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California Dream

Green Tortoise adventure bus tours - Coastal clean up

California Dream Adventure Map - Green Tortoise

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Flexible Itinerary

  1. San Francisco
  2. Yosemite NP
  3. Big Sur/Monterey
  4. Los Padres

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We don't have any scheduled departures for this trip. Please contact us for more information.

Departure Times

  • San Francisco, CA - 9:00 PM

Arrival Times

  • San Francisco, CA - 7:00 PM

Frequent Crawler Program

  • Points Awarded for this Trip: 1,200
  • Points for Free Trip: 12,000

Join the Frequent Crawler Club today!

California Dream - 3 Days

Uncover some of California's best treasures on this dream trip! Soak up the magnificent beauty of Yosemite, stroll famous Cannery Row in Monterey, check out the surf in Santa Cruz, and explore hidden swimming holes tucked away in the coastal range. You'll be stunned by the amazing views and unforgettable experiences!

The first light of day finds us by a cascading waterfall in Yosemite National Park following a peaceful slumber through a gently-rolling night drive. We begin our day sharing a delicious breakfast at Cascade Falls picnic area before heading into Yosemite Valley for a full day of exploring.

Choosing how to spend the day will be your hardest decision! Take a leisurely walk through the lush woodlands along the Merced River towards the Ansel Adams Gallery and Yosemite Museum; peek inside the historic Ahwahnee Hotel; enjoy panoramic views of the sheer granite faces and world-famous waterfalls from a free valley floor shuttle or a paid tour with guides; take the Yosemite shuttle to Glacier Point and embark on the Four Mile Trail or (for the very strong hikers) the Panorama Trail (8.5 miles/13.6 km); get close to the thundering falls of Upper Yosemite or Nevada Falls; or rent a bicycle to see the park on wheels; or float down the Merced River in a raft to enjoy the spectacular views from the water.

After our day of adventures, we dine on a sumptuous feast in the shadows of epic El Capitan and share stories from our bunks during our evening drive to the legendary Pacific Coast.

Wake up to the rugged and picturesque coastline of Big Sur as we embark on one of the most spectacular drives in California. Enjoy the dramatic view of the Pacific Ocean and spot whales, elephant seals, sea lions and more, right from your lounge spot on our custom-designed "couches" and dinettes. After breakfast, stretch your legs and hike among the coastal redwoods before rolling south on the scenic Pacific Coast Highway.

For a glimpse of life below the sea, pay a visit to the world-famous Monterey Bay Aquarium during our stop in Monterey. Stroll along John Steinbeck's beloved Cannery Row, spend time at Fisherman's Wharf, or sample some chowder in one of the local eateries before we make our way to our secret campsite nestled in the canyons of Los Padres National Forest for a delectable group dinner and a fun night around the campfire.

After a sumptuous breakfast, we embark on a secluded hike to a hidden oasis in the forest. Take a dip in a secret swimming hole and soak up the sun for the rest of the morning before we head towards the beach community of Santa Cruz.

Check out the surf while surfers challenge the waves at the famous surfing location, Steamer Lane. Later, enjoy a blast from the past at the Surfing Museum housed in the Mark Abbott Memorial Lighthouse or the historic Santa Cruz Boardwalk for some chocolate-covered bacon or other fair-type oddities.

On our journey back to the city, we’ll stop in the gorgeous coastal town of Half Moon Bay for a stroll through quaint downtown and an afternoon coffee or pastry. That evening, we roll into San Francisco to say goodbye to our new best friends and to end our journey of making lifelong memories.

* We are aware of the construction going on in Big Sur and are making trip adjustments as needed.

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Flexible Itinerary means that we may alter an itinerary depending on weather, local events, etc. Although we make every attempt to run our trips as advertised, please be aware that the itinerary may change to give you the best trip possible.

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Green Tortoise adventure bus tours - Coastal clean up

California Dream Adventure Map - Green Tortoise

Click to enlarge [+]

Flexible Itinerary

  1. San Francisco
  2. Yosemite NP
  3. Big Sur/Monterey/San Francisco

Drive night bus icon Drive night

Drive night bus icon Camp night

Drive night bus icon Stay at hotel or hostel

We don't have any scheduled departures for this trip. Please contact us for more information.

Departure Times

  • San Francisco, CA - 9:00 PM

Arrival Times

  • Monterey, California - 4:00 PM

Frequent Crawler Program

  • Points Awarded for this Trip: 1,100
  • Points for Free Trip: 11,000

Join the Frequent Crawler Club today!

California Dream - 2 Days

Uncover some of California's best treasures on this dream trip! Soak up the magnificent beauty of Yosemite, stroll famous Cannery Row in Monterey, check out the surf in Santa Cruz, and explore hidden swimming holes tucked away in the coastal range. You'll be stunned by the amazing views and unforgettable experiences!

The first light of day finds us by a cascading waterfall in Yosemite National Park following a peaceful slumber through a gently-rolling night drive. We begin our day sharing a delicious breakfast at Cascade Falls picnic area before heading into Yosemite Valley for a full day of exploring.

Choosing how to spend the day will be your hardest decision! Take a leisurely walk through the lush woodlands along the Merced River towards the Ansel Adams Gallery and Yosemite Museum; peek inside the historic Ahwahnee Hotel; enjoy panoramic views of the sheer granite faces and world-famous waterfalls from a free valley floor shuttle or a paid tour with guides; take the Yosemite shuttle to Glacier Point and embark on the Four Mile Trail or (for the very strong hikers) the Panorama Trail (8.5 miles/13.6 km); get close to the thundering falls of Upper Yosemite or Nevada Falls; or rent a bicycle to see the park on wheels; or float down the Merced River in a raft to enjoy the spectacular views from the water.

After our day of adventures, we dine on a sumptuous feast in the shadows of epic El Capitan and share stories from our bunks during our evening drive to the legendary Pacific Coast.

Wake up to the rugged and picturesque coastline of Big Sur as we embark on one of the most spectacular drives in California. Enjoy the dramatic view of the Pacific Ocean and spot whales, elephant seals, sea lions and more, right from your lounge spot on our custom-designed "couches" and dinettes. After breakfast, stretch your legs and hike among the coastal redwoods before rolling south on the scenic Pacific Coast Highway.

For a glimpse of life below the sea, pay a visit to the world-famous Monterey Bay Aquarium during our stop in Monterey. Stroll along John Steinbeck's beloved Cannery Row, spend time at Fisherman's Wharf, or sample some chowder in one of the local eateries.

* We are aware of the construction going on in Big Sur and are making trip adjustments as needed.

 

Photo Gallery

Click on any image to enlarge

I'm ready to make a reservation!

Flexible Itinerary means that we may alter an itinerary depending on weather, local events, etc. Although we make every attempt to run our trips as advertised, please be aware that the itinerary may change to give you the best trip possible.

Have you been on this trip? Please tell us what you thought.

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