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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 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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    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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    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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    Introduction to Wilderness Survival Clinic - Marin County

    Get back to nature and learn age-old survival skills during this wilderness clinic set among the redwoods of Northern California. In just 5 hours you'll practice timeless traditions, such as shelter building and fire-by-friction, drawn from indigenous skills. Participate in hands-on activities appropriate for all ages, and build self-esteem and awareness knowing you can survive in the woods or other natural setting. Learn about edible plants and try out native-style traps while you discover what it's like to live in harmony with nature. You'll leave better prepared for your next wilderness adventure.
    Introduction to Wilderness Survival Clinic - Marin County

    Camp Arequipa Rd, Fairfax

    • Learn indigenous skills of survival in the woods, including how to build a shelter, and how to make a fire
    • Have fun learning how to gather water, and forage edible plants or set up traps for food with an experienced guide
    • Both novice campers and seasoned backpackers can benefit from hands-on activities
    • All necessary equipment included
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    Yosemite Day Tour

    Spend your day exploring the breathtaking beauty of Yosemite Park as you hike your way through unique landscapes. You'll depart for your tour early in the morning and spend a full day walking, touring, hiking, and photographing across the park. Learn all about the history and secrets of the Yosemite Valley on a 1.5-hour guided tour. Reflect on your environment with 3 hours of free time to explore your surroundings in your own way. Over the course of the day, you'll see stunning locations such as El Capitan, Half Dome, Yosemite Falls, Yosemite Village, Bridalveil Fall, El Capitan Meadow, and Tunnel View. Included in your adventure are pick up and drop off service at Parc 55.
    Yosemite Day Tour

    2095 Jerrold Ave., San Francisco

    • Enjoy the wildlife and nature of Northern California as you hike your way through Yosemite National Park
    • Explore locations such as El Capitan, Yosemite Falls, and Half Dome
    • Savor the experience by photographing stunning sights
    • Learn all about Yosemite Valley from your knowledgeable tour guide
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