Known as one of the more liberal and inclusive communities in the US as a whole, San Francisco is a conglomeration of different ethnicities, cultures and lifestyles. Sat on a square of only 11km by 11km, San Francisco is much smaller than many travellers expect. However, this little city has a huge reputation for the myriad of ... Read More
This trip embraces the great outdoors without sacrificing comfort, which means you’ll be tackling those long stretches of American highway in a private, air-conditioned vehicle for the entire trip..
Immerse yourself in the grand, natural beauty of Yosemite National Park.
Parched earth as far as the eye can see is the image many people associate with Death Valley, but the landscape is also home to undulating sand dunes, water-sculpted canyons, extinct volcanic craters and fields of wildflowers that blossom in the spring..
“A remarkable experience giving tasters of 5 quite unique National Parks. The group is small enough to give freedom to explore each area according to ability and fitness levels by oneself or in small subgroups. A lot of travelling but the views are worth it. Accommodation excellent although the facilities were not always used due to a packed timetable. People need to be aware of early morning starts to make the most of the day if walking as we experienced unusually high temperatures at the end of the season with no rain. There was sufficient freedom to choose whether to eat in the evenings with other members or in subgroups. The included activities added to the experience and were well worth it. Optional activities were available and wide ranging.”
Known as one of the more liberal and inclusive communities in the US as a whole, San Francisco is a conglomeration of different ethnicities, cultures and lifestyles. Sat on a square of only 11km by 11km, San Francisco is much smaller than many travellers expect. However, this little city has a huge reputation for the myriad of offerings to explore.
Whether you gawp up at it from one of the many viewing points, cycle or hike or even drive across it, San Francisco’s art deco Golden Gate Bridge is a landmark you cannot and should not miss.
Built in 1873, the cable cars of San Francisco are an integral part of the public transport system and you haven’t experienced San Fran until you’ve ridden one.
Explore the oldest Chinatown in the US.
Experience the unique San Francisco nightlife. Enjoy live jazz, dance to Latin or even try some ‘swing.’
The California Academy of Sciences is home to a natural history museum, an aquarium and planetarium and, a four-story rainforest.
Hike to the top of Grand View Park, or ‘Turtle Hill’ as locals call it, for some of the best views of the city.
Listen to the Wave Organ, a wave powered musical instrument.
Rent a rowboat at Golden Gate Park.
San Francisco is full of world-class, yet affordable, restaurants. Make sure you try!
A Clipper Card is the best way to use public transportation. There’s also the Citypass and Go card.
San Francisco can actually be quite chilly in summer, with October and May being sunnier months. Layering is a good idea.
If you want to visit Alcatraz, make sure you book online at least two weeks in advance.
Some cable car stops are known for notoriously long lines. If you walk a little way to the next stop, you’ll hop on quicker.
7 main hills and a lot of walking call for comfortable shoes!