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Western Sun

Green Tortoise adventure bus tours - Tuolumne River

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Western Sun 2017 Departures (5 Days/5 Nights):

Round-trip from Los Angeles:

  • Fri, May 26 - Wed, May 31
  • Fri, Jun 9 - Wed, Jun 14
  • Fri, Jun 30 - Wed, Jul 5
  • Fri, Jul 21 - Wed, Jul 26
  • Fri, Aug 11 - Wed, Aug 16

11 days: $419 plus $99 for food/parks.

Departure Times

  • San Francisco, CA - 9:00 PM

Arrival Times

  • Los Angeles, CA - 12:00 PM
  • Los Angeles, CA - 6:00 PM

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Western Sun - 5 Days/5 Nights

Jam-packed full of sights, this one-way adventure takes you to from San Francisco to Los Angeles. Featuring the sheer granite cliffs of Yosemite National park, the crashing surf of California's seashore, towering redwood forests, an opulent castle and glorious coastal towns, you'll be amazed at all of the western wonders you encounter!

We start our adventure socializing with our new travel friends during an evening departure from San Francisco. Before long, you'll be rocked to sleep in our custom lounge-style bus; traveling at night ensures the most time at our destinations!

Wake up to a delicious breakfast and begin the day in Yosemite Valley, the home of the famous El Capitan and Half Dome rock formations. Strong hikers can head up the Mist Trail and get up close to two thundering waterfalls, or to the top of Yosemite falls via the Yosemite Falls Trailhead for a stunning view.

The second day of our adventure takes us to the meadows and domes of the High Sierra. Explore Tuolumne Meadows, Lembert Dome, and the Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias. After another eventful day, we’ll enjoy a gourmet cookout together before hitting up California’s oldest saloon!

Next we’ll head south down the legendary Pacific Coast Highway stopping at the coastal town of Half Moon Bay before we hit the beach in Santa Cruz. Make sure to check out the Surfing Museum or test your courage on the Giant Dipper, the fifth oldest roller coaster in the U.S. Further south, in Monterey, stroll along John Steinbeck's beloved Cannery Row, spend time at Fisherman's Wharf, or pay a visit to the world-famous Monterey Bay Aquarium. After our day in Monterey, we'll head for our campsite under the Coastal Redwoods of Big Sur.

Today we'll enjoy some time at San Simeon State Park — take a tour of opulent Hearst Castle, hike through the surrounding wetlands, sea kayak, or just relax on the beach! Later, we make our way to our campsite just north of Malibu.

On our final day, check out surfers and cliffside mansions along the Pacific Coast Highway as we roll into Los Angeles and head towards Hollywood for time at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, the Walk of Fame, and the Kodak Theatre. You also have the option of continuing on with the bus to Venice Beach for shopping and ogling the muscle-bound in their outdoor gym. Afterwards, we'll say goodbye (or just “see you later”) to our new Green Tortoise friends at our final drop-offs in Hollywood or Santa Monica.

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You need to know: We visit many environments in the course of our adventure; daytime temperatures can be as high as 90F/32C and nights can be as chilly as 40F/4C.

Your food fund covers all national park and camping fees, and most meals.

Please note: this is a combination trip, and it is possible to be dropped off and picked up at different points along this route. Please call our office for further details regarding this feature.

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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