Experience four seasons in one trip as you travel from the rugged Pacific Northwest to Las Vegas, the desert’s hedonistic heaven.

Hit the hotspots of the Pacific Northwest and California before finishing up in Las Vegas, where the landscape has dried up but hopefully your luck won’t. Start in Seattle and make your way through Washington, exploring its lush national parks boasting old-growth forests and glacier-capped mountains. Check out hipster heaven, Portland, and indulge in microbrews and artisanal cheese as you head south through Oregon. Take a humbling walk through California’s redwood area, home to some of the oldest, tallest trees in the world, then hike through the climbing mecca of Yosemite and sip wine in Sonoma before reaching the infamous Death Valley and, of course, Vegas baby.

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Terms & Conditions

Start
Seattle, United States
Finish
Las Vegas, United States
Destination
United States
Style
Comfort
Theme
Explorer
Code
SSKOV
Physical rating
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1, Max 13

Why you'll love this trip

  • Get your weird on in Portland and treat yourself to world-class food and delicious microbrews.

  • Walk among the world's oldest, tallest trees in Redwood National Park, California.

  • Release your inner sommelier during a tasting in the famous wine region of the Sonoma Valley. For something a little different, visit the nearby Jack London State Historic Park, which celebrates the life and home of the legendary writer among stunning scenery

  • Lake Tahoe is a stunning destination year-round. In summer it is all about water activities, and in winter, it's all about the snow. Enjoy a free afternoon here to try some of the activities on offer

  • Enjoy a free day to lose yourself among the bright desert lights of Las Vegas. This is a great way to end your adventure. Remember, what happens in Vegas...

Is this trip right for you?

  • The regions visited on this trip can experience extremes in weather and temperature. Please be prepared for all weather conditions, especially if travelling outside of the July/August summer months. Bring layers of warm clothing and sun protection and ensure you drink plenty of water.

  • Death Valley is extremely hot and dry (it's the hottest recorded place on Earth after all), so hiking at certain times of the year isn’t recommended.

  • The USA is a big country. Distances between destinations may be longer than what you're used to, especially if you're coming from Europe. There are some long days of driving, so expect to spend a lot of time in the van. Conditions can feel a little cramped, but the passing scenery and your new friends in the van will keep you occupied.

  • Some travellers have reported feeling unsafe in San Francisco due to the large number of homeless people. Unfortunately homelessness is a fact of life in San Francisco and the problem is widespread throughout the city. It is very likely that you will see homeless people on the street during your time in the city, and while it can appear intimidating, they are mostly harmless.

