The North Coast: Bodega Bay, Goat Rock Beach, Armstrong Redwood State Park, Korbel Winery
On your private scenic tour of the Sonoma coast you might: Skirt the quaint fishing harbor of Bodega Bay, possibly glimpsing the colorful wind surfers or the winter migrating whales, head out to Bodega Head for a short hike and views of the Bay, the Sonoma and Marin coasts, Pt. Reyes peninsula, Tomales Point and beyond. Return to your hired car and travel north along the breath-taking coastal cliffs to Goat Rock, where you’ll descend to the water level for a closer look at a scenic arch just offshore. Travel south to Tamales Bay and stop in at the town of Inverness for a bit of lunch and talk about the next adventure. The path you are on will lead to the San Francisco north coast to the famous and beautiful Point Reyes National Seashore, the Muir Woods redwoods and the sacred view top of Mount Tamalpais.
Head inland along the beautiful Russian River to Armstrong Redwood State Park to stroll among the towering redwoods before stopping at Korbel Winery for a glass of bubbly to top off your day.
Other spots to consider along the way: Town of Bodega where memorable buildings still stand from Hitchcock’s film The Birds; a stop at Spud Point Crab Co. for a cup of their clam chowder, voted the best in Bodega Bay; Jenner, at the mouth of the Russian River, where sea lions loll on the beach; a picnic along the coast or in the redwoods. These are some great ideas if you are thinking of doing a Sonoma tour.
San Francisco North: Mt. Tamalpais, Muir Woods, Pt. Reyes National Seashore
Start your tour with a view of the entire Bay Area from the top of Mt. Tamalpais. The short circular tour around the top will give you a 360 degree panorama.
Descend the mountain for a stop at Muir Woods, where you’ll gape at the massive redwoods. Head to the coast and the sands of Stinson Beach before heading north to Pt. Reyes National Seashore. Here you can walk the world’s only earthquake trail, tour the Morgan Horse Farm, visit an authentic Native American village currently used for Miwok ceremonies, and spend time in the nature center.
Other stops to consider: Visit Pt. Reyes Lighthouse, built in 1870; search for elephant seals or tule elk at Pt. Reyes with the help of a ranger, browse the shops in the quaint town of Pt. Reyes Station All this can be had on your private scenic tour of the Marin seashore and wilderness area. These all present great choices to add the your customized private scenic tour.
The South Coast: San Juan Bautista, Monterey, Carmel: A trip through California history.
San Juan Bautista: A stroll through California’s largest mission and the charming historic buildings in San Juan Bautista brings home the history of the California peoples, from the Native Americans through the Spanish and Mexican cultural influences right up to the present day.
Travel on to the legendary Cannery Row, immortalized by John Steinbeck and the renowned aquarium in Monterey. End your day with a peek in the boutiques in Carmel and a walk on the white sand beach.
Other stops to consider: Discover Nature’s treasures, man-made splendors and wildlife galore on the famed 17-mile Drive; explore Point Lobos, called “The greatest meeting of land and water in the world;” chow down on a Dirty Harry Burger at Hog’s Breath Inn, Clint Eastwood’s restaurant in Carmel.
San Francisco “The Barbary Coast”: San Francisco at your own pace.
In the 1860s, the “Barbary Coast” of San Francisco was infamous – a part of town named for the North African Coast of the same name – a hotbed of prostitution and vice, “the haunt of the low and the vile of every kind”. We’ll steer you clear of the low and the vile, as we take you to your favorite haunts in The City by the Bay.
The Golden Gate to Cliff House; Golden Gate Park; Twin Towers; the “Painted Lady” Victorians; Union Square; Chinatown; Ferry Building; Fisherman’s Wharf and any other stop that suits your fancy. Our city at your pace.
Other stops to consider: Japanese Tea Garden; Academy of Sciences, (the only museum in the world with a planetarium, aquarium and natural history museum all in one); The Exploratorium, Fort Point (for a great view of the Golden Gate Bridge), Coit Tower, and excellent restaurants too numerous to mention.
San Francisco is an amazing place to many things to see. Getting around is fairly easy but it takes time. If you are interested to have a plan day of site seeing and to get in some of the great landmarks of San Francisco, let us be your guide for a private scenic tour.