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Ultimate California adventure with Rannvijay

An inspiration to all, Reality TV Star Rannvijay Singh Singha loves sports, adventure and getting outdoors. Follow his amazing journey as he takes adventure level to the core by exploring Northern California. After flying into San Francisco and exploring thrill in the city he heads out on a three hours’ drive to Lake Tahoe and then to Sacramento to explore this amazing city and attend a live NBA game.

Check out his road trip itinerary below, or follow our map directions, and see outdoor enthusiast Rannvijay Singh Singha spreading his mantra of being adventurous in life!!

Day 1: San Francisco

Morning: - Visit Chase Center, new home venue for the Golden State Warriors of the NBA. Stroll around Fisherman’s wharf and taste local seafood. Walk along Pier 39 and watch Sea lions with an amazing background view of Alcatraz and the Golden Gate Bridge.

Afternoon: - Take Segway Tour and enjoy riding through famous locations including Clarion Alley, Russian Hill and Lombard Street.

Evening: - Visit the Golden Gate Bridge and check out the panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean, Alcatraz, and San Francisco City.

Dinner: - Grab pre-dinner cocktails and a delicious meal at Cityscape, Hilton.

Stay at: - Hilton, San Francisco

 

Day 2: San Francisco >> Lake Tahoe (Distance: 312 Km, Time: 3 hours 20 minutes)

Morning: - Head off early and travel three hours to South Lake Tahoe.

Afternoon: - Go for a hiking trail in the Van Sickle Bi-State Park and enjoy the wonderful views of Lake Tahoe Basin and The Sierra.  

Evening: - Walk around and explore Heavenly Village.

Dinner: - Enjoy dinner on the deck at Riva Grill.

Stay at: - The Landing Resort and Spa, South Lake Tahoe

 

Day 3: Lake Tahoe

Morning: - Head to Lakeside Marina and indulge in water sport activities like Kayaking, jet ski, paragliding etc.

Afternoon: - Board the Safari Rose that offers three hours guided historic tour of the south and west shores of Lake Tahoe with a hearty gourmet lunch in the heart of Emerald Bay.

Evening: - Explore South lake Tahoe.

Dinner: - Savor local American flavours at Jimmy’s Restaurant.

Stay at: - The Landing Resort and Spa, South Lake Tahoe

 

Day 4: Lake Tahoe >> Sacramento (Distance: 177 Km, Time: 2 hours 10 minutes)

Morning: - Depart from South lake Tahoe towards Sacramento. In between visit Gold Bug Mine in Placerville for a gold mine tour.

Afternoon: - Enjoy lunch at Delta King Riverboat and head for Old Sacramento Tour including “Old West” costumed docent from Sacramento History Museum.

Evening: - Walk around Sacramento Downtown Plaza, explore Getta Clue Store, premier streetwear and sneaker boutique.

Dinner: - Enjoy cocktails at the rooftop pool bar at Sawyer Kimpton followed by dinner at Zocalo Mexican Restaurant.

Stay at: - Kimpton Sawyer Hotel, Sacramento

 

Day 5: Sacramento

Morning: - Head for a guided paddleboard yoga session at Willow Creek Recreation Area with the coach of Summer Ward of “Seasons of Summer.”

Afternoon: - Brunch at Restaurant Canon with Michelin - starred chefs.

Evening: - Head out for a bike (electric jump bike) ride through Fab ’40s and midtown neighbourhoods.

Dinner: - Enjoy dinner and tour at Urban Roots Brewing & Smokehouse with a hoop set-up in the restaurant owned by a pro basketball player from Europe. Also, check out some great murals.

Stay at: - Kimpton Sawyer Hotel, Sacramento

 

Day 6: Sacramento

Morning: - Head out for a journey into the past at California State Railroad Museum Tour.

Afternoon: - Meet the Sacramento Kings at the Golden 1 Center before an exciting game.

Evening: - WatchCalifornia Classic basketball tournament Live at Golden 1 Center and attend a T-Pain concert as well.

Stay at: - Kimpton Sawyer Hotel, Sacramento

Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco
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Fisherman’s Wharf

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Fisherman’s Wharf
Get your fill of seafood, sourdough, sea lions, and souvenirs

One of the most visited neighborhoods in the city, San Francisco’s Fisherman’s Wharf has earned its popularity thanks to one thing more than any other: a wide array of restaurants, right on the water, serving up fresh-from-the-ocean seafood. And yes, there really are fishermen there. Bobbing at the docks are a handful of weathered boats, and they still chug out to catch Dungeness crab, scallops, halibut and other seafood in and around the bay, as they have for over a century.

Want to witness it all happening, with all five senses? Early risers can watch them unload their catch at Pier 47, nicknamed Fish Alley. Or sleep in and just sample the catch: Try fresh crab cooked in steaming cauldrons set up on sidewalks here—cracked crab dipped in melted butter and paired with a fresh loaf of local sourdough is a delicious San Francisco tradition. And if you like buying kitschy souvenirs (who doesn’t need a “can of fog” or a foam crab-claw headdress?) then you have found your mecca in Fisherman’s Wharf.

