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Northwestern USA Overview
- 2013-01-01 - 2013-12-31
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.
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As a truly multicultural city, San Francisco has a wealth of cuisines, cultures, artistic events and eclectic scenes over every hill and around every corner.
With its lovely ocean views and an eclectic mix of galleries, shops and restaurants, the historic seaside town of Mendocino has long been popular as an artists' haven.
Redwood National Park is home to the world's tallest trees. California's magnificent coastal redwoods can live for 2000 years and grow to a height of more than 100 m.
Framed by towering volcanic cliffs, Crater Lake's clear blue water is nearly 600 m deep - making it the second deepest lake in North America.
Amazing sand dunes - some towering up to 150 m high - rise from the shores of the Pacific Ocean at the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area.
Nestled in the foothills of the Oregon Cascades, Silver Falls State Park's walking trails take hikers through forested canyons to some of the park's 10 beautiful waterfalls.
The site of a major volcanic eruption in 1980, today Mount St Helens is home to a dramatic landscape of hardened lava with an almost out-of-this world feel about it.
Considered one of the most dangerous active volcanos in the world, Mount Rainier is covered with breathtaking glaciers and wildflower meadows teeming with life. Hip cafes, quirky galleries and a vibrant live music scene, Seattle's edgy culture offers everything you would expect from the birthplace of grunge.
Nestled on the shores of a picturesque lake, Coeur d'Alene's abundant natural beauty and charm make it a delightful place to spend some time.
Featuring some of the finest mountain scenery in the US, Glacier National Park's spellbinding landscape of peaks, glaciers and lakes has been sculpted over millions of years.
Founded after the discovery of a rich gold deposit in the 1860s, Helena's historic sights and grand 19th-century mansions recall the town's gold rush glory days.
A captivating world of geothermal wonders, Yellowstone National Park is home to bubbling geysers, sulphuric springs and large free-ranging herds of bison and elk.
With its awe-inspiring mountain range, beautiful lakes and incredible wildlife, Grand Teton National Park is the perfect place for a hike and a bit of moose-spotting.
Home to rodeos and real country nightlife, Jackson Hole is a resort town with a wide range of outdoor activities - mountain biking, hiking and rafting - on its doorstep
Created to protect a vast ocean of lava flows, Craters of the Moon National Monument's bizarre landscape is dotted with islands of cinder cones and sagebrush.
The astounding Snake River Canyon offers stunning scenery and outdoor activities, plus Shoshone Falls - the 'Niagara of the West' - are located nearby. Exhilarating in winter and gorgeous in the summer, Lake Tahoe is a popular holiday resort all year around to ski, snowboard, cycle, waterski and hike.
If heaven descended to Earth, it would probably look like Yosemite. One of America's most popular national parks, its waterfalls, dramatic cliffs and wilderness areas are breathtaking.
With iconic sights like the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz, Lombard Hill, The Castro and Fisherman's Wharf, San Francisco is one of the world's most visited cities.
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