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The first step in creating your itinerary is to answer the question of where. Several factors can play a role in answering that question, including how much time you have, what destinations you had in mind when you began dreaming about your trip, what types of things you're interested in doing, and how far you're willing to travel. Because every itinerary we create is unique, the ultimate route you take may look nothing like anything we've ever done before. But, a decade of experience has taught us that certain routes tend to work well for a large number of clients.

Have a look at them, and let them stimulate your holiday dreaming. You may find that one looks perfect the way it is,and we can use that as the basis of your holiday planning. Alternatively, you may decide that a little trimming in order to fit your needs, or that you'd like to go with something completely different. Whatever your vision, we'll make it happen for you just the way you like it.

Once we've decided on a route that includes the destinations you're most interested in visiting, we'll get into the specifics of how much time to spend in a given destination, and what activities to focus on while you're there.

 
THE OHLONE ROUTE
Our most popular route, the Ohlone Route offers a diverse combination of cities, coastline and mountains. It includes most of California's most well-known destinations.
 
Core Destinations Common Route Extensions
San Francisco
Yosemite
Monterey Peninsula
Big Sur
San Simeon Coast
Santa Barbara
Los Angeles
   
Wine Country
Lake Tahoe
Eastern Sierra
San Diego
 
THE COSTANOA TRAIL
The Costanoa Route focuses on San Francisco, Los Angeles and the coastline between them.
 
Core Destinations Common Route Extensions
San Francisco
Monterey Peninsula
Big Sur
San Simeon Coast
Santa Barbara
Los Angeles
   
Wine Country
San Diego
 
THE PAIUTE LOOP
Best traveled from June through October, the Paiute Route takes advantage of the open passes over the Sierra Nevada Range to add the spectacular eastern Sierra, the surreal Death Valley and Las Vegas to California's coastal destinations.
 
Core Destinations Common Route Extensions
San Francisco
Yosemite
Eastern Sierra
Death Valley
Las Vegas
Los Angeles
Santa Barbara
San Simeon Coast
Big Sur
Monterey Peninsula
Wine Country
Lake Tahoe
San Diego
   
 
THE NAVAJO CIRCLE
Commonly known as the "Grand Circle," the Navajo Circle focuses on the national parks of the South West. As shown on the map, there is a short version of the circle that includes the most well-known of the parks, a longer version of the circle, that adds more remote, but equally spectacular parks, and an extended version that includes a foray into the Rocky Mountains in Colorado.
 
Core Destinations Common Route Extensions
   Mini-Circle  
Las Vegas
Zion N.P.
Bryce Canyon N.P.
Lake Powell
Grand Canyon N.P.
Sedona
Telluride
  Durango
Canyon de Chelly
  Death Valley
  Mesa Verde
   Full Circle  
Capitol Reef N.P.
Canyonlands N.P.
Arches N.P.
Monument Valley
 
THE SHOSHONE ROUTE
A marriage of the Navajo Circle and the Paiute Route, the Shoshone Route includes prime California destinations with the best of the Southwest. As with all routes, it can be adapted to your needs. As shown, it is a one-way route, beginning in San Francisco, and ending in Phoenix, Arizona. However, it can just as easily -- time permitting -- end in Los Angeles or San Diego, or you can close the loop completely, returning up the coast to San Francisco.
 
Core Destinations Common Route Extensions
San Francisco
Yosemite
Eastern Sierra
Death Valley
Las Vegas
Zion N.P.
Bryce Canyon N.P.
Capitol Reef N.P.
Canyonlands N.P.
Arches N.P.
Monument Valley
Lake Powell
Grand Canyon N.P.
Sedona
Phoenix
Santa Barbara
San Simeon Coast
Big Sur
Monterey Peninsula
Wine Country
Lake Tahoe
Telluride
   
   
Durango
Mesa Verde
Canyon de Chelly
   
   
 
 
 
 
 
 
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