Last month we dreamt of Los Angeles
, and now we expand our horizons to see what else lies further north in California.
Head north of LA, hire a car (consider a convertible for the ultimate driving experience) and drive the Pacific Highway aka Highway 1 for a romantic road adventure. Spectacular views along this coastal highway make for some great snaps. Stop in Santa Barbara
and catch some local surf action or lounge about and soak up some rays.
is jam-packed with activities for you both. Pier 39 at Fisherman’s Wharf
should be top of the list of places to visit whilst in San Fran or Frisco (as the locals call it). Here you will find waterfront shopping, the famous sea lions basking in the sunshine, entertaining street performers and you just have to try clam chowder – a signature dish and quite frankly the best you will ever have!
Another must of your list of what to do and where to go whilst in Frisco is to catch an iconic cable car through the steep streets and explore the colourful Victorian houses and hilly landscapes. Explore the city further by bike on your way to the Golden Gate Bridge
, a great way to see the city, get outdoors as well as some fun exercise at the same time. Alcatraz
is a wonderful day trip, but be sure to book your tickets well in advance or you may miss out. Explore the island at your leisure as there is no formal tour but you can purchase an audio tour for some areas of the island if you please, which gives you a richer insight into the history of the island.
Take a trip up to the beautiful Napa Valley
and stay for a few nights and explore what this romantic region has to offer. Cycle amongst the mountains and vineyards with a tour group or just the two of you. Discover the culinary delights of olives, cheese and tomatoes, the perfect match for the local wines on offer, or take a well-deserved break from the cycling, by soaking up some luxury in the resort or at the spa and treat yourselves to some indulgent pampering and relaxation. Spend a morning with a private hot air balloon ride soaring above this glorious setting of vineyards and mountains for the best view in town , or wine and dine your way through Napa and the award-winning restaurants. Of course, you must visit at least one winery (or three!) for the quintessential Napa experience.
on the border of Cali and Nevada is a picturesque location right on the lake. Depending on the season you are travelling, if there’s snow, hit the slopes on skis or snowboard. The chairlift on the way up offers a great view of Lake Tahoe as do some of the ski runs.
Romance really is abundant in these regions of northern California and beyond. Whatever the two of you fancy, be it a road trip, gourmet delights, private sanctuaries or stunning scenery California really has it all and is guaranteed to be the trip of a lifetime.