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Monterey: 17-Mile Drive Self-Guided Audio Tour

1. Monterey: 17-Mile Drive Self-Guided Audio Tour

Experience one of the most famous scenic drives in the world with a live GPS route and auto-playing narration for a complete hands-free and fully guided driving experience along the 17-Mile Drive. Simply download the app and drive hands-free like Google maps. On approaching an attraction, it’s photo pops up and you will hear its audio story, just like having a local guide sitting with you. The tour is developed by local tour guides, curated by creative writers, narrated by professional voice artists and put together using an award-winning platform. Start your tour at Spanish Bay. It is recommended to enter the 17-Mile Drive from Pacific Grove, then follow the directions towards the Inn at Spanish Bay, where you can stop for refreshments at the beach before continuing along the sandy beach at Spanish Bay and Point Joe, enjoying the ocean's soothing music as you drive along. At Point Joe, stop and listen to the audio guide to learn about the European explorers that first came to this part of the coast. Later, drive past Bird Rock, where you can see Brandt's cormorants, pelicans, and California sea lions sharing the rock. At your next stop, get to see the harbor seals at Fanshell Overlook and learn about their pupping season from your guide. As you continue your drive, learn about the history of the 5000-acre Del Monte Forest of Monterey Cypress trees and listen to the intriguing story of a 250-year-old Lone Cypress that isn't entirely alone. Finally, stop at the Lodge at Pebble Beach and rest at one of the public areas or putter around in one of the many charming shops in the area. 

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Groveland: Yosemite National Park's Giant Sequoia Trees Tour

2. Groveland: Yosemite National Park's Giant Sequoia Trees Tour

Discover the towering granite cliffs and giant Sequoias of Yosemite National Park on this full-day tour. Learn about the history, geology and wildlife that make Yosemite Valley the jewel of the U.S. National Parks. Your tour begins with a pickup in Groveland, CA. Soon after entering Yosemite, you will experience the solitude of the Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias. You won’t doubt for a second that these are the largest living creatures on the planet. No picture does them justice, due to their immense height.  In winter, when conditions on the Tuolumne Grove trail are snow-covered or unsafe, the Giant Sequoias experience will be substituted with other attractions. Your heart will be racing as you enter Yosemite Valley and enjoy a stop at Inspiration Point, also known as Tunnel View. Take some selfies with El Capitan, Half Dome and Bridalveil Falls as your backdrop. During your free time in the valley, grab a bite to eat at the Valley Lodge food court, check out the souvenirs at the gift shop, take a quick hike around Sentinel Meadow, or see the towering Yosemite Falls.

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What people are saying about Central Valley, California

We are seniors on a road trip in California. We chose this bus tour so that my husband would not have to drive in Yosemite. We stayed in Groveland, and the tour from San Francisco picked us up there. The tour was just as described, and our guide/driver Alberto was outstanding. We knew in advance that physically we could not do the walk back up from the Sequoias, so we visited Kings Canyon and Sequoia on our own the previous day. There were many good photo opportunities of the best-known features and free time for those who could to explore more on their own. We had a good lunch there. The tour made it possible for us to visit Yosemite without stress.

Our tour guide was funny, extremely knowledgeable and punctual. We only had a day and a half at Yosemite and this tour was the perfect way to see the major sites. We were able to hike down to see the giant sequoias and hike all the Yosemite Falls trails. Ample time at stops for pictures and also 2 hikes.

Gino was funny. A couple of downfalls the bus was about 20 minutes late so we lost time there and then on the first hike people were late so we lost time there. The places we saw were great though!

Beautiful park. Amazing scenery. Our guide was very knowledgeable. He was also very friendly and pleasant to be with.

The bus was a little bit late picking us up at the meeting place so we were worried.