CALIFORNIA

NORTHERN CALIFORNIA

Your journey through Northern California provides you with opportunities to discover the densely-forested North Coast & Redwoods, the rugged stretch of Big Sur’s coastline and everything in between. Think of San Francisco, The City by the Bay, as the lively heart of the region that connects alluring destinations north and south through the iconic Coastal Highway 1.

For your San Francisco Bay Area tour, don’t forget to pack your walking shoes to see the city’s classic attractions, like Golden State Park and the charming Victorian house-lined streets. Just north of the city in Sonoma Valley and Napa Valley, sip renowned wines of many varietals from some of the world’s most respected vineyards. Perhaps most importantly, bring your appetite to sample the fusion-filled culinary scene of San Fran and the epicurean, farm-to-table dining of the Valleys.

Follow the coast north and let the gigantic redwoods, the tallest trees on Earth, enthrall you. The Redwoods is much more than just a forest – think Ranger-led back country hikes, miles of rivers perfectly suited for kayaking, coastal whale watching and more.

If you proceed south from San Francisco along coastal Highway 1, you’ll then arrive in Monterey and Carmel, where stunning scenery, great dining and a variety of exciting land and water-based activities await you in a laidback setting. Or drive down the most beloved section of Highway 1 across the historic Bixby Creek Bridge through the stunning region of Big Sur en route to Hearst Castle, Santa Barbara and other destinations further south.

With us as your private guide through this diverse region, your Northern California vacation will be anything but ordinary.

HIGHLIGHTS

SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA


SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA

The City by the Bay is more than just a gateway to many of California’s most famed attractions, like the Redwoods, CA Wine Country, Carmel and Monterey: it is one of the America’s (and the world’s) most beloved of cities. And rightly so. The mix of the iconic, the historic and the charmingly and uniquely San Francisco never fails to delight. There are almost too many signature experiences to name: riding the cable cars, sampling the stew at Fisherman’s Wharf, eating dim sum in Chinatown, touring Alcatraz, visiting Golden Gate Park, walking around South of Market and the Castro District, or photographing the “Painted Ladies” (the Victorian homes) at Alamo Square. But that’s just the start. San Francisco’s history fascinates – Haight-Ashbury, the ‘beat generation’ – its cuisine beckons – from seafood to fusion to farm to table – and its natural beauty invites you to get active – from surfing at Ocean Beach, to walking or biking along the waterfront – with your kids, or sailing in the bay. Explore San Francisco with Revealed America and we’re sure to have you California dreaming.

WHAT WE REVEAL
They say San Francisco is everyone’s favorite city and after we help you discover its charms during your San Francisco vacation, we think you’ll be saying it too.

No trip to the city is complete without experiencing its signature attractions and our private guides will charm your whole family, revealing the fascination and fun of Union Square, North Beach, Alcatraz, The Crookedest Street in the World (Lombard Street), the Presidio, Coit Tower and beyond. And then we’ll show you more. Why not learn to sail a Catamaran in the Bay, passing under the Golden Gate Bridge, and around Alcatraz before stopping for lunch in a quiet cove? Or bike across the Golden Gate Bridge to Sausalito where you can explore the art galleries. Perhaps you’d like to rise above it all in a private floatplane ride over the San Francisco Bay? And don’t forget to explore the tastes of San Fran too. The city is rightly known as one of the top food destinations in the world and it’s a great way to see the sites, from the ramen in Japantown, to the burritos in the Mission, to Chinatown and Fisherman’s Wharf. There are so many ways to enjoy your San Francisco vacation and Revealed America can help you discover them all.

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> Napa Valley
> Sonoma Valley
> North Coast & Redwoods

MONTEREY


MONTEREY

Revealing the Pacific in all of its sun-dappled glory, a Monterey vacation is a splashdown into the marine life, Spanish and Mexican history and legendary golf that define this iconic county. A not-to-be-missed stopover on a road trip along the Pacific Coast Highway, Monterey boasts the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, with its dense kelp forests and resident seals, sea lions and dolphins; well-preserved Spanish and Mexican adobe architecture; and the ever-popular Fisherman’s Wharf and Cannery Row, with its specialty shops, local artists’ galleries and fine dining.

