2811
California

Sequoias to Redwoods: California National Park Medley

Huge mountains, gorgeous falls, vast caverns and the world's largest trees - this adventure hits them all, plus the best can't-miss places in between.
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Program No. 2811RJ
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12 nights
34 meals
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DAY
1
Check-In, Registration, Orientation, Welcome Dinner
Brisbane (San Francisco Airport), CA
D
DoubleTree by Hilton San Francisco Airport North

Activity note: Hotel check-in from 3:00 p.m.

Afternoon: Program Registration: 3:30-5:00 p.m. After you check in and have your room assignment, join us at the Road Scholar table as noted on the message board to register with the program staff and get your welcome packet containing the up-to-date schedule that reflects any changes, other important information, and to confirm the time and location of the Orientation session. If you arrive late, please ask for your packet when you check in. Remember to bring your name-tag (sent previously). Orientation: 5:30 p.m. The Group Leader will greet everyone and lead introductions. We will review the up-to-date program schedule, discuss roles and responsibilities, logistics, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer questions. Travel and transfers will be via private motorcoach unless specified otherwise. Periods in the schedule designated as “Free time” and “At leisure” offer opportunities to do what you like and make your experience even more meaningful and memorable according to your personal preferences. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions. Program activities, schedules, personnel, and indicated distances or times may change due to local circumstances/conditions. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.

Dinner: In our private room at the hotel, we’ll have a plated meal with salad, entrée, rolls and butter, dessert, and beverage choices of fresh brewed coffee, assorted hot teas, water included; other beverages available for purchase.

Evening: Continue getting to know your fellow Road Scholars, settle in, and get a good night’s rest for the day ahead. Prepare for check-out and transfer in the morning.

DAY
2
To Fresno, San Juan Bautista, San Luis Reservoir, John Muir
Fresno, CA
B,D
Best Western Plus Fresno Airport Hotel

Activity note: Getting on/off a motorcoach; driving about 200 miles total, approximately 6 hours with stops. Walking up to 1 mile; paved sidewalks, uneven dirt paths.

Breakfast: In the hotel dining room, the breakfast buffet offers choices such as eggs, bacon, sausage, breakfast potatoes, hot and cold cereals, fruit, yogurt, fresh baked breakfast breads, milk, assorted juices, coffee, tea, and water.

Morning: After checking out of the hotel, we’ll board our motorcoach with stops for field trips on the way to Fresno. Our first field trip will be to the Mission and State Park at San Juan Bautista, where a park staff member will lead our exploration. From the National Park Service: “During the mid to late 1700s, Spanish land holdings in the New World began to shift northward up from New Spain (today Mexico). A series of military and religious endeavors eventually led to the establishment of a chain of 21 Spanish-Catholic missions along the western coast of California.” This mission was one of four established in the summer of 1797, and the fifteenth of the twenty-one missions in Alta, California. We’ll learn about the impacts of the missions on indigenous peoples and about early California under Spanish and Mexican governments. The buildings on the grounds of the park represent the era between 1859 and 1890 with adobe structures and plazas. The recreated buildings house exhibits on early California history including Native Americans to the late 19th century American history. The mission is not a part of the state park but is recognized as a national historic landmark along with other California missions.

Lunch: This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy what you like in San Juan Bautista. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions.

Afternoon: Moving on, we will ride to the San Luis Reservoir and begin to learn about water issues in California. The dam here was constructed as a storage reservoir for the federal Central Valley Project and the California State Water Project in 1962. It stores runoff water from the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta that would otherwise flow into the ocean. The San Luis Reservoir is the fifth largest in the state of California reaching a depth of 300 feet and covering 12,700 acres. The reservoir can hold up to 2 million acre-feet of water. Most of the water serves the central valley residents and farms. We expect to arrive and check in to the hotel late afternoon.

Dinner: At a local restaurant, we’ll have a plated meal with salad, entrée, rolls and butter, dessert, and beverage choices of coffee, tea, water included; other beverages are available for purchase.

Evening: We’ll remain at our dinner location for a living history program featuring John Muir (in the person of a talented reenactor). Muir (1838-1914) was born in Scotland and emigrated to the U.S. with his family in 1849. During his lifetime, he was a farmer, inventor, sheepherder, explorer, botanist, and writer but he is best known as America’s most famous and influential naturalist, conservationist, and founder of the Sierra Club. Often called the Father of our National Park System, Muir’s writings and efforts resulted in Congress creating Yosemite National Park. He was also involved in the creation of the Grand Canyon, Kings Canyon, Petrified Forest, and Mount Rainier National Parks.

