Calfornia, we're coming for you! On this epic whirlwind adventure you can bask in the natural beauty of South Lake Tahoe, marvel at Death Valley's mountain-sized sand dunes, wander the ghost town streets of Bodie, and check out the alternative culture in San Fran. From its immense scenery to its diverse cities, the famous sights and the lesser known: this is a trip with so much to give. All you have to do, is take it.
This morning we leave the bright lights and casinos of Las Vegas behind, and start our adventure heading for the unforgettable mountain vistas of Mammoth Lakes. Make sure you bring some snacks and drinks for the road this morning. We’ll be driving through some of the most diverse and beautiful landscape in the country, starting with Death Valley - the lowest, driest and hottest place in America with desert landscapes. We’ll stop at a viewpoint to take in Death Valley’s mountain-size sand dunes, below-sea-level salt flats, mysterious singing rocks, and colourful sandstone canyons. Back on the road, and we’ll have our next stop just south of Lone Pine, the perfect place to take pictures of the impressive Sierra Nevada Range and Mount Whitney - the tallest mountain in the lower 48 states! We’ll arrive later this afternoon at the stunning Mammoth Lakes, where you can get checked in and settled before we drive to see the nearby Devil’s Postpile. Then it’s back to Mammoth Lakes for dinner and a debrief of the day’s events!
We start our drive to Lake Tahoe, and have our first stop to stretch our legs in Bodie, a genuine California gold-mining ghost town. You can walk down the deserted streets of a town that once had a population of nearly 10,000 people but is now preserved in a state of "arrested decay". Once you’ve explored we drive on to our destination: South Lake Tahoe, arriving early afternoon to check-in. Tahoe is the largest alpine lake in America, and Mark Twain himself dubbed this area “the fairest picture the whole earth affords.” Once you see it for yourself, you’ll see why. The water here is truly a tantalizing blue-green, surrounded by high green mountains. After lunch, we’ll visit Camp Richardson with views of Cave Rock and the accurately named Heavenly Valley. Then we’ll check out Emerald Bay, with great photo opportunities and the chance to swim in the waters. Tonight we’ll head out to dinner together, and for those who are game we may even visit some of the local casinos for a flutter!
Lake Tahoe prides itself on being America’s year-round adventure capital, so use your free time today to experience it. There are a tonne of outdoor activities to choose from, so take your pick. Visit a nearby beach for some swimming, take on one of the numerous hiking tracks around the lake, hire a mountain bike and hit the trails or hire a boat for a lake cruise. If you’d rather sit back and relax, you can catch a water taxi to explore a nearby bay on the lake. For those less keen on the outdoor activities, there’s plenty to keep you occupied; take a trip up the Heavenly Gondola, relax in a café or go shopping at Heavenly Village. However you decide to spend your day, we’re sure this spot will be a highlight!
We depart early this morning and head for the city of hip urban vibes, San Francisco. We’ll arrive around lunchtime, and you’ll have the full afternoon to explore the city. Before dinner we’ll regroup, and head up to Twin Peaks, for the view of a lifetime. Once we’ve all got our Insta-worthy shots, we’ll visit the intersection of Haight and Ashbury Streets in the city, where America’s hippie movement started in the 60s. Janis Joplin, Jefferson Airplane and The Grateful Dead all lived in this area, and now it’s filled with quirky shops, bars, record stores, cafes and restaurants - soak up the burgeoning counterculture scene and grab a drink!
The day is yours to spend as you wish and explore to your heart’s content. We have an optional bike tour to cycle the beautiful waterfront and across the Golden Gate Bridge. We’ll grab a bite to eat in the seaside spot of Sausalito, before hopping on the ferry with the bikes and heading back to the city. If biking isn’t your thing, then you can walk the streets of San Fran or ride the iconic cable cars up and down the hills. Start off at Dolores Park and Alamo Square for sweeping views of downtown and see the “Painted Ladies” before heading to Union Square. From here, there is a cluster of close tourist hotspots like Lombard Street, Fisherman’s Wharf, the Exploratorium, Pier 39, the Golden Gate Bridge, the biggest Chinatown in North America, and Alcatraz! This evening we’ll visit the trendy Mission district, known for its vibrant murals and multitude of bars.
We’ll leave our hearts in San Francisco and depart this morning, making our way to our first stop in San Luis Obispo. We’ll arrive in this quaint central coast college town around lunch time, where you can grab some lunch and check out the quirky Bubble-gum Alley - a small pedestrian alleyway, lined with bubble-gum! Then we’ll board the coach and continue our drive. Next up is Santa Barbara, the Mediterranean vibe of this beachside town is evident as soon as you drive through it. Low, Spanish-style buildings house numerous fancy cafes and small boutiques where the rich and famous retreat from their Hollywood lives. After having a wander, it’s back on the road until we reach our final destination of Los Angeles, arriving early evening. Head out tonight for drinks as we celebrate a phenomenal two weeks, and put the cherry on top of an epic adventure!
Sadly the time has come to say farewell to your new friends and take any last group pics, as the tour comes to an end after breakfast. We’re sure you’ve made some incredible memories over the last two weeks, and we hope to see you again soon!
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Duration: 7 Days
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