Welcome to California

Natural Beauty

Don’t be fooled by its perpetually fresh outlook and adventurous attitude: California is older than it seems. Coastal bluffs and snowy peaks were created over millennia of tectonic upheavals that threatened to shake California right off the continent. After 19th-century mining, logging and oil-drilling threatened the state’s natural splendors, California’s pioneering environmentalists rescued old-growth trees, reclaimed rivers and cleaned the beaches. Thanks to the leadership of Californian conservationist John Muir and his Sierra Club, California's national and state parks continue to astound visitors today.

Fabulous Food & Drink

Without California, America's menu would be drab and predictable: the Golden State produces most of the country's fresh produce and kicks off nationwide food trends. Every time they sit down to eat, Californians take a stand on food issues: would you like that salad certified organic or spray-free, your toast with farm-to-table jam or urban-beehive honey, and your burger vegan or with humanely raised grass-fed meat? No matter what you order, it’s bound to be local and creative – and it had better be good. For a chaser, California produces over 90% of the nation’s wine-making grapes, and has twice as many breweries as any other state.

From Hollywood to Silicon Valley

Through booms and busts, California has gotten by on its wits and charm. Hollywood still makes most of the world’s movies and TV shows, and launches new talents nightly on stages statewide. But California dreams don't begin with moguls in office towers – they're invented by California's artists, adventurers and resident weirdos in their own backyards. Wild schemes that started at psychedelic music festivals and in San Jose garages have gone mainstream – perhaps you've heard of smartphones, streaming video and Burning Man? – but there are plenty of outlandish ideas here still awaiting discovery. Hang out at California galleries, cafes, bars and festivals, and you may actually see the future coming.

City Lights

California's cities hit maximum dazzle as the sun sets over the Pacific, and lights twinkle across golden hillsides. Lamps illuminate San Diego's Gaslamp Quarter, the Hollywood sign glows bright as the moon over LA, and Bay Bridge lights welcome San Francisco arrivals with a wink and a shimmy. Consider this your invitation to come out and play, and join the crowds at LA's star-studded nightclubs and movie palaces, San Francisco's historic LGBT hot spots, Santa Barbara's swanky beach bars and San Diego's booming brewpubs. Tomorrow there will be neighborhoods, beaches, spas and boutiques to explore – but tonight is a night on the town like no other.

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Muir Woods and Wine Country, Lunch Option from San Francisco

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, CaliforniaPhoto stopDuration: 10 minutesStop At: Muir Woods National Monument, Mill Valley, Marin County, CaliforniaThe primeval home to old growth Coastal Redwoods, some at least 1,200 years old. The tallest is 258 feet high. We optimize the time you spend on the trails of Coastal Redwoods by arriving before the crowds. You’ll spend just over an hour enjoying California’s native flora and fauna, taking in giant ferns, moss-lined creeks, fresh bay leaf-scented air from the many Laurel trees and squirrels, blue jays and deer if you’re lucky.Duration: 1 hourPass By: Palace of Fine Arts Theatre, San Francisco, CaliforniaMonumental structure originally constructed for the 1915 Panama-Pacific Exposition in order to exhibit works of art presented there.Stop At: Sonoma Plaza, Sonoma, Sonoma County, CaliforniaLunch stopDuration: 1 hour

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Muir Woods and Sausalito Half Day Tour (Optional Sausalito Ferry Ticket)

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productPass By: Sausalito Visitors Center, Sausalito, Marin County, CaliforniaSausalitoPass By: Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, CaliforniaGolden Gate BridgePass By: San Francisco Bay, San Francisco, CaliforniaSan Francisco BayStop At: Muir Woods National Monument, Mill Valley, Marin County, CaliforniaMuir Woods National MonumentDuration: 2 hoursPass By: Vista Point, Sausalito, Marin County, CaliforniaSausalito

$115 Cultural & Theme Tours

Combo Tour: Alcatraz Island and San Francisco Grand City Tour

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productPass By: Union Square, San Francisco, CaliforniaDowntown San FranciscoPass By: Chinatown, San Francisco, CaliforniaSan Francisco ChinatownPass By: North Beach, San Francisco, CaliforniaLittle Italy Neighborhood, Transamerica Pyramid Pass By: Fisherman's Wharf, San Francisco, CaliforniaSee Pier 39, the famous Fisherman's Wharf sign, and the Embarcadero waterfrontPass By: Palace of Fine Arts Theatre, San Francisco, CaliforniaMonumental structure built originally for the 1915 Panama-Pacific ExpositionPass By: Presidio of San Francisco, San Francisco, CaliforniaPark, former U.S. Army military fortStop At: Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, CaliforniaPhoto Stop at the Golden Gate BridgeDuration: 15 minutesPass By: San Francisco Bay, San Francisco, CaliforniaSee the SF Bay on your drive across the bridgeStop At: Lands End, San Francisco, CaliforniaBeautiful coastal stop at Ocean Beach with rugged cliffs, cypress forest, and views of the Golden Gate BridgeDuration: 15 minutesPass By: Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CaliforniaUrban parkStop At: Twin Peaks, San Francisco, CaliforniaTwo identical peaks give this attraction its name. One of the highest peaks in the city, you will have breathtaking 360 degree views of the entire cityDuration: 15 minutesStop At: Alcatraz Island, San Francisco, CaliforniaFerry to Alcatraz Island, walking tour of the prison with award-winning guided "Cell Block Audio Tour"Duration: 2 hours

$119 Day Trips & Excursions

Napa and Sonoma Wine Country Tour

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, CaliforniaGolden Gate BridgeDuration: 10 minutesPass By: San Francisco Bay, San Francisco, CaliforniaSan Francisco BayStop At: Sonoma Plaza, Sonoma, Sonoma County, CaliforniaSonoma Square PlazaDuration: 1 hourPass By: Napa & Sonoma Valley Wine Tour, San Francisco, CaliforniaNapa Valley

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Skip the Line Universal Studios Hollywood Express Ticket

Each day, Universal Studios Hollywood offers a limited number of express tickets and they often sell-out at the front gate. Make sure to pre-purchase your ticket online and avoid any upset on the day of. Get ready for the ultimate Hollywood movie experience!Go behind the scenes on the world famous Studio Tour to explore where Hollywood movies are made and see firsthand the world’s largest 3-D experience, King Kong 360 3-D, created by Peter Jackson. Then, face action head-on in heart-pounding rides, shows and attractions that put you inside some of the world’s biggest movies.Note: Priority entry privileges, reserved seating, special demonstrations and special tours are subject to ride, show and attraction availability. A Universal Express Ticket entitles pass-holders to one-time priority access to each ride, show and attraction on a priority basis..For information on rides, shows and attractions, please see below for additional information.

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San Francisco Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour with Trolley Tour Option

Ride on a double-decker bus as you listen to facts about San Francisco's most popular neighborhoods and attractions. You can hop on and off the double-decker bus as many times as you like, departing from any stop at 15- to 20-minute intervals throughout the day. In the summer, the top deck is open, and during winter, clear screens shelter you from the cold and offer unobstructed views of the city.The San Francisco loop will take you across 24 stops where you can automatically redeem your voucher. With 1- or 2-day City Loop passes available, you have plenty of time to explore San Francisco at your leisure. If you miss something on your first loop of the city, simply re-board the bus and go around again.The Sausalito Loop pass gives you the option of simply taking a trolley tour, crossing San Francisco Bay via the Golden Gate Bridge. Or upgrade to the 2-day All Loops pass and enjoy two days of hop-on hop-off privileges that combines both tours with a night tour of San Francisco. For a list of stops see Itinerary below: