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Our most recommended California National Parks

Mendocino County: Skunk Train Wolf Tree Turn Train Ride

1. Mendocino County: Skunk Train Wolf Tree Turn Train Ride

Join this magical train ride through the redwoods on the world-famous Skunk Train. Since 1885 the historic train has made its way through old-growth redwood groves, through spectacular tunnels, and into the heart of the Noyo River canyon.  On this 2 hour round trip, discover an amazing ecological wonderland and an excellent opportunity to discover the mighty giants that made Mendocino County famous. Your train ride will stop briefly at Crowley while you enjoy the splendor of one of the oldest and most iconic trees along the route. The Wolf Tree was so named for the large growth off of one side. The original Skunk Train began as a logging route back in 1885, transporting families and workers to and from logging camps. The train received its now-famous nickname back in 1925 when motorcars were introduced that ran on gasoline and which had a pot-bellied stove burning crude oil to keep the passengers warm.

San Francisco: Yosemite National Park & Giant Sequoias Hike

2. San Francisco: Yosemite National Park & Giant Sequoias Hike

Experience both the Yosemite Valley and the Giant Sequoia Walk on this day tour. See why artists and poets have been inspired for generations by the breathtaking sceneries at the national park. Since 1890, the beautiful Yosemite National Park has been the jewel of America's National Parks, possessing some of the best-known landmarks in the world, such as the tallest waterfall in North America, Yosemite Falls. Have 5 to 6 hours to explore the stunning national park, and take in the majestic natural wonders, accompanied by a complimentary audio-guided tour. See the spectacular Half Dome and El Capitan, two of the most frequently climbed cliffs in the world. It is also home to several groves of stunning Giant Sequoia trees, the largest trees on earth. The Giant Sequoia Walk is along 1 mile (1.5 km) of paved trail with a 400 ft (120 m) incline, snow depth permitting. On a group tour, view stunning panoramas, go on walks, and even hike a little, before returning to San Francisco. Or if you prefer, upgrade to a private tour for your group only.

Mendocino County: Pudding Creek Railbikes

3. Mendocino County: Pudding Creek Railbikes

Ride your railbike along scenic Pudding Creek, cross over majestic wooden trestle bridges, and journey into the heart of the ancient redwoods of Mendocino County. Pedal along historic trails, bathed in dappled sunlight and a light breeze. Without the need to steer, feel free to look around at the wonder of an untouched stretch of the natural world. Keep a lookout for blue herons, osprey, an occasional lounging turtle, perhaps a playful river otter, a deer munching on the foliage, and maybe even a bear. Disembark at Glen Blair Junction for a 50-minute layover to enjoy a picnic or to journey on foot deeper into the redwoods to walk amongst some giants on a loop trail, past blossoming wild iris and trillium, and over the iconic arched stone bridge. Renewed and recharged, ride back to the depot at Fort Bragg, with plenty of photos and memories of your excursion.

Las Vegas: Death Valley Day Tour

4. Las Vegas: Death Valley Day Tour

Enjoy the scenic outdoors and rugged extremes of the western United States with a visit to Death Valley. Sample local treats and visit top secret Area 51. See ghost towns of the Wild West, and famous Zabriskie Point. Stop at remote Area 51 Alien Center. Keep watch for top secret military aircraft flying training runs nearby. Work up an appetite and visit Death Valley Nut and Candy Company. See the ghost town of Rhyolite, which came into prosperity in 1904 when gold was found. Pay a visit to the Goldwell Open Air Museum with its local oddities. Enter Death Valley, with a stop at Hell's Gate. Head out to the Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes. Trek through the sand where Star Wars characters once walked, then take off to Furnace Creek Visitor Center, where the highest-ever temperature was recorded. Ask the park rangers questions or pick up a souvenir. Finally, visit Badwater Basin, with the lowest elevation in North America (282 feet below sea level) and then Zabriskie Point. Snap a selfie in the 150-mile-long park, a swirl of colors in the background.

