America: San Francisco & Yosemite

National Parks, North America, San Francisco

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  • Purposeful Itinerary

On this California family adventure, explore the metropolitan city of San Francisco. Discover the wildly scenic, glacially sculpted Yosemite Valley, deep in the heart of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Yosemite is considered one of the crown jewels of the National Park System. Get out on the trail, taking in the highlights: Half Dome, El Capitan, all three of North America's tallest waterfalls, the "Wild and Scenic" Merced River, and the otherworldly Sequoia groves.

Each of our itineraries has unique offerings allowing for cultural engagement and community give-back. Here are some of the things that will make your trip to California special.

Age Related Activities

Hike in the Sequoias

Enjoy a guided hike in one of Yosemite's Sequoia groves. Giant sequoias are the largest known trees living on earth and grow only on the western slope of the Sierra Nevada at elevations between 4,500 to 7,000 feet. Your guide will choose the grove to best fit the current conditions and ability level of your group.

Guided San Francisco and Alcatraz

Your private tour of San Francisco will be completely customized to fit your interests to include some of the best highlights. Conclude your day with a visit to the infamous Alcatraz Island home to the abandoned prison and the oldest operating lighthouse on the West Coast. Learn about the islands history as well as some of the most notorious inmates.

Rock Climbing

Rock climbing in Yosemite National Park is legendary and today you will have the opportunity to experience it with a private climbing guide. Whether this is your first time climbing or are a seasoned expert, you will learn Yosemite-specific techniques to help you get more from your climbing experience — and stay safer.

Key Itinerary Content

San Francisco, one of America’s most vibrant cities, lures individuals across the world because of its appealing beauty. Therefore, millions of visitors leave their heart out there after visiting San Francisco. The result is San Francisco is voted amongst “America’s Favorite Cities” by readers of Condé Nast Traveler year in, year out. Known for its diverse culture, fantastic scenery, unusual climate, outstanding city, great food, open minded and friendly people and many more, there is no match for San Francisco’s infinite charm. The city offers plenty of things to do for almost everyone and in abundance. Here below are the a few great reasons reasons as to why San Francisco is a wonderful place to visit at least once in a lifetime.

Discoverable in a Day — One of the interesting things about visiting San Francisco is that, although the city is colossal in terms of attraction and amenities, it is geographically small. Visitors who set foot into the city can explore almost all part of the city within a day and it’s enough time to make a scene and make a difference in San Francisco.

Heaven for Foodies — San Francisco has more than 4,500 restaurants in its seven square mile area where foods are as good as the art. The city is paradise for your taste buds. Having been named the “Best Food City In The Country” by Bon Appetit, there are six of hometown eateries included in top 50 restaurants nationwide-the most of any U.S. city.

Broad and Diverse Cultural Experiences — Without a cultural experience, the visit to San Francisco would not be complete. The city is home to internationally recognized symphony, opera and ballet companies. Many playwrights have transcribed their masterpiece in San Francisco. Meditation, yoga and Eastern philosophy are part of the city’s DNA. San Francisco comprises population, including Whites, Asians, African-Americans, Latinos and many others. Come discover world class museums, the oldest and largest China Town, free festivals, learn in the outdoor classrooms of the world-class zoo and botanical gardens.

Active Outdoor Adventures for the Whole Family — Not only is San Francisco known as a city for bicycles, whether you’re a bike lover or a fanatical rider, San Francisco may be perfect place for you. All amenities like bike lanes, bike parking area and even traffic signals giving riders the right-of-way are available for riders. When you are ready to ditch the wheels, hike the surrounding trails or venture off on a guided experience at Yosemite.

Your self-driving trip with 5-night accommodations night includes personally tailored adventures, hand picked with your desired activity level in mind and accommodations carefully selected with your travel style and budget in mind.

Some activities to consider:

    • Dim Sum Dumpling Making Class in Chinatown
    • Private Guided Muir Woods
    • Private Guided Silicon Valley Tour
    • Letterpress Printing Workshop — Create Your Own Greeting Cards Using Old School Printing Techniques
    • A Bug's Life: Behind the Scenes of the Insect Habitat with the Zoo's Insect Curator
    • For adults over 21: Personalized Cocktail Sampler and Small Bites at Buzzed About Chinatown Restaurant

CommUnity Impact Opportunities

Preparing for America: San Francisco & Yosemite

Late May and early June is the best time to view waterfalls, roaring from freshly melted snow, and September offers cooler temperatures ideal for hiking (summer temps can reach the 80s). Yosemite's peak season lies between Memorial Day and Labor Day. If you visit outside the popular summer months you'll likely avoid the crowds, even at famous sights. Fall, winter and spring are all great times to visit Yosemite.

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