Discover the scenic wonders of Washington, Oregon and Northern California on our 15 day/14 night self-drive tour of the Pacific coast of the U.S.A. The tour operates Saturdays between mid-May and mid-September.
Day 1. Arrive Seattle. Day 2. Seattle. Day 3. Seattle to Port Angeles (approx.80 miles plus ferry). Day 4. Port Angeles to Olympic National Park (Kalaloch) (approx.122 miles). Day 5. Olympic National Park to Portland (approx.190 miles). Day 6. Portland. Day 7. Portland to Florence (approx.168 miles). Day 8. Florence. Day 9. Florence to Crater Lake National Park (approx. 200 miles). Day 10. Crater Lake National Park. Day 11. Crater Lake to Crescent City (approx.190 miles). Day 12. Crescent City to Fort Bragg (approx.230 miles). Day 13. Fort Bragg to San Francisco (approx. 218 miles). Day 14. San Francisco. Day 15. Depart San Francisco.
Day 1. Arrive Seattle. Upon arrival at Seattle’s International airport, make your own way to your hotel in the centre of the city. The remainder of the day is free to explore Seattle. Overnight: Hotel Max (Standard) or Mayflower Park Hotel (Superior) Day 2. Seattle. The shops of Pioneer Square, Pike Place Market, the museums, aquarium, the fascinating Seattle Underground tour, Discovery Park and the Space Needle are just some of the many attractions. Aviation enthusiasts will certainly want to visit the Boeing factory where some of the world’s largest passenger jets are made. Overnight: Hotel Max (Standard) or Mayflower Park Hotel (Superior).
Day 3. Seattle to Port Angeles (approx.80 miles plus ferry). Collect your rental car from the downtown Seattle depot this morning, then board the ferry from Seattle to Bremerton for the short crossing to the Olympic Peninsula. Take your time on this leisurely first day of driving and visit the pretty town of Port Townsend before arriving in Port Angeles. This afternoon.explore the Olympic Mountains with a trip to Hurricane Ridge, enjoy Crescent Lake or visit the San Juan Islands and do some whale-watching. Overnight: Red Lion (Standard) or Lake Crescent Lodge (Superior).
Day 4. Port Angeles to Olympic National Park (Kalaloch) (approx.122 miles). A short drive around the peninsula via the Hoh Rain Forest brings you to the rugged Pacific coast. Your journey takes you through the small town of Forks – setting for the successful novel ‘Twilight’ and location for the movie New Moon. Take a walk on the beach at Kalaloch where huge tree trunks – escapees from the logging industry – have been washed ashore by the mighty Pacific rollers and now form windbreaks for sunbathers. The nearby forest, lakes and beaches are ideal for walking. Overnight: Kalaloch Lodge (Standard & Superior).
Day 5. Olympic National Park (Kalaloch) to Portland (approx.190 miles). Leaving the coast, travel inland via Mount St.Helens National Park to Portland. Mount St.Helens erupted violently in May 1980 and blew apart the mountain, scattering ash and lava over a huge area. Today, nature has mostly healed the scars and at the visitor centre you can learn more about the eruption and renewal of Mount St.Helens. Continue on to Portland this afternoon. Overnight: Jupiter Hotel (Standard) or Benson Hotel (Superior).
Day 6. Portland. Portland is a delight to enjoy and you have a full day to discover for yourself the City of Roses. Excellent shopping, the river walk, Chinatown and the Old Town area provide a wide range of shopping, dining and sightseeing. Overnight: Jupiter Hotel (Standard) or Benson Hotel (Superior).
Day 7. Portland to Florence (approx.168 miles). Leaving the city, your journey takes you to the Oregon coast near Lincoln City and south along the rugged Pacific coast via Newport – home of the Oregon Coast Aquarium – to Florence. Just north of Florence are the Sea Lion Caves – well worth a visit. Overnight: Best Western Pier Point – (Standard & Superior).
Day 8. Florence. A leisurely day of local sightseeing. Discover the rugged coastline, the many coastal state parks, the Siuslaw National Forest and the town of Florence. Overnight: Best Western Pier Point – (Standard & Superior).
Day 9. Florence to Crater Lake National Park (approx. 200 miles). Heading east from the coast you arrive at the spectacular Crater Lake National Park – one of America’s most beautiful locations. Take the rim drive and view the stunning lake from every angle, or enjoy a cruise and relax as you take in the scenery. Overnight: Mazama Village (Standard) or Crater Lake Lodge (Superior).
Day 10. Crater Lake National Park. A free day to discover the natural beauty and charm of this stunning national park. Overnight: Mazama Village (Standard) or Crater Lake Lodge (Superior).
Day 11. Crater Lake to Crescent City (approx.190 miles). The drive from Crater Lake follows the course of the Rogue River as it gouges its way through the Cascade Mountains to the Pacific. The short journey to Crescent City should allow you time to explore some of the small towns along the way and perhaps to enjoy a jetboat ride or raft trip on the Rogue River. Near Crescent City explore the Redwoods National Park – home of some of the largest and oldest trees on earth. Overnight: Best Western Northwoods Inn – (Standard & Superior).
Day 12. Crescent City to Fort Bragg (approx.230 miles). Take time to visit some of the small towns and coastal communities as you continue south along the Pacific coast to Fort Bragg. Overnight: Beachcomber Motel & Spa – (Standard & Superior).
Day 13. Fort Bragg to San Francisco (approx. 218 miles). Enjoy a leisurely drive through the Napa Valley Wine Region, stopping to sample some of the local produce at one or two wineries before crossing the Golden Gate Bridge and arriving in San Francisco. After checking in to your city centre hotel we recommend that you return your rental car at the downtown depot. Overnight: Comfort Inn By The Bay (Standard) or Galleria Park Hotel (Superior).
