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Pacific Northwest Explorer

13 day Fly Drive - from £1289

With flights from £1736

A fabulous self drive through the unmistakable landscapes of Olympic, Mt. Rainier, and Redwood National Parks on the way to the glorious Napa Valley wine region.

Highlights

  • Seattle and Portland sightseeing
  • The magical Crater Lake and imposing Mt. Rainier
  • Napa Valley wine region
  • San Francisco and Alcatraz
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Your Itinerary

Day 1 - Arrive in Seattle

Arrive in Seattle for the start of your Pacific Northwest self drive. Seattle is known as the ‘Emerald City’ because of the green hue of the waters that surround it. The downtown area of Seattle has many excellent restaurants and you have two nights here to enjoy the city area.

Standard Hotel: Executive Hotel Pacific or similar

Budget Hotel: Quality Inn & Suites or similar

Day 2 - Seattle

Today, enjoy all the sights and sounds Seattle has to offer. One of the city’s major attractions is the Waterfront. Here you will find a great variety of shops, restaurants and the Seattle Aquarium. After a long day of walking, relax on a tour boat and enjoy the views of the city from the waters of Puget Sound.

Standard Hotel: Executive Hotel Pacific or similar

Budget Hotel: Quality Inn & Suites or similar

Day 3 - Olympic National Park (153 miles)

Depart early his morning and make your way toward Olympic National Park. When you enter the park keep a look out for Hurricane Ridge, from here you will get the best scenic views of the Olympic Mountains. The rest of the day is yours to explore the park.

Standard & Budget Hotel: Kalaloch Lodge or similar

Day 4 - Portland (309 miles)

Enjoy a scenic drive towards Mount Rainier, an active cascade volcano encased in over 35 square miles of snow and ice. Here there are a variety of hiking trails available for all skill levels so spend some time exploring the area before hopping back in the car. Continuing on towards Portland, drive past Mt. St. Helen where the earthquake in 1980 caused the volcano to erupt blanketing towns, hundreds of miles away, in volcanic ash and permanently altering the mountain’s face. Continue towards Portland where you will stay two nights.

Standard Hotel: Jupiter Hotel or similar

Budget Hotel: Shilo Inn Portland/Beaverton or similar

Day 5 - Portland

Today is yours to spend in Portland. Known as the ‘City of Roses’ Portland is a big city which retains many small town charms. But its true beauty can be found in one of the local public gardens or parks within the city. Here you can visit the International Rose Test Garden, the largest and oldest rose test gardens in the United States. The gardens were established in 1917 by the American Rose Society and are used as testing grounds for new varieties of roses. Though you will probably see some familiar roses in the Gold Medal Garden, most of the 400 varieties on display are new hybrids being tested before marketing.

Standard Hotel: Jupiter Hotel or similar

Budget Hotel: Shilo Inn Portland/Beaverton or similar

Day 6 - Newport (197 miles)

The tour continues today toward Newport, by way of Seaside and Cannon Beach. Seaside lies at the end of the Lewis & Clark trail, where the two explorers reached the Pacific Ocean. A monument celebrating the discovery stands at the circular loop drive where Broadway Street ends and the stairway down to the beachfront begins. Along the promenade, a two-mile long boardwalk, there are plenty of shops and restaurants to keep you busy. Just a few miles further you will encounter Cannon Beach, recognised by its well-known landmark, Haystack Rock. After a break here continue to Newport where the picturesque Yaquina Head Lighthouse welcomes you.

Standard & Budget Hotel: Shilo Inn Oceanfront Resort or similar

Day 7 - Coos Bay (99 miles)

Explore the second part of Oregon’s Pacific coast today. En-route to Coos Bay keep an eye out for the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area. If you’re feeling adventurous, these wind-sculpted sand dunes towering to 500 feet above sea level provide opportunities for hiking, fishing, canoeing, horseback riding and for the ultimate thrill, you can navigate the dunes in a Dune Buggy. After some excitement, continue on to Coos Bay where you will spend the evening.

