Sponsored Content

Winner of the Yosemite to the California Coast Road Trip

Congratulations to our 2021 winner Christa Vandarwarka from Windcrest, Texas. See previous winners at the bottom of this page.

 

This trip starting in San Francisco takes you to Yosemite National Park and then onto the iconic California beach towns and wine country. Enter this sweepstakes from Dec 17, 2020 to Feb 23, 2021.

Enter to Win | Official Rules and Prizes

Here’s the Trip We Planned for You!

Map

NatGeo Maps

NatGeo contest feature

The winner will get inspired for their road trip with the beautiful coffee table book: Atlas of National Parks by NatGeo Books. Including stunning photos, histories and information about 59 of America’s national parks. The winner will also receive detailed waterproof and tear-resistant NatGeo Yosemite trail maps and the NatGeo Guide to National Parks.

Start: San Francisco

San Francisco skyline at the ferry building
Meric Dagli/Unsplash
San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge
Tim Foster/Unsplash
  • 2-night stay at BEI San Francisco including grab-n-go breakfast for two and complimentary parking – www.beihotelsf.com

Alcatraz Cruises

Cruise to Alcatraz Island, the infamous prison in San Francisco Bay.
Photo by John Fleck courtesy of Alcatraz Cruises

Cruise to Alcatraz Island, the infamous prison in San Francisco Bay.

A San Francisco Street Car with a view of Fisherman's Wharf and Alcatraz Island
Depositphotos

The view of the famous prison, Alcatraz Island from the San Francisco Wharf

A garden on Alcatraz Island
Kimberly Dunham

A garden on Alcatraz Island

  • Two adult day tour tickets to Alcatraz Island with Alcatraz Cruises, the only authorized concessioner that brings visitors on the island – www.alcatrazcruises.com

Tuolumne County

Outdoor Lounge at Rush Creek Lodge's spa
Photo by Kim Carroll Photography courtesy of Rush Creek Lodge

Outdoor Lounge at Rush Creek Lodge’s spa

The Dead Giant in the Tuolumne Sequoia Grove in Yosemite
Photo by Kim Carroll Photography courtesy Tuolumne County

The Dead Giant in the Tuolumne Sequoia Grove in Yosemite

The town of Sonora in Tuolumne County next to Yosemite
Photo by Menka Belgal courtesy of Tuolumne County

The town of Sonora

  • 1-night, one room stay at Rush Creek Lodge, a full-service luxury resort (blackout dates may apply) plus one day pass for two people at the spa
  • 1-night, one room stay at the Sonora Inn in Historic Downtown Sonora (blackout dates may apply)
  • 2-night, one room stay for two at the McCaffrey House B&B in Twaine Harte (blackout dates may apply)
  • View more information at VisitTuolumne.com

Hike in Yosemite with Wildland Trekking

El Capitan in Yosemite National Park
Adam Kool

El Capitan in Yosemite National Park

Polly Dome (left) and Medlicott Dome (center) bordering Tenaya Lake in Yosemite.
Dollar

Polly Dome (left) and Medlicott Dome (center) bordering Tenaya Lake in Yosemite.

Yosemite sunset from Glacier Point's View Terrace
Dollar

Yosemite sunset from Glacier Point’s View Terrace

  • Your choice of day hike tour for two people guided by Wildland Trekking. Pick from hikes such as Cloud’s Rest, Vernal and Nevada Falls, Panorama Trail, Upper Yosemite Falls, Cathedral Lakes, Taft Point and Sentinel Dome. (Hike must be taken in 2020. Must book 60 days in advance directly with Wildland Trekking. Based on availability.)
  • View more information at www.wildlandtrekking.com/yosemite/day-hike-tours.html