Day 14. San Francisco. No visit to San Francisco is long enough and we will be happy to extend your stay if your time permits. But in one busy day you can enjoy an optional city tour including a visit to Alcatraz (advance booking required), stroll Fisherman’s Wharf, ride a cable car, cross the Golden Gate Bridge, dine in Chinatown and a lot more, allowing you to sample some of the city’s many delights. Overnight: Comfort Inn By The Bay (Standard) or Galleria Park Hotel (Superior).
Extra days would give you time to drive to Monterey and Carmel, or add a night or two in Yosemite National Park. You can of course continue south to Los Angeles and San Diego and return home from there. Just America will be pleased to help you tailor your tour to your own interests and time constraints.
Day 15. Depart San Francisco. A final morning of sightseeing and last minute shopping before you make your way to San Francisco’s International airport for your return flight to the UK.
Ferry prices are not included in the tour price. We can provide details, prices and make reservations for some of the optional sightseeing excursions mentioned in the itinerary.
Just America will also be pleased to design the itinerary to your own specifications should you wish to extend the tour or add extra nights in San Francisco.
All mileages are approximate. Hotels/lodges are subject to availability at the time of booking.
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Children under 12 years free when sharing a room with 2 adults and using existing bedding at hotels (max. 2 children per room).
*14 nights hotel accommodation including local taxes.
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Not included: Airfares, airport taxes, car rental, meals, ferries, national park admissions and personal expenses.
Just America will be pleased to provide a complete package price including transatlantic flights and car rental.
Tour prices:The prices shown in the price panels are for the accommodation elements only, they do not include flights or car rental (unless indicated). This enables you to choose the airline and car of your choice and add them to the accommodation package to create your holiday. Our reservations staff will be pleased to help you with flight availability, to suggest which is the best airline for your itinerary and to advise you of any special offers the airlines may have introduced.
Hotels:Hotels featured in our self-drive and independent tours are chosen for their location, value for money and facilities. Whenever possible we offer a choice of Standard or Superior hotels. There is no recognised 'star' system throughout North America for classifying hotels, motels and resorts. The hotel ratings for our tours are subjective and are provided to give you an understanding as to the level of facility. They are either the hotel's official categorisation as per the Official Hotel & Resort Guide, or Just America's. Standards vary from location to location, therefore ratings in the remote areas can differ from those in the cities. Standard hotels would be those classified as Moderate, and Superior hotels would be First Class, in the Official Hotel and Resort Guide. National Park accommodations are more rustic and are chosen almost entirely because of their location. It should not be assumed that because an hotel is listed as Superior that it has certain amenities. Often a hotel is classified as Superior due to its position, views or room standard, it does not always follow that a superior hotel will have a swimming pool, hair-dryers, golf course, room service etc. We will try to provide information on individual hotels on request although the internet is usually the quickest and most accurate source of information. Hotel rooms in North America usually have one or two double beds. Triple and Quad rooms have two double beds. Very few hotels in North America have three or four beds. It is sometimes possible to have a rollaway bed which can be requested, but cannot be guaranteed. Occasionally hotels are chosen purely for their location - i.e. half-way between two points of interest - and may be included as a one night stop to break up an otherwise long journey. Such hotels may not have the full facilities normally associated with a Standard or Superior hotel, but sometimes we don't have any other choice. Where possible hotels providing free car parking have been included, however in some locations, such as city centres, the hotels may make a charge.
Note:Hotels are not usually ready to accept guests until after 3 or 4 pm, so please try not to check in before mid-afternoon. Check out time is usually before 11 am or 12 noon. It is sometimes possible to arrange late check out, or the storage of luggage, but this is at the discretion of the hotel.
Tour notes and itineraries:On several of our tours the tour notes and itineraries are provided at the first hotel. On other tours this information is forwarded with the travel documents approximately 14 days prior to departure. We will endeavour to provide the best information we can to help you, but it is not our policy to provide mile by mile detailed route guides, the frequent changes to local road conditions, layouts etc., makes this impossible. We do provide maps, guides to the major attractions en route, and directions to hotels whenever possible. These are independent self-drive holidays and you will be required to read a map and locate attractions and hotels. Sat.Nav. is available from the car rental companies - at a charge - and you may find this useful, however all technology is prone to failure so we always recommend that you keep the maps handy.
Tailor-made holidays:We will be pleased to discuss your own ideas and itineraries and help you plan your holiday. If you would like to email, fax or mail an outline of your tour with dates, number of people, ages of children etc., to us we will be happy to advise you. We request that you include your daytime telephone number on all correspondence. Where you have chosen the route and we have designed a tailor-made holiday for you, it may not be possible to provide you with a detailed tour itinerary. We suggest that you read up about the area you are planning to visit well in advance, preferably before you book the holiday. Insight Guides cover almost every region of North America and are about the best on the market. Just America can also provide a some tourist information subject to availability, but we do not have detailed route information to cover every area of the Continent. You might find the internet to be the best source of free, up-to-date information.
National Park Passes:Both the US and Canada charge entrance fees for their national parks, and if you are visiting a number of parks, this cost can add up to a significant amount. We recommend that you purchase a Parks Pass at the first national park you visit. For the US the pass currently costs $80 for up to four adults (children under 16 are free). In Canada a family pass currently costs $136.40. Both passes provide unlimited visits to that country's parks for 12 months. The passes can only be used in the country of purchase. Full details available at www.nps.gov (for USA) and www.pc.gc.ca/index_e.asp