9 Excursions to Add to your Northern California Summer Bucket List



Bucketlist Experiences in Northern California for Summer 2021. Surfing in Santa Cruz, Yosemite National Park, Helicopter Tour of Lake Tahoe, Hot Air Balloon tour of Napa Wineries

Add these Summer bucketlist experiences to your 2021 must-do list. Cool off in the summer heat by getting drenched in white water rapids or taking a surf lesson. Get your adrenaline pounding by soaring over Napa Valley in a hot air balloon or a helicopter trip over Lake Tahoe.


White Water Rafting on the American River


Whitewater rafting in the Sierra Nevada foothills is unquestionably one of the best ways to cool off in the Northern California heat. Ride the rapids on the American River with the help of a trained guide. From family-friendly to daredevil tours, there's something for everyone! We did this excursion a few years ago and made the best memories rafting down the river!


Book Here: Half Day South Fork, Full Day Middle Fork


Helicopter Tour of Lake Tahoe


Take a helicopter tour across California's most pristine lake to get your adrenaline pounding. When you see Lake Tahoe's dazzling shoreline from above, you'll understand why the phrase "Keep Tahoe Blue" was coined. If you are looking for other land based activities in Lake Tahoe check out this blog post.


Book Here: Mini Helicopter Tour, Full Helicopter Tour


Sea Car Tour of Monterey


In this unique two-person convertible scooter automobile, cruise the streets of Cannery Row and Monterey Bay. Each sea car automobile is equipped with GPS-guided navigation, allowing you to concentrate on the scenery rather than directions. In addition to GPS, the automobiles provide recorded commentary about Monterey's history as well as numerous photo opportunities along the trip. If you need a cup of coffee along your route, make sure to check out my favorite coffee shops in Monterey!


Book Here: Monterey and Cannery Sea Car Tour


Bike the Golden Gate Bridge to Sausalito


If you want to get the most out of your bike ride and tour of San Francisco, this is the experience for you! It's a three-hour guided bike trip that takes you around the city and over the Golden Gate Bridge. Your ultimate destination is the charming village of Sausalito, so stop in for a drink and, if you're feeling adventurous, ride a ferry back to the city! Want to enjoy free activities in San Francisco, check out these free things to do in Golden Gate Park.

Book Here: SF Guided Bike Tour


Hot Air Balloon Ride in Wine Country


An early morning sight-seeing balloon ride in Napa Valley allows you to experience the world-famous wine area from the air. Flying over rolling vineyards and learning more about the region's history will leave you with lasting memories. This is certainly a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity!


Book Here: Napa Valley Hot-Air Balloon




Take a Surf Lesson in Santa Cruz


In Santa Cruz, channel your inner Kelly Slater by learning to surf among the top surfers in the area. Your three-hour class will teach you how to paddle out, spring up, establish balance, and catch a wave, as well as proper riding technique and sea knowledge.


Book Here: Surfing Lesson


Go Hiking in Yosemite National Park


On this guided hiking excursion across Yosemite National Park, immerse yourself in the majestic landscapes of the park's most famous places, including Glacier Point, El Capitan, Half Dome, and more! All abilities of hikers are welcome, and you will be teamed with an expert guide who will provide local expertise and direction during your adventure.


Book Here: Guided Hiking Excursion, Small Group Day Tour from SF


Whale Watching on the Pacific Ocean


On this half-day whale-watching cruise from Monterey, look for whales as they migrate around the Pacific Ocean. Learn about the diverse marine life that passes through the area, and your guide will explain the intriguing behaviors and patterns of whales, dolphins, sea lions, birds, and other animals.


Book Here: Monterey Whale Watching Tour


Kayak the Russian River


On a guided kayak excursion, float down the iconic Russian River and soak up the beauty of California's wine country. Enjoy the relaxed pace of kayaking while taking in the breathtaking scenery that surrounds you. You don't need any prior experience, and you can choose to paddle solo or in a tandem kayak.


Book Here: 3 Hour Tour, 5 hr 30 min Tour




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Welcome to the Brittsbellavita Blog, a California based travel and adventure community geared towards inspiring others to find their "Bella Vita." I am a Licensed Drone Pilot and Content Creator with a passion for exploring the outdoors, finding hidden gems, and getting off the beaten path. I live in Northern California, and love showcasing the Golden State, West Coast, and beyond!

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