Best of Northern California
DEPARTURE FROM: SAN FRANCISCO
DURATION: 14 DAYS
LENGTH: 2,000 km (1,253 MILES)
14-day tour to discover some of California’s most famous natural phenomena, as well as many other unfrequented landmarks
The California landscape highlights the famous redwood forests, Yosemite Park, the crystal clear waters of Lake Tahoe, the excellent wines of Sonoma County and starting points in Sacramento when the gold rush occurred
Pickup of the caravan in San Francisco. In a short time you reach the first point of accommodation, in Candlestick RV Park. In free time a free bus service .with departures every hour, allows you to travel to San Francisco to explore the city, one of the most famous in the country.
★Visit to the famous rock of Alcatraz, former prison, now in disuse, and very interesting, with magnificent panoramic views of the city, both from Alcatraz and from the access ship. Another option is to cycle across the Golden Bridge, or take the ferry back.
Less than an hour north of San Francisco is Sonoma County where the rich vineyards that make the country famous grow. It has more than 300 easily accessible wineries, more than 40 spas, restaurants, galleries, shops, etc. Its landscape is rich in forests and coves, rivers and trails that cross oak groves. Sonoma County is not only photographed but attracts those who want to know a unique life experience.
✪ 170 km from Cloverdale KOA, Sonoma County
★ Don’t forget a visit to Bodega Bay to enjoy the ocean scenery and clam chowder
Departure north on Highway 101 crossing a landscape rich in hills and traditional countryside. On the way to the riverbank you can visit some of the best wineries in Sonoma County and taste their wines. Hiking in Ammstrong Redwoods State Reserve in Guerneville. North of Jenner-by-the-Sea is Fort Ross State Historic Park. Further north still the Kruse Rhododendron State Reserve is reached by the coast. If you follow Highway 1 the coast abounds with parks, beaches and further north you can see the historic Point Arena Lighthouse.
✪ 96 km to Manchester Beach KOA, Mendocino County.
★ A stop at Gualala Point Regional Park is recommended.
It continues on Highway 1 (about 50km) along the so-called Avenue of the Giants, through the dense redwood forests of about 100m high. The forests of Humboldt Redwoods State Park are some of the oldest of its kind. In Meyers Flat you can cross the trunk of one of its gigantic trees. Boat rides along Humboldt Bay, shopping and dining in Old Town Eureka are suggested.
The tallest trees in Humboldt Park are located between Orrick and Crescent City (north entrance to the park). Also in Crescent City is the oldest lighthouse on the Pacific coast- North of the Klamath amaze the huge statues of legendary lumberjack Paul Bunyan and his blue ox Babe.
✪ 285 km to Eureka KOA
From Eureka and on the east side of Highway 299 you reach the detour (Trinity River Scenic Byway) that runs along one of the most diverse routes in Northern California: historic places such as Weaverville or the Jake Jackson Museum where samples of how the pioneers lived are kept. In Whiskey Town National Recreation Area you can take a kayak ride or walk to its beautiful waterfalls. You can also bathe or hike at many points along the way, or take the Everett Memorial Highway to see the impressive Mount Shasta (4,321m), the second highest peak in the Cascades.
✪ 330 km to Mount Shasta KOA
★ On Interstate 5 you can admire the stone tormosmde of Castle Crags State Parka
Exit Mount Shasta on Highway 89 towards McCloud. From there you reach one of the most scenic roads in California: the Volcanic Legacy Scenic Byway. A road of maximum beauty opens one of the most attractive areas of the country: the McArthur-Burney Falls Memorial State Park, with its 40m high waterfalls that give the landscape a tropical atmosphere. To get to Subway Cove on foot, you walk through a lava tube about 500m long.
✪ 130 km to Hat Creek
★There you can enjoy a good lunch and, if you want, a session of angling.
After enjoying the spectacular views of the volcanic parks of Northern California, today we leave for Lake Tahoe. It is an extraordinary place whose mountains offer attractions all year round regardless of the weather. You can always practice or learn to fish, play golf, family gatherings, mountain biking, horseback riding, swimming and other water sports.
✪ 340 km to Lake Tahoe
★ Dinners on board ships in the middle of a fantastic landscape.
The magic point of the map of California is its capital: Sacramento. This city abounds with local attractions, excellent restaurants, and historical attractions. It all fulfills the saying that, whichever way you look at it, “California starts here.” It is recommended to visit the Capitol building or the old town, as well as try its excellent cafes, bars and restaurants.
✪ 168 km to Sacramento
★ Stop at the Dive Bar (excellent beers).
In these two days it is appropriate to visit the famous Yosemite National Park. It has an extension of more than 308,000 ha and its elevated points range from 60 to 4,000 m above sea level. In its lands abound alpine meadows, lakes, waterfalls, a rich fauna, and the forest of gigantic redwoods. This park deserves a couple of days.
.✪ 202 km to Yosemite
★ Visit the Bridal Veil and Yosemite waterfalls. <4 km walk to Inspiration Point recommended.
Today it is time to travel about 255 km through the central valley of California to deliver the aurocaravan in the Cruise America station in San Francisco before 15 pm.