Embrace natural wonders and amazing beauty punctuated by historic towns, sleepy fishing villages and wineries. Windswept beaches, verdant forests and snow-capped peaks give way to sweeping rangelands, towering rock formations and dramatic river valleys in this incredibly stunning self drive tour around Washington State, Oregon and California.
• 13 nights’ accommodation
• Car hire (intermediate car, fully inclusive package)
• A personalised Roadbook containing essential travel information, hotel vouchers and customised day-by-day route maps.
Day 1 - Seattle
Arrive into Seattle Tacoma International airport and transfer independently to your hotel. Overnight in Seattle.
Day 2 - Seattle
Begin the day at the Olympic Sculpture Park. Nearby is the Seattle Centre where you can take an elevator ride to the 520ft-high observation deck in the Space Needle, explore the EMP Museum, play in interactive exhibits at the Pacific Science Centre or visit Chihuly Garden and Glass, which showcases the most comprehensive collection of Chihuly’s artwork ever assembled. After dinner at one of the city’s farm-to-table restaurants, enjoy a jazz show at The Triple Door or a symphony performance at Benaroya Hall. Overnight in Seattle.
Day 3 - Seattle to Portland (280 km)
Depart for Portland this morning, Oregon’s largest city and a model of “green” living both in its ecological-minded culture and in its multitude of parks. A must-visit is Washington Park. Meander through the Japanese Garden, the International Rose Test Garden and the Hoyt Arboretum, taking in sweeping views of the city and the Cascade Range. Overnight in Portland.
Day 4 - Portland
This morning visit Asian and Native American artwork at the Portland Art Museum. Stroll the North Park Blocks in the Pearl District followed by a look around the Museum of Contemporary Craft, and the neighbourhood's many art galleries and independent boutiques. For a more active tour of Portland hire a bike. A mostly flat 5mi (8km) ride will also visit several of the 40 microbreweries and brewpubs that give Portland its national reputation for beer. Take a behind-the-scenes tour of the breweries, enjoy tastings and see some of the city’s hotspots. Overnight in Portland.
Day 5 - Portland to Gleneden (180 km)
Leave Portland and take a leisurely drive through the Dundee Region and pass vineyards en route to the coast. Drive along the beautiful coastline to Gleneden Beach. Overnight in Gleneden Beach.
Day 6 - Gleneden to Grants Pass (405 km)
Continue driving along the gorgeous Oregon coastline and stop at Cape Perpetua for beautiful views of the ocean. Visit Florence and the world famous Sea Lion Caves, the only known remaining home of wild stellar sea lions on the North American mainland. Travelling inland, reach Grants Pass and overnight.
Day 7 - Grants Pass
A day to enjoy the activities on offer in Grants Pass including a jet boat excursion on the Rogue River. Visit the Oregon Caves National Monument or just potter around the historic downtown. Overnight in Grants Pass.
Day 8 - Grants Pass to Eureka (264 km)
Leave Oregon today and head into California. Visit Redwood National and State Park and take the 10 mile Drury Parkway to see the largest redwoods. Travel along Coastal Drive for expansive Pacific Ocean views on your way to Eureka. Overnight in Eureka.
Day 9 - Eureka to Santa Rosa (349 km)
Continue along the coast to Sonoma County and arrive into Santa Rosa. Enjoy wandering around this charming town. Overnight in Santa Rosa.
Day 10 - Santa Rosa (121 km)
Enjoy a tour around California’s wine region today and visit more of Sonoma and also Napa Valley. You can tour wineries and enjoy wine tasting, and stroll through quaint towns such as Petaluma, Healdsburg and Bodega Bay. Overnight in Santa Rosa.
Day 11 - Santa Rosa to San Francisco (89 km)
Make your way to the city where, as the song goes, many have left their hearts – San Francisco. En route, stop in the artisan community of Sausalito where you can wander around boutique shops, art studios and galleries. Here there are a wide selection of restaurants, outdoor cafes and bistros with stunning views across the bay, so it’s a good place to stop for lunch. Make your way over the Golden Gate Bridge and into San Francisco. Overnight in San Francisco.
Day 12 &13 - San Francisco
You have two days to enjoy this beautiful city. Perhaps tour Haight Ashbury, wind down Lombard Street or take a walking tour of Pacific Height’s Painted Ladies Victorian homes. Be sure to ride a cable car and take a bay cruise or the ferry to Alcatraz (please book in advance as places are limited). Overnight in San Francisco.
Day 14 - San Francisco & end of tour
Enjoy your final day in San Francisco. Make sure to visit the shops in Union Square before transferring to the airport independently for your flight home.Want to alter anything?
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