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Our most recommended California Day Trips

  • From San Francisco: Muir Woods and Sausalito Half-Day Trip

    1. From San Francisco: Muir Woods and Sausalito Half-Day Trip

    Wander through the ancient groves of coastal redwoods in Muir Woods National Monument. Walk along the quaint sidewalks of Downtown Sausalito on a relaxed half-day tour. Muir Woods National Monument is an old-growth redwood forest located 30 minutes from downtown San Francisco over the Golden Gate Bridge.

    After a pick-up from a central San Francisco hotel, head north over the bridge and into the Marin Headlands. If the fog is clear, you might get a chance to stop and take some pictures of the bridge up close.

    When you arrive in Muir Woods, take an hour and a half to roam through this ‘living museum’ where you can glimpse the towering trees that used to dominate the west coast from Santa Barbara to Washington.

    Following your exploration of Muir Woods, hop back in the coach for a quick ride over to Sau...

    Our guide was great! We got to see Muir Woods without having to worry about driving or making reservations.

  • La Jolla: 2-Hour Kayak Tour of the 7 Caves

    2. La Jolla: 2-Hour Kayak Tour of the 7 Caves

    Take a lesson before the tour begins and grab all the necessary kayak equipment. The tour takes place in the La Jolla Ecological Reserve. There are 3 different habitats in the reserve, and on your tour you will have the chance paddle to all three - the rocky reefs, sandy flats, and kelp beds. Paddle to the seven caves of La Jolla and go into the Clam’s cave, which is the largest cave on the tour. See the local marine life on the tour including sea lions, harbor seals, Garibaldi, leopard sharks, and the occasional dolphin.

    George & Randy were the coolest & most knowledgeable guides! They made our experience enjoyably memorable!

  • From Las Vegas: Grand Canyon West Rim with Optional Skywalk

    3. From Las Vegas: Grand Canyon West Rim with Optional Skywalk

    Embark on a full day of adventure and fun with an informative tour of the Grand Canyon’s West Rim – home of the famous Skywalk. See Boulder City, the bypass bridge, the Joshua Tree Forest, and more from your air-conditioned vehicle.

    Depart Las Vegas early in the morning, stopping to grab some food in Boulder City, the US's first planned community and only town in Nevada without legalized gambling. Enjoy feasting on a classic American breakfast, free from the incessant jangle of slot machine gaming.

    Stop at the new bypass bridge and get incredible pictures of the mighty Hoover Dam. Reach the West Rim, then board the Hualapai Tribes Legacy Tour to view Eagle Point and Guano Point.

    Enjoy some time at your leisure, perhaps deploying your lunch ticket to feast on food right on the rim. Take in the amazing views, or treat yourself to a trip on the glass Sk...

    Great tour to go on Charlie was an exceptional tour guide. Very knowledgeable and friendl. Our driver James is the man, had to tough it out with the sun in his face all the way back. Great experience, I highly recommend going.

  • Yosemite Valley, Giant Sequoias and Glacier Point Tour

    4. Yosemite Valley, Giant Sequoias and Glacier Point Tour

    Discover the best that Yosemite National Park has to offer by joining a small-group tour led by a knowledgeable tour guide. Depart from either El Portal on highway 140 or Oakhurst on highway 41 and embark on a tour that showcases the awe-inspiring landmarks of Yosemite. Sit back and relax as your tour guide drives you towards Yosemite National Park. Arrive at Tunnel View to witness the most famous viewpoint in Yosemite Valley, El Capital, and Half Dome. Then, go towards Glacier Point where you’ll see breathtaking views of Half Dome, Vernal Falls, Nevada Falls, and more. Head back towards Yosemite Valley and make a photo stop at Yosemite Falls. Around noon, stop at the peaceful Cathedral Beach where you’ll get to enjoy an included boxed lunch. After, get ready to do more exploring. Head towards the Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias where you will spend 2 hours hiking the 2.5 miles (4 k...

    Our Guide Phil was very knowledgeable and made the day very enjoyable. He told us lots of history and fun facts that we did not know. Took us to the most beautiful places in Yosemite and was right there to cheer us on when the hike got a little rough.

  • From San Francisco: Napa & Sonoma Valley Full-Day Wine Trip

    5. From San Francisco: Napa & Sonoma Valley Full-Day Wine Trip

    Indulge yourself in luxury on this full-day tour of California’s wine regions from San Francisco. You will enjoy panoramic views of California on the way toward Napa Valley and Sonoma Valley, 2 of Northern California’s famous wine regions. This tour features wine tastings at 3 of the local partner's favorite wineries. At each winery, learn about wine-making techniques on a tour of the estate, and enjoy extraordinary wines at your tastings. In addition to visiting wineries, your professional guide will take you to see other famous sites in California’s wine country, including a lunch stop at the historic Downtown Sonoma Square. Here, enjoy eclectic dining options and boutique shopping during your lunch break. You also have the option to book this trip to include lunch at a local restaurant in the middle of the historic Square in Downtown Sonoma. Enjoy items from a variety of Califor...

    My experience was very enjoyable, the driver was very informative and all of the places I went made me feel comfortable being there

  • San Francisco: Muir Woods Redwoods and Wine Country Tour

    6. San Francisco: Muir Woods Redwoods and Wine Country Tour

    See the giant sequoia trees at Muir Woods National Monument and discover California’s Wine Country on this San Francisco day trip with pickup. Walk in the shadows of the world’s tallest trees, before enjoying wine tastings at 3 wineries in the Sonoma and Napa valleys.

    After a pickup from your San Francisco hotel, your first stop is Muir Woods National Monument (entry tickets not included). Spend 1 hour hiking through the old-growth forest here to admire the famous coastal redwood trees. 

