NorCal Roadtrips

An Explorer's Guide to Northern California

Things To Do by Month

January

Watch mature male elephant seals fight & mate at Ano Nuevo State Park.

Whale Watching. Click the link for the best places.

View up to 100,000 Monarch butterflies wintering at Natural Bridges State Park in Santa Cruz. Prime time is mid-October until the end of February.

February

Watch mature male elephant seals fight & mate at Ano Nuevo State Park.

View up to 100,000 Monarch butterflies wintering at Natural Bridges State Park in Santa Cruz. Prime time is mid-October until the end of February.

March

View elephant seal pups at Ano Nuevo State Park.

April

 

May

Visit the Azalea State Natural Reserve in Humboldt County 5 miles north of Arcata.

Visit the Kruse Rhododendron State Reserve for the peak blooming season.

June

Visit the Azalea State Natural Reserve in Humboldt County 5 miles north of Arcata.

Try your hand at river rafting; its prime time.

July

Mendocino Music Festival. Held each year at the Mendocino Headlands State Park. Music varies from classical to bluegrass. www.mendocinomusic.com.

Try your hand at river rafting; its prime time.

August

Try your hand at river rafting. The season may be over on some rivers so check with your guide service.

September

Bluegrass Festival, Anderson Marsh State Historic Park near Clear Lake.

October

View up to 100,000 Monarch butterflies wintering at Natural Bridges State Park in Santa Cruz. Prime time is mid-October until the end of February.

November

View up to 100,000 Monarch butterflies wintering at Natural Bridges State Park in Santa Cruz. Prime time is mid-October until the end of February.

December

Watch mature male elephant seals fight & mate at Ano Nuevo State Park.

View up to 100,000 Monarch butterflies wintering at Natural Bridges State Park in Santa Cruz. Prime time is mid-October until the end of February.