CALIFORNIA ADVENTURE TOUR ITINERARY
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: LAKE TAHOE
We pick up a picnic lunch at world famous Schat’s bakery and then begin our drive towards Lake Tahoe. Along the way, we want to drive the scenic June Lake Loop and then stop at the Mono Lake Visitor Center. We will want to see a very interesting film about this unique lake (one of the oldest lakes in the US.) and the importance it plays in the migratory bird flyway.
We have a picnic lunch on our way North and once we arrive in South Lake Tahoe, take a narrated boat tour of Lake Tahoe. Afterward, we take a gondola ride to the top of a nearby 14,000-foot mountain for some spectacular views of the lake below. Dinner and lodging will be in South Lake Tahoe that evening.
DAY THREE: CALIFORNIA SIERRA MOUNTAINS AND SONOMA
We depart the Lake Tahoe area driving down Highway 88, one of the Sierra’s most beautiful highways. We stop in Sonora for a brief walk around this well known California Gold Rush town. We arrive in Yosemite in the late afternoon.
Dinner and Lodging will be just outside the park that evening.
DAY FOUR: 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 FIVE: SEQUOIA AND KING’S CANYON
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 drive down into the King’s Canyon National Park and experience impressive waterfalls and walk into Zumwalt Meadow, made famous by John Muir.
DAY SIX: SEQUOIA
We drive deeper into Sequoia, stopping at the 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. We continue on to Visalia for dinner and lodging.
DAY SEVEN: HEARST CASTLE, CALIFORNIA HIGHWAY ONE AND MONTEREY
After breakfast, we will take a morning tour of the amazing Hearst Castle, built in the 1920s by newspaper publisher William Randolph Hearst and a favorite place for Hollywood starlets to visit.
Continuing up the California coast (one of America’s most scenic highways), we stop and see an elephant seal colony on the coast.
Another stopping point on the California coast Julian Phiffer State Park for a view of an iconic waterfall dropping into the ocean. That evening we have dinner on the Monterey Pier. (let’s not pay for it). Lodging is in Monterey, Ca.
Breakfast and Dinner
DAY EIGHT: MONTEREY AQUARIUM, 17 MILE DRIVE AND SAN FRANCISCO
We start the day with a morning drive on the famous 17-mile drive stopping to see the Pebble Beach golf course. From there, we tour of the world-famous Monterey Aquarium. Later, we drive up to San Francisco and take a step-on step-off tour of the cities most famous landmarks. Lodging will be in the Fisherman’s Wharf area.
DAY Nine: 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.