Map of Portland to San Francisco Discovery including United States Of America

Combine culinary adventures with the great outdoors on this deliciously different trip.

Discover the captivating beauty of the West Coast on a six-day journey that takes in the region’s superb national parks, lesser-known treasures and charming towns. Travel from Portland down the coast to Bend where you’ll explore the town’s local history, thriving food scene and surrounding natural wonders. Share a meal with the Native American people of Warm Springs, explore the unspoilt beauty of Crater Lake National Park, you’ll marvel at the USA’s deepest lake, and admire the wild waters and rugged coastline at Sonoma Coast State Park.

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Terms & Conditions

Start
Portland, United States
Finish
San Francisco, United States
Destination
United States
Style
Comfort
Theme
Explorer
Code
SSEO
Physical rating
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1, Max 12

Why you'll love this trip

  • Peddle around town discovering Portland’s collection of food carts on a culinary cycling experience with an expert local guide.

  • Native American River to Table experience with a picnic lunch which acknowledges the role salmon played in tribal history.

  • Enjoy a half-day guided kayaking adventure at Cascade Lakes and take in scenic views of the Three Sisters, Broken Top, and Paulina Peak in the Cascade Range.

  • Marvel at the waters of Crater Lake National Park which have attracted artists, photographers, and sightseers from around the world.

  • Roll up your sleeves, shuck your own oysters and support sustainable farming and a climate action champion.

Is this trip right for you?

  • This trip includes time spent travelling in a private vehicle with your group. Extra space can be tight, and conditions may feel a little cramped. It’s all part of the adventure and a great way to get to know your fellow travellers. Please read the itinerary carefully for travel time estimates.

Itinerary

This itinerary is valid for departures from 01 Jan 2023 to 31 Dec 2023.
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Welcome to Portland! Your tour starts at 9am with a group meeting followed by a Food Carts of Portland bike tour. Portland’s famous food carts are scattered throughout the city and your expert guide knows the most delicious ones to check out. Work up an appetite with on this easy 8-12 mile (11-17 km) culinary cycling experience where you’ll get to sample everything from Oregon farm-to-table delights to snacks to satisfy late-night cravings. This evening, you might like to head out for a casual meal with your group or check out Portland’s local bar scene.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Portland - Food Carts of Portland bike tour
Meals Included
  • Lunch
Special Information
It’s very important that you attend the welcome meeting at 9am as we will be collecting insurance and emergency contact details at this time. If you are going to be late please let your travel agent or hotel reception know. Ask reception or look for a note in the lobby for more information on where the meeting will take place.
This morning head to Warm Springs for a Native American River to Table experience provided by The Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs. This meal acknowledges the place salmon have played in tribal history, when these fish were sold to, and traded with, neighbouring tribes, settlers and explorers. Share a simple salmon picnic lunch which celebrates this ancient tradition. From here, it’s a one-hour drive to Bend and your hotel. Tonight, your group might like to check out one of the restaurants in the historic Old Mill District.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Warm Springs - Native American River to Table lunch
Meals Included
  • Lunch
Special Information
Today’s total driving time is approximately 3 hours.
After breakfast, head out on a half-day guided kayaking adventure at Cascade Lakes, high elevation mountain lakes in the dramatic Cascade Range. Float along with your group as you take in views of the Three Sisters, Broken Top, and Paulina Peak. In the afternoon, you may like to take a stroll through Drake Park or along the river, or admire the many historic buildings around town. This evening, join your group for sundowners at the Crux Fermentation Project where you can sample local brews, grab dinner from one of the many food carts, and enjoy views of the Cascade Range.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Bend - Kayaking
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
After an early breakfast, drive to Crater Lake National Park which was formed when an eruption triggered the collapse of a tall mountain peak. It’s home to the deepest lake in the USA, a scenic wonder which has attracted artists, photographers, and sightseers from around the world. You’ll have plenty of time to enjoy a picnic lunch and admire the lake’s beautiful blue water and surrounding scenery before the drive to Medford where you’ll spend the night at a hotel.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Crater Lake National Park - Walk
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
Special Information
Today’s total driving time is approximately 3.5 hours.
You’ll spend the day heading south into Northern California to our overnight stay in Santa Rosa, arriving in the late afternoon when you’ll have some free time to wander around town, grab a bite to eat, or maybe visit a wine bar.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Special Information
Today’s total driving time is approximately 6 hours.
Leaving Santa Rosa early, we make our way to the coast today. Our first stop is Goat Rock and the Sonoma Coast State Park. You can take a walk along a nearby beach to spot resting sea lions (if the season is right) and admire the rugged coastline, crashing waves, and precarious point lighthouse. Keep an eye out for migrating grey whales. There are quite a few beach walks and coastal trails, so the weather and the group’s appetite for activity will help decide which one to take. After your walk rolling up your sleeves and have a go at shucking your own oysters! Not only will you be tasting the best oysters in a beautiful picnic setting, you’ll also be supporting a fellow B Corp and climate action champion. In the afternoon it's time to head back to San Francisco, but not before one last chance to soak up some more of the area’s incredible scenery. Make your way to Muir Woods National Monument and be dwarfed by the old-growth coast redwoods, the tallest living things in the world. Take a loop hike through a cathedral of giant trees. We will arrive back in the city around 5pm where your adventure ends.
Included Activities
  • Muir Woods National Monument hike
  • Sonoma Coast State Park - walk
  • Tomales Bay - Hog Island oyster tasting
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Special Information
Please note no accommodation is booked in San Francisco this evening. Your tour will end at a hotel at Fisherman's Wharf. If you wish to spend longer in the city, which we highly recommend please talk to your booking agent to request additional accommodation for you.

Meals

4 breakfasts, 3 lunches

Transport

Private vehicle

Accommodation

Hotel (5 nights)

Included activities

  • Portland - Food Carts of Portland bike tour
  • Warm Springs - Native American River to Table lunch
  • Bend - Kayaking
  • Crater Lake National Park - Walk
  • Muir Woods National Monument hike
  • Sonoma Coast State Park - walk
  • Tomales Bay - Hog Island oyster tasting

Dates & availability

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Important notes

Travellers on Intrepid trips that start on or before 31 December 2022 are required to produce proof of full vaccination against COVID-19. Learn more about Intrepid’s COVID-19 policy.

1. Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 9 am on Day 1 in Portland. Please make your own way to the Joining Point listed in the Essential Trip Information for this itinerary.
2. On the final day, this trip finishes at approximately 5 pm on arrival in San Francisco. You will be dropped at a hotel in Fisherman's Wharf. If departing this day, please do not book any flights before 8 pm.
3. There is no accommodation included in San Francisco on this trip. If you wish to spend more time in San Francisco we'll be happy to book additional accommodation for you (subject to availability). Speak to an Intrepid booking agent for more information.
4. A single supplement is available if you’d prefer not to share a room on this trip. The single supplement applies to all nights on your trip and is subject to availability. Please speak to your booking agent for further information.

Essential trip information

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