Flying to Seattle, you’ll weave down the Pacific Coast visiting just a few of the many stunning parts of this region. You’ll see the stunning Mount Rainier in the distance, visit Olympic National Park, visit Portland and Crater Lake and see the giant Redwood trees before finishing your trip in San Francisco.
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You’ll fly into Seattle, just south of the Canadian border for the first two nights. Known for coffee, you can visit the first Starbucks and visit the nearby world famous Pikes Place market used in films such as Sleepless in Seattle. Make sure you visit the Space Needle observation deck and take a ride on the monorail, both built for the 1962 World’s Fair.
Today you’ll take a short ferry ride out of Seattle and head west Port Angeles. This is the north gateway to the Olympic National Park, with nearly 1 million acres to explore. Tomorrow you’ll spend the day in the National Park.
With over 70 miles of coastline, rain forests and snow capped mountains there’s plenty to see during your day here at Olympic National Park. There’s plenty of hiking trails too. This afternoon you’ll make the drive to the Lake Quinalt, which is nestled between Olympic National Park and Olympic National Forest for your final night in Washington state..
Head south past Mount St Helens National Volcanic Monument and onto Portland. Famous for microbreweries and coffee shops it also has a vibrant music scene. Other top attractions are the International Rose Test Garden, Japanese Gardens and the historic Pioneer Square. You’ll have two nights here.
Head approximately 75 miles west toward the Pacific Coast and the wonderful Cannon Beach where Haystack Rock is a seasonal haven for tufted puffins. Then you’ll head 110 miles along the mostly coastal road to Newport for your next overnight stop. Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area is well worth a visit while you’re here.
After driving along the coast, you’ll head inland towards the breathtaking Crater Lake National Park which was formed 7,700 years ago, when a violent eruption triggered the collapse of a tall peak. Fed entirely by rain and snow, it’s the deepest lake in the USA and one of the most pristine on earth.
You’ll head across the state line into California today and stop for the next two nights in Klamath, just outside of Redwood National Park. Surrounded in National Parks and Forests, there’s plenty to do here including driving your car through a giant Redwood Tree right here in Klamath!
Your coastline drive will take you further south along the famous “Avenue of the Giants” and through Humboldt Redwoods State Park. This is an absolutely stunning drive. Eventually you’ll find yourself back on the coast heading down to Mendocino. A visit to Russian Gulch State Park is highly recommended.
Leaving Mendocino, you’ll hug the Pacific Coast as you continue south. Take your time on this scenic drive and you’ll eventually arrive find yourself on the iconic Golden Gate Bridge before arriving in San Francisco. There’s plenty to do in this magnificent city and, as always we will equip you with plenty of information.
San Francisco, CA
Make the most of your final day in Fog City. Tick of all the must-do items such as ride in a cable car, visit Alcatraz, Fishermans Wharf and Pier 39 and drive down Lombard Street. This evening you’ll catch your overnight flight back to the UK.
Why not continue your journey down the Pacific Coast through Big Sur, Cambria and down to Los Angeles or even as far as San Diego? We can build a perfect itinerary for you on this awesome trip
Just north of San Francisco is Napa Valley which is not only beautiful countryside but also has hundreds of vineyards. We can recommend either Napa or Yountville as your base for a day or two of wine tasting!
Whilst visiting Seattle and Tacoma you’ll notice the imposing snow covered cap of Mount Rainier in the distance. Add this to your trip, there’s plenty of hiking trails through this area of natural beauty containing wildflower meadows, ancient glaciers, and stunning waterfalls.
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