From the wilds of Mount St. Helens to the shadow of giants in the Redwoods, fall under the spell of the Pacific Northwest and California. Travel along Oregon’s beautiful coast, making stops at Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area, Yaquina Lighthouse, Newport and Coos Bay. Explore Oregon's wilderness on a Rogue River cruise. Visit Redwood National Park's Avenue of the Giants. Cross the Golden Gate Bridge and discover the “City by the Bay,” San Francisco. Explore the natural beauty from Seattle to San Francisco.
- Itinerary Type : Standard
- Activity Level : 2
- Number of Days:8
- Number of Meals:10
- Hotels:DoubleTree by Hilton Lloyd Center (Portland, OR), The Mill Casino (North Bend, OR), Thompson Hotel (Seattle, WA), Blue Lake Casino & Hotel (Blue Lake, CA), The Park Central (San Francisco, CA)
- Experiences:Visit lively Pike Place Market, Seattle's famous fish and vegetable market.
Venture to Mount St. Helens Visitor Center to learn about its volcanic activity.
Visit Columbia River Gorge and Multnomah Falls.
- Must Sees:Embark on a sightseeing tour of Seattle, the "Emerald City."
Behold the majestic beauty of the Redwood Forest's "Avenue of the Giants."
- Culinaries:Enjoy lunch on Pier 39 with views of San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge.
Itinerary (7 days)
Seattle, Washington - Tour Begins
Your tour opens with an overnight stay in Seattle, dubbed the “Emerald City” for its lush green surroundings. Get to know your fellow travelers at tonight’s welcome dinner.
Seattle - Olympia - Portland, Oregon
Explore Seattle’s colorful waterfront area and historic Pioneer Square with a local guide. Mingle with artisans at the lively Pike Place Market, a famous fish and vegetable market dotted with restaurants and shops. Travel south through Olympia, stopping at the Mount St. Helens Visitor Center. Learn about its 1980 volcanic eruption as well as the history and geology of the state park. Continue to Portland, Oregon for a two-night stay in the picturesque “City of Roses.” Enjoy a tour of Portland on your way to dinner.
Portland - Cascade Mountains - Portland
Drive along the Mt. Hood route to the lush Columbia River Gorge. Take in the unforgettable views of Mt. Hood as you leave the valley and enter the Cascade Mountains. Discover the awe-inspiring landscapes of the magnificent Columbia River and Multnomah Falls, a 611-foot-tall roaring cascade. Later, enjoy some free time in Hood River, one of the prettiest cities in Oregon. Your evening is free to independently explore Portland, a cosmopolitan city with a small town attitude.
Portland - Willamette Valley - Newport - North Bend
Journey through the Willamette Valley, the “Promised Land” for the pioneers who followed the Oregon Trail. This lush valley contains some of the most fertile agricultural soil in Oregon. Head to the seaside town of Newport for a brief stop before traveling along some of the country's most beautiful coastline. Admire sweeping views from the Yaquina Head Lighthouse, a 93-foot tower buffeted by wind and rain since 1872. Pause along the way to take in the natural beauty of Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area. Cap off your day strolling North Bend’s lively boardwalk perched along scenic Coos Bay.
North Bend - Bandon Natural Area- Redwood National Park, CA- Blue Lake
Drive to Bandon State Natural Area. Take in the breathtaking scenery as we travel along the striking Beach Loop. See Bandon Rocks and Face Rock, famous for their American Indian legends. Stop to enjoy a cruise up the spectacular Rogue River, taking you into Oregon’s rugged wilderness for a chance to see bald eagles, cormorants, seals and blue heron. Continuing south to California’s redwood country, travel through Redwood National Park, home to trees that can reach nearly 300 feet. See for yourself why the sun seldom hits the ground.
Today, join a local guide to hear stories of the city’s past and present as you drive past its famous landmarks including Fisherman’s Wharf, the Presidio and the Golden Gate Bridge. You’ll also see the iconic neighborhoods of Chinatown, North Beach and Haight Ashbury. Enjoy a farewell lunch on the city’s colorful Pier 39 with exceptional views of San Francisco Bay and the Bay Bridge. The remainder of your day is at leisure to explore San Francisco independently.
San Francisco - Tour Ends
Your tour comes to a close today, but the memories will stay with you forever.
Situated on the west coast of Washington State is Seattle, the Emerald City. Named after the Chief of the local Native American tribe in the mid 19th century, Seattle today is an eclectic mix of music, culture and food. A caffeine-fueled population of over 550,000 courtesy of Starbucks and Seattle’s Best Coffee, Seattle also has the highest per-capita music and dance attendance in the country, with 80 live music clubs (not counting the movable dance clubs and shows) and 15 symphony orchestras.
Mount St. Helens Visitor Center
On May 18, 1980 a cataclysmic eruption blew the top off of Mount St. Helens and spewed magma and ash over the surrounding areas. The most active volcano in the contiguous United States, the site today is a reminder of volcanic activity that shaped many of the mountains along the west coast.
Nicknamed “Rose City” for its ideal rose-growing conditions, this largest city of Oregon state was founded in 1845. It was officially named after Portland, Maine and boasts many historic bridges and amazing waterfront vistas.
Columbia River Gorge
Spanning the border between the states of Washington and Oregon is the 80-mile Columbia River Gorge. Carved out over the millenia glacial floods, it acts as a funnel for the fourth largest river in the US, the Columbia River. Part of the route Lewis and Clark took to travel to the Pacific, the Gorge provides the only sea-level passage through the Cascade range of mountains.
The quaint port town of Hood River, Oregon offers spectacular views of snow-capped Mount Hood and Hood River flowing through the heart of the Columbia River Gorge. At Lost Lake, catch a view the rugged lone mountain towering over forests and the river port.
Nestled along Yaquina Bay, is the town of Newport with just over 10,000 people. A popular fishing destination after the discovery of Yaquina Bay oysters in the 19th Century, today the fishing continues with Dungeness crab, halibut and salmon. Offering a world-class aquarium and over 80 restaurants and cafes, Newport is a quaint stop along the Oregon Coast.
Bandon State Natural Area
Named after Bandon, Ireland the Bandon State Natural Area near Coos Bay in Oregon known for it’s striking coastal beauty. One significant feature is Face Rock which Native American legend says is the face of a Native American princess who refused to look at the face of the sea creature that pulled her out to sea and the nearby rocks are her loyal pets waiting for her to arise.
Rogue River Cruise
Cruise the Rogue River and scout out local wildlife like bald eagles, cormorants, seals, and blue heron. Flowing from the Cascade Mountains, the river was one of the first dedicated “Wild & Scenic” in 1968. Take in its canyons, rock formations, forests, and meadows.
Redwood National Park
Cone-bearing trees named after their reddish-brown bark, the types of Redwoods found in California are the Giant Sequoia and the Coastal Redwood. Protected since 1918 with the establishment lands have been preserved and treasured. Believed to have existed during the time of the dinosaurs, the Redwoods today grow to heights of over 300’ and are considered some of the tallest in the world with average growth of 2000-3000 years of age.
Avenue of the Giants
Located within the sprawling expanse of the Redwood National Park is the Avenue of the Giants. A 32-mile scenic drive that runs parallel to US 101 and through the Humboldt Redwoods State Park, it is a drive among thousands of acres of the largest remaining Coastal Redwoods in the world.
Known as “The City By the Bay,” San Francisco is the second most densely populated American city after New York City with a population of 805,463 packed into its 49 square miles. With famous landmarks such as Fisherman’s Wharf, the Golden Gate Bridge, Ghirardelli Square, Chinatown and Pier 39, San Francisco offers a multitude of tourist attractions.