DAY
3
Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks Full Day Field Trip
Fresno, CA
B,L,D
Best Western Plus Fresno Airport Hotel

Activity note: Getting on/off a motorcoach; driving about 60 miles, approximately 1.5 hours each way (total about 120 miles, approximately 3 hours). Walking about 1/2 mile; mostly even terrain, some stairs.

Breakfast: In the hotel lobby, the breakfast buffet offers choices such as eggs, waffles, cereals, fresh fruit, yogurt, toast, plus milk, juice, coffee, tea, water.

Morning: We will begin our field trip to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks with a knowledgeable on-board instructor. Upon arrival in Sequoia National Park, we will walk the trail to the sequoia grove that features the General Sherman Tree and learn about giant sequoia ecology. Estimated to be between 2,300-2,700 years old, the General Sherman Tree is the largest currently living tree in the world. Sequoia National Park was established in 1890 and encompasses a vertical relief of nearly 13,000 feet with the highest point in the lower 48 states, Mount Whitney. The park is south of and contiguous with Kings Canyon National Park.

Lunch: At a scenic spot in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, we’ll have box lunches with a sandwich, chips, fruit, cookie, water.

Afternoon: We will continue our field trip in Kings Canyon National Park. Although Congress created these two parks at different times, Sequoia and Kings Canyon share miles of boundary and are managed as one park. Sequoia was the second national park designated in this country after Yellowstone National Park in 1872.

Dinner: At a local restaurant.

Evening: At leisure. Prepare for check-out and transfer in the morning.

DAY
4
To Yosemite, Pioneer Village Center, Yosemite Valley
Yosemite, CA
B,L,D
Yosemite Valley Lodge

Activity note: Getting on/off a motorcoach; driving about 100 miles total, approximately 3 hours with stops. At Pioneer Village, walking up to 1 mile; uneven, dirt terrain.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: We’ll check out and begin the ride to our next national park: Yosemite.

Lunch: At the historic Wawona Hotel, we’ll have a plated meal with salad, bread and butter, entrée, side dish, dessert, milk, coffee, tea, water included; other beverages are available for purchase. The Wawona Hotel, a National Historic Landmark, is surrounded by meadows and rushing streams. The tranquility of this Victorian-style hotel in Yosemite makes it a favorite of those who prefer a relaxed environment and the gracious charm of a bygone era.

Afternoon: We’ll walk to the Pioneer Village History Center near the Wawona Hotel for a self-directed exploration. This “village” is assembled from structures that were originally found in different locations throughout the park and moved in the 1950s and ’60s. Each building represents a different chapter in Yosemite’s story. Moving on, we’ll ride along Highway 41 into Yosemite Valley with a stop at Tunnel View for our your first glimpse of El Capitan, Half Dome, and Bridalveil Fall. Many artists painted the scene as they entered the newly formed park in the 1800s. It is one of the most recognized Yosemite scenes. Riding on, we’ll drive into Yosemite Valley and check in to our Yosemite Valley Lodge accommodations late afternoon.

Dinner: At the Yosemite Valley Lodge Food Court, we’ll have coupons provided to purchase what we like, from hot and cold entrées to pasta, grilled items, pizzas, sandwiches, salads, milk, soft drinks, coffee, tea, water; other beverages available for purchase.

Evening: At leisure. There are many opportunities to enjoy the park after dark on your own. Use the “Yosemite Guide” to find out what programs are being offered, programs offered by the National Park are free of charge. See www.nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/guide.htm. Activities at the Yosemite Theater require a ticket that can be purchased the day of at the visitor center bookstore or on-line at https://yosemite.org/experience/theater/.

DAY
5
Yosemite National Park Field Trip, Park Free Time
Yosemite, CA
B,L
Yosemite Valley Lodge

Activity note: Getting on/off a motorcoach; driving about 10 miles, approximately 1 hour (depending on traffic) not including stops along the way. Walking approximately 2 miles during the day: 150 feet into El Capitan Meadow, dirt path, generally flat terrain; 1 mile roundtrip to/from base of Bridalveil Fall, steep trail, uneven terrain; Loop at Lower Yosemite Falls about 1 mile roundtrip, flat, paved. Extent and duration of walking and other activities during free time according to personal choice.