From San Francisco: Muir Woods National Monument Guided Tour

5. From San Francisco: Muir Woods National Monument Guided Tour

Discover the coastal redwood forest at Muir Woods National Monument on a guided tour from San Francisco, with entry tickets included. Cross the famous Golden Gate Bridge, marvel at California’s wildlife, and enjoy a sightseeing bus tour of Sausalito. Meet your guide in San Francisco to start your experience. Board the bus and drive towards Muir Woods National Monument, where you’ll enjoy 1.5 hours inside the forest. Admire the towering sequoia trees as you wander along hiking trails through the forest. Learn about the region from your guide as you appreciate the surrounding nature. Continue to Sausalito, a coastal city with sweeping views over the bay. Pass the main sights as you drive through the town on your return to San Francisco. If you want to explore Sausalito on foot, you can choose to get off the bus and see the city at your own pace. Afterwards, you'll make your own way back to San Francisco by ferry (tickets not included).

San Francisco: Alcatraz Tour w/ 2-Day Hop-On Hop-Off Ticket

6. San Francisco: Alcatraz Tour w/ 2-Day Hop-On Hop-Off Ticket

See the best of San Francisco with this combined hop-on-hop-off ticket and Alcatraz Island visit. Explore the island of Alcatraz and enjoy 2 days of sightseeing with insightful commentary from a live guide. Tour the famous prison that has played a role in jailhouse folklore and the historic evolution of the West Coast. Learn more about the 14 unsuccessful escape attempts by over 30 prisoners and their fates. Your Premium Big Bus hop-on-hop-off pass is a great way to see the sights of San Francisco. Listen to commentary by live English-speaking guides, or enjoy pre-recorded audio commentary in 10 languages. Your 2-day ticket includes a full day of unlimited hop-on-hop-off and a 1-hour panoramic night tour. Explore one of San Francisco's most fascinating neighborhoods on a fun and informative walking tour of Chinatown. The tours are offered daily, and you can ask an agent for locations and time schedules. Also included are a bonus 1-hour bike rental (with the purchase of a 1-hour rental) and Players Arcade Drink and Game Tokens. Hop-on, hop-off tour stops include: Stop 1: Corner of Jefferson & Mason StreetStop 2: Holiday Inn Northpoint b/w Jones & ColumbusStop 3: Washington Square - Columbus & Union StreetsStop 4: Embarcadero Center - Corner Clay & Battery StreetsStop 5: Ferry Building - Market St b/w Stuart & Spear StreetsStop 6: Union Square South - Geary St across from Macy’sStop 7: Hilton Hotel - Corner Mason & Ellis StreetsStop 8: Civic Center - Fulton St b/w Larkin & Hyde StreetsStop 9: Alamo Square - Corner Fell & Pierce StreetsStop 10: Haight Ashbury - Haight & Shrader StreetsStop 11: Golden Gate Park - Music Concourse Drive Golden Gate ParkStop 12: Golden Gate Bridge- North Vista PointStop 13: Palace of Fine Arts - Richardson & Francisco StreetStop 14: Marina Neighborhood - Lombard & Fillmore StreetsStop 15: Lombard Street Corridor - Lombard & Gough StreetsStop 16: Union Square North - Post & Powell StreetsStop 17: Chinatown Gate - Grant and Bush StreetsStop 18: Portsmouth Square - Kearny & Clay StreetsStop 19: Pier 35 Cruise Terminal - The EmbarcaderoStop 20: Pier 39 Fisherman’s Wharf (then return to Stop 1)

From San Francisco: Muir Woods Guided Bus Tour

7. From San Francisco: Muir Woods Guided Bus Tour

Hop on board a bus tour of Muir Woods. Experience the awe and wonder of one of California’s oldest redwood groves as you stroll through dedicated paths of 1000-year-old redwood trees. Your tour will begin with a 45-minute, fully-narrated scenic drive that heads across the iconic Golden Gate Bridge and into coastal mountains on the Marin Headlands. Arrive at Muir Woods National Forest where you will be provided park entry tickets and have 1.5 hours to explore the park at your own pace - maps detailing walking trails will be available at the Muir Woods Visitor Center. After exploring the park, enjoy a scenic drive to the coastal town of Sausalito. This beautiful seaside Mediterranean-style town offers a wide selection of distinctive boutiques, restaurants, parks, cafés, and unique art galleries. Guests may choose to depart from Sausalito and return on their own via ferry or remain on the bus and return to a designated drop-off point within San Francisco.