WHAT WE REVEAL
What iconic California experiences are you after? We’ll help you experience both land and sea excitement on your Monterey vacation, from a drive along the breathtaking Big Sur coastline to your first-ever surf lesson in nearby Carmel. Enjoy an evening in a world-class resort, sipping a handcrafted wine that may have its roots in a vineyard just next door. Tee off on picturesque, Pacific-facing golf courses or savor a sunset picnic on Carmel Beach’s white sands. Get a behind-the-scenes look at the renowned Monterey Bay Aquarium and learn more about what it takes to run a world-class aquarium and the exciting research they’re conducting. Drive south to Point Lobos State Reserve and head out on a hike with a private guide and naturalist, discovering dramatic granite cliffs, unusual rock formations, caves and beaches. Whatever you wish, we will help you craft a Monterey vacation that will satisfy all ages and travel interests.

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> Carmel
> Big Sur
> San Francisco Bay Area

CARMEL


CARMEL

Try on California living in Carmel! With its dog-loving residents, characteristic 1920s Comstock cottages, and coastal landscape, Carmel is as sweet as they come. Embrace the town’s country-club good looks and laidback pace, put the top down on your convertible and join the locals cruising Ocean Avenue—they’ve been doing so since the town’s beginnings as a seaside resort in the 1880s. Then, make a beeline for the area’s greatest hits. There are miles of surf-able beaches, wine tasting just outside of town, and plenty of boutique shopping and gallery hopping to be had.

WHAT WE REVEAL
Try a surf lesson at white-sand Carmel Beach – even if it’s your first time, this is the mighty Pacific and one must at least give it a whirl. Lose whole days at wonderful vineyards – one doesn’t even need to drive thanks to the many tasting rooms that line the streets of Carmel – we can suggest our favorites of the region’s renowned Cabernet Sauvignons and Merlots. Tour the historic Carmel Mission, the second of 21 California missions and founded by Fr. Junipero Serra in 1770. Dip into Carmel-by-the-Sea, known for its love of shopping and its famous former civil servant, the Honorable Mayor Clint Eastwood. This is considered one of the world’s best cities for romantic getaways – our guides can point you to the most classic accommodations and dining venues for those special moments. And those sunsets we mentioned? We’ll carve out a spot for your private picnic at Carmel Beach while you watch the wondrous natural spectacle that closes out another magical day of your Carmel vacation.

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> Monterey
> Big Sur
> San Francisco Bay Area

BIG SUR


BIG SUR

Affixed to California’s central coast, the region of Big Sur stretches nearly 85 miles from Carmel to San Simeon.

Drive down perhaps the most adored, yet mystifying section of California’s Highway 1 to appreciate the rugged, undeveloped coastline Big Sur reveals to each of its visitors. Along the way, expose yourself to striking segments of the neighboring Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park as you gaze at the towering Santa Lucia Mountains.

WHAT WE REVEAL
While several million people make the journey to Big Sur each year, it is easy for most to miss out on the best the area offers. This is not the case if you make the trek with us. We ensure your passage through the region is spent encountering Big Sur’s wildlife and exploring the undiscovered lands from your luxury accommodations. We have no doubt you will depart from your Big Sur vacation with us in awe of Mother Nature.

View the slender but elegant McWay Falls crashing into the Pacific Ocean in Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park. Or walk into McWay Canyon to enjoy the coastal redwoods, which grow to be the tallest trees on earth. Pull over on the side of the road to observe the sea otters playing in the Pacific Ocean’s kelp beds. Or to capture a photo of the wildflowers that seem to be always blooming. See one of the 60 California condors gracefully soar above you with their impressive 9.5 feet wingspans. Of course, you’ll be eating at only the top restaurants along the route as well.

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> Carmel
> Monterey

NORTH COAST & REDWOODS


NORTH COAST & REDWOODS

California’s Highway 1, as it winds and twists up the coast north of San Francisco, is one of the world’s truly great road trips. The dramatic cliffs and ocean vistas, the many charming towns, quaint inns and deluxe lodges, cafes, boutiques, trails and open spaces will inspire and excite. It’s no wonder so many artists call this region home. And so many travelers learn to delight in the region during their California North Coast vacation.

Just south of the California-Oregon border is a forest of staggering proportions, featuring Sequoia Sempervirens, trees that soar 30 stories high, taller than the Statue of Liberty. These are Earth’s tallest living things. Near the Pacific Ocean with a constant and moist climate, these mighty trees grow in dense groves in a fog belt along the coast. The preserves are remnants of what once was a massive forest that covered over 2 million acres… before the advent of large scale logging. The State of California and the Save the Redwoods League acquired hundreds of groves and three of California’s redwood state parks were encompassed in Redwood National Park when it was created in 1968.

WHAT WE REVEAL
In the company of our expert naturalists, you’ll enjoy an interpretive tour into the ancient old-growth redwood forest and beyond. Your tour is likely to include the world-famous Lady Bird Johnson Grove, the Tall Trees Grove, and the Prairie Creek Redwoods. Besides experiencing the enormity of these beautiful specimens, you’ll learn of the many fascinating ways they are able to thrive here.