Breakfast: In the lodge dining room, the breakfast buffet offers choices such as scrambled eggs, bacon or sausage, breakfast potatoes, French toast or waffles, hot and cold cereals, fruit salad, an assortment of muffins and baked goods, milk, juice, coffee, tea, water.

Morning: We will board the motorcoach and a local expert and naturalist who will provide commentary during our field trip through Yosemite Valley, world-famous for its impressive waterfalls, cliffs, and unusual rock formations. We’ll stop first at El Capitan Meadow for a clear view of El Capitan, a favorite for experienced rock climbers. Rising more than 3,000 feet above the Valley floor, it is one of the largest granite monoliths in the world. Our next stop will be Bridalveil Fall. At more than 600 feet tall, it is one of the most prominent waterfalls in Yosemite. Some Native American tribes believe it to be the home to a vengeful spirit and that those who look directly into the waterfall will be cursed. In the central valley, we’ll visit the Sentinel Bridge and Cook’s Meadow area. Sentinel Bridge is famed for its upstream view of the Half Dome. As we walk through Cook’s Meadow, we’ll have views of Yosemite Falls, Half Dome, and Sentinel Rock. The meadow is named after John J. Cook, who owned a hotel in Yosemite Valley in the 1880s and often grazed cattle there. We’ll return to the hotel after our field trip.

Lunch: We’ll have box lunches from the hotel with a sandwich, side dish, fruit, and water to have wherever we like.

Afternoon: Free time. Take this opportunity to see and do what interests you most. See the “Free Time Opportunities” section of the information packet. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions based on the season and availability of activities. For more ideas, visit the National Park Service website: https://www.nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/guide.htm. There are opportunities for hikes in the Valley including Mirror Lake, Vernal Fall Footbridge, Lower Yosemite Fall, and Cook’s Meadow. You might also like to visit the Yosemite Valley Visitor Center or the Ansel Adams Gallery. Yosemite Valley Lodge also offers bicycle rentals for the paved, flat bike path that loops through the valley. See https://www.travelyosemite.com/things-to-do/biking/.

Dinner: On your own to have what you like. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions. Dining choices will be listed in the “Yosemite Guide” park newspaper published several times a year and available online at http://www.travelyosemite.com/lodging/dining/.

Evening: At leisure. Prepare for check-out and transfer in the morning.

DAY
6
Tioga Pass, Transfer to Lake Tahoe, Mono Lake
Tahoe, California
B,L,D
Beach Retreat & Lodge at Tahoe

Activity note: Getting on/off a motorcoach; driving about 235 miles, approximately 6 hours (depending on weather). Tioga Road (Highway 120 through the park) closes due to snow, usually from November through late May or early June Walking distances up to 1/2 mile on even terrain. Tioga Pass elevation is 9,943 feet.

Breakfast: Lodge buffet.

Morning: We will off after check-out and begin crossing Yosemite’s high country over Tioga Pass that serves as the eastern entry point for Yosemite National Park. It is the highest highway pass in California and in the Sierra Nevada. The view from Olmsted Point looks southwest into Yosemite Valley. At Tenaya Lake, we’ll have an opportunity to stretch our legs and take in the gorgeous views from its shore. We’ll then continue through Tuolumne Meadows, a subalpine meadow surrounded by Lodgepole pines and the Tuolomne River passing through the open space.

Lunch: At Mono Lake County Park, we’ll have box lunches with a sandwich, side dish, bottled water.

Afternoon: Next, we’ll ride to the Mono Lake Visitor Center. The lake is an oasis in the dry Great Basin and a vital habitat for millions of migratory and nesting birds. Mono Lake is unique because it is at least 700,000 years old and one of the oldest continuously existing lakes on the continent. Fed by huge glaciers during the last Ice Age, it was 60 times larger than the 66 square miles it covers today. Mono Lake is naturally salty and alkaline because it has no outlet. The only way water leaves naturally is via evaporation. People have had a long history with the lake, from the Kutzadika’a nation who collected the alkali fly as a food source to Los Angeles pumping water to quench their thirst in the city. We’ll ride on to Lake Tahoe, the largest alpine lake in North America, and check in to our hotel.

Dinner: At the lodge, we’ll have a buffet meal with salad, entrée, side dishes, dessert, coffee, tea (hot and iced), water; other beverages available for purchase.

Evening: We’ll be joined by a local expert who will tell us about the Lake Tahoe area.

