Northern California 2017 Summer Family Tour

June 11th - 16th, 2017

June 11th, 2017 – 330 miles

Irvine/Giant Sequoias National Forest/ Fresno

Board the motor coach in Irvine, and stop along the way to Vista del Lago Visitor Center at Pyramid Lake. Owned by the California Water Resources, this facility has a long and storied history. We will learn about state and federal reservoirs, the California Aqueduct, California rivers, dams, and state water treatment facilities. We will then continue to Kings Canyon National Park where we will visit Sequoia National Forest and General Grant Tree, estimated to be 1,700 years old and the world’s second largest Sequoia (by trunk volume). This tree was proclaimed in 1926 by President Coolidge, the Nation’s Christmas Tree. Start of the Junior Ranger Program.

Overnight accommodation: Clovis Marriott Fairfield Inn & Suites

June 12th, 2017 – 267 miles

Fresno/Yosemite National Park/Sacramento

Marvel at the spectacular alpine scenery in Yosemite National Park with its waterfalls, mountain peaks, ice-sculpted domes, and meadows in the middle of the Sierra Nevada mountain range.  In one of the country’s first wilderness parks, kids will continue their experience with the Junior Ranger Program. We will stop by a beautiful view point to admire the famous rock formations of El Captain and Half Dome. Once we reach the Yosemite Valley we will walk on a trail that will lead us to the bottom of the magnificent Yosemite Falls, the highest waterfall in North America dropping a total of 2,425 feet (739 m) from the top of the upper fall to the base of the lower fall. We will then continue towards Sacramento, the California Capitol, while learning all about the famous California Gold Rush including a stop in Jamestown where we will experience panning for gold just like the original gold seekers, called the “forty-niners” (as a reference to 1849).

Overnight accommodation: Sacramento Sheraton Grand Hotel

June 13th, 2017 – 90 miles

Sacramento/San Francisco

For a glimpse into California’s colorful past, present and future we will tour the State Capitol in Sacramento. Highlights include a morning guided tour of the Capitol, learning how the State Legislation operates, a life size bronze grizzly posted up near the entrance to the governor’s office and the Capitol Park gardens, where plants from around the world flourish among more than 150 memorials. We will also visit old Sacramento, with its cobblestone streets, gas lamps and wooden boardwalks. This will truly be experiencing a step back in time!  Upon arrival in San Francisco we will take a fun walk down Lombard Street famous for being the “World’s Crookedest Street”. There will also be an optional one hour Bay Cruise tour available for those interested.

Overnight accommodation: Sheraton Fisherman’s Wharf Hotel

June 14th, 2017

San Francisco

Today the entire day will be dedicated to exploring the beautiful City by the Bay.  Our adventure will start aboard the most iconic symbol of San Francisco: the world famous Cable Car!  Enjoy the excitement and faster pace of the city with its colorful and eclectic neighbors like North Beach , Chinatown and Alamo Square with its numerous charming Victorian homes. We will then cross the Golden Gate Bridge for a spectacular view of the bay and the San Francisco skyline. We will stop in charming Sausalito for lunch and then return to the city. Leisure time will be available to visit such sites as Pier 39, The Exploratorium Museum and Ghirardelli Square, home of the world famous Ghirardelli chocolate!

Overnight accommodation: Sheraton Fisherman’s Wharf Hotel

June 15th, 2017 – 255 miles

San Francisco/Monterey/Paso Robles

Did you know that an octopus tastes with its tentacles or that corals and jelly fish are cousins? These are examples of interesting tidbits that your children will learn during our visit to the renowned Monterey Bay Aquarium located on the site of a former sardine cannery on Cannery Row. With an annual attendance of around two million visitors it is well known for its 200 galleries and exhibits of  giant octopuses, large green sea turtles, barracuda, sharks, coral reef as well as natural display of sea otters and black footed penguins. This aquarium was the first in the world to grow live California Giant Kelp. We will then resume our adventure along one of the most famous and scenic drives in the world: the “17 Mile Drive” which offers breathtaking views of the famous Pebble Beach Golf Course, the dramatic Pacific coastline and the iconic Lone Cypress. Stop in Carmel prior arrival to the hotel.

Overnight accommodation: Paso Robles Inn

June 16th, 2017 – 245 miles

Paso Robles/Santa Barbara/Irvine

This morning we will visit the Santa Barbara Mission also known as the “Queen of the Missions”, founded by the Franciscan order in 1786, as the tenth mission in California. We will then stop by the Old Courthouse which is a masterpiece of Spanish-Moorish style and recognized in 2005 as a National Historic Landmark.  We will admire the beautiful murals inside the Board of Supervisor’s Assembly Room which describe important timelines in the California history, the famous Seth Thomas tower clock mechanism installed in 1929 and also reach the “Mirador”, an open-air deck 85 feet above the ground which dominates the city with unforgettable views of the mountains, palm trees and the Santa Barbara shoreline. Our family fun continues as we ride the famous “surreys” along the coastline path exploring the Santa Barbara harbor and this great city in the most scenic way……on wheels!  After a quick stop in Hollywood, we estimate arrival time in Orange County to be in the early evening.

– 2 Guests – $1,594.00 per person
– 3rd person in the same room – add $908
– 4th person in the same room – add $908


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