From Seattle to San Fran, experience the highlights of the Pacific Northwest including a unique food, beer and wine scene, national parks and stunning wildernesses.

Explore the Pacific Northwest on this 12-day trip travelling from Seattle to San Fran. With glacier-capped mountains and old-growth forests, both Olympic and Mt. Rainier national parks will be long remembered, as will progressive Portland in all its quirky, hipster glory. Tread the trails through the world’s tallest trees in Redwood National park, hike the rim of the US’s deepest lake and finish in cosmopolitan San Francisco to cap off a journey made for outdoorsy types and food enthusiasts.

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Terms & Conditions

Start
Seattle, United States
Finish
San Francisco, United States
Destination
United States
Style
Comfort
Theme
Explorer
Code
SSKO
Physical rating
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1, Max 13

Why you'll love this trip

  • Explore the incredible forests, mountains and rivers of Mt Rainier and Olympic national parks

  • 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 

  • Emerge from dense conifer forest onto high sand dunes and take in views of the Pacific Ocean at the terminus of the Tahkenitch Dunes Trail

  • See the shimmering waters of the deepest lake in the USA with a hike around the southwestern edge of the ancient Crater Lake

  • End a day of spelunking in Oregon Caves National Monument with a sunset over Crescent Beach

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.

  • 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 6 pm, 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 final night with your group. Organise a farewell dinner, or take an optional sunset sail in the bay to cap off your adventure. 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.
There are no activities planned for today and you're free to depart at any time. That being said, we recommend staying for a few extra days as there's so much to see and do in San Francisco and the surrounding area.
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Special Information
Check out urbanadventures.com for some great tours in San Francisco.

Meals

2 lunches

Transport

Ferry, Private vehicle

Accommodation

Hotel (11 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

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Important notes

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