Experience the hidden gems of the Golden State as you venture through its diverse landscape and incredible scenery. From the Sierra Nevada Mountains to Yosemite National Park and the cliff-lined beaches in Santa Cruz, embark on an adventure you will never forget. Whether it’s whitewater rafting, kayaking in Monterey Bay or biking by the Golden Gate Bridge, these activities are sure to get your heart racing. To top it off – you’ll be with incredible leaders and make new friends that will feel like family in no time. This California Adventure program is perfect for teens seeking the thrill of a lifetime!
About This Program
What It's Like
Experience thrilling activities in a smaller, tight-knit travel group.
Includes breakfast and dinner daily.
Includes all recreation & activities listed.
Travel in passenger vans driven by our staff.
Up to 24 participants.
• Whitewater raft the rapids of the American River.
• Sea kayak the beautiful Monterey Bay.
• Learn to surf with professional lessons in Santa Cruz.
• Rock climb in Yosemite National Park.
• Waterski, wakeboard, kneeboard or tube Lake Tahoe.
• Visit Fisherman’s Wharf, Pier 39 and the Golden Gate Bridge.
• 4-person Surrey Bike the coastline of the Monterey Peninsula.
• Soak up the sun at the beach.
• Marvel at the giant sequoia trees as you hike through Mariposa Grove.
• Be amazed by Yosemite Falls as you admire North America’s tallest waterfall.
• Zipline through the Sierra Nevada Mountains for extraordinary views.
• Explore the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk at night for some seaside entertainment.
Fly to San Francisco, where your orientation officially begins with some of our favorite icebreakers and “get to know you” activities. Hop on a famous cable car for a ride to Lombard Street and enjoy beautiful views of the city skyline from the hilly streets. Explore Pier 39 and see its famous residents (the sea lions) before having dinner near Fisherman’s Wharf.
Soar through the picturesque Sierra Nevada Mountains on a thrilling zipline adventure. Take on the rapids as you whitewater raft the American River. Enjoy a day trip to beautiful Lake Tahoe where you can unwind under the California sunshine and go waterskiing, wakeboarding or tubing with professional instructors.
Venture deeper into the Sierra Nevada Mountains as you travel to Yosemite National Park, famous for its giant ancient sequoia trees. Hike for fantastic views of North America’s tallest waterfall, Yosemite Falls. Spruce up your rock climbing skills with professional mountaineering guides. Look in awe at the giant sequoias trees in Mariposa Grove.
Four-person surrey bike the coastline of the Monterey Peninsula with spectacular views of the water! Enjoy dinner and an evening surprise at Cannery Row.
Learn to surf with professional instructors. Get ready to sea kayak in the beautiful Monterey Bay before heading to the Wharf for lunch. Enjoy dinner in Downtown Santa Cruz before exploring the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk at night for some seaside entertainment.
Visit the Golden Gate Bridge for spectacular views of Alcatraz and the Bay. Spend the afternoon on a leisurely bike ride exploring the city.
Say farewell to your new friends as you part ways for your return home. The summer might be over, but all the memories you’ve made will last a lifetime!
San Francisco, California
After a day of seeing all the San Francisco sights, enjoy spacious accommodations in this all-suite hotel where a separate living area and bedroom are standard features. The Embassy Suites San Francisco also has an indoor heated pool and fitness center.
Sierra Nevada Mountains, California
The Best Western Plus Placerville Inn features an authentic “mountain” feel, with all the amenities you need for a comfortable stay. In your free time, you can relax in the pool and hot tub or workout at the fitness center.
Yosemite National Park, California
The Yosemite Westgate Lodge is a modern hotel offering easy access to the world-renowned natural treasure, Yosemite National Park. Hang out with your new friends in the outdoor pool and hot tub.
Surrounded by the breathtaking California Coast and Monterey Bay, the Rosedale Innis a contemporary hotel with a laid-back West Coast vibe.
Santa Cruz, California
The spectacular 2000-acre campus of the University of California Santa Cruz is nestled among the redwoods at the base of the Santa Cruz Mountains overlooking Monterey Bay. The campus is a local attraction in and of itself with modern facilities that will impress.
Flight to San Francisco, California This trip begins with your flight to San Francisco, California. We help you coordinate your flight to arrive within designated times so that we may greet you upon arrival. For participants from the New York area, we offer a chaperoned flight that leaves from the New York area. One of our summer leaders and staff from our office will be at the airline counter to greet you, introduce you to fellow travelers, help you to check-in and the leader will be with you from check-in onward.
Return Flight Home from San Francisco, California For your return home from San Francisco, California, we head to the airport for morning flights. Our leaders help you to check-in and remain in the airport until flights in designated times have departed. For those from the New York area, we offer a chaperoned flight.
Food and Meals Eating well while away from home is an important part of a summer’s success. We understand how it helps our travelers feel secure, happy and looking forward to their day.
We have satisfied the choosiest of eaters and gladly accommodate most special dietary requests including vegetarian, anaphylactic food allergies, lactose intolerance, celiac disease, and kosher style. We welcome discussing your individual requirements with you and have extensive experience in this area.
Laundry You will only need to bring one week’s worth of clothing as outlined in the packing list that will be sent to you prior to departure. We visit local laundromats weekly and we will supply the detergent and dryer sheets. Don’t worry if you’ve never done laundry before, we’ll show you the ropes. Parents, we know the thought of your children doing laundry is making you smile!
What’s Included Included in your program tuition is all lodging, breakfast and dinner daily, recreation & entertainment listed, airport transfers in designated times, gratuities & taxes.
Not included is transportation to and from the program, lunches, snacks, personal spending money for souvenirs, and laundry. We also make available optional travel insurance that is not included, but highly recommended.
Please contact us with any questions. We are happy to hear from you!