Northern California Visitor's Bureaus
This nonprofit organization is dedicated to helping people with physical limitations and disabilities travel safely and comfortably throughout northern California.
American Canyon is the second-largest city in Napa County and is often considered the county's gateway because it's located at the southern edge, north of San Francisco.
This city on San Francisco Bay is well known for its academic and liberal communities. You can download a digital version of the annual visitor's guide.
About 50 miles northeast of Redding is the town of Burney, at the base of Burney Mountain in the Cascades. A major attraction is McArthur Burney Falls Memorial State Park.
Dorris and Macdoel are the main towns this chamber represents. One of the area's best-known attractions is a 200-foot flagpole, the tallest west of the Mississippi River. Fishing, hunting, and dog sledding are popular local activities.
This organization represents the state's 1,000 miles of navigable waterways. There are links to marinas, hotels, restaurants, annual events, and more than a dozen local chambers of commerce for more detailed information about specific locales.
Calistoga is the town at the northern edge of the Napa Valley, right in between Napa and Sonoma counties in the heart of California Wine Country. Hotels, spas, shops, and wineries are among the major attractions.
Part of Plumas County, the Chester and Lake Almanor area offers outdoor activities year-round. Snowmobiling and skiing in the winter give way to fishing and hiking every summer.
Chico is a town in Butte County, about 90 miles north of Sacramento. The town is home to Bidwell Park, one of the largest municipal parks in the United States, and has served as a backdrop for popular movies, including 1976's The Outlaw Josie Wales starring Clint Eastwood and 1939's Gone with the Wind.
Citrus Heights, about 15 miles north of Sacramento, became an independent city in 1997 following nearly 100 years as an unincorporated area of Sacramento County.
The official website of the city of Sacramento includes links to the Convention and Visitors Bureau, links to popular tourist attractions, and all the information you'll ever need about getting to and from the city.
Corning is in Tehama County. The city is also known as Olive City and is home to the Bell Carter Olive Company, said to be the world's largest ripe olive cannery. Tours are available, local businesses offer olive tastings, and there's an annual Olive Festival held every August.
Located in the Sacramento and San Joaquin Delta area, the Delta Loop includes a 10-mile scenic drive as well as more than 50 attractions for campers, boaters, diners, and other visitors.
This chamber represents the towns of Dunsmuir and Castella, as well as the Upper Sacramento River area. Annual events include a summer music concert series each August, as well as the Dunsmuir Railroad Days celebration in July.
Representing Eastern Plumas County in the Sierra Valley, this group represents off-the-beaten-path businesses that are about 160 miles from Sacramento and 250 miles from San Francisco. The region is known for year-round outdoor sports activities.
Located in the southern part of Sacramento County, the city of Elk Grove was incorporated in 2000. It includes several protected wetlands and natural recreation areas.
Gilroy is located in Santa Clara County, near Silicon Valley. It's known as the garlic capital of the world and hosts a popular garlic festival every year in July.
This is the official website of Fresno County, and it offers tons of links to activities like the Fresno County Fruit Trail, a self-guided tour through the area's agricultural heartland.
The town of Redding is becoming known not just for vacations, but also as a destination for conventions. There are a large number of hotels, campgrounds, RV parks, cabins, and houseboat rentals to suit virtually any kind of traveler.
Representing the towns of Happy Camp and the Klamath River Valley, this chamber represents the businesses that have sprung up within Klamath National Forest since the days of trappers and hunters.
Located in Sonoma County, the town of Healdsburg offers wineries, breweries, shopping, lodging, and more.
Humboldt County is about 200 miles north of San Francisco, part of what the locals call the Redwood Coast. Eureka is the most popular city in the county, which also includes multiple parks and museums.
The town of Indian Valley is in Plumas County and is known for its outdoor beauty and activities. Annual events include a crab feed and auction in February, as well as a solar cookoff festival in July.
