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Redwood Empire Family Multisport Tour New!

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  • An otherworldly adventure in off-the-beaten-path national and state parks
  • Bike and hike among the world's largest remaining stands of virgin redwoods
  • Enjoy a kayak excursion through protected waters teeming with wildlife
  • Learn about efforts to preserve and protect the redwoods
  • Savor tranquil nights amid coastal meadows and ancient canopies

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Giant Trees, Beaches & Ocean on California's North Coast

It may take a while for reality to sink in. But as you gaze way up, it's soon clear you're standing among the tallest living things on the planet! Welcome to Redwood National Park - your family is in for a treat. Camp among 300-foot-tall trees that were alive before Leonardo da Vinci. Hike a canyon smothered in ferns. Play on wild beaches amid magical fog-filtered light. Kayak on a pristine lagoon. Bike shaded roads with nothing but the sound of your own breathing and your freewheel buzzing. California's redwoods - a peaceful kingdom awaiting your family's discovery. 

Straight Talk We want to make sure you're on the right trip and that you have the best experience possible. Every Backroads trip is unique and this one is no exception. Read the Straight Talk

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We want to make sure you're on the right trip and that you have the best experience possible. Every Backroads trip is unique and this one is no exception.

Tents & Sleeping Essentials

Our roomy four-person dome tents accommodate two adults and two small children snugly, without luggage. Sleeping bag, sleep sheet and an extra-thick inflatable sleeping pad are all provided to make sleeping on the ground more comfortable. Backroads does not supply pillows, so please bring your own. No lighting is provided in your tent, so a small flashlight is essential.

Restroom Facilities

Restroom facilities are available at each campground. The restroom floors can be wet, so be sure to bring flip-flops! We also recommend bringing a hanging toiletry bag since space is limited and surfaces are wet. Be advised that outlets and mirrors are few. Backroads does not supply towels, so please be sure to pack your own.

Straight Talk
We want to make sure you're on the right trip and that you have the best experience possible. Every Backroads trip is unique and this one is no exception.

Tents & Sleeping Essentials

Our roomy four-person dome tents accommodate two adults and two small children snugly, without luggage. Sleeping bag, sleep sheet and an extra-thick inflatable sleeping pad are all provided to make sleeping on the ground more comfortable. Backroads does not supply pillows, so please bring your own. No lighting is provided in your tent, so a small flashlight is essential.

Restroom Facilities

Restroom facilities are available at each campground. The restroom floors can be wet, so be sure to bring flip-flops! We also recommend bringing a hanging toiletry bag since space is limited and surfaces are wet. Be advised that outlets and mirrors are few. Backroads does not supply towels, so please be sure to pack your own.

Itinerary

Day 1 Prepare for a jaw-dropping new perspective!  Riding beneath the colossal trees along the Avenue of Giants is a magical way to kick off the trip In Humboldt Redwoods State Park, hike at Founder's Grove amid some of the planet's oldest residents The natural history of the mighty redwood comes to life at the park's visitor center.

Day 2 Bike into a prehistoric world, witnessing Bull Creek's primordial old-growth redwoods, breathtaking in age and beauty The Rockefeller Forest is truly an extraordinary sight - probably the most impressive stand of Sequoia sempervirens on Earth In Redwood National Park, try to wrap your head (and arms!) around Big Tree - it's 304 feet tall and 20 feet wide Kids make tie-dyed souvenirs.

Day 3 Charming Ferndale, with its splendid Victorian-style architecture, art galleries and antique stores, invites you to step back in time  Enjoy a gentle ride along rolling farm-studded hills as you head out from Scotia, a town originally owned by the Pacific Lumber Company The hike along Perimeter Trail offers dramatic ocean views.

Day 4 Walk from Patrick's Point through lush ferns, salmonberry and salal  Kayak in Humboldt Lagoons State Park and scan the trees and marshes to spot shorebirds, and maybe a magnificent bald eagle or peregrine falcon  Looking to flex a cycling muscle or two? Pedal the Newton B. Drury National Scenic Byway, perhaps choosing to challenge yourself on the climb up Cal Barrel Road.

Days 5-6 Hike through a remarkable slot canyon with walls blanketed in ferns and mosses Keep an eye out for majestic Roosevelt elk that often graze in a nearby meadow  Explore the beach near Fern Canyon before an afternoon hike to a forest waterfall Who's up for a game of tic-tac-toe on the sand?

Deluxe Camping

Albee Creek Campground

Humboldt Redwoods State Park (2 nights) Set beside a small creek in the shadows of old-growth redwoods, this North Coast gem is considered one of the best-kept secrets in California.

Patrick's Point Campground

Patrick's Point State Park (1 night) Slumber amid fir trees at this beautiful campground, just steps from a bluff with stunning ocean views.

Elk Prairie Campground

Prairie Creek Redwood State Park (2 nights) This tranquil campground nestles in next to a large open prairie, where the ochre grasses are often visited by grazing elk.

Guest Reviews About This Trip

Soak up the silence and grandeur of forests unlike any other in the world, where fern-carpeted groves and enormous ancient trees transport you back to prehistoric times. Enjoy the misty and dramatic coastline, abundant wildlife and crystal-clear rivers of this rural area. Bike through picturesque farming towns that have changed little over the years. If you're looking to reconnect with your family while getting in touch with the majesty of Mother Nature, this is your trip.
Riley Pearce- Regional Manager, North America

Trip Dates & Prices

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2015 FAMILY DATES
June 2015
July 2015
August 2015

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This Trip Is Rated Level 1-3

Routes For All Abilities
Every Backroads trip is designed to appeal to a wide variety of interests and fitness levels. We know your pace may vary from one day to the next-and your traveling companion's may differ somewhat from yours. So we present a range of mileage options, and each day you decide exactly what and how much you want to do.

Daily Route Options
Day Activity EASYGOING ACTIVE AVID
Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 4 Level 5
miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain
1 Biking 10 500
Walking/Hiking 1 0
2 Walking/Hiking 6* 300 11 500
Kids Tie-Dye Activity (2 Hours)
3 Biking 10* 100
Biking 20 800
Walking/Hiking 4 200
4 Biking 7 100
Biking 12 1200
Kayaking Humboldt Lagoons State Park (1.5 Hours)
5 Walking/Hiking 2 200 6 200 12 300
Kids Fun on the Beach
6 Other Conclusion of the Trip
 
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* Includes a shuttle

Private Trips Options & Pricing

Gather your favorite people to share a Backroads adventure on a ready-to-book Private Trip - featuring all the legendary Backroads hallmarks from expert leaders to unforgettable activities.

All Private Camping trips require a minimum of 16 guests. Call us for date availability.

Pricing for Private Trips (prices may vary based on departure date)

2015

8 - 9 guests from $2,798 pp dbl. occ. 12 or more guests from $1,998 pp dbl. occ.
10 - 11 guests from $2,298 pp dbl. occ.

Youth savings do not apply to Private Trips.

For 35 years, Backroads has been perfecting the art of active travel. We are the California tour experts. See our award-winning USA multisport tours, USA biking tours and USA walking and hiking tours.

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