Itinerary

Welcome to Seattle! The Pacific Northwest, or PNW, is all about the outdoors, good food, better beer and all the arts and culture you could ever want. You'll meet your leader at 6pm, but there's plenty to see if you happen to arrive early. Take a walk around the waterfront and Pike Place Market, which includes the original Starbucks store for the coffee connoiseeurs out there, visit the towering Space Needle for views of the surrounding mountain ranges or try a local beer at one of the many microbreweries. 
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Incorporating nearly a million acres of land, Olympic National Park protects glacier-capped mountains, old-growth forests and pristine rivers teeming with salmon. Take a ferry from Seattle across to Bainbridge Island then drive towards Olympic National Park, stopping at Lake Cresent on the way. Perhaps rent a kayak and explore by water and spend the evening in Port Angeles.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Olympic National Park
Optional Activities
  • Lake Crescent - Kayaking - USD40
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Spend the day exploring Olympic National Park. Visit La Push, home to the Quilete tribe, and take a walk down to Second Beach where you'll have stunning views of the Pacific Ocean. Explore the lush, green canopies filled with moss and ferns that make up the Hoh Rain Forest, one of the largest temprate rainforests in the United States, which can receive over four metres of rain annually. Spend a second evening in Port Angeles, the birthplace, and final resting place, of influential American writer Raymond Carver. 
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • La Push Beach
  • Hoh Rainforest - Olympic National Park
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Drive four hours to Mt. Rainier National Park, home to the highest mountain in both Washington and the entirety of the Cascade Ranges. Rainier was the fifth national park to be created in the US and is popular with hikers, alpinists, climbers and tourists thanks to its varied landscape, from its ice-capped volcano namesake to subalpine meadows filled with wildflowers. Stop in at the Henry M. Jackson Visitor Centre and, depending on the weather, go for a short hike or two in the afternoon before heading to the hotel.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Mt Rainier National Park
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
You've probably heard of Portland. It's the indisputable hipster capital of the west and is known for flannel shirts, its outdoor lifestyle, bike-friendly attitude, microbreweries and coffeehouses. Love 'em or hate 'em, hipsters know how to put together a really liveable city (and it's just as good as a traveller). Drive for half a day from Mt. Rainier and take a walk around town with your leader on arrival. This super-progressive city is yours to explore in the evening, so hit the breweries, check out the music and theatre scene or simply find a good spot to people-watch. 
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Jump on an included, three-hour bike tour of NE Portland visiting cultural and historical sites as well the locals' favourite haunts for world-class food and coffee. The tour comes with 24-hour bike rental included and the rest of the day is free for you to explore on two wheels or two feet – too easy. Come evening, check out the Doug Fir Lounge, an iconic bar and restaurant featuring live music almost every night, located right next door to your accommodation, the ultra-hip Jupiter Hotel.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Tastes & Treasures of Portland Bike Tour
Meals Included
  • Lunch
Sit back and cruise down the coast with a bunch of pit stops along the way. We'll visit Tillamook and learn about this delicious, Oregon-made cheese, then check out the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area and hit the Tahkenitch Dunes Trail. Grab a meal and a drink at the Rogue Brewery then explore Old Town Florence and its art galleries, antique stores and ample opportunities for wine tasting. Spend the evening along the gorgeous waters of Coos Bay. 
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Lunch at Rogue Brewery
  • Tillamook - Cheese Factory Visit
  • Oregon Dunes NRA - Tahkenitch Dunes Trail
Meals Included
  • Lunch
Drive out to Crater Lake National Park for a scenic hike around the Rim Trail. Crater Lake is the deepest lake in the US, the second deepest in North America, and is famous for its pristine blue waters fed by the snowy peaks above. Spend the evening out in Ashland, a small city home to Southern Oregon University and the Oregon Shakespeare Festival which runs from March till October.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Crater Lake National Park
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Today we'll drive to Oregon Caves National Monument. This cave system is special in that it is formed from marble, and we'll take a guided tour through the tunnels and caverns with a ranger. Continue across the Oregon-California border and stop at Crescent Beach Overlook for a view of the wild Pacific, before ending the day with sunset on the beach and a night near the Redwood National Park. This area of the coast is home to some of the tallest and oldest trees in the world. 
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Redwood National Park
  • Oregon Caves Discovery Tour
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Take a full day to hike and explore the Redwood National and State Parks. Go looking for elk in Prairie Creek then walk through the incredible ridge-top redwoods at the Lady Bird Johnson Grove of Tall Trees. The scenes on Endor with the Ewoks in Star Wars VI: Return of the Jedi were filmed in this area, and you really will feel like you're on another planet.  
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Today is a long travel day heading south to San Francisco. Arrive late in the afternoon and stop for photos of the Golden Gate Bridge, then enjoy a night with your group or take an optional sunset sail in the bay. With a bustling China Town, popular waterfront and plenty of nightlife options in Union Hill and the Mission District, there's no shortage of evening entertainment in this eclectic city.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Adventure Cat Sunset Sail - USD50
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
You'll have another day to enjoy the delights of San Fran. Perhaps check out the Ferry Building Marketplace for some local produce and artisan goods.  This evening head out with the group on an Urban Adventures tour, which includes a guided walk through San Francisco's famous Little Italy and North Beach districts and dinner at a local restaurant.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • San Francisco - Dinner Urban Adventure
Meals Included
  • Dinner
Special Information
Combination Trip - As this is a combination trip, your leader and the composition of your group may change at this point. There will be a group meeting to discuss the next stage of your itinerary. This is optional to attend however is a great way to meet your new travel companions. Please look for a note in the hotel lobby or ask reception where it will take place.

