Trade the famous San Francisco fog for the awesome grandeur of Yosemite National Park and the best of the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range. Dive through historical Gold Rush Country to discover a modern day outdoor playground filled with mountain lakes, sweeping vistas and breathtaking natural landmarks.
During this four day tour, you can check a box on your bucket list when you explore the majesty of Yosemite National Park. You can hike through the Ansel Adams Wilderness Area at Devil's Postpile National Monument in the "Mammoth" mountains of the Eastern Sierras and maybe even take a dip in the picture perfect emerald waters of Lake Tahoe.
4 days & 3 nights
8:00 am on Tuesday (May through September)
Day 1: San Francisco to Yosemite National Park - Buckle up! After departing San Francisco, you'll head through California's famous Gold Rush Country, high into the mountains of the Sierra Nevada. It's time to experience the majestic views from Yosemite Valley with some of America's tallest waterfalls and towering grain cliffs rising 4,000 feet from the valley floor. You'll have the opportunity to explore on foot, by bike or possibly by raft or mule. Hiking trails abound and in the afternoon your guide will help you find the perfect trail to take in spectacular views before heading back, have some drinks and share stories about your day.
Day 2: Yosemite National Park to Mammoth Lakes, CA - The next morning, you're off to explore more of what Yosemite has to offer. Your guide will set you up with an amazing morning hike or a chance to capture a few more iconic photos followed by lunch among the fabled Giant Sequoias. In the afternoon, you'll hop back in the coach to ascend to almost 10,000 fee, traversing Yosemite's Tioga Pass viewing iconic sites like the reflective Tenaya Lake and weaving your way through Tuolumne Meadows before descending the fiercely steep eastern slope of Sierra Nevadas. Next up, an overnight stay in beautiful Mammoth's huge mountains, numerous lakes and expansive valleys. Try your hand at mountain biking or take a scenic Gondola ride up to 11,053 feet and check out one of the most stunning 360 degree views in California. Explore the geologic, natural and human history of Mammoth Lakes and find out why this is one of the most studied regions in the world. You'll stay overnight in a quiet hotel in Mammoth Lakes.
Day 3: Mammoth Lakes to Lake Tahoe via Ansel Adams Wilderness Area - You'll start your third day with the option to visit the Ansel Adams Wilderness area. This rugged place was named in honor of the famed nature photographer. Here you'll have the opportunity to visit the Devil's Postpile National Monument; this strange columnar basalt formation is a rare sight in the geologic world. With a name like that, you won't be disappointed. You may also choose to take a short hike over to Rainbow Falls to snap a selfie! Next, you're back on the road, this time headed to Lake Tahoe. Along the way, you'll get off the pavement to experience a bit of Gold Rush history at the remote National Historic Landmark known as Bodie Ghost Town. End your adventure filled day by trying your luck at blackjack or the roulette wheel at The Hard Rock, Harrah's or one of South Lake Tahoe's other casinos. Gambling not your thing? We'll enjoy a sunset sail or lake cruise to Emerald Bay. You'll stay the night in a South Lake Tahoe Hotel.
Day 4: Lake Tahoe to San Francisco - Your last morning, you'll get to choose your own adventure. Get up close and personal with the highest alpine lake in the USA either by kayak, stand-up paddleboard or bike. If you would prefer more of a bird's eye view with panoramic vistas of Lake Tahoe, Carson Valley and the Desolation Wilderness, take a 2.4 mile gondola ride up, up, up to Heavenly Mountain resort where an array of adventure activities await you. Having trouble deciding? You always have the option to keep it simple and go on short hike with the guidance of your professional tour leader. Later in the afternoon you will leave Lake Tahoe behind and pass through the state's capital city, Sacramento. You'll follow the historic Pony Express through El Dorado National Forest back to the City by the Bay San Francisco and you will be dropped off at the gateway hotel by 9:00 pm.
What to Bring
Hotel pickup not included; tour departs from a convenient location in Downtown San Francisco (details will be included in your E-Ticket). Optional activity fees not included.
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