Pacific Northwest & California
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Pacific Northwest & California
featuring Washington, Oregon and California
April 26 — May 03, 2021
Seattle, Mount St. Helens Visitor Center, Portland, Columbia River Gorge, Hood River, Newport, Bandon State Natural Area, Rogue River Cruise, Redwood National Park, Avenue of the Giants, San Francisco
1Apr 26, 2021: Seattle, Washington - Tour Begins
Your tour opens with an overnight stay in Seattle, dubbed the “Emerald City” for its lush green surroundings. Get to know your fellow travelers at tonight’s welcome dinner.
2Apr 27, 2021: Seattle - Olympia - Portland, Oregon
Explore Seattle’s colorful waterfront area and historic Pioneer Square with a local guide. Mingle with artisans at the lively Pike Place Market, a famous fish and vegetable market dotted with restaurants and shops. Travel south through Olympia, stopping at the Mount St. Helens Visitor Center. Learn about its 1980 volcanic eruption as well as the history and geology of the state park. Continue to Portland, Oregon for a two-night stay in the picturesque “City of Roses.” Enjoy a tour of Portland on your way to dinner.
3Apr 28, 2021: Portland - Cascade Mountains - Portland
Drive along the Mt. Hood route to the lush Columbia River Gorge. Take in the unforgettable views of Mt. Hood as you leave the valley and enter the Cascade Mountains. Discover the awe-inspiring landscapes of the magnificent Columbia River and Multnomah Falls, a 611-foot-tall roaring cascade. Later, enjoy some free time in Hood River, one of the prettiest cities in Oregon. Your evening is free to independently explore Portland, a cosmopolitan city with a small town attitude.
4Apr 29, 2021: Portland - Willamette Valley - Newport - North Bend
Journey through the Willamette Valley, the “Promised Land” for the pioneers who followed the Oregon Trail. This lush valley contains some of the most fertile agricultural soil in Oregon. Head to the seaside town of Newport for a brief stop before traveling along some of the country's most beautiful coastline. Admire sweeping views from the Yaquina Head Lighthouse, a 93-foot tower buffeted by wind and rain since 1872. Pause along the way to take in the natural beauty of Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area. Cap off your day strolling North Bend’s lively boardwalk perched along scenic Coos Bay.
5Apr 30, 2021: North Bend - Bandon Natural Area- Redwood National Park, CA- Blue Lake
Drive to Bandon State Natural Area. Take in the breathtaking scenery as we travel along the striking Beach Loop. See Bandon Rocks and Face Rock, famous for their American Indian legends. Stop to enjoy a cruise up the spectacular Rogue River, taking you into Oregon’s rugged wilderness for a chance to see bald eagles, cormorants, seals and blue heron. Continuing south to California’s redwood country, travel through Redwood National Park, home to trees that can reach nearly 300 feet. See for yourself why the sun seldom hits the ground.
6May 01, 2021: Blue Lake - San Francisco
Return to the majestic beauty and splendid grandeur of the redwood forest as you traverse the “Avenue of the Giants,” a scenic highway loaded with towering redwoods. Next, drive over the legendary Golden Gate Bridge and arrive in "the City by the Bay,” San Francisco. Tonight, enjoy dinner on your own at one of the many restaurants in this eclectic city.
7May 02, 2021: San Francisco
Today, join a local guide to hear stories of the city’s past and present as you drive past its famous landmarks including Fisherman’s Wharf, the Presidio and the Golden Gate Bridge. You’ll also see the iconic neighborhoods of Chinatown, North Beach and Haight Ashbury. Enjoy a farewell lunch on the city’s colorful Pier 39 with exceptional views of San Francisco Bay and the Bay Bridge. The remainder of your day is at leisure to explore San Francisco independently.
8May 03, 2021: San Francisco - Tour Ends
Your tour comes to a close today, but the memories will stay with you forever.