Along the north coast, we’ll help you to explore for wildlife, such as the California gray whale, harbor seals, Bald Eagles, otters and more. And while you’re at it, why not indulge in some beach combing and tide-pooling during your California North Coast vacation? Or, for something truly spectacular, let our guides take you on a sunset to dark sea kayaking excursion on a river where phosphorescent algae lights up like fireflies during the summer months. And of course, we also ‘reveal’ the very best spas, restaurants, cafes and California wines along the way.

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> Oregon Coast
> Sonoma Valley

NAPA VALLEY


NAPA VALLEY

Napa Valley’s surprise victory over the French at the Paris Wine Tasting of 1976 was not only a win for the region but for wine lovers everywhere, putting this serene and sleepy destination on the map. Fast forward forty years and the region continues to electrify with its blend of innovation and tradition, playing host to some of the most respected wineries in the world, as well as a flourishing culinary scene, vibrant art, architecture and culture, and welcoming accommodations, from the lavish to the intimate, that reflect the warmth of the Valley. Whatever your pleasure, your Napa Valley vacation has something exceptional awaiting you.

WHAT WE REVEAL
We delight in sharing the charms of a Napa Valley vacation: the quintessential experiences everyone dreams of, but few can access without an insider connection. We are your in! Think private hot-air balloon ascents, leisurely meals with local winemakers, and access to the top spas and buzziest estates.

Food and wine are the life force of the region; pampering and gorgeous landscape are the bonuses. We’ve uncovered the very best of them all. How does creating your own unique blend of wine sound? How about picnicking in a vineyard or dining in a wine cave? Or a cooking demonstration by a renowned chef at one of the region’s breakout restaurants? We can take you behind closed doors to meet world-famous artists and tour their studios. And, of course, there will be no shortage of farm-to-table bites, Michelin-starred meals paired with local vintages, behind the scenes tours and tasting rooms, and opportunities to explore the landscape—from old-growth Redwood forests to quiet valleys – via hot-air balloon, mountain bike or walking trail.

No matter the length of your Napa Valley vacation, before long we know you’ll love Northern California’s Wine Country as much as we do!

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> Sonoma Valley
> San Francisco Bay Area
> North Coast & Redwoods

SONOMA VALLEY


SONOMA VALLEY

If Napa Valley is the glamorous Grand Dame of California Wine Country, then Sonoma Valley is her more relaxed and active younger sibling. World-class wine is still the main draw, and what many don’t know is that Sonoma County is the birthplace of modern California winemaking. Sonoma County is twice the size of Napa Valley, and while wildly popular, many Sonoma Valley tasting rooms are often less crowded than their counterparts in Napa Valley. And the pace is often less hurried in Sonoma, inviting you to truly savor not only the wine, but the architecture, gardens, mountain vistas, ancient oak trees and more. With its varied terrain, soils and climate, Sonoma offers a diverse range of varietals, from the cool-weather varietals such as Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, to heat-loving varietals such as Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon. Activities and experiences are equally varied, from cycling to hiking, beachcombing to farm-to-table dining, to poolside relaxation at celebrated accommodations. We can help make your Sonoma Valley vacation everything you want it to be.

WHAT WE REVEAL
While most travelers visit Sonoma Valley to taste the outstanding quality of Sonoma’s wines, there are many wonderful experiences to be had in the Valley. And we relish the opportunity to share the famed, as well as unexpected sides of Sonoma with our guests during their Sonoma Valley vacation.

The best way to experience Sonoma is to match its relaxed pace, taking your time to admire the landscape, to picnic, to visit the roadside farm stand, and to hike, bike or horseback ride along its many trails. We’ll set aside plenty of time for you to tour and taste the bounty of the Valley’s fertile soil – we have enjoyed discovering our favorite wineries and look forward to sharing them with you. Sonoma has established a reputation for other adult beverages as well, and we can help you explore its award-winning craft breweries and local distilleries. To explore the region’s storied past, why not try a guided hike from famed author Jack London’s ranch up to the top of Sonoma Mountain, or a visit to the Mission San Francisco Solano, the most Northern of California’s historic missions? Or for a change of pace, you can shop, dine and explore the historic sites of charming Sonoma Plaza. And when it’s time to dine, Sonoma shines, with delectable farm-to-table artisan cuisine.

No matter the length of your Sonoma Valley vacation, before long we know you’ll love Northern California’s Wine Country as much as we do!

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> Napa Valley
> San Francisco Bay Area
> North Coast & Redwoods

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