California has called to adventurers for generations. It is truly a state of extremes. Home to both the highest and lowest points in the continental US, the ecosystems of California range from enchanting and remote deserts to rugged, snow-covered mountains.
Our trips will take you to some of the most iconic destinations in America as you learn about the fascinating history and ecology of the great frontier.
Yosemite National Park
The unmistakable Yosemite valley has inspired artists, writers, and naturalists for decades. Encounter the granite cliffs, massive waterfalls, and alpine meadows of America’s most popular park.
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks
The largest living trees on the planet stand like sentinels throughout Sequoia National Park, guarding the entrance to the rugged and remote Kings Canyon. Wander through groves of giants and discover one of the Sierra’s best kept secrets.
Joshua Tree National Park
Joshua Tree National Park features two distinct desert ecosystems and is home to a variety of unusual plants and animals. The geology here is also unique, having been shaped by wind and rain, making it a popular destination for rock climbers. Venture into the desert for an unforgettable journey in any season.
Northern California’s coastal redwood giants can grow to be as tall as the Statue of Liberty. Endemic only to the state’s northern coast, these magnificent trees are a sight to behold. Learn about this fascinating ecosystem and marvel at their scale.