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San Francisco to Seattle Itinerary
Travel from California, through Oregon and finish in Washington on this west coast tour of America. See the Golden Gate Bridge, Bend, Mt St Helens and the city of Portland.
Day 1 San Francisco
The hilliest city in the country, San Fran welcomes you with its eclectic architecture, Golden Gate Bridge and rolling cable cars. Head to Fisherman’s Wharf to hire a bike or maybe take a tour of Alcatraz, the notorious high-security prison located on an island in the middle of the bay. After a busy day of sightseeing, how about a relaxed dinner with a view of the Golden Gate Bridge on the horizon, or stop by Chinatown to find your fortune in a cookie.
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Day 2 Overnight Train
Another day in sunny San Francisco. How about a climb to the top of Telegraph Hill for a superb view of the city or head to the Haight district of town and stroll through Golden Gate Park. Be sure to stop at Hippie Hill to spot free-spirited drummers, jugglers and artists experimenting with their craft.
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Day 3 Eugene
Chill out in the university town of Eugene, where a proud hippie heritage is still noticeable at the 5th Street Public Market.
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Days 4-5 Bend
Head to Bend for a few days of outdoor adventure. Depending on the time of year, either hit the rapids of Deschutes River or the slopes of the nearby snowy mountains. The rolling landscape is a great place for a bike ride or get vertical rock climbing the rugged countryside. If the great outdoors gets a little too much, why not take a stroll around town, grab a coffee and hit the shopping malls and outlets.
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Days 6-8 Portland/Mt St Helens
In the Pacific Northwest, visit the intriguing up-and-coming city of Portland. As the greenest city in America, begin with a walk through Forest Park, the biggest inner-city park in the country or take in the tranquil air of the Classical Chinese Gardens. With the most breweries in the world found in Portland, be sure to relax with a beer and watch the bubbly characters of the city go by. Journey to Mount St Helens, an active volcano steaming and bubbling as recently as 2008, which offers incredible hikes and an impressive historical museum.
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Days 9-10 Seattle
It may be cloudy and a little drizzly, but Seattle is anything but an indoor city. Head to the bohemian Pike Place Market, chill out with a latte in Hing Hay Park or take shelter from the rain at the Pacific Science Centre or Science-Fiction Museum. Seattle is all that is hip and cool while also appeasing active sportspeople and gourmet enthusiasts. Perhaps finish the tour by dining on Seattle’s signature salmon by the bay or a famous ‘hand forged’ Top Pot doughnut and Irish Coffee – it’s the way of the Seattleite.
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