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Redwoods Family Multi-Adventure Camping Tour – Teens & Kids

 
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California's North Coast—Redwood Explorations

  • Bike and hike in off-the-beaten-path national and state parks, and among the world's largest remaining stands of virgin redwoods
  • Enjoy a kayak excursion through protected waters teeming with wildlife at Big Lagoon
  • Learn about efforts to preserve and protect the redwoods, whose majestic beauty is a thing to behold
  • Savor tranquil evenings by the campfire with s'mores and games for the kids 

Gaze up. Waaaay up. You're standing among the tallest living things on the planet! There's no doubt—you're in for a treat. Camp among trees that were alive before Leonardo da Vinci. Play on wild beaches amid mesmerizing fog-filtered light. Kayak on a pristine lagoon. Bike among California's redwoods, a peaceful kingdom awaiting your family's discovery. 

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Itinerary

Day 1 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 Walk amid 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  |  Try to wrap your head (and arms!) around the Rockefeller Tree—it's 362 feet tall and 14 feet wide.

Day 3 Get set for an adventure-filled morning at Big Lagoon, an idyllic spot for our kayaking excursion  |  As you glide across the water, survey the shoreline, marshes and surrounding hills for signs of wildlife such as bald eagles and western pond turtles  |  Hike the Rim Trail dwarfed by Douglas fir and Sitka spruce while enjoying striking views of the rocky coastline. 

Days 4-5 Journey to Redwoods National Park for an incredible hike through giant trees to the Pacific Ocean  |  Learn about the redwood ecosystem—these trees typically live more than 500 years, though some have been known to live for more than 2,000  |  Watch for majestic Roosevelt elk grazing in a nearby meadow  |  Kids venture to the beach for Trip Leader-led games and fun activities  |  Indulge in a hearty camp breakfast before saying goodbye.

We knew we would enjoy the activities, the opportunity to spend time in nature and the wonderful food and service. What we didn't expect was that the kids would get along and have the best time playing together even though they ranged in age from 7-14. They kids will now expect all vacations to have 10 other kids to play Capture the Flag!
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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 spacious dome tents comfortably accommodate two adults plus luggage. On Family Trips we provide two adjacent tents for parents and children. Cots with an extra-thick inflatable sleeping pad, sleeping bag and sleep sheet are all provided. Backroads does not supply pillows, so please bring your own. No lighting is provided in your tent, so a small flashlight is essential.

Shuttles

To bring you to our favorite parts of the Redwood Empire, we make liberal use of shuttles on this trip. So although you'll see the inside of the Backroads van on most days and will experience some longer shuttles at the beginning and end of the trip, consider it an opportunity to view some spectacular scenery while resting your legs in preparation for your next activity.

Restroom & Shower 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.
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Albee Creek Campground

Albee Creek Campground

Humboldt Redwoods State Park (2 nights)

Set beside a small creek in the shadow 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 Campground

Patrick's Point State Park (2 nights)

Slumber amid fir trees at this beautiful campground, just steps from a bluff with stunning ocean views.

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There's no better way to find out about Backroads than by hearing it from the people who have traveled with us. For more about the Backroads Experience, read our Guest Testimonials.

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Comments about Redwoods Family Multi-Adventure Camping Tour � Teens & Younger Siblings:

We knew we would enjoy the activities, the opportunity to spend time in nature and the wonderful food and service. What we didn't expect was that the kids would get along and have the best time playing together even though they ranged in age from 7-14. They kids will now expect all vacations to have 10 other kids to play Capture the Flag!

 
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Comments about Redwoods Family Multi-Adventure Camping Tour � Teens & Younger Siblings:

This was an all around amazing trip. My kids, both later teens, and I had the best time. The eating, the hiking and biking, the other families, the scenery, and THE LEADERS all made for such an amazing experience. It is a truly beautiful trip in an incredible part of the world. My kids, who weren't sure how they'd feel about traveling for a week with other families they didn't know, were so sad the trip was over. It was a really really great experience!

 
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Comments about Redwoods Family Multi-Adventure Camping Tour � Teens & Younger Siblings:

Hey, did you know that scenes from Star Wars were filmed in Redwood National and States Parks? You may feel like you've entered another dimension as you're hiking among the ancient giants. It's a thrilling feeling! And thrilling in another way: the opportunity for our kids to understand the people behind these forests who stopped the logging and enacted the protections so that these redwoods are still standing today. A great life lesson.

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Dates & Prices

The earlier you book, the more choice you'll have and the lower your price. And you can always change your mind—you won't be charged to transfer to a different trip before your final payment is due.

Please click on a date below for specific pricing and possible itinerary variations.

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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.

