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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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    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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    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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    Oxbow Loop Stand Up Paddle Tour

    When you think Napa Valley, the first thing that probably comes to mind is wine country. And, of course, Napa has great wine and beautiful vineyards, but there's more to explore! Come enjoy the beauty of the restored Napa River! Fun fact: over $400 million dollars were invested in reconnecting the river to its historic floodplain and natural contours. You'll see the renaissance of downtown Napa as you glide along the waters. Learn about the history of this river from your knowledgeable tour guide as you explore the reed-lined shores and the tidal-marsh abundant with waterfowl. Be amazed by this new perspective of Napa Valley!
    Oxbow Loop Stand Up Paddle Tour

    730 Water St , Napa

    • Explore the restored Napa River on your stand up paddle board
    • See the reed-lined shores and explore the tidal-marsh that is teeming with waterfowl
    • Learn about the history and the nature of Napa River from your knowledgeable guide
    • Get a new perspective of the historic floodplains and natural contours of Napa Valley
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    Muir Woods Tour

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    Venture beyond the hustle and bustle of San Francisco and into the woods. This tour will take you through the Muir Woods National Monument, a canyon filled with ancient, towering Redwoods. During your 1.5 hour stroll through the park, you'll be able to see the Golden Gate Bridge as well as local flora and fauna like Black-tailed Deer, Stellar Jays and Coastal Redwoods. In the next part of the tour you'll venture through Sausalito, a charming mediterranean style town across from the San Francisco Bay. Take advantage of the incredible photo opportunities and capture the sweeping panoramas of the city
    Muir Woods Tour

    288 Beach St, San Francisco

    • Experience the wonder of towering, ancient Redwoods near San Francisco
    • Stroll through the Muir Woods National Monument as well as charming Sausalito
    • Capture sweeping panoramas of San Francisco and Muir Woods
    • Enjoy the other side of San Francisco in this beautiful and calming tour
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    Natural Wonders of Yosemite (Thu, Sat, Sun)

    Immerse yourself in Yosemite National Park as your naturalist guide brings to life a story of delicate ecosystems, dynamic landscapes, and determined conservationists. Experience Yosemite's mammoth granite domes, ancient giant sequoias, and vibrant wildlife. Visit international icons such as Bridalveil Falls, Yosemite Valley, El Capitan, and Half Dome, and take to the trails on personally-guided interpretative nature walks to experience flora and fauna through the eyes of a naturalist. Your Yosemite experience will be catered to the season and interests of the group. In the spring and early summer, you'll take advantage of peak water levels to mist in the Park's best waterfalls and explore the placid shores of the Merced River. As warmer summer temperatures set in, you'll seek the shade of giant sequoia trees in Tuolumne Grove or the cool alpine waters of Tenaya Lake. When snow blankets Yosemite in the winter, you may take advantage of lighter tourist traffic to spend more time in the heart of Yosemite Valley on a guided snowshoe across the meadows or a walk along the valley floor trail. Discover the place John Muir called, "by far the grandest of all the special temples of nature (he) was ever permitted to enter!"
    Natural Wonders of Yosemite (Thu, Sat, Sun)

    757 Market St, San Francisco

    • Explore Yosemite National Park and experience its cultural and geologic history from your Naturalist guide
    • Visit stunning overlooks and iconic sites for incredible photo opportunities
    • Learn about the park's history, wildlife and plant-life, and conservation efforts
    • Enjoy a seasonal breakfast, snacks and a gourmet, family-style lunch
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    Self Guided Stand Up Paddleboard Tour

    Come experience the renaissance of downtown Napa while gliding on a stand up paddle board! You'll feel like an explorer rowing among the reed-lined shores and the tidal-marsh abundant with waterfowl. See all the beautiful sites of Downtown Napa, known fondly as California wine country. Because this is a self-guided tour, you'll be able to paddle wherever you'd like at your own pace. Marvel at the sweeping views of Napa Valley -- this is the side of Napa you won't get to know if you're only going to vineyards at wineries!
    Self Guided Stand Up Paddleboard Tour

    730 Water St , Napa

    • Stand up paddle board at your own pace down the restored Napa River
    • Explore the reed-lined shores and the tidal-marsh abundant with waterfowl
    • Get sweeping views of Napa Valley and downtown Napa that you won't get anywhere else
    • Relax as you glide along the water and experience the beauty of nature
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    Living River Stand Up Paddleboard Tour

    Come experience the restored Napa River as a living river, alive with the sounds of nature! On your stand up paddle board, you'll ride the flowing tides of the San Francisco Bay up through the riparian corridor, where a mix of salt and fresh waters create a rich wildlife experience both above and below the surface. You'll meander through tidal marshland past the Oxbrow Preserve, coming to land in the Oak Knoll Viticulture Area. Spot wild grape vines, the first hint to settlers that this would be a promising area. Learn about the design of the living river, from the historic floodplain and the mud flats to the shallows and sandbars. This is a side of wine country that you haven't seen before!
    Living River Stand Up Paddleboard Tour

    730 Water St , Napa

    • Take a stand up paddle boarding tour of the Napa River
    • Explore the rich wildlife both above and below the mix of salt and fresh water
    • Learn about Oxbrow Preserve and Oak Knoll Viticulture Area
    • Experience a side of wine country that you haven't seen before, from historic floodplains and mudflats to shallows and sandbars
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    Private Yosemite National Park Trip

    Experience the majestic landscape and jaw-dropping views of Yosemite National Park on this private, guided full-day trip from San Francisco. You'll pass through California's Central Valley and iconic Gold Country before entering Yosemite, where you'll have around four hours to explore one of the best national parks in the country. Eat a delicious lunch at the famous Ahwahnee Hotel and then continue exploring the natural wonders of Yosemite. Skip the crowded buses on this intimate, informative private tour. Depart the urban jungle for a private tour of the awe-inspiring natural wonders of Yosemite National Park. Your adventure begins with a 7am pickup at your central San Francisco hotel, and then you can just sit back and relax on the drive to the park. You'll pass through the Central Valley and ascend into the Sierra foothills before being greeted at Yosemite by jaw-dropping views of the valley. Magnificent granite cliffs slope into the deep verdant valley, which was carved out by glaciers thousands of years ago. You'll have about four hours total to explore the treasure of the valley, so be sure to wear comfortable walking shoes. Listen to your guide as he explains the natural forces that have formed and changed Yosemite over the years. Stroll the pedestrian paths or rent a bike (own expense) for a refreshing way to see the base of the valley. Gaze up at Yosemite's most iconic monument, Half Dome, and pose for postcard-perfect photos in front of multiple waterfalls. Take in the fresh air and consider dipping your toes in the crystal-clear river that flows through the center of the valley. Then it's off to the renowned Ahwahnee Hotel's grand dining room for a fantastic High Sierra lunch. Continue exploring Yosemite's bounty of activities after lunch, stopping at Half Dome for sweeping views of the valley, hiking to one of Yosemite's many waterfalls or watching rock climbers try to conquer El Capitan. Learn about the cultural history of the area's native peoples at the Yosemite Museum or check out the Ansel Adams Gallery to see the works of one of America's most famous nature photographers. When it's time to head back to San Francisco, you'll drive along the Sierra Nevada and pass Stanislaus National Forest, a picturesque ending to a beautiful day.
    Private Yosemite National Park Trip

    2627 Taylor St, San Francisco

    • Experience a private tour of jaw-dropping Yosemite National Park
    • Get extraordinary views of Half Dome, El Capitan, and picturesque waterfalls
    • Enjoy a delicious lunch at the famous Ahwahnee Hotel
    • Learn about the natural forces that shaped this amazing park
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