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    Yosemite National Park and Giant Sequoias Trip

    Take time out for a day trip into the wild beauty of Yosemite National Park from San Francisco. Enjoy the beautiful countryside and discover the raw beauty of California's most famous national park. Your journey begins with a drive through San Joaquin Valley and into the Sierra Nevada range. In the morning, you will be driven to a giant sequoia grove (snow depth permitting), stopping along the way for a bird's-eye view of the whole valley. You can relax in the picnic area and have lunch (not included) among the giant sequoia trees.

    After lunch, you will have the opportunity to go on a short one-hour hike to the falls or grab a snack at the Yosemite Lodge. You will have three to four hours to spend at Yosemite National Park, with a range of activities to suit everyone, which may include some of the following:
    • Hike to one of Yosemite's waterfalls
    • Watch the climbers on El Capitan
    • Rent bikes for a relaxing cycle on the flat bike paths throughout the valley
    • Cool off in lovely river pools in summer
    • Spot a black bear
    • Relax at the visitors center, with museums, restaurants and the Ansel Adams Gallery to inspire every amateur photographer
    When it's time to head back to San Francisco, you will drive down the Sierra Nevada stopping along the way for a short break.

    Please note: The weather in Yosemite is highly variable and includes rain and snow in winter and high temperatures in summer. The itinerary may be adapted to make the most of Yosemite during different seasons and times of the year.
    Yosemite National Park and Giant Sequoias Trip

    Union Square, San Francisco

    • Embark on a trip to the peaceful countryside and discover the raw beauty of Yosemite National Park
    • Drive through San Joaquin Valley and into the Sierra Nevada range
    • Enjoy three to four hours of free time at Yosemite National Park, with a range of activities to suit everyone
    • Relax in the picnic area and have lunch among the giant sequoia trees
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    Yosemite Hotel Tour (Cedar Lodge Along the Merced River)

    On this Yosemite Hotel 2-Day Tour, you'll have enough time and flexibility to see everything the park has to offer while still sleeping comfortably in your own hotel room. The tour is fully-guided so you get a more complete, personal experience. During your two days, you will see and photograph such famous highlights as Yosemite Falls (the tallest waterfall in North America), El Capitan, Half Dome, Bridalveil Falls, and Inspiration Point. The tour also includes a trip to Glacier Point and a hike among the Giant Sequoias (weather permitting).
    Yosemite Hotel Tour (Cedar Lodge Along the Merced River)

    2095 Jerrold Ave., San Francisco

    • Spend two full days exploring the wonders of Yosemite with an overnight stay at Cedar Lodge Along the Merced River
    • Take in stunning sights such as El Capitan, Half Dome, Bridalveil Falls, Inspiration Point, and Glacier Point
    • Enjoy fun facts about the area shared by your full time tour guide
    • Take your time exploring one of the most beautiful parks in the U.S.
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    Wilderness Survival Clinic (Santa Cruz)

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    Leave civilization for another day and come learn the ancient, essential skills of wilderness survival. In this exciting class, you'll learn everything you need to know about staying safe and warm out in the backcountry. Surrounded by beautiful redwood forests, you will learn learn shelter building techniques that date back to the native Californians, as well as how to make a friction fire, find edible plants, and develop ancient trapping techniques. From a novice camper to seasoned backpacker, this class is bound to teach you something new and useful. Leave life's hustle and bustle behind and get back to nature. It might come in handy some day.
    Wilderness Survival Clinic (Santa Cruz)

    Santa Cruz Mountains, Santa Cruz

    • Learn the timeless, essential skills of wilderness survival
    • Build shelters, fires, and traps, and forage for edible plants
    • Gain the skills and confidence to fend for yourself in the woods
    • Decompress from busy life and get back to nature
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    Lil Redwoods Tour

