Summer is here! There is nothing like a California summer: the beaches are packed, restaurants serve delicious summer dishes and desserts, the baseball stadiums are full of people, and fairs and festivals happen every weekend. What fun summer activities will you experience in Northern California?
5 Fun Summer Activities in Northern California
Ride the Rides at Six Flags
Six Flags Discovery Kingdom is an amusement park and animal park located in Vallejo, which is just 20 miles from IEC@DVC. Ride the roller coasters, watch the shows, and if it’s a hot day, get wet on the water rides! We love Six Flags so much that we often take trips there; in fact, we have a whole article called “Tips for Visiting Six Flags.”
Visit the California State Fair
Fairs in the United States are a fun mix of rides, agriculture, art, games, and food. Don’t miss the California State Fair, which is in Sacramento. Visit the agriculture exhibits to see the award-winning pigs, cows, chickens, goats, and rabbits that were raised by local youth. This is an old U.S. tradition! Then see the art and photography shows before enjoying the best part of the fair: the food! There is a joke that everything is fried at the fair (there really is a dish called “fried butter,” but we don’t recommend it). We DO recommend funnel cake, which is a tasty dessert made from fried dough.
Relax at Pismo Beach
It is difficult to choose the “best” beach in Northern California: there are so many beautiful beaches to explore! (In fact, we have a post titled “The Best of San Francisco Beaches” if you want to read more.) Pismo Beach is a local favorite because it is not just a beach: it’s also a charming town, and the area also offers beachside campgrounds.
Canoe the Russian River
The Russian River goes through Sonoma County and ends at the Pacific Ocean. Along the river, there are places to go hiking, horseback riding, swimming, canoeing, and kayaking. There is something for everyone along with the beautiful and peaceful river!
Camp in Sequoia National Park
Yosemite National Park gets all of the attention (for good reason: it’s beautiful!). However, Sequoia National Park is like the quieter (less crowded) “little sister” with beautiful redwood trees, canyons, and hikes along green fern-filled trails. From Sequoia National Park, visitors can then drive to Kings Canyon, which is in Kings Canyon National Park. It has the deepest canyon in all of North America (and it is worth seeing)!