Northern California is filled with rugged redwood forests, pristine stretches of Pacific Coastline, and towering mountains. But it also has more than its share of creature comforts, from Napa Valley's wineries and spas to San Francisco's destination restaurants and exclusive boutiques. Packed with in-depth insider information, illustrated cultural features, and spectacular photography, Fodor's Northern California 2013 shows the best the region has to offer. Competitive Advantage: The only annually updated guidebook to Northern California. Illustrated Features: Special "Fodor's Features" throughout the guide illuminate the most distinctive aspects of Northern California. Features on San Francisco's cable cars, the Wine Country, Lake Tahoe, PCH driving, historic missions, Gold Country, and more give travelers an unparalleled sense of Northern California. Indispensable Trip Planning Tools: Each chapter opens with an orientation spread that includes a map, short descriptions of each region, and the “Top Reasons to Go.” Seasonal travel tips and tip on outdoor activities (hiking, biking, even ballooning!) give readers the tools to immerse themselves in the region’s land. A pull-out map of Northern California helps readers navigate through the area. Discerning Recommendations: Fodor’s Northern California offers savvy advice and recommendations from local writers to help travelers make the most of their time. Fodor’s Choice designates our best picks, from hotels to nightlife. “Word of Mouth” quotes from fellow travelers provide valuable insights. TripAdvisor Reviews: Our experts’ hotel selections are reinforced by the latest customer feedback from TripAdvisor. Travelers can book their California stay with confidence, as only the best properties make the cut.