“Crawdad Town USA” is located along the Sacramento River in the California Delta. It's a small community, population less than 1,000, but nevertheless is home to an annual Crawdad Festival held each June during the Father's Day weekend.
Located about two hours north of the San Francisco Bay area, Lake County sits smack in the middle of Mendocino, Napa, and Sonoma wine counties — all known for their fine wines and restaurants.
Lodi is a town in San Joaquin County that boasts more than 60 wineries, a performing arts theater, local antiques stores, and more.
Distinct from the Lodi Conference and Visitors Bureau, this group is sponsored by the Lodi-Woodbridge Winegrape Commission. It represents more than 800 winegrowers and sponsors the annual event Zinfest each May.
Located in the heart of the San Joaquin Valley, Manteca hosts events that range from Oktoberfest to a Teddy Bears and Tea festival for mothers and daughters in May.
Marin County is just over the Golden Gate Bridge from San Francisco, on the way to the Napa and Sonoma wine region. It offers everything from sprawling beaches to redwood forests, plus music, art, and film festivals galore. Its farmers' markets are world renowned.
McCloud has held an annual lumberjack festival for more than 50 years, helping to celebrate its heritage as an early timber trade town. There's also an old-fashioned Christmas celebration each year that includes Santa Claus arriving during a downtown parade.
The Modoc National Wildlife Refuge, most of which is located south of the town of Alturas, includes thousands of acres of hunting, fishing, and recreational grounds. The county's historical museum boasts a collection of handguns and rifles from the 1400s through the post–World War II era.
Big Sur, Carmel, Pebble Beach — the locations within Monterey County are known the world over. The Monterey Bay Aquarium also has an international following.
Mount Shasta is part of the Cascades and is the second-tallest volcano in the United States. The town of Mount Shasta is nestled at its base, and the chamber offers a downloadable visitor's guide that lists local attractions, annual events, and more.
This group's official website features an interactive map, winery information, restaurant listings, a calendar of local events, and more. There's even a special section to help you plan your wedding in California's premier Wine Country.
This boating group helps to organize popular events including the annual water festivals and boat shows in Oakland, Sacramento, and Folsom.
The Shasta Cascade Wonderland Association's website includes information from eight northern California counties, as well as special sections on select cities, attractions, and activities. There's also a calendar of events and free downloads of full-color catalogs. Something else unique you'll find on this Web site is a weekly fishing report for northern California, compiled by the Western Outdoor News service.
This chamber represents Point West, the Uptown District, Del Paso Heights, Robla, McClellan Park, and Hagginwood. Artists' shops, retail stores, and hotels are the main visitor attractions.
Located in Eastern Madera County, the town of Oakhurst is near Yosemite National Park in Gold Country. It hosts an annual chocolate and wine festival in October.
Located about an hour's drive east of San Francisco Bay in the Sacramento–San Joaquin River Delta, the town of Oakley hosts an Almond Festival every year in September.
Oroville is a town in Butte County that sponsors an annual 10-day festival and serves as a home to water sports, horseback riding trails, and museums.
Paradise didn't incorporate as a town until 1979, but the area's rich history dates back to well before the first white settlers arrived in the 1800s. Today, one of the city's most popular attractions is the Golden Nugget Museum.
Plumas County is just south of Lassen Volcanic National Park. Its main towns include Chester, Quincy, Greenville, and Hallelujah Junction. The bureau helps to promote farmers' markets, county fairs, and similar activities. American Valley Speedway, featuring car races, is also in Plumas County.
The town of Quincy is located on the western slope of the Sierra Nevada. It is the county seat of Plumas County at the top of Feather River Canyon. Self-guided tours of the historic buildings downtown are a popular attraction.
Tehama Country, as the chamber of commerce calls the county, is about 90 minutes north of Sacramento and serves as the gateway to Lassen Volcanic National Park and the Yolla Bolly Mountains. Downtown Red Bluff boasts more than 150 businesses in its historic downtown area, and you can download a free map that will take you on a walking tour of the local Victorian architecture.
