California walking holiday, America

“9 days of an eclectic mix of California dreaming as you hike through Yosemite NP, around Lake Tahoe and along the Pacific coast. On a small group guided holiday. California walking is California dreaming. ”


San Francisco | Yosemite NP | Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park | Monterey | Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary | Whale watching | Lake Tahoe | Maggie’s Peak

Description of California walking holiday, America

This California walking holiday is a nine day, small group tour starting and ending in San Francisco. After settling into your various hotels, enjoy hikes in the likes of Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park with redwood groves, waterfalls and superb Pacific views. After some coastal time at Monterey, including whale watching between April and October, the main body of this walking holiday is spent in Yosemite National Park.

Yosemite National Park is dominated by the Sierra Nevada Mountain, with superb forest hiking trails, waterfalls and spectacular granite cliff landscapes. We will take on the iconic Mist Trail, see the famous El Capitan rock face and visit Bridalveil Falls, while keeping an eye out for Yosemite’s most famous wildlife species, brown and black bears.

For some chill out time, we visit the vineyards of Sonoma or you can kayak out on the blue waters of Lake Tahoe, although hikers will be keen to explore the Emerald Bay State Park Trail, with its brilliant panorama of mountains and glacier carved granite. The trip draws to a close in San Francisco, where many of our guests spend a couple of extra days of California dreaming.

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Our top tip:
The national parks are pretty wild. So always follow safety rules. These are not just a walk in the park.
Trip type:
Small group, max. 12 people. Min.age 18.
Activity level:
Moderate. 3-4 hours hiking/day.
Solos welcome. Surcharge for own room.
Meals not included. Budget at least $50/day.
Accommodation, guides, transport, whale watching, NP fees.

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: California walking holiday, America

We are committed to offering low impact tours that benefit both the places and communities we visit as well as our travellers. It is important for us all to be aware of the delicate balance that exists in the variety of natural wonders you will visit. National Parks and monuments, archaeological sites and other sensitive areas should and must be treated with respect.

We have created a 'Travellers' Code of Conduct' to help prepare and inform our groups of the various positive or negative effects they could have on a destination. The code includes tips on everything from handling wildlife encounters to how you can help to conserve precious natural resources. Our tour leaders will explain this code of conduct during the first night’s orientation talk and encourage you to follow it throughout the tour.

This code includes following the ‘Leave No Trace’ ethic, this is an international campaign that is designed to help us minimise the impact on the National Parks and other wilderness areas that we visit. Some key guidelines we follow include keeping to existing trails, staying in official campgrounds and disposing of all waste responsibly and recycling whatever we can.

We are proud supporters of Bay Area Wilderness Training ( a charity based in Oakland California which works to connect disadvantaged children in the local urban area with the great outdoors. Their work helps to provide these young people with life changing experiences which they can
apply to everyday life. Everyone booking with Grand American Adventures has the option to donate £1/$1/€1 to support this well-deserved charity and we will match this donation.

Whenever possible, we use local accommodation and activity providers. We also shop locally for groceries, eat in small family-run restaurants and visit local shops whenever possible. This all brings economic benefit to the local communities that we visit.

We spend a significant amount of time at various National Parks on this tour, the included entrance fees help to preserve the status and upkeep of the park on a continued and sustainable basis. Interaction with National Park Rangers helps to preserve this role as an employment opportunity for local people and future generations.

Our tour leaders will educate travellers on how best to interact with the wildlife in the parks, for example advising people not to feed the animals to stop them becoming dependent on hand-outs from humans.

1 Reviews of California walking holiday, America

3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed on 01 Jul 2015 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

A couple of lovely walks

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

Lots of driving. Hotels poor.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Not really

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


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