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California Volcanoes, Redwoods & Rail Search Tour Calendar
Featuring Lassen & Redwoods National Parks, Skunk Train, Mendocino, Burney Falls, Eureka

Tour Dates: September 30 - October 6, 2018

7 Day Package
11 Meals Included

$1399 Per Person / Double Occupancy
$1859 Per Person / Single Occupancy

On this comprehensive seven-day exploration highlighting the wonders of Northern California, we’ll travel its most scenic roads as we visit the National Parks, explore the rugged coastline and visit some of its most unique sights. You’ll not only discover why Lassen National Park is called a “Mini Yellowstone” and why Redwoods National Park is called the “Land of the Giants,” but you’ll also visit Burney Falls, ride aboard the Skunk Train, see the Victorian mansions in Eureka and explore the charming New England-style village of Mendocino.  

Tour Highlights:

  • Visit Lassen Volcanic National Park, known as “Mini Yellowstone” because of its bubbling mud pots and many geologic sights
  • Visit Redding’s Sundial Bridge and McArthur Burney Falls Memorial State Park to see Burney Falls  the “8th Wonder of the World”
  • Travel from Redding to the Redwood Coast along the spectacular Trinity Scenic Byway, and travel the “Avenue of the Giants” through Humboldt Redwoods State Park
  • Visit Redwoods National Park to walk beneath the giant coast redwoods
  • Tour the Eureka area including Humboldt Bay and Carson Mansion
  • Enjoy two nights on the Mendocino Coast with a ride aboard the famous Skunk Train, a visit to Glass Beach, a docent-guided tour of Point Cabrillo Light Station and time to explore the charming town of Mendocino
  • Visit the historic towns of Petaluma and Chico with a docent-guided tour of  the Victorian-era Bidwell Mansion

Fine Hotels / Great Locations:

  • Night 1-2: Hampton Inn - Redding, CA
  • Nights 3-4: Best Western Humboldt Bay Inn - Eureka, CA
  • Night 5-6: Beachcomber Motel - Fort Bragg, CA
Day By Day Itinerary:
Day 1
Sunday, 9/30/2018 - Arrive in Redding
Optional transfers from home or our departure points will have us at the Los Angeles International Airport this morning for our short, scheduled non-stop flight arriving at the Sacramento International Airport later this morning. Those passengers not taking advantage of the optional group air, should arrive at the Sacramento Airport by 11:00 a.m. Onboard our motorcoach, we’ll continue north through the Sacramento Valley to Chico. In the heart of Chico, Bidwell Mansion State Historical Park stands as an tangible link to the history and legacy of John and Annie Bidwell, two of California’s most significant historical figures. A docent-guided tour will showcase this three-story, 26-room Italianate mansion. Restored to the 1868-1900 historic period and featuring ornate furniture, the mansion represents one of the finest examples of early Victorian-era architecture and a perfect way to step back in time to learn about, and interact with, the 19th century world of the Bidwells. Later this afternoon we arrive in Redding – centrally located in the beautiful Shasta Cascade region and surrounded on three sides by the California Cascades, spectacular Mt. Shasta and the pristine Trinity Alps. Enjoy an included dinner at a locals’ favorite this evening before we begin a two-night stay in Redding.

