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EXPERIENCE REDWOOD NATIONAL PARK 2-DAY ADVENTURE

It will exceed your expectations!

"Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul "

John Muir

When you stand among the giant redwoods and look up at the beauty of these 2,500 year-old trees, you can't help but become speechless, realizing how small mankind is compared to these giants. John Muir once called the giant redwood tree "the king of all conifers" and John Steinbeck referred to the trees as the "ambassadors from another time!" Both authors were amazed by the immortal redwood trees’ tenacity, and wondered how they survived climate changes and natural disasters for over 25 centuries, even before Greeks and the Romans ruled the ancient world.

These trees are native to Northern California along the Pacific Ocean in Redwood National Park and can also be found in three state parks: California's Del Norte Coast, Jedidiah Smith, and Prairie Creek Redwoods. In 1850, old-growth redwood forests covered more than 2,000,000 acres of the California coast. During the gold rush, many lumbermen and others traveled here to mine for gold, but when they did not strike it rich, they turned to harvesting the giant trees. It took many decades to prohibit clear-cut logging and by the 1920s, the work of the Save-The-Redwoods League preserved the remaining trees. These four California state parks are co-managed by the National Park System (the RNSP), and protect 45% of all remaining coastal redwoods.

Our exciting two-day trip requires about five hours of driving each way from San Francisco to the sparks. For this reason, we highly recommend our three-day adventure, so you have an extra day to cover the majority of the California Redwood State and National parks.

Join us now and travel with our passionate and experienced guides who have earned hundreds of five-star reviews on Trip Advisor. Visit these pristine ancient forests of redwoods, take a hike, or enjoy a guided walking tour to marvel at the world's tallest trees. This trip suits the whole family, including the kids, as most of the groves of redwoods are accessible with short and easy hikes. Advanced hiking trails are also available for nature lovers to see astonishingly massive redwoods growing to over 370 feet tall. These redwoods are so tall that three of them stacked on top of each other would equal the height of the Eiffel Tower in Paris and be as wide as three automobiles! Join us to roam through these ancient redwoods and capture their serenity and the beauty, among unique fauna and flora of Northern California.

Other attractions and activities are also available including: river rafting, horseback riding, bicycling, kayaking, visiting museums, whale watching (seasonal), and riding a sky train to the “Trees of Mystery” (optional). Marvel at the breathtakingly rugged coastline and beautiful beaches from Eureka all the way to Crescent City. You may also take an adventure on a jet boat tour (seasonal/optional) in Klamath River, where you may see wildlife like elk, sea lions, and bears. Check out our tour itinerary for more information about the sights, attractions, and parks we will be visiting on this two-day custom tour. This private custom tour is fully narrated by a professional leader, who will be your driver and guide, hiking or walking with you through the activities and redwood groves.

We can include a one-night stay plus tax at one of the hotels we work with in Eureka, or in a surrounding county. If you wish to book your own hotel, we will offer you a complimentary drop-off and pick-up from the hotel.

 

Redwood National Park 2-day Tour Itinerary

-DAY 1-

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


avenue-of-gaiants-redwoods  Back to Top

san-francisco-photo8:30 a.m.: Your guide will pick you up at your hotel in downtown San Francisco, Fisherman's Wharf, or adjacent neighborhoods of the city, driving you through the iconic Golden Gate Bridge, Marin County, and California Wine Country on the way to Redwood State and National Parks, located about five hour's north of San Francisco. In about 2 hours, you will reach Hopland, located south of Ukiah, where you will enjoy breakfast or coffee. Four hours into the drive, redwoods trees will begin to fill the scenery.

hotel-pickup-eureak10:30 a.m.: Arrive in Hopland, a countryside rustic farming village in Mendocino County adjacent to the Russian River. North of Hopland is Ukiah, a small town which is home to Vichy Springs, known for its champagne baths. They claim to have the only naturally carbonated hot springs in North America, visited by author Jack London in the19th. You may ask your guide to take you on a side trip to visit the City of Ten Thousand Buddhas just east of Ukiah, one of the largest Mahayana Buddhist communities in the Western Hemisphere.

Your next stop is Leggett, 80 miles north of Hopland, home to Giant Redwoods.


willits-redwood-highwasytripWillits Willits is 20 miles northwest of Ukiah and at the center of Mendocino County. An arch donated to the city by the people of Reno, Nevada in 1995 stands in the center of town and displays Willits' slogans "Heart of Mendocino County" and "Gateway to the Redwoods." Sherwood Valley Rancheria of the Pomo Indians of California is also headquartered in Willits—an ideal place to enjoy breakfast at local cafes and restaurants.

12:30 Visit Leggett on the South Fork of the Eel River in Mendocino County, about 80 miles north of Hopland and 90 miles south of Eureka. Leggett's world-famous “drive-through tree” is one of the highlights of your adventure. It is known as the “Chandelier Tree” because of the enormous branches balanced on both sides of its massive trunk (entrance fees are included). The Chandelier is a 315-foot (96 meters) tall tree with a 6-foot (1.83 m) wide by 6 foot 9 inch (2.06 m) diameter, which has had a hole through its base for automobiles to drive through since 1930. Alongside the road, you can view tall sword ferns and giant horsetails (ancient survivors of the Paleozoic Era).

