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8 things to do on a rainy day in Northern Califoria

Take one of the guided tours at Sierra Nevada Brewery in Chico.
Take one of the guided tours at Sierra Nevada Brewery in Chico.
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Big storms are expected throughout California. Are you looking for something to do on a rainy day that will keep you high and dry, but still get you out of the house to see and do something new? Here are a few suggestions.

Rainy day in Northern California
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North State

Take one of the many guided tours of the brewery operation at Sierra Nevada Brewery in Chico. A favorite with the over 21 set is the guided beer tasting. See more at Sierra Nevada Tours.

Gold Country

Learn all about California Gold Rush history at the Gold Rush Museum in Auburn. Discover how gold was found through panning, hard rock mining, and hydraulic mining. For more about this and other Placer County museums, see Placer County Museums.

Central Valley

Visit the largest producer of natural American-style cheese in the world and see how it's done. Watch the cheese being made, sample the products, and try out the hands-on exhibits at the Hilmar Cheese Company in Hilmar. There's more at the Cheese Company Visitor Center.

Bay Area

Take the kidlettes to the Bay Area Discovery Museum in Marin, just across the Golden Gate Bridge from San Francisco. They'll get a kick out of all the activities geared just for them. Fine out more at Bay Area Discovery Museum.

North Coast

Visit the Ferndale Museum to discover the culture and heritage of one of the most interesting yet little-known areas of California, the Eel River and Mattole River Valleys. Look for more at Ferndale Museum.

Central Coast

The Monterey Bay Aquarium is a favorite with visitors and locals alike. It offers a fascinating look into our underwater worlds and the creatures that inhabit those worlds. Find more at Monterey Bay Aquarium Visitors' Guide.

Wine Country

Explore the Oxbow Public Market in Napa to find artisanal and local foods and wines. Shop, eat, drink, and be merry within the unique character and content of this public marketplace. There's more at Oxbow Public Market.


Learn about the history of the Lake Tahoe area at the Gatekeeper's Museum in Tahoe City. Exhibits include Washoe Indian history, steamers and boating history, and the 1960 Olympics and skiing exhibits. Find out more at Gatekeeper's Museum.

For more to see and do in Northern California, visit and explore Discover Northern California.

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