With summer winding down and school about to start, there is just a little more time to pack your bags and fill up your truck with the essentials (snacks, your best friends, and other goodies) and travel around northern Cali. There is so much to do and see here, and whether you are from the area, or will be in town for a little while, make the most of the time you have left this summer for vacationing with this ultimate road trip map.
From cocktails with large jellyfish hanging from the ceiling to eating homemade Italian dishes at a Santa Rosa hideaway, this road trip will help you experience the very best of northern CA with all of your best friends.
Where to go: Listen to a jazz concert in a hidden boathouse at Golden Gate Park
Every weekend you can catch a jazz performance that takes place in a boathouse hosted by two guys named David and Roman. Come and chill out, and bring along some friends or your partner. You'll also want to bring a cheap bottle of wine because hey, it's BYOB. For $25, you can't beat it.
Where to eat: Shashuka in the Height
If you're a foodie but also want to learn how to make some of your favorite middle eastern dishes, you'll love heading to this spot. Your host Katie will take you and a small group of others and guide you in making some delicious dishes like shakshuka. After you taste Middle Eastern flavors in the kitchen, you'll sit with your new friends and enjoy a dinner party together.
Where to stay: San Francisco Marriott Marquis
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This beautiful hotel might be part of a chain, but it's definitely full of character.
Where to go: Sacramento Scavenger Hunt Adventure
For all you adventurists out there, you'll love this treasure hunt that takes you through the heart of Sacramento. Enjoy finding all kinds of cool parts of the city with your best buds, and have a fun-filled day for about $40.
Where to eat: The Waterboy
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If you're looking for good food, look no further than this joint. Expect to see a menu filled with dishes like herb ravioli, pan seared scallops, fresh and hot fries with aioli. Yum!
Where to stay: Comfort Inn & Suites Sacramento University Area
For 100 bucks, you and your friends can nab this hotel and enjoy free wifi and parking, a pool, and a hot breakfast in the morning.
Where to go: Hike through Almaden Quicksilver County Park
Looking for a backdrop that will make all of your IG follower jealous? You should head here and not only get to get some exercise (I mean, damn, you've been in a car for so long) but also get to see some amazing sights. Snap a few photos and tag the place. Make all your friends with they were here.
Where to eat: Falafel Drive-In
Looking for some cheap Greek food that will hit the spot after your hike? This place has you covered. For about $8 you'll get your hands on a pita the size of your face, and you'll leave stuffed. They're filled with so much better, like spiced chicken, beef steak, or the good ol' falafel.
Where to stay: Wyndham Garden San Jose Silicon Valley
100 bucks will get you a night's stay at this hotel, which is clean and chic. There is plenty of A/C and a nightclub right there, so there's not much more you can ask for.
Where to go: The San Francisco Bay Ferry
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Take a relaxing trip on a boat with your pals, exploring all the areas and sights from Oakland to SF, and back. It's definitely picturesque, so you'll want to snap a bunch of IG-worthy pics.
Where to eat: Cheeseboard Pizza
You can never go wrong with a cheap, hot slice of pizza. Head to this join for a massive slice with all of your favorite toppings, all for about $3.
Where to stay: Days Hotel Oakland Airport-Coliseum
Nab this place for about $110 and get a free continental breakfast in the morning when you're hungover AF. This hotel has a pool and a 24-hour gym, FYI. The views of the sunsets aren't bad here, either.
Where to go: Sonoma County Brewery Bike Tour
Like wine and riding bikes? This tour brings both of those together for you and your friends to enjoy. Tickets start at about $100, so you'll want to save your money, but you'll love this experience and getting to share with your best buds (and drinking lots of Hopmonk Tavern brews).
Where to eat: Superburger
Love fresh onion rings and a good burger? Stop at this place for some cheap eats and some of the juiciest meat around. Pair your burger with a milkshake and you're all set.
Where to stay: Hotel La Rose
This hotel was originally built in 1907 and is still standing with good reason. It's simply beautiful, and will only cost you a little over $100. With this being the last stop, you might as well indulge and enjoy your last item on the list.
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