Welcome to San Joaquin Valley

The tiny towns scattering the region retain their Main St Americana appeal while slowly embracing the influence of the Latino labor force.

This is a place of seismic, often contentious, development. Arrivals from the coastal cities have resulted in unchecked sprawl. What were once actual ranches and vineyards are now nostalgically named developments: a big-box shopping complex named Indian Ranch, a tidy row of McMansions named Vineyard Estates. More green lawns appear as the irrigation systems drain dry. Water rights is the issue on everyone's minds.

Top experiences in San Joaquin Valley

San Joaquin Valley activities

$159 Day Trips & Excursions

Yosemite in a Day Tour from San Francisco

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productPass By: San Francisco Bay Bridge, San Francisco, CaliforniaDrive across bridge on the way to Yosemite Stop At: Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias, Yosemite National Park, CaliforniaSee some of the biggest trees on the planet.Duration: 1 hour 30 minutesStop At: Tunnel View, Yosemite National Park, CaliforniaDrive to one of the most beautiful views of the Yosemite valley from aboveDuration: 30 minutesStop At: Bridalveil Falls, Yosemite National Park, CaliforniaWalk to the falls for photosDuration: 30 minutesStop At: Yosemite Valley, Yosemite National Park, CaliforniaSpend free time experiencing the valleyDuration: 2 hoursStop At: Half Dome, Yosemite National Park, CaliforniaStop for photosDuration: 20 minutesStop At: Yosemite Falls, Yosemite National Park, CaliforniaWalk to the 4th tallest waterfalls in the worldDuration: 1 hourStop At: El Capitan, Yosemite National Park, CaliforniaStop to look for climbers on the granite wallDuration: 30 minutes

$269 Multi-day & Extended Tours

Yosemite National Park 2-Day Tour, Lodging from San Francisco

Your 2-day Yosemite tour begins with a scenic drive from San Francisco, passing through San Joaquin Valley along the way. On arrival at Yosemite National Park, your first experience will be hiking to the Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias and having your breath taken away by their size and majesty. This is an unguided and strenuous hike for some so consult with your guide about taking it. Next, your guided tour visits Yosemite's famous landmarks including El Capitan, Yosemite Falls, Half Dome and the Tunnel View. In addition to offering amazing scenery, Yosemite is home to diverse wildlife such as golden eagles, black-tailed deer, marmots and even black bears – hopefully you'll be lucky enough to spot them during your visit. After your semi-guided tour, enjoy free time to further explore Yosemite at your own pace. There are numerous activities for all interests - go rafting down the Merced River, try out some rock climbing on Yosemite's granite cliffs, rent bikes, or simply relax on an open tram tour of Yosemite Valley (not included in tour price). Then, when the tour buses depart for the evening, you can sit back, relax and watch the sun set over Yosemite. Choose from 2 different styles of accommodation to suit your budget for your overnight stay in Yosemite. Settle in at the comfortable Yosemite View Lodge or enjoy convenience and scenic location of Yosemite Valley Lodge. On day 2, after having enjoyed a morning of free time, rejoin your tour group for the afternoon’s guided tour. You’ll be departing Yosemite in the late afternoon, arriving back in San Francisco by nightfall. Drop off at your San Francisco hotel is included.

$92 Kid Friendly

Yosemite National Park and Giant Sequoias - One Way (SF to Yosemite or Yos to SF

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productPass By: San Joaquin Valley, CaliforniaRelax and enjoy the narrative as you head east into the San Joaquin valley. Make a brief rest stop. Gather snacks and perhaps a bag lunch for the park. Discover the rich history of the Sierra Nevada foothills and its gold country.Stop At: Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias, Yosemite National Park, CaliforniaWeather permitting, disembark and hit the trail for an inspired hike to the Tuolumne Giant Sequoia grove (from October to May this stop may need to be skipped). It is a challenging uphill hike - take it slowDuration: 1 hourPass By: Yosemite Valley, Yosemite National Park, CaliforniaHave your breath taken away by Bridalveil Falls, El Capitan and Half Dome. Get snap-happy with your camera or phone at Inspiration Point (aka Tunnel View).

$270.17 Outdoor Activities

2 Day, 1 Night Kayak Adventure & Camp Out

A kayaking (or canoe) journey through “America’s Amazon,” the Mobile-Tensaw River Delta.  Our experienced guides will lead you on a fun-filled journey through a diverse habitat with many treasures to discover along the way.Guests will experience two full days on the water exploring the majestic Mobile-Tensaw Delta.  Day 1:  Arrive, shuttle to launch site, a full day on the water (with lunch & snacks), arrive back at campground, campfire cookout, hot showers, campout for the night.  Day 2:  Breakfast, shuttle to launch site, a full day on the water (with lunch & snacks), arrive back at campground, opportunity for self exploration / free time at the campground, departure.This tour includes:  Transportation to and from launch sites, all necessary paddling gear, meals listed above, along with drinks and snacks throughout the tour.  Private campsites for your group are provided and setup with tents at our river side campground.  The campground offers bath house with hot showers, general store and other amenities.  Guests must bring their own pillow and sleeping bag or these items can be provided at an additional charge.  Tent camping can also be upgraded to RV camping at an additional cost.Airport or hotel pickup is available upon request.We believe in a Leave No Trace policy, in educating and preserving these amazing jewels for future generations.

$49.99 Food, Wine & Nightlife

California Wine Tasting Pass

Use your membership card for VIP discounts at more than 200 wineries and wine bars throughout California. Simply show up at most wineries right away and show your priority wine pass to begin receiving the benefits. This package will pay for itself in savings after your first winery. (Some wineries require reservations in advance.)Your pass includes a concierge service to help you select from top wineries and make your tasting experience easy and affordable without the stress of deciding where and when to go. Select from listed wineries in Napa, Sonoma, San Francisco Bay Area, Monterey, Santa Barbara, Malibu, San Diego, and more throughout the year.In addition, get discounts on hotel stays and transportation, activities such as balloon tours, and wine purchases.

$20 Outdoor Activities

Holly Jolly Hunt - Stockton, CA

This outdoor activity takes place in the downtown or urban area of your city. Using a smartphone, you will download an app to help you play the game. You will also be texting with a remote survival guide while you play the game. You'll be given a list of holiday themed items on the app. You will need to walk around the area and find these items around the city and take a photo through the app to get points. Your team will also be given holiday themed challenges or trivia questions to complete as well. You will be rewarded for completing the challenges and trivia questions with points. You'll be able to see your score on the leaderboard compared to others to see how you compare!

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