DAY
7
Taylor Creek, Lake Tahoe Study Cruise
Tahoe, California
B,L,D
Beach Retreat & Lodge at Tahoe

Activity note: Getting on/off a motorcoach; driving about 30 miles, approximately 1 hour. Walking up to 1/2 mile; generally even terrain.

Breakfast: At the hotel, the breakfast buffet offers choices such as eggs, breakfast meats, fruit, breads, butter and jams, milk, juice, coffee, tea, water.

Morning: We will board our motorcoach for a field trip into the Lake Tahoe Basin where we will meet a local expert at Taylor Creek and explore the Taylor Creek Stream Profile Chamber. Taylor Creek is a hub on the south shore of Lake Tahoe with many hiking trails in the area. The Stream Chamber, located just down the trail, features a 180-degree diorama depicting life above and below the water. We’ll then ride to and board the M.S. Dixie Queen II paddle wheeler.

Lunch: We will ride to the M.S. Dixie Queen II for a soup and salad lunch with beverage choices of soft drinks, coffee, tea, water included; other beverages available for purchase.

Afternoon: We’ll enjoy a relaxing study cruise on Lake Tahoe as the Dixie Queen glides to famed Emerald Bay. We’ll see classic Tahoe blue skies, the deeper blue lake, snow-capped mountains, and lush forests with a video presentation about the rich cultural history. Returning to the hotel, the remainder of the afternoon is free. You might like to write postcards, do laundry, or relax on the beach at the lake.

Dinner: We will ride to a South Lake Tahoe hotel. We’ll have a buffet meal with soups, salads, choices of entrée, dessert, coffee, tea, water; other beverages available for purchase.

Evening: Returning to the hotel, the remainder of the evening is at leisure. Prepare for check-out and transfer in the morning.

DAY
8
Lassen National Park, Loomis Museum, Sundial Bridge
Redding, California
B,L,D
Sheraton Redding Hotel at the Sundial Bridge

Activity note: Getting on/off a motorcoach; driving about 240 miles, approximately 6 hours. Walking up to 1 mile; generally on flat, even terrain. Walking 1 mile on Lily Pond Trail; hilly, dirt terrain. Weather permitting, we will drive Highway 89 through the park. The road is closed late in the fall through May to mid-June due to snow.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: We will check out of the hotel, board our motorcoach, and set out on a field trip to Lassen Volcanic National Park to witness California’s eruptive past and see how the forces beneath our feet are shaping the landscape today. Our Group Leader will provide commentary throughout the day. Although Lassen is primarily known for its volcanic geology, the park boasts a rich diversity of plant and animal life. Originally the park was split into two separate national monuments by President Theodore Roosevelt but now is one park with Lassen Peak, the world’s largest plug dome volcano, dominating the landscape. At the Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor Center, we’ll have a self-directed exploration to see the exhibits and park movie. We’ll then drive through the park to see hydrothermal areas where pools of acidic boiling water and mud bubble under the surface. We will stop at the Devastated Area which provides a great view of Lassen Peak that last erupted about 100 years ago.

Lunch: At the Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor Center, we’ll have box lunches with a sandwich, side dish, dessert, water.

Afternoon: We continue our drive through the park, stopping at the Loomis Museum to view exhibits featuring photos by B.F. Loomis, who documented Lassen Peak’s most recent eruption cycle and promoted the park’s establishment. We’ll then take a walk on the nearby Lily Pond Nature Trail. We expect to arrive at the hotel for check-in late afternoon.

Dinner: At the hotel, the dinner buffet includes salad, entrée, roll and butter, dessert, coffee, tea (hot and iced), water; other beverages available for purchase.

Evening: We’ll walk from the hotel to Turtle Bay Park and Sundial Bridge. The Sundial Bridge at Turtle Bay crosses the Sacramento River in the heart of Redding. Having opened on July 4, 2004, the bridge links the north and south campuses of Turtle Bay Exploration Park. In addition to being a functional work of art, the Sundial Bridge is a technical marvel as well. Renowned Spanish architect and engineer Santiago Calatrava conceived the Sundial Bridge’s unusual design, his first free-standing bridge in the United States.

DAY
9
Shasta Dam, Weaverville, J.J. Jackson Memorial Museum
Eureka, California
B,L,D
Red Lion Hotel Eureka

Activity note: Getting on/off a motorcoach; driving about 150 miles, approximately 3 hours. Walking up to 1 mile; generally even terrain with slight incline.

