Yosemite, Sequoia, Kings Canyon,
Yosemite, Sequoia, Kings Canyon,
DAY ONE: LAS VEGAS & DEATH VALLEY
Depart Las Vegas at 7:00 AM for Death Valley National Park, America’s hottest, driest, and lowest place. Plan on stops at Zabriskie Point, Bad Water, the museum/Visitor Center and Artist’s Point. After lunch, we continue our drive through the valley and eventually, arrive in Lone Pine, California, in the Eastern Sierras for dinner and lodging.
DAY TWO: EASTERN SIERRAS & YOSEMITE
We take a morning drive to Bishop, Ca. and a mandatory stop at the famous Erick Schats Bakkery for a very much needed sugar fix. We continue on to the beautiful Mammoth Lakes area for a very scenic drive that all will enjoy.
The next stop is the Visitor Center at historic Mono Lake. We will want to see a very interesting film about this unique lake and the importance it plays in the migratory bird flyway. We grab a picnic lunch and then ascend up the Sierra Mountains to the nearly 10,000 foot Tioga Pass, and into Yosemite National Park. We spend the remainder of the day touring the upper part of the park including Tuolumne Meadows. Lodging will be just outside the park that evening.
DAY THREE: YOSEMITE VALLEY
The whole day is spent in the Yosemite Valley enjoying the spectacular views of El Capitan, Half Dome, Bridal Vail and Yosemite Falls. A walk to Mirror Lake is in order as well as a visit to the famous Ahwahnee Lodge for lunch. After noon is yours to check out the Visitor Center, Ansel Adams Gallery, etc. Lodging will again be near Yosemite.
DAY FOUR: SEQUOIA
We head for Yosemite’s Glacier point, for one of the most spectacular views in the whole world!!!!! From there, we drive towards Fresno down off of the Sierras and then head back up into the Sierras to Sequoia National Park. We visit Grants Grove and the General Grant tree. The General Grant tree is the second largest tree in the world and the nation’s Christmas tree.
The grove also includes additional sequoia trees, sugar pine, incense cedar, white fir, black oak, and mountain dogwood. We want to take our time exploring this part of the park. That evening, we will be staying at the Wuksachi Lodge in Sequoia.
DAY FIVE: SEQUOIA & CALIFORNIA COAST
We drive deeper into Sequoia, stopping at the Giant Forest Visitor Center and then entering into the General Sherman grove and Giant Forest. Here, we will spend some time walking around the Giant Forest and focusing our time seeing the General Sherman tree, the largest tree in the world.
Later, we want to hike to the top of Morro Rock for an outstanding view of the whole area and then take a walk in a nearby mountain meadow filled with Sequoia trees and hopefully, see a bear or two. That afternoon, we head for the California Coast staying in great coastal town of Cambria.
DAY SIX: MONTEREY
After breakfast, we will take a morning tour of the amazing Hearst Castle, built in the 1920’s by newspaper publisher William Randolph Hearst and a favorite place for Hollywood starlets to visit.
Continuing up the coast, we will visit a huge area used by elephant seals for mating and birthing and then take our time driving up this all American Highway. Highway One is the most beautiful drive in all of California. Later, we will take the famous 17 mile drive stopping to see the Pebble Beach golf course. From there, a late afternoon tour of the world famous Monterey Aquarium is scheduled. A seafood dinner will be on the Monterey Pier that evening and lodging will be at the Abrego Inn.
Breakfast and Dinner
DAY SEVEN: SAN FRANCISCO
We drive up through Silicone Valley on our way to San Francisco. A local guide will meet us for a fun tour of the city and San Francisco Bridge. Dinner is on your own in the Fisherman’s Wharf area. Lodging will be nearby.
DAY EIGHT: SAN FRANCISCO
After breakfast, we tour San Francisco’s number one attraction, Alcatraz. Once we return, we have a farewell lunch in Fisherman’s Wharf and end the tour in the early afternoon.