Northern California HIDDEN GEMS to visit in 2020

Northern California HIDDEN GEMS to visit in 2020

Northern California to me is about as good as it gets. There are so many places to visit within a couple hour drive. You could start your day on the beach, do some wine tasting in Napa, and get into the Mountains and snow later that afternoon. In-between there are gems that few know about, but are incredible. Today we look at 5 of these hidden gems that Northern California offers.

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  1. Roy Patton on April 24, 2022 at 11:43 am

    just south of Fort Bragg, go to the Point Reyes Lighthouse …..

  2. bill salcido on April 24, 2022 at 11:44 am

    If you put as much time into staying on topic as you do into all the annoying sound effects you’d get a great informative video….

  3. jAmEs EaZy on April 24, 2022 at 11:47 am

    Great vid

  4. Norm Landes on April 24, 2022 at 11:47 am

    Love your style. There are so many places in Calif that are incredible. Can’t name them all.

  5. Nicole S on April 24, 2022 at 11:50 am

    Trucky snow. Not used to the snow and cold

  6. Sophia Joy on April 24, 2022 at 11:51 am

    This was a very interesting video! I had to subscribe because your rambles crack me up. 😆 I’ve definitely put Truckee and Glen Ellen on my list of places to visit! Shot a movie in Placerville in 2016. Most of the people seemed very nice.
    My uncle used to smoke a pipe so, I guess I’ll be checking those out…now. ✌🏾

  7. Eileen Lightfoot on April 24, 2022 at 11:51 am

    CA is the best! Our family loves Bodega Dunes and Grover Hot Springs park, both only about a 2 hour drive from Sacramento. Empire Mine is also a good one for a day trip with kids. Enjoy California, we live in paradise!

  8. Chelsea V on April 24, 2022 at 11:52 am


  9. choochooman on April 24, 2022 at 11:53 am

    How about the material used to build Folsom Dam? At one time they had a train which ran from Folsom Dam to the rock quarry and back, that’s all it did back and forth. The rock quarry was located just outside of Cool, Ca, All that is left of the tracks is the trussel that crossed the American River up in Auburn,Ca. They call it a walking bridge now, the tracks have been removed, leaving only a dirt trail for hikers, I used to have a picture of a passenger bridge just south of the trussel that was used by the people and their horses and buggies to cross the river.

  10. Neal Davis on April 24, 2022 at 11:53 am

    Good morning Jason! 🙂 I pray that you are all well and that you stay that way! 🙂

  11. Niya Preeper on April 24, 2022 at 11:54 am

    I really enjoyed the video and your personality! It made the video more interesting! I love how passionate you are about these places!!!

  12. Nebs on April 24, 2022 at 11:55 am

    Nor cal looks nice. Apparently a lot of people who live in California want to leave the state. I guess they all live in the bad cities

  13. Miguel Sanchez on April 24, 2022 at 11:58 am

    Ayyyyeee fortbragg and Mendocino California I go there every day! Cool I watched this video to see if you would name some where close to me. Ps: I found this video from the cigar content crazy

  14. Neal Davis on April 24, 2022 at 11:58 am

    We do plan to RV to California and your list is very helpful. It both informs and excites. California Tourism should pay you royalties and use this video. They could hire a great film editor — you — to turn this into s lot of small snippets and buy time on the high-tech gas pumps that play videos while you pump out here east of the Mississippi River.

  15. choochooman on April 24, 2022 at 11:58 am

    I asked myself once " Was there ever a dam built on the American River before the Folsom Dam?" Answer is YES, It was a overflow dam, where the water was allowed to flow over, but it still diverted water to another direction, That little dam was just upstream of Folsom Prison. Back in the day Folsom Prison generated electricity for the city of Sacramento. You can find the dam on Google earth, But you can’t visit it because it is behind the fence on the prison property. You might get pictures, but you’ll have to walk along the bike trail to get them. Taking pictures of prison property might raise some questions, so be careful.

  16. Stan Calhoun on April 24, 2022 at 11:58 am

    Excellent video, great information…

  17. thethegreenmachine on April 24, 2022 at 11:59 am

    You may want to go further up the coast. There are great restaurants in Eureka, Arcata, and Trinidad. A few things to see are Patrick’s Point, Trinidad Beach, Fern Canyon, and Old Town Eureka.

  18. DOC STAR on April 24, 2022 at 11:59 am

    They used hammer stones also i try and pick up history before they bulldoze it into dust here in Bartrams Train in Georgia P.S. I wish i never left california in 73. I did go back to Sonoma wine country and left there loaded with all house wines. Dang it was nice loved it.
    Now most of the wine we can find in Georgia tastes like it came from the spit bucket.

  19. Neal Davis on April 24, 2022 at 11:59 am

    When you said that everyone would like the Avenue of the Giants who had a heart or a mind, I made a mental note to stop by the Wizard of Oz to ensure that I had both. I do hope that the Tin Man and Scarecrow didn’t get the last of each. Thanks for the admonition! 🙂

  20. matthias van gysel on April 24, 2022 at 12:01 pm

    22:10 hey yeah i’m still watching! i found you because one of your cigar videos. I Was interested in other videos you made and so i stumbled on this one. I like your content so keep going!