    If a tree falls in the forest, but no one is there to hear it, will it make a sound? OBVIOUSLY. These trees are HUGE. Come see the legendary redwoods in a way that is less damaging to the natural terrain than even hiking boots are -- by Segway! During your ride you'll enjoy the beautiful skyline view of Oakland, California, breathtaking groves of redwood giants, and a physical test of your balance, reflexes, and skills! You'll experience the tranquility of the forest, and experience spectacular views of Mt. Diablo, the Golden Gate and Bay Bridges, and a panorama of the entire San Francisco Bay Area. It's the only place you'll want to tree!
    Lil Redwoods Tour

    10060 Skyline Blvd, Oakland

    • Explore the beautiful groves of ancient redwood trees in a native forest
    • See the historic site of one of San Francisco Bay Area's largest and most important redwood giants
    • Ride through lush redwoods while testing your skills, balance, and reflexes
    • Go off-road on the segway, and give yourself the freedom to play!
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    Surfing (Santa Cruz)

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    Wax up your board and head to the beach! In this in-depth clinic, you'll learn everything you need to know to be a skilled and conscientious surfer. You will cover ocean conditions, wave breaks, wave etiquette, safety in and out of the water, and practical techniques like pop ups, balance, and wave riding. Starting out in the shallow whitewater, you'll get comfortable with your new skills before you venture out into the crests. Whether you're a complete beginner or simply looking for some extra practice before striking out on your own, this class will have you hanging ten in the pipeline in no time.
    Surfing (Santa Cruz)

    Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz

    • Explore the exciting world of surfing with an in-depth beginner lesson
    • Learn water safety, wave etiquette, pop up techniques, and how to ride a wave
    • Build balance, core strength, and confidence in the water
    • Perfect for beginners or riders looking to practice their fundamentals
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    Surfing Lesson

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    It's time to go from hanging out on the shore to hanging ten in the tide. Work on your paddling and pop-ups on the best beginner waves that Northern California has to offer. You'll learn water safety, how to read the ocean, and surfing etiquette. You can bring your own equipment, or rent a longboard, boots, and wetsuit to keep you safe and comfortable in the sometimes chilly waters. You will be slashing crests and powering down barrels in no time.
    Surfing Lesson

    22 Brighton Ave, Bolinas

    • Learn the exciting fundamentals of surfing with guided instruction
    • Practice paddling out, popping up, and gain insight on water safety and etiquette
    • Engage the water in a thrilling way to improve your balance and core strength
    • Train with seasoned pros in the best beginners waters in Northern California
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    6 Hr Kiteboarding Lesson (Emeryville)

    How do you combine the thrill of an extreme sport like wakeboarding with the pleasure of kite-flying? Try out kiteboarding, the hybrid sport that's taking the leisure world by storm! KGB Kiteboarding will give you an introductory lesson and teach you the basic fundamentals of this exciting new sport. You'll progress at whatever pace is comfortable for you, with instruction adjusted to your ability level. This course, which can be spread over 2 days, is designed to get you ready to practice independently by the end of its 6 hour duration. So even if you've never ridden a kiteboard before, you can expect to independently capable of kiteboarding by the time you're done! Happy boarding!
    6 Hr Kiteboarding Lesson (Emeryville)

    3310 Powell St , Emeryville

    • Discover the joys of kiteboarding, an awesome hybrid sport taking the world by storm
    • Work your way through three levels of skill, so that by the end you'll be ready to start practicing independently
    • Learn advanced piloting techniques, plus how to rig your kite, use the safety systems, follow basic kiteboarding wind theory, get the board on your feet, and much more
    • Enjoy the beautiful West Coast weather as you ride the waves
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    Yosemite Camping Adventure (3 Day)

    Explore America's favorite national park on a three-day camping trip that takes you off the beaten path to trails and sights unseen by most who venture here. You'll enjoy three days and two nights of camping, hiking and swimming, in a fun-filled, friendly atmosphere. Never camped before? No problem! The necessary camping gear and food is provided for you, and the tour is fully guided.
    Yosemite Camping Adventure (3 Day)

