Trips and Vacations Ideas for Memorial Day Weekend

Planning a weekend getaway this Memorial Day?

Trips and Vacations for 2017 Memorial Day Weekend
Niagara Falls Aerial View, Canadian Horseshoe Falls from the top, Ontario, Canada

Memorial Day is a holiday in the United States for remembering and honoring all the Americans who died while serving in the country’s armed forces.
Many families and volunteers visit cemeteries and memorials. Many of them place an American flag on each grave in national cemeteries, particularly to honor those who have died in military service.

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Best Places to See Giant Redwoods from San Francisco

Best Places to See Giant Redwoods from San Francisco

Best Places to See Giant Redwoods from San Francisco
Giant Redwoods at Sequoia National Park

For many, seeing Giant Redwoods is the highlight of their trip to San Francisco. And we completely get it! The San Francisco Bay Area is the perfect starting point for visiting these giant trees because there are so many different options within proximity of the city, “but  what are really the best places to see Giant Redwoods from San Francisco? 

The U.S. west coast is home to two species of evergreen redwoods and my guests are always keen to learn about the different types. Now, pay attention! There are the Coastal redwoods and the Giant Sequoia redwoods. Their geographic ranges do not overlap so pick your favorite to visit (or visit both!).

Sequoia National Park

Best Places to See Giant Redwoods from San Francisco
Sign to the entrance of Sequoia National Park, California.

The Giant Sequoias grow inland on mountain ranges or close to them and on elevations of 5,000 to 7,000 feet. They need dry summer heat but also the water from the snowmelt in spring to survive. The Giant Sequoias differ in size and shape from their coastal brothers. They are the bigger one with huge trunks. The most well known in this family is probably the General Sherman tree in Sequoia National Park whose trunk has a circumference of 102 feet (it is only 275 feet tall). It’s estimated weight of 2.7 million pounds makes it the world’s largest living organism. How cool is that?

The Coastal redwoods, however, grow, as the name suggests, along the northern California coast. They need the moist, humid but cool climate that can so often be found here. These types of trees need elevations below 1,000 feet. The tallest coastal redwood tree is the Hyperion tree north of Eureka, CA with 379.7 feet in height. Also, did you know that this type of tree has way softer needles than the bigger brother? Feel them both!

Yosemite National Park

Best Places to See Giant Redwoods from San Francisco
Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias

So, now that you know about the different types you can see from San Francisco, you probably wonder once again, “but what are really the best places” to see them? Well, in our opinion, the best place to see the Giant Sequoias from San Francisco is the Tuolumne Grove in Yosemite National Park. So awesome! Many people don’t know that you can visit Yosemite in just a day from San Francisco (hey, it’s just a 4 hour drive!) and it’s awesome and worth it to gaze up into the canopy of those Giants and don’t think of anything else. Just be aware that the Summer months are super busy in Yosemite and parking to see these wonders of nature might be really difficult. Also, if you are not used to driving that far and that long, including windy mountain roads, you can always join one of the guided tours that travel there few times a week!  Visit the following link for more info https://www.taketours.com/san-francisco-ca/sf-to-yosemite-and-sequoia-1-day-tour-139-297.html

Muir Woods National Monument

Best Places to See Giant Redwoods from San Francisco
Funny men against a Giant Sequoia

But there is also Muir Woods National Monument, just about 1 hour north of San Francisco, which is home to the coastal redwoods. Be aware, parking is even more limited and they are starting to introduce a parking reservation system in 2018 to limit cars into the area even more. If you prefer a more relaxed experience, check one of the Muir Woods Expedition tours! Sit back, relax and enjoy the ride! Visit the following link for more info https://www.taketours.com/san-francisco-ca/bay-in-a-day-with-muir-woods-from-san-francisco-839-5878.html

Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Reserve

Best Places to See Giant Redwoods from San Francisco
Up close with an old huge Redwood Sequoia tree in a beautiful landscape

Another option to see Coastal Redwoods not too far away from the city, is the Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Reserve, very popular among locals and tourists and it’s just 2 hours north of San Francisco.

So what are you waiting for?  Find out what makes these Redwood trees so special and unforgettable! Visit the following link for more information: https://www.taketours.com/san-francisco-ca/yosemite-and-sequoia-with-alcatraz-combo-tour-from-san-francisco-839-1119.html

What to Pack for a Perfect Yellowstone Trip

Do you know what to pack for that perfect Yellowstone trip?

What to Pack for a Perfect Yellowstone Trip
Yellowstone-Midway Geyser Basin

For those who crave adventure in the great outdoors, Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming is a paradise. It was the very first national park in the United States, covering over 3,000 square miles of majestic wilderness and attracting over 3 million visitors every year.

There are many possible accommodations in the park, depending on your personal needs. Anyone who is ready to answer the call of the wild with a resounding, Yes! can get the full Yellowstone experience by pitching a tent at one of the many campgrounds. On the other side of the coin, for those who love the outdoors, but want a warm, comfortable bed to sleep in, there are fantastic lodges in the park, available all year round.

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Celebrate Summer with an East Coast Tour

East Coast Tour: Where To Go And What To Do This Summer Season

Celebrate Summer with an East Coast Tour
Niagara Falls Aerial View, Canadian Horseshoe Falls from the top, Ontario, Canada

Most of us agree that the summer season is one of the best times to travel. Mother Nature has finally decided to grace us with beautiful summer weather; you don’t want to miss the opportunity to travel this season. Are you still deciding where to go this summer? You may want to consider traveling on the East Coast, which contains some of the most historically significant cities in America, not to mention some of the top destinations to go on a vacation. We are here to bring you our top recommendations!

Celebrate Summer with an East Coast Tour
Onboard of Maid of the Mist

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Grand Canyon Tours Reviews: Why You Should Visit

Why should you take a tour to the Grand Canyon?

Grand Canyon Tours Reviews: Why You Should Visit
Customer Review

Considered one of the seven natural wonders of the world, the Grand Canyon was carved over 17 million years by the Colorado River. This breathtaking, 18-mile-long canyon has been stunning visitors for hundreds of years and is considered sacred by Native Americans.

And did you know that you could take a tour to Grand Canyon from different cities in the U.S? Among these cities we have: Los Angeles, Las Vegas, San Francisco, Salt Lake City, Denver, and Seattle.

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