Alcatraz - If your wanting to see the island prison you can do this today on your free day in San Fran. Please be advised that tickets must be booked in advance, as they sell out quickly and numbers are limited. You can make your reservations online at alcatrazcruises.com or by calling +1415 981 7625 between the hours of 8 am and 7 pm, Pacific Standard Time (USA). We recommend reserving your tickets before the tour commences.
This morning hit the road out of San Francisco and drive north to the beautiful Sonoma Valley wine region. The small town of Sonoma was the site of the rebellion, which paved the way for California's independence from Mexico. Enjoy lunch, a wine tasting and an optional winery tour at a local vineyard. Explore the historic buildings and scenic trails of nearby Jack London State Park - the area the famous writer and adventurer once called home. Spend the second night of the trip in Sonoma.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Sonoma - Jack London State Historic Park
  • Sonoma - Wine Tasting
  • Sonoma - Picnic lunch
Optional Activities
  • Sonoma - Jack London Cottage - USD4
Meals Included
  • Lunch
Today is a long day of driving (approximately seven hours), as you head east to Yosemite National Park where you'll spend the next two nights. Featuring sequoia forests, granite cliff faces and waterfalls, the scenery in this World Heritage-listed park is amazing to explore.
Accommodation
  • Motel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Yosemite National Park - Entrance
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Enjoy a free day to explore Yosemite National Park. There are plenty of hikes to do, each varying in difficulty. Perhaps take a 4-5 hour hike to the top of Nevada Fall or a short and easy walk to the serene Mirror Lake. Keep an eye out for squirrels (and perhaps even a bear) along the way. You might like to hire a bike and cycle around Yosemite Valley, stopping by the park's museum, photo gallery, shops and restaurants on the way. In the heat of summer, float down the Merced River on a raft and enjoy a few drinks at the local cafe.
Accommodation
  • Motel (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Yosemite - Cycling in Yosemite Valley - USD12
  • Yosemite National Park - Hiking - Free
  • Yosemite - Raft Rental (seasonal) - USD30
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Make the drive to Lake Tahoe (approximately 4 hours). Enjoy free time for the rest of the day. If it's summer, perhaps using it to hike, swim, rent bikes or simply relax. An optional sunset sailing cruise on the lake is also available. In winter, your optional activities revolve around snow – strap on some snowshoes and go for a hike, take a sleigh ride, or try your hand at ice skating. 
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Lake Tahoe - Kayaking/watersports - USD25
  • Lake Tahoe - Sunset champagne cruise - USD50
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Drive south to Death Valley (approximately 6 hours). On the way to Lone Pine perhaps stop at Manzanar National Historic Site, a former Japanese Internment Camp during WWII. Spend the night in the town of Lone Pine, not far from the entrance to Death Valley. Here there's the option to visit the Museum of Western Film History, which celebrates the many movies that have been filmed in the area, such as Iron Man, Django Unchained, How The West Was Won, and True Grit.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Lone Pine - Museum of Western Film History - USD5
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
This morning we drive the short distance into Death Valley National Park. Death Valley National Park is a geologically rich area, featuring huge sand dunes, canyons, sculpted rocks, valleys and volcanic craters. Elevations fluctuate from 85 metres below sea level near Badwater Point (the lowest point in the USA) to 3756 metres above sea level at Telescope Peak. Death Valley is extremely hot and dry, so pack plenty of water. Perhaps hike up to Dante's View for amazing vistas over the valley. Check out Ubehebe Crater or find a shady trail through Golden Canyon.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Death Valley National Park
Optional Activities
  • Death Valley National Park - Hiking (seasonal) - Free
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
It's a short three-hour drive through Nevada today, to the glitzy desert city of Las Vegas. This city may be the gambling capital of the world, but if this isn't your thing there's a lot more to do in town. Wander along the Strip past impersonators, billboards and hotels, checking out the Bellagio fountain show. Head to a rooftop amusement park, hit the chain stores or lose all sense of time exploring the gaudy interiors of The Venetian, Caesars Palace and New York-New York hotels. In the evening, join up with the group for an included buffet dinner, Vegas style. If you're up for it, see an after dinner show or hit up a nightclub.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Las Vegas - Buffet Dinner
Optional Activities
  • Las Vegas - Helicopter Tour of The Strip - USD110
  • Las Vegas - Limo (per group) - USD300
  • Las Vegas - Big Apple Express roller coaster - USD15
Meals Included
  • Dinner
There are no activities planned for today and you're able to depart the accommodation at any time after breakfast. As there's a great deal to do in Las Vegas, we recommend staying a few extra days to make the most of this exciting city. If you need help booking extra accommodation, our reservations team will be happy to assist (subject to availability). If you do decide to stay on, perhaps take a helicopter trip from Las Vegas to the Grand Canyon. The trip includes champagne, beverages and a light snack, all served above the Colorado River. The tour takes approximately two-and-a-half hours altogether.
Optional Activities
  • Las Vegas - Grand Canyon Helicopter flight from Las Vegas - USD529
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.

Meals

2 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners

Transport

Ferry, Private vehicle

Accommodation

Hotel (17 nights), Motel (2 nights)

Included activities

  • Olympic National Park
  • La Push Beach
  • Hoh Rainforest - Olympic National Park
  • Mt Rainier National Park
  • Tastes & Treasures of Portland Bike Tour
  • Lunch at Rogue Brewery
  • Tillamook - Cheese Factory Visit
  • Oregon Dunes NRA - Tahkenitch Dunes Trail
  • Crater Lake National Park
  • Redwood National Park
  • Oregon Caves Discovery Tour
  • San Francisco - Dinner Urban Adventure
  • Sonoma - Jack London State Historic Park
  • Sonoma - Wine Tasting
  • Sonoma - Picnic lunch
  • Yosemite National Park - Entrance
  • Death Valley National Park
  • Las Vegas - Buffet Dinner

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