Explore the beautiful and wild northwestern states of America

Discover a colourful mix of people, places and personalities on this action-packed northwestern adventure trip. Begin in sunny San Fran, head on to Redwood and Crater Lake national parks and over the border into Oregon before passing through the surreal landscape of Mt St Helens. Travel to Seattle, cross through Idaho and into the breathtaking mountain scenery of Montana. Dip down to iconic Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming before looping back westbound through Nevada. Take a breather in Reno, pass through the Sierra Nevada and Yosemite National Park before returning to San Fran. With a plethora of iconic sites, natural wonders and the vast expanse of the American Northwest, this is one epic adventure.

Start
San Francisco, United States
Finish
San Francisco, United States
Countries
United States
Themes
Overland
Code
SSOMC
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Ages
Min 12
Group size
Min 1, Max 13
Carbon offset
1 240kg pp per trip


Highlights

  • Relax seaside in Mendocino
  • Be dwarfed by giant redwood trees
  • Stare into the abyss of Crater Lake
  • Take the chance to explore the massive Oregon Dunes by buggy
  • Experience the beauty of Silver Falls State Park
  • Examine bizarre lava landscapes near Mt St Helens
  • See a glacier-encrusted volcano
  • Cruise on in to Seattle
  • Get gold rush fever in Helena
  • Meet an 'Old Faithful' friend in Yellowstone
  • Hike or bike in Jackson Hole
  • Ponder lava fields and cinder cones in Craters of the Moon
  • Spin the wheel in Reno
  • Be awestruck by the hulking Half Dome in Yosemite National Park
  • Unwind by the beautiful bay city of San Francisco

Itinerary

Discover the beautiful Bay Area or perhaps visit San Francisco's premier attraction, Alcatraz.
Cross the Golden Gate Bridge and head north along the panoramic Californian coast to the historic seaside town of Mendocino.
Redwood National Park hosts an impressive collection of coastal redwood trees, some of which are up to 2,000 years old.
Travel through the rugged landscape of Six Rivers National Forest. Arrive at Crater Lake and take a walk to discover the best viewpoints from which to appreciate this unique phenomenon.
The massive Oregon Dunes are the largest expanse of coastal dunes in America. Opt to go exploring on a dune buggy ride.
Choose from a variety of hikes among forested canyons to some of Silver Falls' many waterfalls.
Drive through Portland to Mt St Helens, an active volcano that erupted in 1980.
Admire Mt Rainier - an active, glacier-encrusted volcano - en route to Seattle, the 'Emerald City'.
Enjoy free time before crossing the state border into Idaho. Camp overnight near Coeur d'Alene.
Pass through Idaho and into Montana to see captivating mountain scenery in Glacier National Park.
Explore Helena, an old gold rush town, and camp overnight.
Marvel at bubbling geysers and colourful boiling mud in Yellowstone.
Travel into Grand Teton National Park and enjoy a picnic surrounded by spectacular scenery.
Set in a valley surrounded by mountains, Jackson Hole is perfect for hiking or rafting.
Explore Craters of the Moon, home to lava fields and cinder cones, then camp near Twin Falls.
Visit Snake River Canyon and see the Shoshone Falls. Spend the night in the stunning surrounds of the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest before travelling to scenic Lake Tahoe.
Between blue skies and jagged peaks, Yosemite National Park is very impressive.
Travel to San Francisco once again, where the Northwestern USA trip comes full circle.
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Inclusions

Meals
n/a
Transport
Private vehicle
Accommodation
Camping (with facilities) (19 nights), Hostel (2 nights)
Included activities
  • Crater Lake National Park
  • Craters of the Moon National Monument
  • Glacier National Park
  • Grand Teton National Park
  • Mt Rainier National Park
  • Mt St Helens Volcanic Monument
  • Redwood National Park
  • Silver Falls State Park
  • Snake River Canyon and Shoshone Falls
  • Yellowstone National Park
  • Yosemite National Park

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Important notes

Please note that this trip will start on Sundays from May 2013

Trip notes

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