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Itinerary: Giant Trees and Ancient Forests
National Parks and Beyond San Francisco | Yosemite National Park
Lassen Volcanic National Park | Lake Tahoe

About this itinerary

Driving distance: 766 miles
Recommended travelling time: 12 nights
Recommended travel season: Spring, Summer, or Fall
Take in some of California's most breath-taking views along the Pacific Coast and in its finest national parks, as well as an awesome array of wildlife. Go on to enjoy some of the great water-sports on offer at Lake Tahoe along the California-Nevada border, and, of course, explore one of the most iconic cities of the USA, San Francisco.

San Francisco, California


Save energy visiting San Francisco by getting around by cable car. Spend time at Fisherman's Wharf, Pier 39 with its sea lions and other attractions. Climb up Telegraph Hill to take in panoramic city views from the top of Coit Tower and stroll down winding Lombard Street. If time allows, join a free walking tour across the Golden Gate Bridge.
To next stop: 247 miles| Total driven: 0 miles


Lassen Volcanic National Park, California

Visit Lassen Volcanic National Park, where Lassen Peak is the dominant feature. Boiling springs, steaming sulphur vents and mud pots all combine to make up this diverse landscape. Hike through the Devastated Area, and see remnants of past eruptions. Along 150 miles of trails, you can walk through lush forests and around crystal-clear lakes for an once-in-a-lifetime experience.
To next stop: 185 miles | Total driven: 247 miles

Lake Tahoe, California/Nevada

Through Lassen Volcanic National Park and ancient forests, follow the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail to Lake Tahoe. Explore the lake activities, hike or bike the many trails, or simply enjoy the breath-taking scenery of this wilderness area on the California/Nevada border.
To next stop: 124 miles | Total driven: 432 miles


Yosemite National Park

Travel through the High Sierra Nevada mountains to reach Yosemite National Park, where giant sequoia trees tower over the natural wilderness, which includes waterfalls, including the 620-foot Bridalveil Falls, and the granite cliffs of Half Dome and El Capitan. The Yosemite Village community provides an opportunity to visit the Ansel Adams Gallery of landscape photography and the Yosemite Museum. All levels of trails make this a paradise for hikers and bikers.
To next stop: 167 miles | Total driven: 599 miles


San Francisco, California

Take advantage of more time in San Francisco to take a ferry to Alcatraz Island in San Francisco Bay to get an up-close look at the former federal penitentiary as well as marine wildlife, nesting seabirds and historic buildings. Alternatively, visit the Presidio of San Francisco, a former U.S. Army military fort that now is a park in the Golden Gate Recreation Area with trails, restaurants, museums and special events.
Total driven: 766 miles


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