1:30 p.m.: You’ll decide on an optional stop at Gravity House known as "Confusion Hill," a roadside attraction in Piercy, 78 miles South of Eureka. Similar to the Mystery Spot in Santa Cruz, here the laws of gravity are defied, and you will think you need to stand upright when you already are. Watch our video for a preview. This self-guided walking tour may also include a side trip through the 1½-mile narrow gauge railway, built in a switchback layout along the side of a steep hill (Tickets can be added for an additional fee).

The Grandfather Tree is so large that it takes as many as a dozen people holding hands to form a circle. The tree is 264-feet tall and its trunk is 25-feet in diameter, with a circumference of 55-feet. It is a privately owned tree along Highway 101, considered one of the largest and oldest redwoods in the world (about 1,800-years-old). You’ll have an opportunity here to stretch your legs, visit the gift shop, have a snack or coffee, or check out statues made from redwood burl.

One Log Cabin Redwood was hollowed out in 1946 from a single log. The famous one-log house was created from a tree more than 2,100-years-old! This section alone weighs over 42 tons, and it took two carpenters several months to hollow out a room 7-feet high and 32-feet long. Enough wood chips came out of the process to build a five-bedroom house! This log house includes a living, dining, and bedroom area similar to the layout of a trailer or motorhome.

Richardson Grove State Park is at the southernmost border of Humboldt County, 75 miles south of Eureka. Many refer to this site as home to the 9th largest of all remaining Coast Redwoods. The park is named after Friend Richardson, the 25th Governor of California from1923 to 1927.

2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.: Discover the Majestic Avenue of the Giants Back to Top

redwood-forest-tripThe highlight of your two-day redwood adventure is enjoying a scenic 30-mile drive off highway 101, to walk and/or hike to some of the largest redwood groves in the world. The southern entrance to Avenue of the Giants is north of Garberville, where you can take a lunch break before entering the northern entrance in Fortuna. Your guide will escort you to this grove within a 30-mile stretch off California route 101, known as "Avenue of the Giants." Some of the most famous groves and redwood trees you will be visiting are:

The Immortal Tree This redwood tree has survived lightning strikes and floods. It is over 1,000 years old and stood 250-feet tall, before the summit of the tree came down. We call these trees redwoods, because their bark is red from their high concentration of tannin. Bark protects them from disease, fire, and termites. Be sure to save time to see the visitor center and museum.

Founder's Grove Your guide will walk you to the largest and tallest trees among Avenue of the Giants including Founder's tree (346-feet tall) and Dyersville Giant (370 feet-tall until it fell down in 1991). When the trees fell down, locals were convinced they were experiencing an earthquake because of how they made the ground shake!

The Eel River and South Fork Eel River is the third largest river in California, after Sacramento and San Joaquin Rivers. Eel River carves deep into the canyons through flat valleys, and runs along majestic and ancient redwood forests. Avenue of the Giants follows the South Fork of this river and is surely a beautiful site to see.
Shrine Drive-Thru Tree In Myers Flat, visitors can drive through a tight tunnel carved into a naturally angled opening in the trunk of a redwood tree.

Following a tour of the world’s tallest trees, you will be driven to your hotel buy your guide. The next day, your leader will return to the Avenue of the Giants, where you may complete your guided tour of giant redwoods.

5:00 p.m Drive to your hotel and Check-in Back to Top

coast-highway-driving-tourFortuna, which means ‘fortune’ or ‘chance’ in Spanish, is a town south of Eureka. The name was chosen by settlers because they felt fortunate to live close to forest, rivers, ocean, and fertile valley. You may spend the night in Fortuna, Eureka, or a nearby area. Your guide will assist you with checking in and out of your hotel, and may recommend staying at a place capturing the essence and ambiance of this remote town. We will provide you with hotel information and confirmation after your book your tour. Please note that hotel availability is subject-to-change.  Back to Top

-DAY 2-

Eureka - Avenue of the Giants - Rockefeller and Back to San Francisco

9:00 a.m.: After breakfast (not included in the tour price) your driver will check you out of the hotel to save you time. You will leave around 9:00 a.m., and head toward the world-famous Avenue of the Giants. Your guide may offer an optional side-trip off the highway, and take you to see an amazing and hidden grove of giant redwoods called Rockefeller. You may also ask your guide to drive to Eureka for breakfast, to sight see the old downtown, home of Victorian architecture and houses.