Redding calls itself the second-sunniest city in America, with 88 percent of every year's days being free of rainfall. Turtle Bay Exploration Park is a main attraction, as is the Big League Dreams Sports Park. Golf and whitewater rafting are among the outdoor activities the area offers.
About 45 miles northeast of San Francisco on the Sacramento River, the town of Rio Vista boasts a bridge designed by Joseph Strauss, who also designed the more famous Golden Gate Bridge. The town is known for having some of the best sportfishing in the state.
Sponsored by the Sacramento Department of Convention, Culture, and Leisure, this website is a gateway to the city's events, attractions, and more. There's also an interactive events calendar, if you want to see what's happening during the time you plan to visit.
Maps, hotel packages, and other special travel offers are all available at this official website of one of northern California's largest cities. The “things to do” section is a boon for anyone planning a vacation in the Sacramento area.
There are sections on this website for pretty much any kind of travel you require, including discount packages, handicapped accessibility, and gay-themed vacations. You can search for hotels by neighborhood and find everything from museums to golf courses to annual events.
Founded in 1777, San Jose is the oldest civil settlement in all of California. It was the site of the first state capital and is now one of the largest cities in the state. San Jose averages 300 out of 365 sunny days each year — meaning just about any month is a good month to visit.
Attractions in this region include a theme park, a computer museum, a NASA exploration center, wineries, shopping, and more.
The Oregon border towns of Etna and Fort Jones fall under the purview of this California chamber, which helps to sponsor an annual bluegrass festival each July.
One of the most popular places in California Wine Country, the Sonoma Valley is home to countless wineries, restaurants, and gastronomical delights.
This San Joaquin Delta city takes great pride in its cultural offerings, including theater, dance, music, art galleries, and a world-renowned museum. Annual events in the region include the Almond Blossom Festival in February, an Asparagus Festival in April, and a Wine and Sausage Festival in June.
Surprise Valley is about 70 miles long, running between California's Warner Mountain Range and Nevada's Hayes Mountain Range. The valley includes four historic towns: Cedarville, Eagleville, Fort Bidwell, and Lake City. Cattle drives are a regular occurrence, as are horseshoe tournaments, powwows, and rodeos.
Based in the town of Weaverville, this chamber's website has an extensive list of annual countywide events.
Yosemite National Park is the main attraction in Tuolumne County, which also offers skiing, hiking, biking, river rafting, fishing, camping, gold panning, sightseeing, fine dining, accommodations, and more.
Vallejo is 35 minutes from San Francisco and about 15 minutes from Napa and Sonoma counties. It is home to the Six Flags Discovery Kingdom amusement park, the Jelly Belly Candy Company, and an Anheuser-Busch brewery.
This is the official website of the California Travel and Tourism Commission. It covers all of California, not just the northern section, and has an interactive map where you can click on a region of the state and learn about all it has to offer.
This group, representing Mount Shasta County and the Siskiyou County Visitors Bureau, offers links to multiple chambers of commerce as well as an annual calendar of events.
The city of Weed is located along the Volcanic Scenic Byway, about halfway between Portland, Oregon, and San Francisco, California. The visitor's center can direct you to local motels, restaurants, and more.
Willow Creek is a town in the heart of Six Rivers National Forest — home to countless sightings of the man-animal creature known the world over as Big Foot. Fishing, swimming, and rafting are among the local attractions, as is the annual Big Foot Days celebration.
The world-famous Yosemite National Park is just one of the attractions you can enjoy in the Sierra Nevada and Madera County.
This gourmand's paradise is known as the culinary capital of the Napa Valley. Renowned for its world-class restaurants in the heart of California Wine Country, Yountville offers family events and adult-oriented wine festivals alike.
Yreka is about 20 miles south of the Oregon border, inside the Shasta Valley. It calls itself the Golden City and is the seat of Siskiyou County. Outdoor activities include golfing, fishing, hunting, whitewater rafting, and snow skiing.