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Humboldt Redwoods State Park (near Garberville, CA)

Redwood National Park

Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park One good trail is Mill Creek trail on Howland Hill road. Also the Myrtle Creek Trail

Fern Canyon take the Davison road exit off 101 and go to the coast

Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park

Del Norte Coast Redwoods State Park try Damnation Creek trail for flowers.

Mendocino Coast

Bodega Bay

Ferndale area and the Lost Coast.  There is a fantastic Victorian mansion - the Carson mansion, best photographed in late afternoon.  Lots of very photogenic Victorian architecture

Sonoma wine vinyards

Napa wine vineyards one of the best is Opus One, just across the highway, Silverado Trail

Mondavi Vineyards in Rutherford

Healdsburg wine vinyards

Dry Creek Road West of Healdsburg going north on 101, take Exit Dry Creek Rd and turn West. (turning east takes you in to Healdsburg , Travel about 3 miles, then turn L on Lambert Bridge Road , then turn R on West Dry Creek road . Turn R on Yoakim rode which will bring you back to Dry Creed Road. A little over half way on the loop there is a small barn on the right. It's weathered wood with a charming weather vine and it's surrounded by old gnarly vines.


Petaluma has a historic downtown with great old buildings. Just outside of Petaluma is Helen Putnam Regional Park beautiful vista's of surrounding hills.

Alexander and Dry Creek Valleys.  Great for fall colors

Geyserville Hannah Vineyards have vineyards planted on hillsides, providing some nice lines.  There is also a beautiful oak tree on a hilltop that can be isolated with vineyards.

Carneros Artesa Vineyards on Dealy Lane, just off Old Sonoma Highway between Napa and Sonoma.  Artesa is located on a hilltop, and provides opportunities for photographing in a number of directions

St. Helena visit Chappellet Winery travel on Sage Canyon Road.

Calistoga  visit Storybook Mountians, Chateau Montelena, and Schramsberg Vineyards.

Coast from Orick to Trinidad is one of the most beautiful in California.  Good access at Patrick Point State Park and Trinidad Beach State Park..  Glass Beach, and Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens, Point Arena and Bowling Ball Beach (have to hit it at low tide), and Gualala hitting some photo galleries.  The gate to the light house is only open from 11:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.  Walking around the town of Mendocino can be also good. Little River Cemetery

NOYO HARBOUR - Nice fishing port, fishing boats, seagulls standing on posts, a classic fisherman's wharf.

Van Damne State Park - The beach is very nice for sunsets and the fern trail along the creek.

Stornetta beach, which is just south of the Point Arena lighthouse you reach it by parking near a gate on the Point Arena road just as it turns north towards the lighthouse.

Point Arena take the road marked "Coastal Access" at the south end of town up the hill for great views of the coast.

Crescent City and Point Saint George beach near the airport has interesting tide pools and a view of the lighthouse on the Saint George Reef also south at the lighthouse and Castle Rock and Lake Earl

Salt Point State Park, Tafoni formations and Kruse Rhododendron State Natural Reserve

Beach Formations try the intersection of Schooner Gulch Road and Highway 1 ( 3.5 mile south of Point Arena , there are two trailheads take the right fork which  is a gravel trail with some steps down to the beach.  Then go north about quarter of a mile to the formations.

Smith River area

For Fall colors try the vineyards of Napa and Sonoma

Silverado Trail from Napa to St. Helena is a beautiful drive and great for landscape photography

Rutherford Hill Winery (200 Rutherford Hill Road) Nice view of the valley

Yountville off of Hwy 29 they take off Hot Air Balloons 6am to 9am

Atlas Peak Road has some great views of the Napa Valley at the end of the road is a cattle ranch with nice landscapes

Napa to Santa Rosa nice drive with many photo opportunities.

Carneros District

Alexander Valley surrounding Healdsburg on Highway 101, also Westside Road has some nice rolling vineyards.  Also West Dry Creek Road off of Westside road

Highway 128 out of Geyserville try Hanna Vineyards

Artesia Vineyards at the end of Dealy Lane not far off Hgwy 12, sits at the top of a hill with vistas in every direction

Russian River area

Sonoma Horticulture Center

Clear Lake State Park

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