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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 7 300 13 700 25 850
Walking/Hiking 1 0
2 Walking/Hiking 5* 300 10 500
Kids Tie-Dye Activity (2 Hours)
3 Walking/Hiking 3 200
Kayaking Humboldt Lagoons State Park (2 Hours)
4 Walking/Hiking 2* 200 5 500 11 1300
Kids Fun on the Beach
5 Walking/Hiking 2 200
 

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* Includes shuttle.

Learn more about how we determine our activity levels and fully support a range of abilities and interests.

Please note that our distance and elevation figures come from Ride with GPS. Other sources (such as Map My Ride and Garmin devices) may give differing elevation figures due to different GPS and mapping technologies. Readings from a Garmin or a smart phone are influenced by other factors such as air pressure.

Why Travel with Backroads in Northern California

The Land of the Giants

Our Trip Designer grew up among the redwoods of Humboldt County. Today, he still feels the magic he felt as a kid, exploring these 2,000-year-old forests – and he’s captured that spirit in a unique family adventure. Whether you’re biking along the Avenue of Giants, hiking forest and shoreline trails, or spotting bald eagles from your kayak in Humboldt Lagoons, you experience this land of giants with the wonder of a child.

A Second Van When You Need It

Backroads is the only active travel company providing two support vans in Northern California—because we know it's essential to ensure a truly great travel experience. It doubles our ability to be there when you need us to offer hydration, lighten your load or give you a lift if it's time to take a break. Read more on why two vans make all the difference.

No One Else Camps Like This

Only Backroads offers our style of Deluxe Camping in Northern California. Whether you're a first-timer or an old pro, you'll love how we immerse you in spectacular surroundings—and look after all the chores. Enjoy a great meal by the fire with interesting companions, then a peaceful night on your comfortable cot. Here's more on how we do the great outdoors.

More Leaders to Support You

On our Northern California trips we have an extra leader supporting you along the road and trail—for a total of three, compared to the industry standard two. So we can be in more places at once, giving personal attention to guests traveling at their own pace. Here's more on our Trip Leaders.

Custom-Designed Bikes for Kids

Only Backroads provides bikes specifically designed for younger riders. Find out more information on all of our kids' bikes and optional accessories. And check out Tom Hale's blog post about biking with your kids.

Our Superb Bikes Included

A great bike is obviously critical for a great multi-adventure trip; you don't want to gamble on one that's been sourced locally to trim costs. This trip features our acclaimed Backroads Custom Titanium bikes, expertly tuned and fitted, and included in your trip price. Learn why our titanium bikes are ideal for most riders.

We Were Born Here (in 1979)

Backroads has been inviting active travelers to explore our own backyard since Jimmy Carter was in the White House. We offer more trips than anyone else in Northern California, and we've spent more years finding the best ones. What keeps it real is having a consistent vision and the same passionately committed leadership for nearly four decades.

Leaders Focused on Families

When everyone's together, there's lots going on; and when kids' and adults' priorities diverge, it can seem like two different trips. That's why our Family Adventures in Northern California have three Trip Leaders—including a dedicated Kids Activity Expert who regularly takes younger travelers off to do their own thing. Other companies try to get by with two leaders; we step up and do it right. For more on our family focus, check this out.

We Invented the Multi-Adventure Trip

After more than 30 years of creating Backroads Multi-Adventures, our trip designers know how to blend the perfect balance of biking and hiking with other activities to showcase the best of a region. And then they arrange the seamless transitions that would be so hard to orchestrate on your own—adding dimensions to your trip that are exciting, inspiring and just plain fun.

Time Together, Time Apart

Backroads is the leader in designing trips that ensure everyone, young and young-at-heart alike, has an amazing time. Your Backroads Family Adventure balances family activities with diversions designed exclusively for the kids—giving the adults a welcome break from making decisions, other than choosing whether to explore a few more miles or just enjoy each other's company. A family vacation where everyone gets to relax, recharge and have fun – what a concept!

The Best Leaders in Northern California

Backroads has the best-qualified people to lead your trip in Northern California, and our guests back that up, rating our Trip Leaders an average of 9.75 out of 10 for all-around quality of performance. Get the facts (and no fluff) on how we recruit and develop the very best people for your trip.

Plenty of Kids on Your Trip

It may be hard to imagine being on a family trip with no other families on it—but it happens regularly with some companies. On a Backroads Family Adventure there are typically several families on each departure, creating more opportunities for your kids to make new friends as they try fun things together – which is a big part of the experience.

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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. You can pick from the selection of dates below for your group of 16 or more. If your party has fewer than 16 guests, or your preferred date is not available, call or email us and we'll work together to find a trip just for you.

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