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Self-Drive Highlights of the Northwest

14 Days Tour from £2,169 per Person Including Flights

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Overview

This self-drive tour will bring you to some of the best the Northwest has to offer, starting in Seattle, the “Emerald City,” and winding through Portland, the breathtaking Oregon Coast, California’s giant redwoods and renowned wine country, culminating in the glorious City by the Bay: San Francisco.

Highlights

  • Take in the panoramic views from the Space Needle and shop Pike Place Market in Seattle
  • Stroll Portland’s famous gardens, enjoy a bike tour of the city’s famous brew scene and explore the spectacular Oregon coast
  • Take a heart-pounding jet boat ride on the Rogue River, and explore underground at Oregon Caves National Monument
  • Taste and tour California’s famed wine country in Sonoma and Napa counties, visiting some of its most charming towns along the way
  • View the vibrant community of floating homes in Sausalito, go back in time to the Summer of Love with a Haight-Ashbury Magic Bus tour, hop aboard the ferry for a visit to Alcatraz Island, and ride a cable car up and down San Francisco’s steep hills

Details

Day 1 & 2

Seattle, WA

Your tour begins in Seattle, with your first day best used to relax and get ready to enjoy an adventure of a lifetime. In the morning, head to Olympic Sculpture Park along the downtown waterfront to explore this open-air museum that features an impressive collection of modern works along with jaw-dropping views of the mountains, Sound and the ferries. Next visit Seattle Center to tour Chihuly Garden and Glass, a museum showcasing the studio glass of Dale Chihuly with 45,000 square feet of galleries and landscaping. Just steps away is the iconic Space Needle, where you’ll ride the elevator to the top and take in panoramic views of the city, the Sound, and, on a clear day, Mount Rainier, the Olympic and Cascade Mountains. In the evening, take a dinner cruise to enjoy stunning views of the city from the water, along with delicious Northwest cuisine.

Overnight: Hotel Max, Seattle

Day 3 & 4

Portland, OR (174 miles)

Start your day with a visit to Pike Place Market, the oldest continually operating farmers’ market in the U.S., established in 1907. It features an open-air market with a wide variety of fresh produce, flowers and seafood, along with underground retailers that sell unique goods, including vintage items, handmade arts and crafts and more. Watch the fishmongers toss the fresh catch of the day through the air, and pick up souvenirs to take home before driving south to Portland.

Spend your afternoon in Portland exploring one of the best Japanese gardens outside of Japan, complete with an authentic Japanese tea house, winding streams, picturesque bridges and pagodas as well as amazing views of Mount Hood. At the nearby International Rose Test Garden, you’ll see, and smell, thousands of the beautiful flowers in an array of colours. In the morning, look forward to enjoying a taste of “Beervana,” as Portland is sometimes referred to, by taking a leisurely bike tour visiting some of the city’s 40 breweries and then visit the Pearl District’s numerous world-class art galleries and boutiques.

Overnight: The Benson, Portland Oregan

Day 5

Gleneden Beach, OR (112 miles)

It’s time to visit the Oregon Coast, one of the world’s most breathtaking coastlines, and along the way, enjoy the vistas of the gorgeous Dundee region’s vineyards, perhaps stopping to pick up a bottle and enjoy a taste along the way. Soon, the Pacific Ocean will come into view, and you’ll drive along the coast, enjoy the multiple photo-ops before arriving at Gleneden Beach.

Overnight: Salishan Lodge Gleneden Beach

Day 6 & 7

Grants Pass, OR (252 miles)

Travelling further south, take a break at Cape Perpetua, the highest point along the coast, marked by steep headlands, jagged volcanic outcrops and breathtaking ocean views. Just north of Florence are the Sea Lion Caves, one of the best places in the world to see these sea mammals in the wild. Visit this wildlife preserve which protects the sea lions that are free to come and go as they please, throughout the spring and summer, they can be seen in the rookery areas right in front of the cave. Afterward, journey on to Grants Pass, your base for the next two nights.

From Grants Pass, you’ll visit experience the thrills of the famous Rogue River by embarking on a Jetboat Excursion and enter what feels like a whole new world by exploring the Oregon Caves National Monument. Take a guided tour among the 15,000 feet of passages in the cave, and view the only subterranean Wild and Scenic River in the nation, the River Styx. Back in Grants Pass, enjoy browsing or shopping for antiques in the historic downtown area.

Overnight: Weasku Inn, Grants Pass

Day 8

Eureka, CA (164 miles)

Today’s destination is Eureka, California, but about 40 miles before you reach the city, you’ll stop at Redwood National and State Parks for a visit. These parks situated along the coast of northern California protect 45% of all remaining coast redwood old growth forests. Take the 10-mile Drury Parkway through the heart of the forest to gaze up at some of the largest trees on earth as well as enjoy sightings of the resident Roosevelt elk that graze in the prairie. Afterward, travel along Coastal Drive for magnificent Pacific Ocean vistas and the chance to peer into the tide pools filled with a myriad of colourful creatures.

Overnight: Red Lion Hotel, Eureka

Day 9 & 10

Santa Rosa, CA (292 miles)

Continue south along the coast toward Sonoma County, stopping along the way for all of those amazing photo-ops. Once in Santa Rosa, enjoy shopping and dining in the historic downtown area. Railroad Square is at its heart, and is renowned for its many unique retailers and fantastic eats.

Here in the heart of California Wine Country, you’ll have the region’s famed wineries right at your doorstep. Spend your day touring and tasting throughout Sonoma and Napa counties, and exploring the area’s many lovely towns, like Petaluma, Healdsburg and Bodega Bay, made famous Alfred Hitchcock’s 1963 thriller “The Birds,” it hosts sea-weathered surf shacks, candy shops, wharf-side restaurants and, of course, more fabulous ocean views.

Overnight: Flamingo Resort Santa Rosa

Day 11, 12 & 13

San Francisco, CA (55 miles)

The final leg of the journey will be spent experiencing some of San Francisco’s most iconic sights. Along the way, stop in Sausalito, a charming waterfront town nestled at the base of steep hills which frame the bay. Take a walking tour of the vibrant community of floating homes, and stroll downtown, bursting with shops that sell one-of-a-kind goods, art galleries, bookstores and quaint cafes.

Begin your first morning in the City by the Bay with the legendary Magic Bus tour of Haight-Ashbury for a trip back in time to the 1960s and the Summer of Love. Next take the winding drive down Lombard, known as the “crookedest” street in the world. It features extremely tight turns, beautiful gardens and awe-inspiring views of the bay, Alcatraz, and Coit Tower. Head to the Pacific Heights neighbourhood for a walking tour of the Painted Ladies Victorian Homes, one of the most famous sets of magnificent buildings in the city. Your next morning will kick off with a ride on one of San Francisco’s cable cars, a relic from the days before automobiles, and the world’s last manually operated cable car system as well as an officially designated historic landmark. Catch the ferry afterwards to experience an unforgettable tour of Alcatraz, a formidable fortress in the middle of the bay that served as a federal penitentiary from 1934-1963, housing the likes of Al Capone and George “Machine Gun” Kelly.

Overnight: Nob Hill Hotel San Francisco

Day 14

Enjoy your last day in San Francisco, and the final day of the tour, shopping Union Square. The one-block plaza and surrounding area is one of the largest collections of department stores, upscale boutiques, gift shops, art galleries, and beauty salons in the entire country. Fly home this evening

 

The weather information shown below refers to the first stop on the tour, call us and speak to one of our travel experts for the most up-to-date forecasts and weather details for your tour.

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