California – adventure under the golden sun

Go west, to the snow capped peaks and golden coast of California. Take a hike through Yosemite National Park, carved by glaciers over the course of millennia, bike a portion of the California coast, or camp in an otherworldly desert in Joshua Tree National Park. You will begin to see the vast openness and magic of California that has called to travelers for decades. Enjoy a classic backpacking trip and summit Yosemite’s iconic Half Dome or let AOA build you a custom week-long getaway just for you. This state is ripe for adventure.

Yosemite National Park

AOA Guided Backpacking Trip, Hike through Yosemite National Park, Sumimit Half-Dome

Yosemite National Park is a dynamic wilderness that welcomes over 4 million visitors each year to it’s glacial carved valleys. The park was formed in 1890 as a result of lobbying by those who had come to love the region, the most well-known was John Muir. Muir was enamored of the towering peaks, giant sequoia trees, sparkling rivers and waterfalls.

Yosemite Trips


California Desert – Joshua Tree, Death Valley

California’s low deserts call to many adventurers. In California you find the Great Basin, Mojave, and Sonoran Deserts on the eastern side of the state. Each is characterized by unique features. It’s the Mojave desert where you find the curious-looking Joshua Tree and on the desert’s northern edge, bordering the Great Basin, lies Death Valley – the lowest point in North America and the hottest place in the world.

Desert Region Trips

Wine Country & the Coast

Experience sunny California through quintessential coastal views and vineyards. The acclaimed wine country of Napa and Sonoma counties begs you to cycle down country roads over rolling hills. Or if you’d like something more “epic,” tackle a ride down the California coast!

Trips to Wine Country and the Coast




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