A symbol of the American Dream, California is full of natural wonders, cultural treasures and grandiose places that will surprise you. It will awaken every one of your senses and give you a timeless experience. Quickly discover the gems that await you on a north-south tour of California.
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Start your Northern California dream trip by exploring San Francisco from every angle. Wander around Fisherman’s Wharf, a historic waterfront area where the shops at Pier 39 will impress you as much as the street stalls and the SS Jeremiah O’Brien moored in the bay. Immerse yourself in the lively atmosphere of the famous Union Square shopping area, or enjoy the tranquility and greenery that awaits you at Yerba Buena Gardens. Don’t forget to pass Coit Tower, you will be amazed. But above all, don’t miss the incredible seaplane experience over the bay. Depart from Sausalito and enjoy the view of the city center, Alcatraz… When the weather is nice, you can walk under the legendary Golden Gate Bridge.
Point Reyes National Seashore
Just 1 hour from San Francisco, you will find yourself in a paradise of over 28,000 hectares. The local fauna and flora numbers more than 1500 species, developing in an environment of lush greenery. This continues with elevated beaches, where the waves, sometimes raging, complete their frantic race. Walking shoes are essential to explore the hills and forests bordered by idyllic lagoons and cliffs. Bear Valley is the park’s nerve center, but Cape Tomales is where you’re most likely to encounter pygmy elk, and Point Reyes Lighthouse will take you back in time.
Take advantage of this USA trip to head to Mendocino, the perfect spot for gray whale watching. The period from November to April is ideal for watching the spectacle of cetaceans migrating off the coast of California. The boats will take you closer to the breathtaking whales. If you’d rather add a generous dose of adventure to your adventure, and assuming the seas are relatively calm, go kayaking with marine mammals.
Sun Bridge, Redding
Breathtaking. Perhaps the word best describes the Sundial Bridge, that futuristic-accented bridge that towers majestically over the Sacramento River. The glass path stretches for 213 meters and ends (or starts, depending on which direction you go) with a huge sundial shaped like an immaculate tower. This architectural marvel is located in the Turtle Bay Research Park in Redding. Take the opportunity to visit the Butterfly House or discover the treasures hidden in the McConnell Botanical Gardens.
Rent a bike for a day. A helmet as well as itinerary suggestions will be provided to help you experience an unforgettable oenological interlude. Stop at the vineyards and be tempted by a tasting that is as exhilarating as the scenery that surrounds you. Moderation obviously remains your most valuable ally.
Start your Southern California journey with a guided bike tour. Cruise through the resort town of Santa Monica, world-famous for the beauty of its pier and idyllic location at the end of the famous Route 66. Continue towards Venice Beach. You will develop between canals reminiscent of those of Venice and shopping streets. You will find that the coast is a huge playground dedicated to water sports and sports in every conceivable variety.
Channel Island, Santa Barbara
Head to Ventura Harbor and board the ferry to take you to the Channel Islands. Once you set foot on Santa Cruz Island, you will not be able to resist the urge to explore nature. Great news: you can get ready for a kayak adventure of about 3 hours, during which you will discover the fabulous sea caves. Scuba diving and snorkeling is also a great option to add to your California trip.
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks
Nature reveals countless facets that are impossible to tire of, and your Southern California tour will give you the opportunity to make the most of it. Climb to Panoramic Point, an observation deck that offers breathtaking views of the Sierra Nevada. Walk under the Tunnel Log, an 84m redwood tree that has been felled since 1937. Admire the General Sherman Tree, whose base, with a diameter of 11 meters and a height of 84 meters, makes it the largest tree on the planet. Also explore the Crystal Cave, whose ceilings are adorned with charming stalactites.
Palm Springs Cable Car
A cable car ride has never been more exhilarating than a Palm Springs cable car ride. It will take you from the scorching desert to the pleasantly cool slopes of Mount San Jacinto. Situated at an altitude of 2600 meters and surrounded by pine trees, you will encounter an explosive panorama where arid lands coexist with expanses of dazzling greenery.
Anza Borrego Desert State Park
Anza Borrego State Park is the largest in California. Climb aboard an off-road vehicle and enjoy the series of panoramas that await you along the way. You will see rolling hills protected by cacti, arid lands that seem abandoned by all forms of life, oases that will give you the impression that you are developing in the heart of paradise… A contrast of transcendent beauty!