Share the best of Northern California with your four-footed friend.
Redwood forests walks, beach cavorts, wineries, even riding in canoes—there’s really no place you can’t enjoy a visit to California’s northern regions with your pooch along for the ride. Keep in mind that leash laws vary by location—and even who’s in charge that day—so it’s best to keep a tether and collar handy should you need to curb your dog’s enthusiasm.
Trip length: 4-5 days
Sausalito (10mi/16km; 2min). Hike dog-designated Marin Headlands trails (call Golden Gate National Recreation Area for details), with panoramic views of San Francisco. Treat yourself to fish, and your companion to dog treats made with bacon, at Fish on the waterfront.
Philo (58mi/94km; 1hr 4min). Stop by Navarro Vineyards and Toulouse Vineyards to sip medal-winning Anderson Valley wines; both of these low-key wineries have a soft spot for dogs.
Chico (79mi/127km; 1hr 25min). With over 3,600 acres of green, Bidwell Park is a dog’s dream, especially the sniff-heaven untamed sections of Upper Park. Cool down at an outdoor table at Shubert’s (homemade) Ice Cream & Candy; try the Chico Mint.
Sacramento (87mi/140km; 1hr 42min). Top Hand Ranch Carriage Company will take you and your dog on a horse and carriage ride through Old Sacramento and around the State Capitol; happy coincidence, a 40-acre park wraps about the Capitol building .
Rutherford (75mi/121km; 1hr 23min). Many Napa Valley wineries don’t mind if pooch tags along. Consider Alpha Omega , where you can sip highly respected wines and your friend can cool off in the winery’s pond.