Seattle (Amtrak Coast Starlight) - Medford (448 miles)
Today, we will enjoy an unforgettable Starlight Coast Amtrak ride from Seattle. This train route is regarded as one of the best scenic train routes in the world, and a perfect way to experience the beauty of the Pacific Northwest. In the evening, we will arrive in Eugene, OR, then head to Medford for the night.
Standard Hotel: Commons Medford Inn or similar
Medford - Burney Falls - Redding - Sacramento - San Francisco (439 miles)
In the morning, we will go to Burney Falls, California's most beautiful waterfall. Afterwards, we will come to the Sundial Bridge, a glass bridge that crosses the Sacramento River. In the afternoon, we will arrive in Sacramento to visit the California State Capitol. In the evening, we will return to San Francisco.
McArthur-Burney Falls Memorial State Park, CA
The waterfall that gives this park its name may not be the tallest or longest, but they are some of the most unique falls on the planet. A series of cascading falls flows out from the cliffside rock itself.
The Sundial Bridge at Turtle Bay is a bicycle and pedestrian bridge spanning the Sacramento River in the city of Redding, CA that, true to its name, forms an enormous sundial. It was designed by Santiago Calatrava.
Founded in 1849, Sacramento was at the heart of the gold rush, Pony Express, and first trans-continental railroad. Today it serves as the capital of the state of California and one of its most important cities.
California State Capitol
At the State Capitol, the past, present and future of California interact with equal force. The building serves as both a museum and the state's working seat of government. Visitors to the Capitol can at once experience California's rich history and witness the making of history through the modern lawmaking process.
Standard Hotel: Red Lion Inn or similar
San Francisco - Monterey - Carmel - San Francisco (178 miles)
Today, we will head to picturesque Monterey to visit the Lodge at Pebble Beach, one of the world's most famous golf courses, and take a ride down the 17 Mile Drive. We can also visit the Monterey Bay Aquarium at our own expense. After that, we will travel to nearby Carmel, a small artistic city. Later on, we will drive back to San Francisco.
Monterey was the capital of Alta California under both Spain and Mexico. It was the only port of entry for taxable goods in California. In 1846 the U.S. flag was raised over the Customs House, and California became part of the United States after the ensuing Mexican-American War.
The Lodge At Pebble Beach
Gentle sea breezes, meandering coast, surging waves, bizarre rocks, adorable seals and sea lions rest on the beach; world's first-class golf courses stretch beyond shiny multi-million dollar mansions. There's not much better on the planet earth than Pebble Beach. Ocean view is stunning, 5 Golf Grand Slam Tournaments have been held here.
Duration: Approx. 40 Minutes
This breathtaking stretch of coastline along California's Monterey Peninsula takes visitors through a maze of beautiful scenery, unique wildlife, and amazing mansions. Enjoy shopping and dining along the way in addition to taking in the vistas.
Monterey Bay Aquarium
This large aquarium in Monterey, California is home to some of the world's largest and most unique exhibits. It was both the first aquarium to successfully keep a great white shark and cultivate a kelp forest for show.
Admission (Optional): Adult $50; Child (3-12 yrs) $30|Opening Hours: 10:00am - 6:00pm, Winter: 10am - 5pm; Summer: 9:30am - 6pm; Summer Weekend: 9:30am - 8pm; Close on Christamas Day|Duration: Approx. 1 Hour 20 Minutes
Officially called Carmel-by-the-Sea, this coastal Southern California town is known for its amazing scenery as well as its art scene past and present. Former mayors include Clint Eastwood, Perry Newberry, and Herbert Heron, among other artistic icons.