Discover city delights and scenic wonders on America's West Coast

From rugged-cliff faces and towering sand dunes, to lush green forests and active volcanoes, it's no doubt that Mother Nature blessed the West Coast of the United States with some truly magnificent terrain. Behold giant redwood trees in the Redwood National Park, be awestruck by the seemingly bottomless Crater Lake, go hiking in Silver Falls State Park and examine the bizarre lava-landscapes surrounding Mt St Helens. Admire the views from the dazzling heights of Mt Rainier, then return to ground level and soak up the cool, grungy vibe of Seattle city. This short-but-sweet tour has something for everyone.

Start
San Francisco, United States
Finish
Seattle, United States
Countries
United States
Themes
Overland
Code
SSOP
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Ages
Min 12
Group size
Min 1, Max 13
Carbon offset
470kg pp per trip


Highlights

  • Soak up San Francisco's eclectic vibe
  • Gaze up at giant trees that have lived more than a millennium
  • Peer into the seemingly bottomless Crater Lake
  • Experience the beauty of Silver Falls State Park
  • Examine bizarre lava landscapes near Mt St Helens
  • Get a head rush on top of Mt Rainier
  • Chill out in Seattle

Itinerary

Soak up views of stunning San Francisco bay - this colourful, multicultural city will truly capture your imagination. Perhaps arrive early to investigate the legendary Alcatraz.
The West Coast adventure heads north along the Californian coastline to eclectic Mendocino. Sublime ocean views and a vibrant arts scene make this a popular stopover.
Travel down the Avenue of the Giants on the way to the old logging town of Eureka. In the Redwood National Park, hike past towering redwood trees, which are up to 2,000 years old and 90 m tall.
Pass through the rugged landscape of Six Rivers National Forest. Dwarfed by a volcano, Crater Lake has a depth of nearly 600m - making it the second deepest lake in North America. Perhaps attend a ranger-led Crater Lake tour to gain an insight into the creation of this unique phenomenon.
Admire the massive Oregon Dunes that rise like a wave from the shores of the Pacific Ocean.
Visit the industrious Eugene, a major centre for lumber and wood products. Stop by Salem and travel onwards into Silver Falls State Park. Choose from a variety of hikes among forested canyons to some of Silver Falls' 10 waterfalls.
Drive through Portland to Mt St Helens, an active volcano that erupted in 1980, blanketing the surrounding hillside in lava that eventually hardened to form the dramatic terrain now visible today.
Voyage up to Mt Rainier, an active volcano covered with glaciers, then saunter to Seattle - the birthplace of grunge. While in town, perhaps pick up some cheap tickets to a live show or visit Seattle's popular observation deck - the Space Needle.
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Inclusions

Meals
n/a
Transport
Private vehicle
Accommodation
Camping (with facilities) (6 nights), Hostel (1 night)
Included activities
  • Crater Lake National Park
  • Mt Rainier National Park
  • Mt St Helens Volcanic Monument
  • Redwood National Park
  • Silver Falls State 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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