7 Northern California Tourist Spots I Can't Wait To Visit

May 7, 2020

I can't help but experience FOMO today, because May 7 is National Tourism Day and I can't wait to get out and visit some of Northern California's tourist spots. 

My parents raised both my sister and me to appreciate history and, while I thought visiting historical sites as a child was boring AF, I'm more than happy to visit them as an adult and definitely see what all the hype was about for my parents back in the day. I know that Sacramento and all of Northern California (the entire west coast, really) has a rich history, so I can't wait to nerd out once the stay-at-home order is finally lifted! 

These are just seven of Northern California's tourist spots that I plan to visit soon. If you know of any others that you think I'd love to visit, please tell me! 

1. Sutter's Fort in Sacramento

Just looking at photos of Sutter's Fort reminds me of Bent's Old Fort in southeastern Colorado, which I visited several times as a kid. I love how everyone gets into character so that you get a sense of what life was like back then. 

If you lived at Sutter's Fort in the 1840s, would you miss your bed? #suttersfort #sacramento #california #fort #beautiful #castateparks #parks #midtown #downtown #urbanpark #bed #history #photooftheday

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2. Leland Stanford Mansion State Historic Park

One word: baller. Who doesn't love a great photo opportunity? I can't wait to tour the mansion once quarantine is over! 

visiting old mansions is a new hobby of mine

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3. Sacramento River Train

Okay, excuse me while I freak out over all these cool experiences that this train has. I LOVE themed train rides, and the fact that this train has a long history is even better. Obviously quarantine has thrown a wrench in some of these plans, but typically the Sacramento River Train has these experiences and more: Wild West Dinner, Great Train Robbery, Thanksgiving Supper, Valentine's Day Train, Murder Mystery, Farm To Glass, and Magical Christmas Train where Santa Claus makes an appearance. This is all new to me, so I am totally thrilled right now that I can ride a train with Santa Claus! 

Dates for The Magical Christmas Train are filling up fast! Experience includes: --, hot --, a -- ride through an interactive storybook wonderland, and a one-on-one visit with ---- himself. Reserve your table through the link in our bio to join the fun. . . . #SacRiverTrain #EnjoyTheRide #Sacramento #SacramentoProud #Sacramento365 #AllAboard #VisitCalifornia #VisitSacramento #California #DiscoverAmerica #Train #RiverTrain #WestCoast #NorCal #Sactown #916 #CA #WestSacramento #WestSac #OldSac #SacramentoRiverTrain #VisitSac #VisitCA

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4. Alcatraz Island

Only those close to me know I have this odd fascination with prisons, and I'm so excited to be close enough to Alcatraz to tour the island. There are day and night tours available, and supposedly they have a different program for the night tour. Maybe there's some ghost hunting? Who knows, but I'm all for it! 

Break the rules and you go to prison. Break the prison rules and you go to Alcatraz -- . Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary was a maximum security prison on the island. The prison housed some of America’s most difficult and dangerous felons. They were not necessarily the ones who had committed the most violent crimes, but they were the inmates who continuously caused trouble at other federal prisons and who were most in need of attitude adjustment. Al Capone, Birdman and Machine Gun Kelly were some of the notorious prisoners. . The prison corridors are named after major US streets such as Broadway, this one you can see on the picture, and Michigan Avenue. . . . #alcatrazprison #alcatraz #alcatrazisland #sanfrancisco #california #visitcali #alcapone #sanfranciscobay #federalprison #cellblock #broadway #prisonbreak #prisonescape #machinegunkelly #eveningtour #exploretheworld #americanhistory #history #penitentiary #usatravel #lines #travelphotography #federal #prison #cellfie #solotravels #breaktherules #travelphotography #symmetry #͏t͏i͏m͏e͏t͏o͏s͏u͏p͏p͏o͏r͏t

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5. Glass Beach in Fort Bragg

This is on my list for shallow reasons. I want to take Instagram photos here! (Lol.)

. . ----. ---------- ---------- Fort Bragg, CA 95437 There’s an old myth that every time a sailor was lost at sea, mermaids would cry and their tears would wash into the shores as sea glass! Isn’t that something! This beach is kind of small, but worth stopping by. A lot of people take the glass as souvenirs so there isn’t as much glass as there once was, but it is still a beautiful place! It is actually illegal to remove anything from the beach, so take lots of pictures for memories instead. Pudding Creek Beach is also worth a visit if your looking for another place to visit! . . . . . *Due to the pandemic make those travel plans for when we get back to normal!* . . . **------------------ -------------------- -- ------ ------ -------- ------ ---- -- ------ ------ ---- ------ ------------ ---- -------- --------. ------ ------------ ------------ ---- ---------- -------------------- ------------. ------ -------------- ------------ ---- -------- -------- ---- ------ ---------------- ------ ---------------------- ---------------- -------- ------ ---- ------------------ ---- ------ -------- ------ ---------------- ---------- -------------- ------ ---- ------ --.--. ------------------ ------ --------.** . . #california #californiadreaming #californiaadventure #usatravel #exploringcalifornia #travel #travelingtheus #travelingtheusa #usa #travelingcalifornia #onestateatatime #cali #californialove #californiaholics #californiacaptures #visitcalifornia #califoniabeauty #californialiving #southcarolinaphotography #glassbeach #glassbeachfortbragg #glassbeachcalifornia #puddingcreek #seaglass #mermaids #beach #washedupseaglass #californiabeaches #californiabeach #washeduponshore

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6. Sacramento Zoo

I love animals, and zoos are always a fun way to get some exercise and see the big kitty cats! 

Rounding the corner on a new year! ---- Kamau’s planning on spending as much time sunbathing as possible this year. -- What’s your resolution? Tell us below! #KamauTheAfricanLion #AfricanLion #SacramentoZoo

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7. California Museum in Sacramento

I grew up with Colorado history, so I've got a lot more to learn about California! This museum seems basic but also a great start for getting acquainted with California history. 

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BONUS: Hearst Castle in San Simeon

I've been to Hearst Castle before and absolutely loved it. I added this as a bonus because it's not really in Northern California, but it's also not SoCal, either. Fun fact: Lady Gaga shot her music video for "G.U.Y." there! 

-- It’s a beautiful Sunday ----‍♀️

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