"Stroll to Pier 39 for more seafood eateries, shops, street performers, and the area’s noisiest residents: a barking and bellowing throng of sea lions."

Other attractions—the San Francisco Dungeon, with its spooky take on San Francisco history, and the antique arcade games at Musée Mécanique are fun diversions too. At the San Francisco branch of Madame Tussaud’s, you can plot your own virtual jailbreak: Its escape-room experience Alcatraz: The Breakout challenges guests to think their way out of the legendary prison. The rest of the popular wax museum features likenesses of movie stars, historic figures, and Bay Area royalty such as Jerry Garcia, Steph Curry, and Mark Zuckerberg. 

Stroll to Pier 39 for more seafood eateries, shops, street performers, and the area’s noisiest residents: a barking and bellowing throng of sea lions who have turned some of Pier 39’s floating docks into a sea lion beach party. Knowledgeable aquarists from Pier 39’s Aquarium of the Bay are on hand 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily (weather permitting) to answer questions about the hefty pinnipeds (bulls can weigh nearly half a ton).

Ferries to Alcatraz and Angel Island State Park are based at Fisherman’s Wharf’s Pier 33 and make a wonderful day trip for families. Kids also love exploring the historic ships and the USS Pampanito, a World War II submarine, all part of the National Maritime Museum (at nearby Hyde Street Pier). If they’ve still got too much energy, have them work it off on a walk east along the beautiful, bay-hugging Embarcadero to The Exploratorium hands-on science center at Pier 15. Finish this perfect day with double scoops at Humphrey Slocombe ice cream at the adjacent Ferry Building Marketplace.

Insider tips: There are several parking lots and garages nearby; most Fisherman’s Wharf businesses open around 9 a.m. and remain open until at least 10 p.m.

 

 

 

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Spotlight: Lake Tahoe

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Majestic peaks encircle a turquoise-blue, year-round playground

Blue as a topaz and circled by majestic peaks, this High Sierra gem straddling the California-Nevada border is a bucket-list essential. Where else...

Gold Bug Mine Sign in Placerville, California
Gold Bug Mine by Caitlin Childs/Flickr

Placerville

Placerville
See old and new in this historic Gold Rush town

You can learn a lot about a place from its name. Placerville, at the junction of Highways 49 and 50, started out as Dry Diggins, a nod to the old mining technique of using water to sift gold nuggets from dry soil. In 1849, a year after the discovery of gold in nearby Coloma sparked the Gold Rush, the settlement became known as Hangtown, a graphic reference to the Wild West justice that was meted out here.

In 1854, the town took on the more amiable name of Placerville, commemorating the gold placer deposits found in local riverbeds and hills. While it has long been a popular stop for travelers heading to Lake Tahoe’s south shore, it has even more appeal these days, with sophisticated shops like Dedrick’s, focusing on artisanal cheeses, tempting you to stay and browse a while. You could even take your cheese selection and have a picnic on the grounds of historic Gold Bug Park, where you can also take a self-guided audio tour or a guided group tour of a mid-19th-century gold mine.

A fifteen-minute drive away is Wakamatsu Farm, the original site of the Wakamatsu Tea and Silk Farm Colony, the first Japanese settlement in North America. Now on the National Register of Historic Places, it traces its history back to 1869, when 22 samurai and their families emigrated to establish what was the first tea and silk farm in California. Two-hour docent-led tours of the farm are available during events, when the site is open to visitors, or just wander the beautiful grounds and have a picnic. Each June, the site hosts a celebration of Japanese heritage, arts, and cuisine in California.

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Spotlight: Sacramento

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Golden past, bright future

Like many cities, California’s state capitol is undergoing an energetic renaissance. Young adults looking for an urban vibe are moving into this...

California State Railroad Museum

California State Railroad Museum

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California State Railroad Museum
Climb aboard restored railroad cars at this family favorite

Consistently ranked as one of the best railroad museums in the country, the expansive California State Railroad Museum in Sacramento presents 21 meticulously restored “iron horse” locomotives, plus period-perfect railway cars, many open for one-of-a-kind walk-throughs. Incredible attention to detail—authentic china and silverware in dining cars, velvet and finery in the Pullman sleeping cars, a charmingly stubby wooden caboose—give you a sense of what it was like to travel by train before cars became king.

Numerous exhibits detail the ways that railroads shaped the lives, economy, culture, and history of the Golden State. Kids will enjoy being able to step aboard Pullman-style sleeping cars, a dining car filled with railroad china, and a replica of a railway post office. There’s even a high-speed train simulator that allow visitors to feel what it’s like to pilot a modern high-speed train. Guided tours of the museum are offered daily and special events include the “Spookomotive Train Ride“ on weekends in October and a winter holiday train ride, complete with a visit from a gift-bearing Santa, in November and December.

On spring and summer weekends (April–September), the museum offers excursion rides every hour on the popular Sacramento Southern Railroad, which chugs along the banks of the Sacramento River right through Old Sacramento. Take in the view from a first-class observation car, a closed coach, or an open-air gondola (guess which one kids like best).