Giant Trees & Ancient Forests
Travel through Northern California to Lassen Volcanic National Park, where Lassen Peak is the dominant. 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 feature.
Highlights & places to visit on your giant tree & ancient forest itinerary;
• Spend time at Fisherman’s Wharf, a waterfront neighborhood 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
• Take advantage of more time in San Francisco to take a ferry to Alcatraz Island in San Francisco‡
• 5 nights hotel accommodation^^
• 6 DAYS AVIS Group C (Chevrolet Cruze or similar) car hire#
• Welcome kit with maps, brochures and itinerary
From $1,539* per person twin share
Room Type: Twin Share
Valid for travel between:
1 April 2020 – 31 March 2021
20 Feb 20,
Unless sold out prior. Availability is limited.
SAN FRANCISCO ARRIVAL
Day 1: 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 harbor seals.
Overnight: Hotel Metropolis
SAN FRANCISCO - LASSEN VOLCANIC
Day 2: Travel through Northern California to Lassen Volcanic National Park, where Lassen Peak is the dominant feature. Boiling springs, steaming sulfur 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.
Overnight: Best Western Rose Quartz Inn
Driving Distance: 236 MI / 379 KM
LASSEN VOLCANIC NATIONAL PARK
- LAKE TAHOE
Day 3: 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.
Overnight: Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe.
Driving Distance: 185 MI / 297 KM
LAKE TAHOE - YOSEMITE
Day 4: Travel through the High Sierra Nevada mountains to reach Yosemite National Park, here 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.
Overnight: Americas Best Value Inn - Yosemite South Gate
Driving Distance: 124 MI / 199 KM
YOSEMITE - SAN FRANCISCO
Day 5: 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.
Overnight: Hotel Metropolis
Driving Distance: 179 MI/ 288 KM
SAN FRANCISCO DEPARTURE
Day 6: Return your rental car prior to your departure flight.
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