Day 2
Monday, 10/1/2018 - Lassen National Park & Burney Falls
After an included breakfast this morning, we set out for Lassen Volcanic National Park – known as “Mini Yellowstone” because of its volcanic and hydrothermal features. Filled with lush old-growth forests, clear mountain streams and lakes, bubbling mud pots, hissing fumaroles, remnants of ancient mountains long gone, and the evidence of recent volcanism in the cratered Lassen Peak, the park abounds with cultural and natural history. We’ll make stops at Sulphur Works, Manzanita Lake, Devastated Area and the Visitor Center, and enjoy an included picnic lunch in the Park. This afternoon we continue to McArthur-Burney Falls Memorial State Park to view the spectacular Burney Falls. Unlike most other waterfalls, Burney Falls continues to flow at the same rate all year long – about 100 million gallons of strikingly clear, pure water a day! While it’s neither the highest nor the largest waterfall in California, many consider it to be the most beautiful – in fact Theodore Roosevelt named it the “Eighth Wonder of the World.” Enjoy dinner at leisure this evening in Redding. 
Day 3
Tuesday, 10/2/2018 - Redding to Eureka
Following an included breakfast, we’ll visit Redding’s Sundial Bridge, a beautiful and unique pedestrian bridge that crosses the Sacramento River. Designed by Santiago Calatrava, the Sundial Bridge is an architectural marvel! The glass decked, cable-stayed cantilever suspension bridge reaches 217 feet into the sky, spans 710 feet across the Sacramento River, and forms the world’s largest sundial. We then set off on a spectacular drive “From the Valley Oaks to the Redwood Coast.” Highway 299, better known as Trinity Scenic Byway, traverses a rugged slice of Northern California, snaking past forested mountains, Gold Rush towns, roaring rivers and calm lakes. Along our journey we’ll pass Shasta State Historic Park – site of a 19th century gold mining town, and Whiskeytown Lake. Enjoy time at leisure along Main Street in Weaverville’s Historic District for browsing and lunch on your own. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Weaverville is one of the best-preserved towns from California’s Gold Rush era. This afternoon we arrive in the “Bigfoot Capital” of Willow Creek. Here we’ll visit the Willow Creek-China Flat Museum which preserves signs of Sasquatch through photos, clippings and footprint casts. Later this afternoon we arrive in Eureka to begin a two-night stay. This evening, we venture across the bay to the famous Samoa Cookhouse and Logging Museum and take a step back in time to the early days of the lumber and logging industry. As the last surviving Cookhouse in the west, dinner this evening will be served to you “Lumber Camp” style.
Day 4
Wednesday, 10/3/2018 - Redwoods National Park
Following an included breakfast, we’ll visit the “Land of Giants” at Redwoods National Park. These are some of the largest organisms on earth and can grow to heights over 300 feet and can live to be 2,000 years old. We’ll explore the Visitor Center and get up-close and personal with both stately and bizarre giant Redwoods while exploring via an easy, flat trail. We’ll enjoy an included picnic lunch in the Park. This afternoon we’ll be joined by a local guide for a tour of Eureka and Ferndale highlighting the incredible Victorian mansions. In Eureka we’ll stop to admire the Carson Mansion, originally the home of William Carson – one of Northern California’s first major lumber barons. Regarded as one of the highest executions of Queen Anne-style architecture, the house is considered the grandest Victorian home in America. We continue to the Victorian village of Ferndale, one of the best-preserved enclaves of Victorian architecture on the west coast. Ferndale’s Main Street, lined with ornate Victorian buildings, may look familiar – it has been featured in a number of movies including The Majestic, starring Jim Carrey. Enjoy time at leisure for dinner on your own in Eureka’s Old Town – a meticulously preserved and restored district of unique shops, restaurants and galleries on Humboldt Bay. 
Day 5
Thursday, 10/4/2018 - Eureka to Fort Bragg
After an included breakfast this morning, we continue south along US-101. A highlight of this morning’s drive will be traveling along a portion of the old historic Highway 101, better known as “Avenue of the Giants.” This magnificent 31-mile scenic drive surrounded by Humboldt Redwoods State Park, is home to the largest remaining stand of virgin redwoods in the world. As we wind through the forest along this remarkable drive, the coast redwoods are so close and so tall that they create a dramatic wall of enormous russet trunks rocketing skyward! After a visit to the Humboldt Redwoods State Park Visitor Center, we’ll continue to the small town of Garberville with time at leisure for lunch on your own. We continue south this afternoon to Highway 1 and the historic coastal town of Fort Bragg. Our ocean-front accommodations sit adjacent to MacKerricher State Park and feature epic views of California’s beautiful North Coast. Enjoy an included dinner at a locals’ favorite in Fort Bragg this evening. 
Day 6
Friday, 10/5/2018 - Skunk Train & Mendocino
Following an included breakfast, we’ll visit world-famous Glass Beach, believed to have the highest concentration of sea glass in the world. Later, we’ll board the world-famous “Skunk Train” for a 1-hour, 7 mile journey over tracks laid down in 1885. Departing from Fort Bragg, the train runs alongside the Pudding Creek estuary, where common wildlife sightings include blue heron, egrets, osprey, ducks and turtles. On a docent-guided tour at Point Cabrillo Light Station State Historic Park we’ll explore one of the most complete light stations in America. Built in 1909 to protect lumber schooners plying the coast, the 109-year-old lighthouse – with its British-built Fresnel Lens still operates today. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure exploring the shops and galleries within the charming New England-style village of Mendocino. The Victorian-era architecture here has provided an ideal backdrop for movies and television shows including East of Eden, the Summer of 42’ and Murder She Wrote
Day 7
Saturday, 10/6/2018 - Petaluma & Farewell
Following an included breakfast, we travel south to Petaluma with time at leisure in historic downtown Petaluma – featuring historic architecture, quaint shops and a variety of eateries. This afternoon we continue across San Francisco Bay to the Oakland International Airport for our short, scheduled non-stop evening flight to Los Angeles. Those passengers not taking advantage of the optional group air, should plan to depart the Oakland Airport no earlier than 5:30 p.m. Those with pre-arranged transfers will be returned to their respective drop-off points.
Tour Inclusions:
  • 6 Nights deluxe hotel accommodations
  • 11 Meals: 3 dinner, 2 lunches, 6 breakfasts
  • Comprehensive sightseeing and services of a professional Good Times Travel tour director and local guides
  • Transportation on a deluxe motorcoach
  • Airport-hotel transfers (with purchase of group air)
  • Luggage handling throughout the tour

Additional Information:

  • Join this tour from the following departure points: CON, FV, SBL, LHS and others
  • A deposit of $200 p.p. is required to reserve space
  • Balance payment due 60-90 days prior to departure
  • Roundtrip group airfare available from $295 p.p.
  • Travel protection/cancellation insurance is available and highly recommended
  • Tour Pace: On-the-Go (visit our common questions page for details on activity levels)
  • Activity Level: High (visit our common questions page for details on activity levels)
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