Visit Yosemite – Madera County

Yosemite Sugar Pine Railroad 10 Curve
Courtesy Yosemite Sugar Pine Railroad

Yosemite Sugar Pine Railroad 10 Curve

The Merced River in Yosemite
Christian Joudrey/Unsplash

The Merced River in Yosemite

Hiking the Mist Trail to Vernal Fall in Yosemite
Cam Adams/Unsplash

Hiking the Mist Trail to Vernal Fall in Yosemite

  • 2-night, one room stay at the Yosemite Southgate Hotel & Suites
  • Two adult and two child tickets for the Yosemite Mountain Sugar Pine Railroad’s one-hour narrated steam train ride (2021 season is approximately March-October)
  • 7-day pass to Yosemite National Park
  • View more information at YosemiteThisYear.com

Oxnard

Channel Islands Parasailing at Farview Beach in Oxnard, California
Visit Oxnard California

Parasailing at Farview Beach

Aerial view of Embassy Suites on the beach at Oxnard, California
Photo by Steel Cut courtesy of Visit Oxnard California

Aerial view of Embassy Suites on the beach at Oxnard

The pool at Embassy Suites in Oxnard, California
Courtesy Visit Oxnard California

The pool at Embassy Suites in Oxnard

  • 1-night stay at the Embassy Suites by Hilton Mandalay Beach Hotel & Resort
  • Parasailing passes for two with Channel Islands Parasail
  • View more information at VisitOxnard.com

Ventura

Ventura State Park
Courtesy Visit Ventura

Ventura State Park

A dolphin at Channel Islands National Park near Ventura
Courtesy Visit Ventura

A dolphin at Channel Islands National Park near Ventura

A surfboard bikers enjoying Ventura
Courtesy Visit Ventura

A surfboard bikers enjoying Ventura

  • 1-night, one room stay at Best Western Plus Ventura
  • Two adult passes for an Island Packers boat day trip to Santa Rosa Island, Channel Islands National Park
  • Two 1-hour bike rental passes with Wheel Fun Bike Rentals
  • View more information at VisitVenturaCA.com

Santa Maria Valley

Harvesting grapes in Santa Maria Valley
Santa Maria Valley

Harvesting grapes in Santa Maria Valley

Pizzeria Bello Forno in Santa Maria Valley, California
Courtesy Santa Maria Valley

Pizzeria Bello Forno

Couple going for a sunset walk in Cambria
Santa Maria Valley

Couple going for a sunset walk in Cambria

  • 2-night, one room stay at the Wine Stone Inn
  • VIP wine tasting and cave tour or two people at Cottonwood Canyon Winery
  • Dinner for two at Bello Forno
  • View more information at SantaMariaValley.com

Visit Gilroy

Old City Hall, now restaurants, in Gilroy, California
Courtesy Visit Gilroy

Old City Hall, now restaurants, in Gilroy, California

The tropical Monarch Garden at Gilroy Gardens, housed inside a 60-foot-tall greenhouse.
Courtesy Visit Gilroy

The tropical Monarch Garden at Gilroy Gardens, housed inside a 60-foot-tall greenhouse.

Milias Restaurant in Gilroy, California
Grant Ordelheide

Milias Restaurant

Gilroy Premium Outlets Shopping Center
Photo courtesy of Gilroy

Gilroy Premium Outlets Shopping Center where the winner will go on a $250 shopping spree.

  • 1-night, one room stay at the Hampton Inn & Suites
  • Family pack (admission for 4) to Gilroy Gardens
  • $250 gift card for shopping at Gilroy Premium Outlets
  • $100 gift certificate to The Milias Restaurant
  • View more information at VisitGilroy.com

End: Return to San Francisco

Horizontal rule

Enter to Win | Official Rules and Prizes

Horizontal rule

2021 Winner: Christa Vandarwarka from Windcrest, Texas

2020 Winner: Braden Jahr from Saginaw, Mich.

2019 Winner: Joseph Newsome from Greenville, N.C.

2018 Winner: Abhishek Das of Cupertino, Calif.

2017 Winner: Kotaro Ohashi, Brooklyn, N.Y.

2016 Winner: David Thoele, Downers Grove, Ill.