I was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area and have lived in Northern California my entire life. I currently live just outside of Sacramento with my family of four and have recently retired from a career at United Parcel Service. I would love the opportunity to show you California and everything it has to offer. I believe the journey is as important as the destination, and my tours allow for ample time to stop and enjoy the local ambiance.
The California Gold Rush was the largest mass migration in American history and the peak of the California gold rush was in 1849, thus many immigrants became known as the 49ers. Let's travel this region together.
Within an hour of Sacramento is highway 49, sprinkled with quaint gold rush towns, country wineries, old west museums, giant sequoias and beautiful Sierra Nevada mountain views. At the southern end of Highway 49 is spectacular Yosemite National Park. As one of America's most popular national parks, Yosemite boasts some of the best views, hiking trails, and family vacation opportunities in the country. Another enjoyable Sierra Nevada mountain range visit, is a trip to see picturesque Lake Tahoe. The largest alpine lake in North America, Lake Tahoe is surrounded by jagged snow capped granite mountains leading down to its clear cobalt blue water.
I enjoy taking my guests on an adventure to places that are unique and memorable. If you want an experience with beautiful pictures of your visit, these are the trips for you. I relish meeting people from around the world, and I want you and your group to know that I'm here for you, not only as a guide, but as someone you can count on.
I can customize any tour you'd like, and the trips are great fun for families and adults.
A Recent Review of this guide
John was an excellent tour guide. He was flexible as part of our party needed to be picked up at a second location and one of them had mobility issues. He tried his best to get us close to the various sites or wait patiently when we had to walk at times very slowly with rests along the way. He prepared our minds for the State Capital tour by giving us tidbits that the tour guide then repeated. (We felt so smart!) He chose a good restaurant for us. Once in his care, we didn't have to plan another thing!
I am not allowed to guide inside some state museums, state parks etc. due to local restrictions, but I will accompany you. Pets may not be welcome as they are not allowed on trails inside many park areas.