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REDWOOD NATIONAL PARK 3- DAY ADVENTURE-A MUST DO!

"The Redwoods are ambassadors from another time, once seen, they leave a mark or create a vision that stays with you forever! "

John Steinbeck

Redwood National Park three-day Adventure is the ultimate outdoor getaway, a unique exploration to see California's Giant Redwood Trees! Like the two-day tour, this three-day adventure will cover the best of California's hidden natural wonders and the majestic ancient groves of the redwoods, but you will have an extra day to explore more territories, walk to hidden groves, see wildlife including whales and elk, and appreciate these natural wonders in-depth.
Take a leisurely walk, a longer hike, or simply ride in our 4X4 luxury SUV, to marvel at the world's tallest redwood trees and even drive through one!
This new and exclusive three-day adventure is a must-do when visiting North America!

These "ambassadors from another time," as John Steinbeck once called them, are magnificent and ancient, and prospering in Northern California.

Though close to 97% of redwood trees in the area have been logged or destroyed, the remaining 3% still stand in glorious, majestic stature. When in the presence of these giants, you may feel like you are amongst the ferns where dinosaurs once roamed and co-existed with these trees. It may remind you of Jurassic Park, but that is merely a small comparison to the grandeur of physically wandering through these towering beauties in stillness. You will see why George Lucas chose these isolated northern forests as the backdrop for his film “Return of the Jedi.”

An extra day is essential if you want to explore in-depth the variety of sights of this lost-in-time landscape that has remained intact for centuries. You will want to see for yourself why there was a great political struggle to preserve this national park.

Your driver is also an expert guide who is highly-rated and recommended on Yelp and Trip Advisor. Your guide will take you hrough this “Lost World,” as you admire stunning scenery along California's rugged coastline, and visit primitive lands and groves of ancient and towering “skyscrapers.” Though Hollywood has attempted to capture these natural wonders, nothing compares to physically standing in the national park to immerse its grandeur.

Let Golden Horizon Tours take you on this unique eco-adventure because we are a reliable, local, and innovative tour operator specializing in private custom tours via 4x4 SUV vehicles and luxury vans intended for small groups. We like to think outside-of-the-box and design our tours to ensure a memorable experience. You don't have to think twice when booking a tour with Golden Horizon Tours – we have a long-standing and solid reputation in the San Francisco Bay Area (and beyond!) and our hundreds of five-star reviews on Trip Advisor reiterate our passion and dedication to providing the best tours for our customers. Trust Golden Horizon Tours and you will not be disappointed.

Book our private three-day custom tour and explore Redwood National Park and Northern California wonders in-depth. Join us as we embark on this once-in-a-lifetime journey together!

 

Our Redwood National Park Three-Day Tour Itinerary

-DAY 1-

San Francisco – Wine Country- Mendocino – Humboldt County (Eureka)


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redwood-drive8:30 a.m.: The adventure begins with a complimentary pick-up at your hotel in San Francisco, or nearby neighborhoods of the city. Your guide will drive you over the iconic Golden Gate Bridge, through Marin County and California Wine Country to get to Redwood State and National Park, which will be a total of about 5 hours. Within the first couple of hours, you will reach Hopland, south of Ukiah, a rustic farming village in Mendocino County along the Russian River. There are a variety of coffee and restroom stops available along the way.

bridge-tourNorth of Hopland is Ukiah, which is home to Vichy Springs, known for their champagne baths. Ukiah claims to have the only naturally carbonated hot springs in North America and this small town was visited by many famous people in the 19th century, including the sailor-on-horseback, American author Jack London. East of Ukiah is the City of Ten Thousand Buddhas, one of the largest Mahayana Buddhist communities in the Western hemisphere. If you are interested, your can ask your tour guide to make a side trip here and stop in nearby Willits for breakfast.

willits-redwoodWillits is 20 miles northwest of Ukiah and is the center of Mendocino County at the beginning of the county's extensive redwood forests when arriving from the south. An arch donated to the city by Reno, Nevada in 1995 stands in the center of town with Willits' slogans: "Heart of Mendocino County" and "Gateway to the Redwoods." Sherwood Valley Rancheria of Pomo Indians of California is also headquartered in Willits.

