproom.

Stay At: Oxford Suites Chico.

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Sierra Nevada Brewery


Day 4: Chico -> Redding

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Transit: Drive towards Redding (approx. 1h 20m)

Morning: Discover Northern California’s wilderness at Turtle Bay Exploration Park – a great activity for families. Don’t miss taking a stroll across the iconic Sundial Bridge.

Afternoon: Tour Lake Shasta Caverns, one of the oldest and most visited natural landmarks in Upstate California.

Dinner: Devour some hearty food at C.R. Gibbs American Grille.

Stay: Hilton Garden Inn, Redding.

The Sundial Bridge

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Lake Shasta Caverns


Day 5: Redding -> Corning -> Sonoma County

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Transit: Drive from Redding to Corning (approx. 45mins)

Lunch: Taste some of the U.S.A’s best olives at the Olive Pit, in a town known for its fresh produce.

Afternoon: Taste drinks at Spirit Works Distillery, where some of Sonoma’s best local concoctions are created.

Dinner: Eat, drink and be merry at Fern Bar, a part-restaurant drinking establishment that takes inspiration from the county’s biodiversity. Don’t miss strolling around The Barlow before or after dinner!

Stay At: Vintner’s Resort.

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Day 6: Sonoma County

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Sonoma County

Morning: Soar over the wineries, parks and towns of Sonoma County with Up & Away Ballooning.

Afternoon: Sample world-famous Sonoma County wines without worrying about your calorie count on a Sip ‘n’ Cycle Tour with Getaway Adventures.

Dinner: Taste the sustainable Sonoma County culinary style at Bricoleur Winery.

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Day 7: Sonoma County

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Goatlandia’s goat yoga

Morning: You’ve heard of Downward Dog, but try a whole different experience at Goatlandia’s goat yoga.

Lunch: Enjoy the great outdoors with a picnic at Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Reserve, amongst some of the tallest trees on earth.

Afternoon: Hike the walking trails around Bodega Bay to see some of Sonoma’s exquisite and rugged coastline (hint: there are great photo ops).

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