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Giant Trees and Ancient Forests Road Trip

  • San Francisco
  • Chester, CA
  • Lake Tahoe
  • Oakhurst
  • 5 nights from
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  • Trip Code: SD-1166

Holiday Overview

Giant Trees and Ancient Forests - a great short USA road trip 

 

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

Spend time at Fisherman’s Wharf, a waterfront neighbourhood and visitor destination that includes seafood restaurants, Pier 39 with its sea lions, Madame Tussauds Wax Museum, historic ships and other attractions Travel through Northern California to Lassen Volcanic National Park, where Lassen Peak is the dominant feature Travel through 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 metres) Bridalveil Falls, and the granite cliffs of Half Dome and El Capitan 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

Why not combine this short road trip with one of our other west coast fly drive itineraries. Contact us for details.

 

Giant Trees and Ancient Forests Road Trip includes:

  • Return Flights from the UK
  • Compact Car with Gold Cover - Unlimited mileage, Full tank of fuel, 3 additional drivers, Collision Damage Waiver (CDW), $1 million liability coverage, Zero excess in the USA
  • 2 nights accommodation in San Francisco
  • 1 night accommodation in Chester
  • 1 night accommodation in Oakhurst
  • 1 night accommodation in Lake Tahoe
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Day 1 - San Francisco Arrival

Welcome to San Francisco, the land of fog and fabulousness. Upon arrival, pick-up your rental car and proceed to your hotel. It’s certainly possible to walk up and down San Francisco’s famous hilly streets, but why not hop aboard a cable car instead? You’ll rest your legs and see the sights while enjoying one of the city’s iconic experiences. Spend time at Fisherman’s Wharf, a waterfront neighbourhood and visitor destination that includes seafood restaurants, Pier 39 with its sea lions, Madame Tussauds Wax Museum, historic ships and other attractions. Climb up Telegraph Hill to take in panoramic city views from the top of Coit Tower and stroll down winding Lombard Street. If time allows, join a free walking tour across the Golden Gate Bridge.  Dine on delicious ethnic cuisine in some of the city’s diverse neighbourhoods, including Chinatown, the largest Chinatown outside of Asia. Fifteen miles (24 km) north of the city, Muir Woods National Monument is literally a monument to trees - specifically an old-growth forest of coastal redwoods that are between 600 and 800 years old and stand about 250 feet (76 meters) tall.  There are dozens of trails, but try the six miles (10 km) leading through Pinchot Grove and Cathedral Grove and along Redwood Creek. Plan your visit for a weekday and arrive in early morning to experience the forest at its quietest and most magical. Muir Woods is part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area that spans three counties in the San Francisco Bay area. Take a ferry tour, or explore by bicycle from Sausalito. Extend the day and visit Point Reyes National Seashore, a short journey farther north, where you can hike in the hills or along the beach. Keep an eye out for whales and harbour seals.

 

Featured accommodation

Hotel Whitcomb

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Day 2 - San Francisco - Lassen Volcanic National Park

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 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.

 

Featured accommodation

Best Western Rose Quartz Inn

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Day 3 - Lassen National Park to Lake Tahoe

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.

 

Featured accommodation

Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe

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Day 4 - Lake Tahoe to Oakhurst, Yosemite

Travel through 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 metres) 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.

Featured accommodation

Americas Best Value Inn, Oakhurst

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Day 5 - Yosemite to San Francisco

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.

 

Featured accommodation

Hotel Whitcomb

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Day 6 - San Francisco Departure

Return your rental car prior to your departure flight. Or why not add on one of our other fly drive routes - contact us for details.

 

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