Eureka comes from ancient Greek and means: "I have found it." It is the main city in Humboldt County and is situated in the heart of Redwood State and National Park. Eureka is home to hundreds of significant Victorian homes, including the famous Carson Mansion, built in 1886.
Historically, Eureka remained undiscovered until the 1800s when Russian mariners reached the bay from Alaska. In 1850 Eureka was officially founded by the Union and Mendocino exploring development companies. Unfortunately, as a result Native American tribes and communities were diminished at this time. The discovery of gold in the 1850s in the Trinity region (located north of Eureka), guaranteed Eureka's development as the primary city on the bay for its location and natural deep shipping channels. Many visitors wonder why only 10% of these ancient redwoods survived? When the Gold Rush declined along the Trinity River, many jobless miners turned to harvesting and destroying redwoods as a means of earning a living. It was convenient at the time, because there was no law enforcing the protection of these unique trees. Unfortunately, before Redwood National Park was created in 1968, nearly 90% of redwood trees had been logged.

Point of interests and cultural events: Some of Eureka's famous attractions are Clarke Historical Museum, Humboldt Bay Maritime Museum, Morris Graves Museum of Art, Fort Humboldt State Historic Park, Sequoia Park Zoo, Humboldt Botanical Garden, and Humboldt Bay National Wildlife Refuge.

Events by Month:
March – Redwood Coast Jazz Festival
April – Rhododendron Festival
May – Kinetic Sculpture Race
June – Redwood Acres Fair and Rodeo
July – Fourth of July Celebration
September – Blues by the Bay
August – Organic Planet and the Oysters and Ale Festival
November – Mushroom Fair
December – Christmas Truckers’ Parade

-Take an optional side trip to Loleta Cheese Company or visit the Victorian Village of Ferndale nestled between the two redwood forests in a thriving dairy community—you may discover Northern California's best-kept-secret towns and Victorian Homes.

Drive-Thru Tree The Avenue of the Giants is a scenic highway that runs through Humboldt Redwoods State Park. The hollow base of the tree has an opening that was carved to allow cars to pass through like the Chandelier tree. Fees may apply to drive through but they are included within the tour price.

Rockefeller Forest of Giant Redwoods - Your guide will now drive you off the highway to a hidden grove of redwoods known as Rockefeller Forest, and spanning10,000 acres. Take a hike or an easy stroll with your guide to one of the many trails in this picturesque ancient forest home to the second, fourth, and sixth tallest of all redwoods trees. It is from these towering trees that Avenue of the Giants got its name. The drive will also wind alongside scenic Eel River, and go through small towns such as Phillipsville, Miranda, Myers Flat, Burlington, Weott, Englewood, Redcrest, and Pepperwood as you head back south.

redwood-treeThe coastal redwoods have a conical crown, with horizontal to slightly drooping branches. Their root system is composed of shallow, wide-spreading lateral roots, up to 150-feet. "Sequoia Sempervirens" is the scientific name of these coast redwoods—the sole surviving species of the genus Sequoia in the cypress family "Cupressaceae." It is an evergreen, long-lived, monoecious tree that can live 1,000–2,500 years or more. This species includes the tallest trees on earth, which you will see in the Avenue of the Giants. Some trees reach up to 116 meters (379-feet) in height and up to 7.9 meters (26-feet) in diameter at breast height.

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

Humboldt Redwoods State Park is 30 miles south of Eureka and home to the largest contiguous remaining old-growth redwood forests in the world, famed for its coast redwoods growing to over 106.7 meters (350-feet) in height. It is home to the fourth tallest living redwood, the Stratosphere Giant, which was measured at 370-feet in 2004. Today, the tallest redwood is the Hyperion, which measures 379.1-feet tall—Unbelievable but true! A very bold climber shot an arrow to the top with a steel cable attached to measure the tree, seeing a whole other ecosystem in the treetops.

The famous Tree House - Believe it or not, this amazing fairy-tale house is a giant redwood tree! It is visible from the road, and you have the option of stopping here to see it with your own eyes! The front of this tree house is entered through the hollow trunk of a still-living tree. The front door and windows are clearly visible to visitors who go by, while the rest of the house adjoins the rear of the tree.

As we drive south toward the San Francisco Bay Area, you have the option of a wine tasting trip to boutique wineries, or breweries within Mendocino or Sonoma County, depending on the itinerary of your Redwood National Park tour. Please note that additional fees may apply.
6:30 p.m.: You will return to San Francisco via the Golden Gate Bridge where your guide will make a scheduled stop at the Marin Headlands, on the way back to your hotel, so you can take photos of the bridge, bay, and city.  


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

Tour Prices:
Price per person.
All taxes included
Private 2 day tour
hotel included
1 $2,398.00
2 $1,199.00
3 $1,099.00
4 $929.00
5 $819.00
6 $729.00
7 $639.00

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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 party
not per person
Tax & Entrance Fees included
Private 2-day Van Tour
Tax, entrance fees &
hotel accommodation included
***Hotel based on double occupancy
1 - 5 Guests $4,299.00
6 - 7 Guests $4,889.00
8 - 10 Guests $5,259.00
11 - 12 Guests $5,699.00
13 - 14 Guests $5,999.00

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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 2-day guided tour and 1night 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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