We flew with Air New Zealand via Auckland to San Francisco. Service during the flight was great. Once we got to San Francisco we picked up our cars and drove a few hours with a pit stop at In N Out Burger of course. Our first stop for a one night stay at Mariposa Lodge which is a small town which plenty or charm.
The next day we got back into our cars and drove to our next destination Yosemite. Today was day of adventure which started of with a 2 hour bus tour of Yosemite National Park and its wonders that were breathtakingly beautiful, lunch at Base Camp to keep us going. We got to have a quick tour of Ahwahee Hotel which can you believe was hand built.
We hopped back into our cars for a short drive to our accommodation for the night at Tenaya Lodges we stayed in the Explorer Cabins, such cosy and roomy cabins. On arrival we were greeted with a nice warm camp fire and plenty of drinks to warm us up for the night. Dinner was at the Jackalopes Bar and Grill the food and service were great.
A new day and a new destination to drive too… next stop was Lake Tahoe, the drive was a longer one but we had the open road and mountains to keep us going. We stayed in Lake Tahoe for three night at Tahoe Lake shore Lodge and Spa. The room had direct shore line views of the lake. We were greeted by the lovely Tony who provided us with a Lake Tahoe goodie bag to enjoy during our stay. Dinner tonight was at the ECHO fireside room hosted by Tony at Lake Tahoe Resort which we also got to have a quick tour of the hotel before dinner began.
The next day I woke up extra early to watch the sunrise on Lake Tahoe the colours and the peacefulness made it extra special. After breakfast we were off to Emerald Bay. A short 1 mile hike down to the Bay, however the hike back up felt like 5 haha. I can say we all got our Instagram shot while we were there, we also go to see Mrs Lora Knights Castle and Tea House. Next stop was our cruise M.S. Dixie II for an enjoyable lunch and cruise around Emerald Bay. Tonight’s entertainment was dinner at Hard Rock Hotel and a Magic after Dark Show at the Loft, we all left the show thinking how did he do that!
Our final bay before our flight home was a relaxed day spent shopping at Folsom Premium Outlets most of shopped till we dropped. There was plenty of variety of shops to go into. A quick pit stop while on the drive to the airport at Pier 39 to experience the fun and games the Pier has to offer, saw Alcatraz in the distance, some more last minute gifts.
Overall the road trip was a great was to see such amazing places. I would definitely do it again. Highlight would have to be Lake Tahoe.
A huge thanks to Gate 7 for organizing the road trip and itravel for allowing us to go along for the trip.