Leggetton the South Fork of the Eel River in Mendocino County is about 80 miles north of Hopland and 90 miles south of Eureka. This is a highlight of your adventure, as you will visit Leggett's world-famous drive-thru tree, known as the Chandelier Tree. The enormous branches are balanced on both sides of its massive trunk. Entrance fees for Chandelier Tree are included in the tour price. Since the 1930s, the Chandelier Tree, which is a 315-foot (96 meters) tree with a 6-foot (1.83 m) wide by 6-foot 9-inch (2.06 m) diameter, has had a wide hole cut through its base to allow automobiles to drive through. You can ask your guide to make a stop at the Gravity House and roadside attraction known as "Confusion Hill." Here the laws of gravity appear to not exist, and while on this optional side trip, you can walk through a 1 ½-mile narrow railway that was built in a switchback layout along the side of the steep hill (tickets are not included and may be subject to additional entrance fee). Overall, this will be a nice opportunity to stretch your legs and feel the remote and relaxed atmosphere of this region. Life will seem to move a bit slower while you're here.

The Grandfather Tree is a trunk so large that it takes a dozen people holding hands to form a complete circle around it. The tree is 264-feet tall and the trunk is 25-feet across and 55-feet around. It is a privately owned redwood tree along California Redwood Highway 101, and considered to be one of the largest and oldest redwoods in the world at close to 1,800-years-old! This is a good opportunity to visit the gift shop, use the restroom, or have a snack.

The famous One-Log House was created in 1946 and built from a single redwood tree that was 2,100-years-old! This section alone weighed over 42 tons. Two determined carpenters spent months hollowing out a room 7-feet high and 32-feet long. Enough chips came out of it to build a five-bedroom house! The log house includes a living room, dining room, and bedroom area and this popular attraction is mobile, so note that its location can vary along Highway 1.

Richardson Grove State Park is at the southernmost border of Humboldt County, 75 miles south of Eureka. Home to the ninth largest tree of all remaining Coast Redwoods Trees, Richardson Grove State Park is named after Friend William Richardson, the 25th Governor of California from 1923 to 27. The Bigfoot gift shop has a full-sized carving of this legend, made from one solid redwood tree.

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avenue-of-the-giantsThe Avenue of the Giants is a highlight of your three-day adventure! Enjoy this unique and scenic 30-mile drive and walk or hike to some of the largest groves of redwood trees in the world. The southern entrance of Avenue of the Giants is located north of Garberville where you can eat lunch. Your guide will escort you to the most famous groves of giant redwoods within this 30-mile stretch. Some of the most famous groves and redwood trees you will visit include: The Immortal Tree, Founder's Grove, Eel River, and Shrine Drive-Thru Tree in Myers Flat.

The Immortal Tree
Over 1,000-years-old, this tree stood 250-feet tall when it was still erect and has survived everything from lightning strikes to floods. The Immortal Tree lies in the northern half of the Avenue. Redwood trees are named for the color of their bark, which is reddish and thick. The tannin in the bark and trunk protects the tree from disease, fire, and bugs, and is a strong building material. Learn more about redwood trees at the visitor center and museum.

Founder's Grove
Your guide will walk with you to see the largest and tallest tree at Avenue of the Giants. Founders Tree is 346-feet tall and the Dyersville Giant stood 370-feet tall before falling down in 1991. Dyersville Giant downfall was so stupendous that locals thought they were experiencing an earthquake!

The Eel River
Eel River is the third largest river in California after the Sacramento and the San Joaquin Rivers. It carves deep down into the canyon through flat valleys and runs along majestic and ancient redwood forests. The Avenue of the Giants follows the South Fork of this river.

The Shrine Drive-Thru Tree
Located in Myers Flat, the Shrine Drive-Thru Tree is a tight tunnel carved into a naturally angled opening in a trunk.

 

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hotel-pickup-eureakAfter driving through the Avenue of the Giants, you will stay in Fortuna, Eureka, or in a surrounding town (dependent on availability and location). Fortuna is south of Eureka and the name means "fortune or chance" in Spanish, chosen by settlers who felt fortunate to live near the forest, rivers, ocean, and fertile valley. Your guide will check you in to the hotel, and we will ensure we book the best accommodations for you. We don't reserve rooms at luxury hotels and resorts because we strive to choose a hotel or motel that best captures the essence of this region. Prior to confirming your tour, we will provide you with hotel information. Your guide will also assist you with check out at the end of your tour.

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-DAY 2-

Eureka – Redwood National Park – Eureka

Eureka- Redwood National Parkvip-airportAfter breakfast (not included in tour price), your guide will check you out of the hotel. Following check out, you will leave the hotel around 9:00 a.m. and head north toward iconic Redwood National Park.