Breakfast: At the hotel, the breakfast buffet offers choices such as eggs, breakfast meats, cereals, yogurt, fruit, cheese, breads, butter, plus milk, juice, coffee, tea, water.

Morning: After hotel check-out, we will ride to explore Shasta Dam with a Bureau of Reclamation expert. This curved gravity concrete dam on the Sacramento River above Redding was built between 1938-45. It is similar to Hoover Dam as both were continuous pour concrete projects, and in their day, ranked as one of the great civil engineering feats of the world. We’ll then head west to Weaverville, a historic Gold Rush town nestled at the base of the magnificent Trinity Alps Wilderness area. The Old West was intense here with gunfights, saloons, bank robberies, and notorious figures like Black Bart.

Lunch: At a local restaurant, we’ll have a plated meal with entrée, dessert, and a non-alcoholic beverage; other beverages available for purchase.

Afternoon: With our Group Leader, we’ll have an introduction to the J.J. Jackson Museum followed by time for independent exploration. Moving on, we expect to arrive at the hotel for check-in late afternoon.

Dinner: At the hotel, we’ll have a meal with salad, entrée, dessert, coffee, tea (hot and iced), water; other beverages available for purchase.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
10
Redwood National Park, Prairie Creek & Patrick’s Point Parks
Eureka, California
B,L,D
Red Lion Hotel Eureka

Activity note: Getting on/off a motorcoach; driving about 160 miles, approximately 3 hours. Walking up to 1 1/2 mile; dirt terrain, slight inclines.

Breakfast: In the breakfast room at the hotel, the buffet offers choices such as eggs, breakfast meats and potatoes, hot and cold cereals, fresh fruit, bagels and assorted breads, plus milk, juice, coffee, tea, water.

Morning: We will set out via motorcoach on a field trip to Redwood National Park and Prairie Creek State Park led by a local expert. Our first stop will be the Visitor’s Center at Redwood National Park to view a film and exhibits. The ancient coast redwood ecosystem preserved in the parks contains some of the planet’s most majestic forests. Prairie Creek State Park was set aside in the early 1920s and is a sanctuary of old growth coast redwood.

Lunch: On picnic tables at Patrick’s Point State Park Visitor Center, we’ll have box lunches with a large salad, cookie, bottled water.

Afternoon: Our field trip will continue into Patrick’s Point State Park, where dense forests of spruce, hemlock, pine, fir, and red alder stretch over an ocean headland. We’ll visit the recreated Yurok seasonal village — Sumêg — consisting of traditional style family houses, a sweat house, changing houses, a redwood canoe, and a dance house. On the return to Eureka, we’ll visit picturesque Trinidad Harbor. Trinidad is California’s smallest incorporated city, with a population of 360 in 2013. It is noted for its spectacular coastline and remarkable offshore rocks. We’ll also drive through the Victorian Historic District and view the Carson Mansion. Built for lumber baron William Carson in the 1880’s, it is perhaps the most famous example of Victorian Architecture in the United States. This renowned house has been the inspiration for haunted houses around the country and the clock tower on the Disneyland train station.

Dinner: At Samoa Cookhouse, the last surviving cookhouse in the West, we’ll have a “lumber camp” style meal with soup, salad, entrée, vegetables, bread, dessert, plus coffee, tea, water; other beverages available for purchase.

Evening: We’ll explore the adjacent Historic Lodging Museum, full of relics and photographs from the old logging and Cookhouse days, before returning to the hotel. Prepare for check-out and transfer in the morning.

DAY
11
To Mendocino, Humboldt Redwood State Park
Mendocino, California
B,L,D
Mendocino Hotel & Garden Suites

Activity note: Getting on/off a motorcoach; driving about 150 miles, approximately 5 hours with stops. Walking up to 1/2 mile; even and uneven terrain.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: We will check out of the hotel, board the motorcoach, and start our journey south on Highway 101 to Humboldt Redwoods State Park and the Avenue of the Giants. One third of the park is home to stands of old growth redwoods and is recognized as a World Heritage site and an International Biosphere Reserve. Located along the Eel River, Humboldt Redwoods State Park contains some of the world’s most majestic ancient redwood groves. We will meet a park ranger who will lead us on a short walk in the redwoods.

Lunch: At an historic inn, we’ll have a buffet meal with a variety of sandwich items, salad, cookies, soft drinks, iced tea, water; other beverages available for purchase.

