It’s hard to believe there may be a bit of California’s coast that is barely inhabited; just head north out of San Francisco to the wild, rugged North Coast. This is a side of California people seldom take the time to see. This long stretch of coastline running from the northern border down to San Francisco is where you’ll find deserted beaches, quaint seaside towns, giant redwoods, rural farms, and a rocky coast peppered with lighthouses. It is the California of 50 years ago; no traffic, no crowds, fresh air, and undiscovered!
You can get out and explore this natural environment in a relaxed or adventurous way. From rugged hiking, surfing, and kayaking to beach combing, wine tasting, and bird watching; the North Coast has something for every type of adventurer. And if you are looking to unplug, the North Coast’s Redwoods are the perfect natural hideaway. This is like no other part of the California coast, it’s a hidden gem that once you experience it, you’ll always head back North for more.
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