  21. Neal Davis on April 24, 2022 at 12:01 pm

    Yes, I enjoyed the video. Although the first time I watched was last night and I fell asleep and did not finish it. I got all the way to the end this morning and enjoyed it. Thank you! 🙂

  22. choochooman on April 24, 2022 at 12:07 pm

    Try hiway 49 south of 50, like Dry-town, or Suttercreek. Both of which were gold mining towns. Now you can drive through the main part of town and see all the tourist stuff, or you could go to the outskirts of either of these towns and see how much of the ore was transported to the towns for processing, on what I would call cable cams. You’ll see the wooden pole structures coming from the foothills into the town. To get to the outskirts, just make a left on any street from the main road and follow it out of town, you’ll see big beautiful houses, lots of fields, lots of grapes, and if you look towards the foothills you’ll see the foundations, and the poles of the cable cams. The cables are missing but you’ll see the direction they come from. Yes, Northern California has lots of history, and to see it you’ll need to get off the main roads. I’ve lost more photos, I took from years of research I used to do on the untold stories of Northern California and it’s mining history.

  23. Drinks After Drone on April 24, 2022 at 12:07 pm

    I agree NorCal is the best 🙂 Grew up in San Diego and living in Sacramento now and there is so much to explore here. Great spots!

  24. Next Giant Leap on April 24, 2022 at 12:08 pm

    great content but SUPER annoying distractions

  25. Timothy Doekhie on April 24, 2022 at 12:09 pm

    Very good vid

  26. Neal Davis on April 24, 2022 at 12:10 pm

    I don’t listen to podcasts, but I will try to find yours. Thank you for letting me know that you have one, that you are doing them.

  27. Teresa Beltran on April 24, 2022 at 12:11 pm

    Love this video,this one made me subscribe 😊

  28. Andrew Hunter on April 24, 2022 at 12:11 pm

    Hey, great video!
    Last year we drove up 89 from Tahoe to Lassen and it was amazing. I love that whole area. Lots of cool stuff and small towns on that route. So much better than taking I-5 North.
    Redwoods is my favorite NP!

  29. david jones on April 24, 2022 at 12:12 pm

    this is the worst travel video ive seen all week

  30. Ken Hiett on April 24, 2022 at 12:14 pm

    I can’t imagine trying this hard at pointless image endeavors. This video showcases the attitude that has left California in need of fleeing. I’m sure you’re insulated from the extreme nonsense in the northern areas, but I would need emergency attention from a straight talking, no b.s. easterner after a single weekend.

  31. Janina Perez on April 24, 2022 at 12:18 pm

    Wrong Fort Bragg cute touristy town, North Coast brewery, stop at Noyo Fish co. fresh local fish, hike and camp inside Russian gultch- waterfalls Redwoods, Mendocino coast drive is amazing.

  32. Karen Pena on April 24, 2022 at 12:19 pm

    Hieroglyphics? Well I think those are Egyptian lol

  33. BaldwinIV on April 24, 2022 at 12:20 pm

    Do you realize your glasses don’t fit your head?

  34. krtc76 on April 24, 2022 at 12:20 pm

    Great Video Man.

  35. Bobby G on April 24, 2022 at 12:21 pm

    you got to make new videos now its 2021 we had the fire’s in 2020 I don’t know whats left to do in California anymore i dont know what the fire didnt burn down so update us with new videos for 2021

  36. Neal Davis on April 24, 2022 at 12:22 pm

    Well, if it is volume that YouTube wants to see for comments, then it is volume that it shall have! 🙂

  37. M CH on April 24, 2022 at 12:22 pm

    This guy does not preparation whatsoever in this video.

  38. Karen Pena on April 24, 2022 at 12:24 pm

    Wrote them all down, creating my itinerary. Just my alley, thank you!

  39. Don Woehler on April 24, 2022 at 12:25 pm

    Lil bit femmy and yackin too much.. but like the scenery of N Cali

  40. Betty Fillmore on April 24, 2022 at 12:25 pm

    Petroglyph is what they are on the boulders. They are in Mendocino too, and are amazing……You shouldn’t be so hard on yourself, just so you know. This is the first video of yours I have seen. I rather enjoyed learning about places I live close enough to consider checking out myself. I will be watching more, and… go figure, you weren’t even smoking a cigar. (giggles)

  41. Neal Davis on April 24, 2022 at 12:27 pm

    Great video, Jason. Oh, by the way, Chicago is generally said to be in the Midwest, not the East Coast. 😉

  42. Willy WILL on April 24, 2022 at 12:28 pm

    I did enjoy it, thank you

  43. hueh hueh on April 24, 2022 at 12:31 pm

    fort brag and all of northern ca is all weed growing territory

    that is their industry now

  44. M CH on April 24, 2022 at 12:34 pm

    Guys is not sure about pretty much anything.

  45. Aaron P on April 24, 2022 at 12:34 pm

    Cool information! Gave me roadtrip fever something fierce, though!

    Petroglyphs, by the way. And Jim Carrey.

    By the way, is "500 Feet Ahead" released to the wild yet? And if so, where?

  46. Lilly Trexler on April 24, 2022 at 12:36 pm


  47. Reese Alva on April 24, 2022 at 12:36 pm

    The word you were looking for is petroglyph. Great video!

  48. Geno DAngelo on April 24, 2022 at 12:39 pm

    Lots of beautiful things to see in California but, Northern California is where my heart is at.

  49. Danna B on April 24, 2022 at 12:41 pm


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