Eureka comes from Ancient Greek language and means, “I have found it.” It is the main city in Humboldt County, situated in the heart of Redwood State and National Park. It is home to hundreds of Victorian homes including the famous Carson Mansion, built in 1886. The land remained undiscovered and was inhabited only by Native Americans, until the 1800s when Russian mariners reached the bay when they came from Alaska. The discovery of gold in the 1850s also attracted many people because of its proximity to Humboldt Bay and its natural, deep shipping channels. Ask your guide about the impact the Gold Rush had on this area.

On the second day of your three-day-adventure you will visit the heart of Redwood State and National Park. Your guide will bring you to hidden groves off-the-beaten path as well as to the best attractions, and sights.

Visit Patrick's Point State Park or Beach, 26-miles north of Eureka in the heart of coastal redwood country. Marvel at the dramatic shoreline of broad sandy beaches and towering cliffs that rise high above the Pacific Ocean. Along the way, there are many opportunities to explore tidal pools, agates, and driftwood, as well as whales and sea lions. Admire picturesque Trinidad State Beach and Moonstone natural wonder as you travel through this wild and remote coast.

The Elk Meadow is part of the larger complex of Redwood National and State Parks, spanning Del Norte and Humboldt counties. The region includes nearly 44,000 acres of old-growth redwood forest and 37 miles of pristine coastline. One of the largest Roosevelt elk herds in California is seen at this park in wooded areas, or along certain stretches of beach. They are most commonly found in open grasslands and though they may appear tame from afar, they can turn aggressive if they feel threatened. Let you guide drive you to a location where you can see them at a safe distance.

Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park is adjacent to Del Norte Coast Redwoods State Park, another of the three State Parks that are federally managed and preserved. This park was established in 1927, spans 6,400 acres, and includes 50% of old-growth coast redwood trees. The park was designed as a World Heritage Site and Biosphere Preserve by the United Nations in the 1980s. In 2007, Mill Creek was added to Del Norte Coast Redwoods State Park and increased its size by 25,000 acres. This makes Del Norte Park the fifth largest in the State Park system. In 2008, former Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger proposed closing this park due to the state deficit. Fortunately, it was rescinded following public outcry. President Teddy Roosevelt and John Muir stood firmly and courageously against lobbies and business interests to declare the ancient trees national monuments in 1906.

-Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park -was established 1929, it was named after a fur trapper who visited during an 1826 expedition to the area 10 miles east of Crescent City. It has several hiking trails including Reed Discovery and Stout Grove. Stout Grove, near Howland Hill Road is home to 'Stout Tree,' the largest in the park. Not far from Stout Tree, lies Mill Creek, which flows through the park and merges with Smith River near a campground. This stunning park requires a full-day guided tour to see everything it has to offer and may require an additional day.

Regardless of which highway your guide travels on, you will see Klamath, home to picturesque drives and hiking trails. The trail takes you south across the 101 bridge, and from this trail, you will enjoy fantastic ocean vistas. You can also stop at Stout Grove-Howland Hills road starting on the east side of Crescent City and winding about 11 miles back through huge groves of redwood trees and ending at Slant Bridge on Highway 199. Toward the north end, you may cross Smith River, one of the west's most scenic and wild rivers.


coast-highway-drivingYou may also travel to Newton B. Drury Scenic Parkway, a 10-mile scenic drive through redwood trees. Stop and walk one-eighth of a mile to Big Massive Tree, or look out for Roosevelt elk grazing in Prairie Creek. Beware of adult elk: They are as big as horses and capable of causing great harm as they can be aggressive and dangerous when they feel threatened.

'Trees of Mystery' is a roadside attraction 39 miles south of the Oregon border with towering redwoods and unique tree formations and more than 50 sculptures and carvings illustrating imaginative stories of Paul Bunyan. It is best known for its 49-foot-tall statue of Paul Bunyan and 35-foot-tall Babe the Blue Ox.

The Sky Trail (aerial tramway) is a scenic ride that takes visitors above the forest canopy for a spectacular overlook inside the "Trees of Mystery Forest." At the end of the trail, you will arrive at the Native American Museum, one of the very best privately owned collections of Native American artifacts in the world.

sunroof-photos-redwoodOther optional attractions and activities include rafting, horseback riding, bicycling, kayaking, visiting museums, whale watching (seasonal), sky train to the trees of mystery (optional), or viewing the breathtaking and rugged coastline and beautiful beaches from Eureka all the way to Crescent City. Please note: Additional attractions and activities may not be included in the tour price.

