Departure Date: 03/03/2020
From the incredible Bay City to Giant Redwoods, Volcanic National Parks, Lake Tahoe and the iconic Lake Tahoe, this self-drive adventure takes in the very best of everything in and around San Francisco.
Arrive in San Francisco, S home to a little bit of everything. Whether you’re a first-time visitor or a returning visitor, San Francisco's Golden Gates welcome all. Take a ride on a cable car, head down to Pier 39 for views across the harbour, see the painted ladies, visit the outlet malls, enjoy a diverse range of dining options and so much more. Everything awaits you in this incredible city.
Travel through Northern California to Lassen Volcanic National Park, where Lassen Peak is the dominant feature. Boiling springs, steaming sulphur vents and mud pots all combine to make up this diverse landscape. Hike through the Devastated Area and see remnants of past eruptions. Along 150 miles (241 km) of trails, you can walk through lush forests and around crystal-clear lakes for a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
On Day 3, travel through Lassen Volcanic National Park and ancient forests, follow the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail to Lake Tahoe. Explore the lake activities, hike or bike the many trails, or simply enjoy the breathtaking scenery of this wilderness area on the California/Nevada border.
Traverse the High Sierra Nevada mountains to reach Yosemite National Park, where giant sequoia trees tower over the natural wilderness, which includes waterfalls, including the 620-foot (189 meters) Bridalveil Falls, and the granite cliffs of Half Dome and El Capitan. The Yosemite Village community provides an opportunity to visit the Ansel Adams Gallery of landscape photography and the Yosemite Museum. All levels of trails make this a paradise for hikers and bikers, and you may wish to consider staying longer to fully explore.
Take advantage of more time in San Francisco to take a ferry to Alcatraz Island in San Francisco Bay to get an up-close look at the former federal penitentiary that is part of the National Park Service as well as marine wildlife, nesting seabirds and historic buildings. Alternatively, visit the Presidio of San Francisco, a former U.S. Army military fort that now is a park in the Golden Gate Recreation Area with trails, restaurants, museums and special events.
5 Nights Accommodation 6 Day Car Hire (Nissan Versa, or similar)
From $1436* per person, twin share
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