Standard & Budget Hotel: Red Lion Hotel Coos Bay or similar

Day 8 - Medford (253 miles)

The journey today leads you through fascinating volcanic Lava Lands to Crater Lake National Park. The park encompasses Crater Lake’s caldera which rests in the remains of the destroyed Mount Mazama volcano. After making your way through this dramatic landscape with many photo opportunities along the way, continue on to Medford for an overnight stay.

Standard Hotel: Ashland Springs Hotel or similar

Budget Hotel: Inn at the Commons or similar

Day 9 - Eureka (195 miles)

As you leave Medford this morning consider stopping at the Oregon Caves National Monument. Although small in size, this national monument offers the opportunity to explore an active marble cave created by natural forces over the course of millions of year. Continue your journey to Redwood National Park located along the northern California coast. Take a serene hike on one of the fascinating trails and discover the wonder of these ancient trees before continuing on to Eureka for an overnight stay.

Standard & Budget Hotel: Red Lion Hotel Eureka or similar

Day 10 - Napa Wine Country (258 miles)

Driving south along the stunning Pacific Coast you will arrive into California’s picturesque wine country. Many of the wineries here offer tastings and tours of their facilities, today is your opportunity to explore the region and test out the best wines in California. For a unique experience jump aboard the ‘Wine Train’ and tour the Napa wine making region in comfort and style – sit back and take in the scenery whilst sampling California’s finest wines.

Standard Hotel: Meritage Resort & Spa or similar

Budget Hotel: DoubleTree by Hilton Sonoma Wine Country or similar

Day 11 - San Francisco (69 miles)

Continuing further south you will soon spot the iconic Golden Gate Bridge. Along the way, you will pass Muir Woods National Monument and Sausalito. Located at the North end of the Golden Gate Bridge this town is a nice place to stop and take a break before making your way into San Francisco. The rest of the day is yours to wander the rolling hills, ethnic neighbourhoods and the colourful waterfront.

Standard Hotel: Carriage Inn or similar

Budget Hotel: Americania or similar

Day 12 - San Francisco (69 miles)

Today you have a whole day to enjoy the many sights and sounds of San Francisco. The city is nice and compact so easily travelled on foot but for a more authentic experience; jump aboard the famous cable cars to make your way around the city’s many attractions. The one place you won’t be able to get to on a cable car is Alcatraz Island! Sitting in the middle of San Francisco Bay, through the years, this island has served as a lighthouse, a military fortification, and finally as a federal prison. This evening make the most of the city’s vibrant night life and dine in one of San Francisco’s many distinctive neighbourhoods, from Chinatown to the very Italian flavoured North Beach, each of these lively areas offers its own distinctive culture and cuisine.

Standard Hotel: Carriage Inn or similar

Budget Hotel: Americania or similar

Day 13 - Depart San Francisco (13 miles)

Bid farewell the ‘City by the Bay’ and head to the airport for your flight to the UK, or choose to extend your stay in San Francisco to discover more of this wonderful city. 

13 day Fly Drive - from £1289

With flights from £1736

Options

  • Stay in budget accommodation from £1049
  • Choose to fly Economy, Premium, Business or First Class

Our budget hotels and motels are still comfortable, but come with fewer frills than our standard options.

Motorcycle Hire

  • Explore the northwest on a Harley Davidson!
    Motorcycle hire from £65 per day

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Price is per person, based on 2 sharing a double or twin room and includes pre-booked accommodation, air-conditioned car and unlimited mileage. One-way fees charged locally. Hotels specified are subject to availability and may be substituted by one of a similar or higher standard. Itineraries may vary for tours departing from 1st April 2021 onwards.

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SELF DRIVE TOURING

Enjoy independent touring at its very best. Book our self drives as they are or add extra days in the places you choose. Normally available in both directions.

Your self drive includes:

  • Well planned, easy to follow route
  • Travel guide and maps
  • 12 nights pre-booked hotel accommodation
  • A choice of standard or budget hotels
  • Modern air-conditioned car
  • Unlimited mileage
  • Roadside assistance
  • Car upgrades available upon request

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