California Lakes and Mountains
California Lakes and Mountains
California is a land that is as varied as it is beautiful. Bustling cities, scenic waterfront, dense woodland, soaring mountains and sparkling lakes are just a taste of what this magnificent state has to offer, and you can experience it all on this fantastic fly-drive holiday.
Discover the culture of the iconic ‘city by the bay’ San Francisco, explore the natural wonder of Yosemite National Park and live out your dreams by the sparkling waters of Lake Tahoe. California is waiting; why not explore it with Frontier America.
This itinerary is flexible and can be tailor-made to suit you; if you want to add extra days in one area, extend the holiday or maybe change the direction of travel. Talk to one of our experts about how to make this holiday the perfect one for you.
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Itinerary (13 Nights)
Here’s a day-by-day guide to your itinerary. Feel free to ask us to add other days or ideas and excursions by contacting us directly, so we can give you the best price.
Your holiday will start in the world-famous city of San Francisco to get you in...
Your holiday will start in the world-famous city of San Francisco to get you in the mood for the mountains to follow. Ride the cable cars, explore Fisherman’s Wharf, visit Alcatraz and take the ferry across the Bay to Sausalito for a completely different view of the city and the famous Golden Gate Bridge. Just across the bridge are the Muir Woods, home to the iconic giant redwood trees some of which have grown to an astounding 79 metres.
3 nights in San Francisco.
Collect your hire car this morning in good time to get to the Napa Valley...
Collect your hire car this morning in good time to get to the Napa Valley (where you could happily spend a couple of nights if you love wine and have time) for lunch and perhaps a visit to a vineyard or two before driving on to Sacramento, the capital city of California. With over 25 museums, the Delta King Paddle Steamer, art studios and wineries to visit, your stay in Sacramento will go very quickly. Tip: Allow plenty of time for dinner: Sacramento prides itself on its farm to table cuisine.
2 nights in Sacramento
Sacramento & Gold Country to Lake Tahoe
Your route today will depend on whether you choose to stay in North or South...
Sacramento & Gold Country
to Lake Tahoe
Your route today will depend on whether you choose to stay in North or South Lake Tahoe. Either way, you could stop at Coloma and visit Marshall Gold Discovery Park where you can pan for gold and see the old schoolhouse and other buildings from the Goldrush era. A visit to the old town of Auburn, another Californian Historical Landmark is also worth a stop if you are heading north. The north is much more about nature and hiking whilst the south is full of restaurants and casinos.
2 nights in Lake Tahoe
Lake Tahoe to Placerville
Today you will head back towards Gold Country, driving through Eldorado National Forest. You will...
Today you will head back towards Gold Country, driving through Eldorado National Forest. You will spend the night in Placerville (also known as Hanging Town) where the gold was first discovered. Main Street is lined with 19th century architecture; don’t miss the Bell Tower and check out the Hangman’s Tree Saloon.
1 night Placerville
Placerville to Jackson
You will travel just a short distance down Highway 49 today where you will be...
You will travel just a short distance down Highway 49 today where you will be based in Jackson for 2 nights, perfect for exploring more of the gold rush history of the area. The towns of Sonora and Columbia are a must-see, with the latter housing an original Wells Fargo bank. The town of Murphys, founded by Irish miners, is worth a visit as is one of the best vineyards in the area, Ironstone. Owned by John Kautz, the vineyard also houses a museum which displays the world’s largest gold nugget – found in Jamestown – also owned by Mr Kautz.
2 nights Jackson
Jackson to Yosemite National Park
Yosemite National Park is one of the most visited parks in the United States and...
to Yosemite National Park
Yosemite National Park is one of the most visited parks in the United States and for a good reason. Covering over 1100 square miles, you will not be able to see it all. However, you will be able to marvel at the great granite cliff of El Capitan and Yosemite Falls which are the tallest in the country amongst the many other peaks and lakes. As you will have three full days in the park, you will have time to hike some of the trails and visit the giant sequoias in Mariposa Grove. Do also take the time to visit the Yosemite Museum and the Ansel Adams Gallery.
3 nights in Yosemite National Park
Yosemite National Park to San Francisco
Today you have approximately a 4-hour drive back to San Francisco for your homeward flight...
Yosemite National Park
Today you have approximately a 4-hour drive back to San Francisco for your homeward flight unless you would like to extend your holiday further. Please do make use of Frontier America’s tailor-made service to alter this holiday to suit you.
J Smith - Travelled New York to Toronto
I have just returned from a tailor made holiday made possible by Jeannette Dembrey. This was the first time I had ever organised such a major holiday and as it was a gift for my children after my retirement it was really important to get things right. I went to quite a few agencies but Jeannette was way better than any of the people who I spoke to. She was so professional and wanted me to get the best from the money I could afford. The holiday was absolutely amazing and everything went like clockwork. Jeannette had thought of everything even the connections between places and the things we would do in each town. We stayed in 6 hotels altogether starting in New York and ending in Toronto. I am amazed at how smoothly it went. Even my son who has travelled all over the world was impressed with the way things had been organised. I cannot praise Jeannette enough for her professionalism. Thank you Jeannette. I would recommend you to anyone with the satisfaction of knowing that you did an amazing job. Thank you.