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posted on December 08, 2015

California is one of the many beautiful states in the United States. To see California by train is even more wonderful. The state’s northern region is both charming and beautiful, encompassing historical features and unique people. From National Park landmarks to historic sites and cities, California is popular destination year round.

Here are some of the miraculous sites you can see throughout northern California on a train trip:

Lassen Volcanic National Park

Located in northeastern California is one of the many United States National Parks, Lassen Volcanic National Park. The site is located near the northern end of the Sacramento Valley. The central point of Lassen Volcanic National Park is Lassen Peak, the largest plug dome volcano in the world, also referred to as a lava dome. The particular shape of the dome results in slow extrusion of lava if it were ever to erupt, though the last eruption is dated back to sometime in the mid-1600s.

This site is rich with Native American history and several campgrounds are situated within the park. The volcano might be the interest point for visitors, but the rest of the park has plenty more to see. There are trails, mountain lakes, steaming fumaroles, and meadows covered with wildflowers.

Muir Woods

Muir Woods National Monument is located on Mount Tamalpais in California. Just 12 miles north of San Francisco, this National Park Service woodland is a unique forest of tall old-growth redwood trees. The area is a great place to photograph, as it is often covered in coastal marine fog. The wet environment promotes strong plant growth. If the time of day is just right, you can see sunlight shining through the redwood trees, creating a stunning view. Our California train trip takes passengers on a leisurely stroll through Muir Woods.

Bikers and hikers are also encouraged to take advantage of the many paved trails throughout the forest.

Old Sacramento

Since the 1960s, Old Sacramento State Historic Park, also known simply as Old Sacramento, has been restored and turned into a popular tourist attraction. The city holds a lot of history revolving around the development of Sutter’s Fort, a fort established by John Sutter, but had eventually fallen into despair. In the 1960s, the city was restored to its original state and made into a tourist attraction. It eventually became a National Historic Landmark.

Millions of people visit Old Sacramento yearly and the city holds annual events, including the Sacramento Music Festival and Mardi Gras.

San Francisco

San Francisco is one of the many great cities of California. It is the second-most densely populated major city in the United States. San Francisco is home to the Golden Gate Bridge, the famous mile-wide and three-mile-long bridge.

The city is home to many attractions, from the De Young Museum to the Exploratorium. Visitors often explore the city on Big Bus Tours or on cable cars. If you’re looking for a good place to eat while in the city, delicious food is always easy to find from fresh seafood to Mexican dishes.

Sequoia National Park

The Sequoia National Park located within Sierra Nevada is a unique park full of sequoia trees, mountainous landscapes, and dense wildlife. It’s famous for its giant sequoia trees. The park is home to the General Sherman Tree, the largest tree in the world. The tree itself is 274.9 feet tall, 102.6 feet in circumference at the ground, and 36.5 feet in diameter at the base.

In addition to the giant forestry throughout the park, there are also caves, trails, and campgrounds. Crescent Meadow and Moro Rock are two very popular attractions within the reserve.

Yosemite Valley

Yosemite Valley is a glacial valley located in Yosemite National Park, which is also home to the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Though the valley is only one percent of the park, it’s the most popular attraction of Yosemite. There are hiking trails that lead to some beautiful scenery.

The first view most people see of Yosemite Valley is the Tunnel View, a magnificent scenic overlook located on State Route 41 in the park.

You can never run out of things to see or places to go in northern California. With the abundance of National Parks and forests throughout the region, tourist attractions, and historical sites, there is always something amazing to see. Seeing California’s northern region on a train trip offers plenty of once-in-a-lifetime opportunities that are worth experiencing firsthand for a truly memorable train excursion.

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