San Francisco: Muir Woods Redwoods and Wine Country Tour

8. San Francisco: Muir Woods Redwoods and Wine Country Tour

See the giant sequoia trees at Muir Woods National Monument and discover California’s Wine Country on this San Francisco day trip with pickup. Walk in the shadows of the world’s tallest trees, before enjoying wine tastings at 3 wineries in the Sonoma and Napa valleys. After a pickup from your San Francisco hotel, your first stop is Muir Woods National Monument (entry tickets not included). Spend 1 hour hiking through the old-growth forest here to admire the famous coastal redwood trees.  Next up, continue onto Glen Ellen in the Sonoma Valley for your first wine tasting session. Learn all about the history and craft of winemaking as you tour the vineyard. Afterward, enjoy some free time to enjoy lunch (at your own expense) in Sonoma Plaza. In the afternoon you’ll savor 2 more tasting sessions at wineries in Napa and Schellville. Savor the chance to taste wines produced from a variety of grapes, specialties, and wine-making styles.  Last but not least, finish off your trip with a photo stop at the Golden Gate Bridge, before being dropped back at your San Francisco hotel.

La Jolla: Sea Cave Kayaking Tour with Guide

9. La Jolla: Sea Cave Kayaking Tour with Guide

Discover San Diego's Marine Protected Area, home to a variety of fish, birds, dolphins, turtles, sea-lions, and whales. With the help of an experienced guide, explore the famous Sea Caves of La Jolla and kayak inside Emerald Cave. Watch sea lions sunbathing on the rocks and swimming in the sanctuary. Marvel at the bright orange garibaldi as they stand out among the vibrant green sea grass and numerous other fish swimming around and delighting the eye. In the summer and fall months, tour groups will often see harmless leopard sharks, and you may also find grey whales in their migration during the winter. You might even see dolphins cruising alongside your kayak before you make your way back and prepare to surf your kayak back to shore.

From San Francisco: Muir Woods and Sausalito Half-Day Trip

10. From San Francisco: Muir Woods and Sausalito Half-Day Trip

Explore the ancient groves of coastal redwoods in Muir Woods National Monument alongside an expert guide on a half-day tour. Then discover the charming streets of Downtown Sausalito on a relaxed half-day tour. After a pick-up from a central San Francisco hotel, head north over the bridge and into the Marin Headlands. If the fog is clear, you might get a chance to stop and take some pictures of the bridge up close. When you arrive in Muir Woods, take an hour and a half to roam through this ‘living museum’ where you can glimpse the towering trees that used to dominate the west coast from Santa Barbara to Washington. Following your exploration of Muir Woods, hop back in the coach for a quick ride over to Sausalito. Enjoy a 15-20 minute, narrated in-coach tour through the beautiful seaside Mediterranean-style town, and then some free time to walk around. After about 45 minutes in Sausalito, hop back in the coach for a trip back across the Golden Gate Bridge, or opt for a ferry ride back to San Francisco. You'll be dropped back off at your pick-up point. This half-day tour is a great way to see all the highlights of the northern San Francisco Bay in a limited amount of time. 

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This tour was so fun! Kimmy was our tour guide and she was so funny. She constantly was throwing jokes and making everyone laugh. My husband and I were on our honeymoon and enjoyed every second of it. We even got a free glass of champagne! Would highly recommend to anyone!

Chadwick was awesome, he was very professional but personable. The tour was filled with beautiful scenery and plenty of time to walk around the park. Bathroom and food stop was offered going to and coming from park.

We had a great experience. Highly recommend. Visit small wineries only. Ben was our driver and was awesome.

the drivers are very friendly and helpful. They point out many cool things while driving the city.

Very fun, full day! Highly recommend. Muir Woods is amazing! The rest is bonus.