We'll plan to leave the depot by midday and stop en route to stock up on supplies before we hit the road and head towards the foothills of the Sierra Nevada and into the very heart of Gold Rush Country. Our overnight stop is in Sutter Creek, perched on the edge of Wine County. This delightful little Californian town, born from the Gold Rush era, maintains its quaint atmosphere and charming Main Street.
Often referred to as ‘The Big Blue’, Lake Tahoe is at an elevation of 6,225 feet and straddles the California/Nevada border. The lake is the second deepest in the USA, tenth deepest in the world and so extraordinarily clear that at some points you can see to depths of 70 feet. There's the option of taking the scenic 70 mile drive around the lake before we arrive in the Zephyr Cove area.
On tour second day here consider a leisurely cruise on the lake on the Queen Of Tahoe Mississippi paddle wheeler or take in the views from above on the Heavenly Gondola. You may also want to spend your time here taking a gentle hike in the alpine forest or lazing on the beach by the lake.
It's time to head south today towards Yosemite National Park where some of the world’s most spectacular mountain terrain is protected within its 1,170 square miles of wilderness. In this park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, you’ll view towering granite formations, crystal-clear streams, majestic waterfalls and ancient giant sequoias. Choose to discover this national park on your own on the YARTS system (Yosemite Regional Area Transport), or join a tour with a naturalist guide. During your stay in Yosemite you'll enjoy a cheese and wine reception with local guides who'll be delighted to share their knowledge of this astounding area with you.
Today, we head back towards the California coast and the beautiful Monterey Bay. Our base for the two nights will be close to Pacific Grove, Moss Landing and the fairy-tale like village of Carmel-By-The-Sea. This area is renowned for whale-watching, we'd be pleased to include this experience as part of your tour. Alternatively, the campsite is located on a dunes preserve and just a ten minute stroll to miles and miles of undeveloped Monterey Bay beachfront begging to be explored.
Today is all about the journey. You’ll travel along Monterey Bay and on the famous 17 Mile Drive before cruising slowly south on one of the world’s most scenic routes – California Highway 1. Prepare for an exhilarating experience. This twisting, cliff-hugging, route along the central California coast starts in historic Monterey, and threads through Big Sur, where mountains plunge into the Pacific. Farther south, the landscape mellows to oak-studded hills as the road passes ‘The Enchanted Castle on the Hill’ Hearst Castle to Morro Bay. Our next two night stop is in the shadow of the Sierra Madre Mountains in an area of the coast is known as ‘The American Riviera’. It's a great place to relax and soak up the California sunshine. From your base here you'll have the option on the second day to hop on a transfer and enjoy a day exploring the nearby historic Moorish town of Santa Barbara.
Perhaps another motorhome adventure..we'd recommend travels around Utah, Arizona, Nevada and Colorado. Maybe, a short train journey and time on the beach in San Diego? A city stopover in New York, Boston or Chicago to break your journey home? All Bon Voyage holidays are tailor-made, please call us to discuss your plans further.