    Next up, continue onto Glen Ellen in the Sonoma Valley for your first wine tasting session. Learn all about the history and craft of winemaking as you tour the vineyard. Afterward, enjoy some free time to enjoy lunch (at your own expense) in Sonoma Plaza.

    In the afternoon you’ll savor 2 more tasting sessions at wineries in Napa and Schellvil...

    Our tour guide/driver was Kimmy and she was awesome! Energetic, funny, and helpful, especially with taking pictures. She actually gave us a lot more information than the people at the wineries. One problem: the air conditioning on the bus didn't work well, so we were all sweating on the ride back to SF. The winery in Napa was ehh, but the 2 in Sonoma were good. Would've liked to spend an extra 15 minutes in Muir woods though.

  • Beverly Hills and Hollywood: Helicopter Tour

    7. Beverly Hills and Hollywood: Helicopter Tour

    Your 20-minute celebrity helicopter tour starts from the world-class Burbank Airport, a stone's throw from the world-famous Universal and Warner Bros Studios. All guests are asked to arrive at least thirty minutes before the start of their tour in order to check-in with the flight team and get situated for their exclusive sightseeing experience. As your tour begins, you will lift off from the ground and soar through the air as you climb over the Hollywood Hills and across the LA basin. As you pass over Universal Studios, you might just make out the small crowds lined up for butterbeer at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter or see the gentle smoke rising from the stunt shows and animal experiences.

    Your tour will pass right by the iconic Hollywood Sign, offering you an opportunity to snap a photo (or a selfie if you're quick) from a vantage point view that few others ge...

    The pilot was super friendly and informative. We departed on time. Great business and very professional.

  • La Jolla: 90-Minute Sea Cave Kayaking Tour with Guide

    8. La Jolla: 90-Minute Sea Cave Kayaking Tour with Guide

    Discover San Diego's Marine Protected Area, home to a variety of fish, birds, dolphins, turtles, sea-lions, and whales. With the help of an experienced guide, explore the famous Sea Caves of La Jolla and kayak inside Emerald Cave. Watch sea lions sunbathing on the rocks and swimming in the sanctuary. Marvel at the bright orange garibaldi as they stand out among the vibrant green sea grass and numerous other fish swimming around and delighting the eye. In the summer and fall months, tour groups will often see harmless leopard sharks, and you may also find grey whales in their migration during the winter. You might even see dolphins cruising alongside your kayak before you make your way back and prepare to surf your kayak back to shore.

    All the staff was so friendly and professional. The guides were very knowledgeable. We had a great time.

  • San Francisco: Yosemite National Park & Giant Sequoias Hike

    9. San Francisco: Yosemite National Park & Giant Sequoias Hike

    The Total Yosemite Experience is the only 1-day tour to combine the Yosemite Valley and a Giant Sequoia Walk all in the same day. See why artists and poets have been inspired for generations. Since 1890, beautiful Yosemite National Park has been the jewel of America's National Parks, possessing some of the best–known landmarks in the world, such as the tallest waterfall in North America, Yosemite Falls. You'll have 5-6 hours to explore the stunning national park, and take in the majestic natural wonders, accompanied by a complimentary audio guided tour. Yosemite is home to the spectacular Half Dome & El Capitan, 2 of the most frequently climbed cliffs in the world. It is also home to several groves of stunning Giant Sequoia trees, the largest trees on earth. The Giant Sequoia Walk is along 1 mile (1.5 km) of paved trail with a 400 ft (120 m) incline, snow depth permitting. Experienc...

    Our guide, Mike, was great. He was knowledgeable and nice. The only bad part of the trip was the bus ride. The suspension bottomed out many times and hurt my back. If the ride was smoother, it would have been a 5 star trip.

  • San Francisco: Half-Day Wine Country Excursion with Tastings

    10. San Francisco: Half-Day Wine Country Excursion with Tastings

    Start your day in the afternoon, as you head north to the Golden Gate Bridge. Enjoy a scenic drive over the Golden Gate Bridge and marvel at the San Francisco skyline in the distance. Next, drive through the beautiful town of Sausalito, a seaside Mediterranean-like village harbored across the San Francisco Bay and famous for its sweeping views. As the vine-covered hillsides come into view, you will visit 2 favorite wineries of the region for wine tastings and an exclusive estate tour. Experience the inner workings of the wineries and their family history in Napa and Sonoma Valley as an expert wine host walks you through the fermentation process, barrel-aging, bottling, and, of course, tastings of some award-winning varietals. At each winery, enjoy up to 3-5 tastings of their signature blends. Your day concludes with a scenic drive back over the Golden Gate Bridge and into San Francisco...

    We think that the difference of this tour was our guide George! He is definitely the best guide you can have for a tour like this. He has the ability to get attention of the complete group and his explanation of San Francisco is the best you can have. George is for sure the best and makes all The difference for this tour. I think because of him, that this tour was above expectations.

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Such a unique experience. My husband and I travel often and have never done anything like this! They take you to three different spots and you can see the kelp and different fish. Although you do see the same fish and kelp at each spot, it was still pretty awesome to see the fish up that close. I don't foresee myself ever snorkeling or scuba diving, so it was amazing to see the oceanlife. The guide was informative but he was not required to wear a mask, so him coming up to talk to us was a bit unsettling. Also, if you order mobile tickets you are still required to checkin and get your tickets printed. Overall excellent experience and highly recommend if visiting Catalina island!

My experience was very enjoyable, the driver was very informative and all of the places I went made me feel comfortable being there

Our guide was great! We got to see Muir Woods without having to worry about driving or making reservations.

George & Randy were the coolest & most knowledgeable guides! They made our experience enjoyably memorable!

All the staff was so friendly and professional. The guides were very knowledgeable. We had a great time.