    Union Square, San Francisco

    • Embrace the rugged outdoors on this three-day guided camping trip to Yosemite National Park
    • Explore off the beaten tracks in America's favorite national park with a professional tour guide
    • Immerse yourself in nature and learn fundamental camping techniques
    • Snap postcard-worthy photos of the magnificent giant sequoia trees
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    Yosemite National Park Day Trip

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    Get out of town! Exchange the big-city charms of San Francisco for the fresh air and natural beauty of Yosemite, California's most famous national park. Choose to start your time in Yosemite with a reserved lunch at the renown Ahwahnee Dining Room or head straight to the park to begin your adventure. Take a walking tour of the park with your knowledgeable guide or strikeout on your own. You'll have around four hours within Yosemite to explore the scenic wonders of Yosemite Valley. Begin your journey with hotel pickup by luxury bus or van complete with posh amenities like hardwood style floors in the bus and wifi in all vehicles. After crossing the San Francisco Oakland Bay Bridge, you'll travel through the Great Central Valley and into the Sierra foothills, where the Forty-Niners panned for gold. Following the beautiful Merced River to the Sierra Nevada Mountains, you'll enter Yosemite National Park. Glaciers cut through these mountains, forming the spectacular granite monuments you'll see throughout the park. There are many sights and activities to keep you occupied. Visit the Ansel Adams art gallery or rent a bike (own expense). Spend time at the visitor's center to learn more about this beautiful park or head to the ranger's station for engaging walks and talks. Watch basket-weaving and beading demonstrations in the Indian Village of Ahwahnee or take a stroll along the Merced River. You'll have approximately four hours to spend in the park. You'll join your guide for a hike to the base of Yosemite Falls or you may choose to adventure on your own. You'll have approximately three hours to explore the park with or without your guide. Highlights on your Yosemite National Park day trip include:

    • San Francisco/Oakland Bay Bridge
    • Sierra Nevada Range
    • El Capitan
    • Bridalveil Falls
    • Vernal Falls
    • Merced River
    • Yosemite Falls
    • Cathedral Spires
    • Half Dome

    At 4 pm, reconvene and head back to San Francisco, driving through the Stanislaus National Forest, with a feeling of fulfillment having seen one of the worlds greatest wonders.

    Yosemite National Park Day Trip

    2627 Taylor Street, San Francisco

    • Behold the spectacular, glacier-cut granite monuments of Yosemite National Park on a day trip from San Francisco
    • Take a walking tour of the park with your knowledgeable guide or venture out on your own
    • Explore the Sierra foothills, where Forty-Niners once panned for gold, and capture sights of the Merced River
    • Enjoy lunch at the renowned Ahwahnee Dining Room away from the hustle and bustle of the city
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    Sentinel Dome and Taft Point Tour from Glacier Point

    Life is full of ups and downs, valleys and mountains...but this time the valleys are a positive! On this hike with Lasting Adventures, you'll partake in a great tour that explores a historical and natural landmark -- Glacier Point! After you take in the mesmerizing views of Half Dome, Vernal Fall, Cloud's Rest, and Yosemite Falls, you'll begin a moderate climb up to the tip of Sentinel Dome's peak at over 8,000 feet. From the peak you'll have a panoramic perspective of Yosemite Valley and Tuolumne High Country. Next, you'll finish your mellow hike by passing Taft Point and the Fissures on your way back. This hike is a great way to learn about the area's natural and geological history -- it's bound to be a great time! Let me guess, we had you at Yosemite?
    Sentinel Dome and Taft Point Tour from Glacier Point

    Glacier Point Rd, Yosemite Valley

    • Tour Glacier Point, a historical and natural landmark
    • Feel the rush of summiting Sentinel Dome
    • Enjoy a 360-degree view of Yosemite Valley and Tuolumne High Country
    • Get some exercise on an easy day hike
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