Traveling can take a bite out of people’s wallets, but it doesn’t have to be like that anymore. Traveling with loved ones, or even alone doesn’t have to be a hassle anymore, it can actually be fun!

Here at Power 102.1, we strive to make our listeners happy. We want to help you become less stressed about work and bills, so taking one of these trips (or all of them) and taking some time off is just what the doctor prescribed.

And maybe you don’t want to take the long and exhausting drive down to Southern California to visit the beach or the zoo, or even Disneyland, so Nor-Cal is the way to go. There’s so many great places here that you can travel to, and for a third of the price that it costs to drive down to So-Cal.

Here are our picks for the top 10 places that you can go to with your loved one, with the family, or with friends:

  1. Visit The Performing Animal Welfare Society – Exotic Animal Sanctuary

    Where: San Andreas, CA
    What: Lions, tigers, and bears who were abandoned, abused, or retired performing animals and victims of the exotic animal trade, live in peace and dignity.
  2. Take a Night Tour of Alcatraz

    Where: San Francisco, CA
    What: Round-trip ferry ride to Alcatraz Island, a guided tour outside the prison, a self-guided audio tour inside the prison and hear stories from real prisoners of life inside the prison.
  3. Visit Yosemite

    Where: California’s Sierra Nevada mountains.
    What: Camp, hike granite cliffs, enjoy the breathtaking waterfalls, and climb any time of the year.
  4. Drink wine at Sonoma County and Cline Cellars

    Where: Sonoma County, CA
    What: The wines are compared to the best, and the food is just as appealing.
  5. Camp at Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks
    Three Rivers, CA
    Giant trees, deep canyons, and towering mountains.
  6. Take a drive through the Pacific Coast Highway
    Where: If you’re not up for the entire 656-mile scenic road trip, a popular stretch runs from Monterey and ends in Morro Bay.
    What: Dazzling views of soaring cliffs along the Pacific Ocean coastline.
  7. Visit the Channel Islands
    Where: Off the Southern California coast
    What: The shoreline provides snorkeling and scuba diving opportunities, while the islands themselves offer hiking, camping, and tide pools to explore. The national park is also comprised of five islands with more than 2,000 species of plants, animals and dolphins, harbor seals, and sea lions abound.
  8. Take a trip aboard the Amtrak Pacific Surfliner
    Where: Connecting San Luis Obispo and San Diego through Los Angeles and Santa Barbara
    What: The scenery is filled with cliffs, coastline, ocean as far the eye can see, and picturesque mountains and valleys.
  9. Go on a Mendocino Getaway
    Where: Mendocino, CA
    What: An ideal destination for couples where you can go for a stroll or a swim at the beach, or take advantage of the off-season rates and packages at local hotels.
  10. Take a hike on the John Muir Trail
     Runs from Yosemite Valley to Mount Whitney
    One of the most beautiful and famous trails in the country. It has several camps and stores in the High Sierra back-country which provide supplies and warm showers along the way.


Now what are you waiting for? Go take a hike!