Sometimes clichés are a good thing, and the Northwest’s reputation for great coffee is proof. With more baristas than ever, you're guaranteed a caffeine fix — after all, it’s where Starbucks™ first launched. And, in Seattle, you’ll quickly settle into that famous coffee bar scene, as you check out cool neighbourhoods like the Waterfront.
But, as you travel down this strip of coast, you’ll discover coffee’s only part of its story. Swapping city life for the Northwest’s untamed volcanic landscapes, travel through Mount Rainier National Park and past Mount St Helens. You’ll end up in Portland; contrastingly flat, it’s known for its walkability and, weirdly, food vans.
Your trail continues with the 40-mile long wind-sculpted Oregon Dunes, the wild beaches and crashing surf around Coos Bay, and the eye-catching lighthouses of Oregon’s coastline. These make way for the giants of Redwood National Park, rivalling skyscrapers in their height. Then serene countryside dotted with timeless towns like pretty Mendocino and historic Eureka, before the exclusive wine estates of Sonoma Valley. All before you return to urban living, and the coffee shops beyond the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco.
Welcome to Seattle. Upon arrival at Seattle International Airport, join the shared transfer to your hotel. The rest of the day is at your leisure. Please note: this tour originally starts in Vancouver and Virgin Holidays customers join the tour on day two of the itinerary in Seattle. Accommodation stay – 2 nights in Seattle.
Today you can explore Seattle and its surrounding area at your leisure (guide not included). The Downtown Seattle Waterfront is a great place to take in the views of Elliott Bay and the Olympic Mountains, and no visit would be complete without strolling through the grounds at the Seattle Center and checking out the spectacular view from the Space Needle’s 520-foot high observation deck. Your ATI Tour Director will contact you in the evening to confirm the departure time for the morning (they will leave you a message if you are still out enjoying the city).
Depart this morning for Portland, Oregon’s largest city and one of the world’s best walking cities. En route, visit Mount Rainier National Park and Mount St. Helens, both active volcanoes and part of the Northwest’s 'ring of fire'. Ascending to 14,410 feet above sea level and often shrouded in clouds, Mount Rainier is the most glaciated peak in the contiguous U.S. and stands as an icon in the Washington landscape. Driving distance approximately 284 miles. Accommodation stay – 1 night in Portland.
Today, enjoy a scenic drive along Oregon’s coastline where spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean and the surrounding forests await. Travel south through Newport and the heart of the central coast to Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area. Extending for over 40 miles, Oregon Dunes features wind-sculpted sand dunes that tower up to 500 feet above sea level. Driving distance approximately 237 miles. Accommodation stay – 1 night in Coos Bay.
Continuing south, the rugged Oregon coastline offers stunning views, endless beaches, crashing waves and beautiful lighthouses, while California’s spectacular Redwood Coast offers sparkling beaches, cascading rivers, quiet countryside, historic communities and a forest as old as the dinosaurs. Nearly half of the remaining old growth redwoods can be found in Redwood National Park, including giants five stories taller than the Statue of Liberty. Driving distance approximately 110 miles. Accommodation stay – 1 night in Eureka.
Today, pass through the picturesque Village of Mendocino, recently designated a Preserve America Community; where every structure speaks of history, en route to Northern California’s Wine Country. Home to perfect grape-growing conditions, dazzling displays of colour as the seasons change and a Mediterranean climate, this region possesses some of the most famous wineries in the world. Driving distance approximately 158 miles. Accommodation stay – 1 night in Sonoma.
This morning, cross the Golden Gate Bridge, an engineering marvel and one of the most beloved bridges in the world, before arriving in San Francisco. Driving distance approximately 108 miles. Accommodation stay – 1 night in San Francisco.
Enjoy free time to explore San Francisco before taking the shared transfer to the airport for your overnight flight home back to the UK. Arrive in the UK on day 9.
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If you would like to extend your trip or make the tour part of a longer holiday, we can easily add on a pre or post night stays for you. Our Sales Team will work with you to arrange the best connecting flights and book any additional hotel stays. Simply tell us what you’d like and we can arrange it.
GMT -8 hours
Final hotel list will be confirmed 10 days prior to departure.
No board included.
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