We have the morning for further exploration of the stunning scenery around Yosemite village before heading for our hotel perched on the rugged Pacific coastline.
If you can, put the hood down for the drive along Highway 1, the Big Sur Coast, which is sandwiched between the slopes of Los Padres forest and the rocky
Pacific shoreline. Take a break in Monterrey to walk round its historic Spanish buildings or visit the world-class Oceanarium before moving on to the first rest stop.
San Fransisco’s Fisherman’s Wharf area will be your base for two days to explore the city and take a leisurely excursion to a Napa Valley winery.
The route follows another stretch of coast before turning inland to pass amongst the largest trees on earth at the Avenue of the Giants.
The Redwood Highway of Redwood National Park takes us through more of the giants before we head up into the Siskiyou Mountains on our way to Crater Lake. The deepest lake in the USA was formed by a volcanic eruption 7000 years ago leaving tall cliffs round the edge of its amazing blue water.
This day’s journey follows the Umpaqua River from wooded uplands with numerous waterfalls down to the sea and along the Oregon Coast Highway. The
pretty port town of Newport with its fresh fish markets might make a suitable lunch stop before continuing along the coast and then inland to our next rest stop.