You may also explore on a jet boat (seasonal/optional) in Klamath River, where you may see wildlife including elk, sea lions, and even bears. Check our tour itinerary for more information about the sights, attractions, and parks you may visit on this three-day custom tour. After an exciting second day of the three-day adventure, your guide will drive you back to your hotel.

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-DAY 3-

Jedediah Smith Redwoods - Humboldt Redwoods- San Francisco

9:00 a.m:
After breakfast at your hotel (not included in the tour price), your guide will check you out, to save you from any hassle or delays. Around 9:00 a.m., you’ll head south toward San Francisco, and visit attractions along the way

You can take an optional side trip to discover Northern California’s best-kept secret towns filled with Victorian Homes, You may also visit Loleta Cheese Company, or visit the Victorian Village of Ferndale nestled between two redwood forests in a thriving dairy community.

 

You will drive through the Drive-Thru Tree again via the Avenue of the Giants. Be sure to snap a picture!

You also have the option to make a stop at Rockefeller Forest of Giant Redwoods, which is hidden off the highway in a grove filled with redwood trees occupying 10,000 acres of land. You can stop here to take a hike or an easy stroll with your guide as you view the second, fourth, and sixth tallest redwood trees standing today, seeing why this is called Avenue of the Giants. On the drive back to San Francisco, you will also visit Eel River and small towns of Phillipsville, Miranda, Myers Flat, Burlington, Weott, Englewood, Redcrest, and Pepperwood. Your tour guide will let you know as you pass each one.

pacific-highwayLearn more about coastal redwood trees: These trees have a conical crown with horizontal to slightly drooping branches. Their bark is thick and red which is why they were named "redwoods." Their root system is composed of shallow, wide-spreading lateral roots that sprout up to 150-feet. "Sequoia Sempervirens" is their scientific name and they are the sole living species of the genus Sequoia in the cypress family "Cupressaceae." They are an evergreen, long-lived, monoecious tree, which can live between 1,000–2,500 years or more. The species includes the tallest trees on earth, which dominate the Avenue of the Giants. Some trees reach up to 116 meters (379-feet) in height and up to 7.9 meters (26-feet) diameter.

Smith Redwoods State Natural Reserve contains the beautiful Frank and Bess Smith Grove of Redwoods. The site was formerly a private resort and features a 60-foot waterfall, picnic area, fishing, and swimming in the south fork of Eel River (this is optional and will depend on how much time is left).


whales-watchingHumboldt Redwoods State Park is 30 miles south of Eureka and home to the largest remaining old-growth redwood forests in the world, famed for growing to over 106.7 meters (350-feet). Here, you may see the fourth tallest measured living redwood—Stratosphere Giant—which measured 370-feet in 2004. Today, the tallest redwood is the Hyperion, which measures 379.1-feet!

Believe it or not, you will also see a house built into a giant redwood tree! This amazing tree house is visible from the road and you can choose to stop here to take a picture and learn more about it from your guide. The front of the house is entered through the hollow trunk of a still living tree while the front door and windows are clearly visible and the rest of the house adjoins the rear of the tree.

redwood-highway As you travel south toward the San Francisco Bay Area, you can add an optional wine tasting or brewery tour in Mendocino or Sonoma County (please let your guide know in advance so they can assist you with reservations). This will also depend on the time and itinerary of your Redwood National Park tour.
6:30 p.m
You will return to San Francisco via the Golden Gate Bridge, where a photo stop can be scheduled at the Marin Headlands on the way back to your hotel.


This SUV tour is totally private and the price is per person.

Tour Prices:
Price per person.
All taxes included
Private 3 day tour
hotel included
1 $3,798.00
2 $1,899.00
3 $1,699.00
4 $1,399.00
5 $1,229.00
6 $1,099.00
7 $959.00

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This VAN tour is totally private and not available for public
or individual reservations. The price is per party and not per person.

Tour Prices per group: Private3 day tour
hotel included
1 - 5 Guests $6,999.00
6 - 7 Guests $7,599.00
8 - 10 Guests $7,999.00
11 - 12 Guests $8,499.00
13 - 14 Guests $8,989.00

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Included: Pick-up and drop off in San Francisco downtown or Fisherman’ Wharf, Redwood National and State parks’ entrance fees, all applicable taxes, a private 3-day guided tour and hotel accommodation, if applicable.

Not included: The price does not include meals, driver’s gratuity, overtime, wine tasting fees and optional activities or features.



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