Afternoon: We will continue our ride west to the California coast, then travel south on breathtaking Highway 1 to Mendocino. Despite its small size, the town’s scenic location on a headland surrounded by the Pacific Ocean has made it extremely popular as an artist colony and a great destination for vacationers. Many of its early settlers were New Englanders, as was true with many older Northern California towns. Its economy declined after 1940, and it became a somewhat isolated village until discovered by the region’s art community. It has been the setting for numerous films including “Same Time Next Year” and “The Russians Are Coming” as well as the popular TV series “Murder She Wrote.”

Dinner: In the Garden Room at the Mendocino Hotel, we’ll have a plated meal with salad, entrée, dessert, plus coffee, tea, water; other beverages are available for purchase.

Evening: In our lecture this evening, we’ll learn about Mendocino’s earliest residents, the Pomo Indians, with a local expert who will share examples of their crafts and customs. Scholars believe the name Pomo means “the people” — modified by where a particular group was located, e.g., Kashaya (Southwestern) Pomo. They lived in generally unrelated groups for thousands of years and relied on fishing, hunting, and gathering for their food. At its height in the late 18th century, their population was about 8,000.

DAY
12
Point Cabrillo Lighthouse, Botanical Gardens
Mendocino, California
B,L,D
Mendocino Hotel & Garden Suites

Activity note: Getting on/off a motorcoach; driving about 20 miles, approximately 1 hour. Walking up to 1/4 mile; cracked pavement, unpaved dirt terrain.

Breakfast: In the Garden Room at the Mendocino Hotel, we’ll have a plated meal with entrée, fruit, plus milk, juice, coffee, tea, water.

Morning: We will board the motorcoach for our day’s field trips. Our first stop is the Point Cabrillo Lighthouse, where a docent will lead our exploration. Congress appropriated $50,000 for a lighthouse on Point Cabrillo in response to the increased demand to ship lumber to San Francisco after the destruction in 1906. Added to the National Register of Historical Places in 1991, the lighthouse remains as one of the most complete lighthouses in the country. We will walk around the grounds and see the 1st Assistant Lightkeeper’s House, a marine science exhibit in the Blacksmith & Carpenter Shop, and the Lighthouse itself to learn about history and preservation. Next, we will explore the Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens, the only public gardens in the continental U.S. directly on the Pacific Ocean. The mild maritime climate makes it a garden for all seasons, attracting gardeners and nature lovers alike. Considered one of the top gardens in the country, it includes 47 acres of flowers and trees and more than 150 species of birds. We’ll have an overview with a docent followed by time for self-directed exploration. The gardens are notable for their Rhododendrons as well being as a great spot for local birds.

Lunch: In the Botanical Gardens, we will have box lunches with a sandwich, side dish, and water.

Afternoon: We will have some time in the Gardens to see and do what interests each of us most before returning to the hotel. The remainder of the afternoon is free for independent exploration. Downtown Mendocino offers a variety of historic sites. You might like to visit the coastal bluffs on the Point Mendocino Trail just steps from the hotel. The historic Ford House Visitor Center and Museum tells the history of Mendocino. You can also stroll through town and admire the well-preserved Victorian structures that helped the town get its historic designation.

Dinner: In the Garden Room at the Mendocino Hotel, we’ll have a plated meal with beverage choices of a glass of wine, coffee, tea, water included; other beverages available for purchase. Share favorite experiences with new Road Scholar friends during our farewell dinner.

Evening: At leisure. Prepare for check-out and departure in the morning.

DAY
13
Transfer to San Francisco, Program Concludes
Brisbane (San Francisco Airport), CA
B,L

Activity note: Hotel check-out 12:00 Noon.

Breakfast: In the Garden Room at the Mendocino Hotel, we’ll have a plated meal with beverage choices of orange juice, coffee, tea, water.

Morning: We will check out, board the motorcoach, and begin our return trip to San Francisco.

Lunch: En route, we will stop at a local eatery for a buffet lunch with entrée, side dishes, and a non-alcoholic beverage; other beverages available for purchase.

Afternoon: We expect to arrive at the hotel in Brisbane near San Francisco International Airport by approximately 3:00 p.m. (depending on traffic). This concludes our program. If you are returning home, safe travels. If you are staying on independently, have a wonderful time. If you are transferring to another Road Scholar program, detailed instructions are included in your Information Packet for that program. We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. Don’t forget to join our Facebook page and follow us on Instagram. Best wishes for all your journeys!






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