Exploring the Californian countryside

With whales and dolphins splashing about in the Pacific Ocean and black bears, bobcats and Mule deer wandering about Yosemite, California is a place teeming with incredible wildlife. Not only does it boast a beautiful array of animals but the scenery is pretty spectacular too with forests full of giant redwoods, waterfalls cascading into deep valleys and desolate deserts stretching into the distance. But where are the best places to go for those looking to get back to nature?

Whale watching

There is nothing more thrilling and awe inspiring than watching a whale breach metres from you. California is the best place to witness this incredible moment with Monterey Bay being the top whale watching spot in the world. Rest your head at Bernardus Lodge out in the peaceful Carmel Valley before heading over to the Bay to scan the waves for orcas, humpbacks, dolphins and porpoises.

Good news, it’s not only at Monterey and Carmel that you have the opportunity to see these incredible aquatic creatures. The length of coast line and diversity of marine life makes California the only place in the world in which you can see whales all year round so no need to worry about fitting in with their migratory patterns- the whales will fit into your holiday schedule.

Yosemite National Park

Nowhere does California’s wild beauty shine so brightly as in the mighty Yosemite. From the crashing waterfalls and towering cliffs of Yosemite Valley to the dainty wildflowers blanketing the Crane Flat Meadow, this national park is a place of surreal natural wonder that is not to be missed. For the best that Yosemite has to offer visit in the spring when the flowers are in full bloom, the black bears have emerged from hibernation and the temperature is perfect for a pulse-raising hike.

Plus, the summertime crowds have not yet arrived so you can enjoy your picnic at the aptly named Siesta Lake in peace. If you are looking for a more luxurious Yosemite experience we can arrange hiking experiences with a private guide who will show you all our favourite hidden spots.