Pacific Northwest Explorer
13 Day Self Drive - from £1,229
Enjoy the Beautiful Panoramas of the Pacific Northwest. This fabulous self drive takes you through the unmistakable landscapes of Olympic, Mt. Rainier, and Redwood National Parks on the way to California’s Wine Country and the glorious Napa Valley.
- Scenic views in Olympic National Park
- Napa Wine Country
- Seattle and Portland Sightseeing
- San Francisco and Alcatraz
- Scenic Mount Rainier
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Your Self Drive Adventure
Day 1: Arrive in Seattle
Arrive in Seattle for the start of your Pacific Northwest self drive. Seattle is known as the 'Emerald City' because of the green hue of the waters that surround it. The downtown area of Seattle has many excellent restaurants and you have two nights here to enjoy the city area.
Hotels:(Standard) Executive Hotel Pacific or similar (2 Nights)
(Budget) Quality Inn & Suites or similar (2 Nights)
Day 2: Seattle
Today, enjoy all the sights and sounds Seattle has to offer. One of the city’s major attractions is the Waterfront. Here you will find a great variety of shops, restaurants and the Seattle Aquarium. After a long day of walking, relax on a tour boat and enjoy the views of the city from the waters of Puget Sound.
Day 3: Olympic National Park (153 miles)
Depart early his morning and make your way toward Olympic National Park. When you enter the park keep a look out for Hurricane Ridge, from here you will get the best scenic views of the Olympic Mountains. The rest of the day is yours to explore the park.
Hotels:(Standard & Budget) Kalaloch Lodge or similar (1 Night)
Day 4: Portland (309 miles)
Enjoy a scenic drive towards Mount Rainier, an active cascade volcano encased in over 35 square miles of snow and ice. Here there are a variety of hiking trails available for all skill levels so spend some time exploring the area before hopping back in the car. Continuing on towards Portland, drive past Mt. St. Helen where the earthquake in 1980 caused the volcano to erupt blanketing towns, hundreds of miles away, in volcanic ash and permanently altering the mountain’s face. Continue towards Portland where you will stay two nights.
Hotels:(Standard) Jupiter Hotel or similar (2 Nights)
(Budget) Shilo Inn Portland/Beaverton or similar (2 Nights)
Day 5: Portland
Today is yours to spend in Portland. Known as the 'City of Roses' Portland is a big city which retains many small town charms. But its true beauty can be found in one of the local public gardens or parks within the city. Here you can visit the International Rose Test Garden, the largest and oldest rose test gardens in the United States. The gardens were established in 1917 by the American Rose Society and are used as testing grounds for new varieties of roses. Though you will probably see some familiar roses in the Gold Medal Garden, most of the 400 varieties on display are new hybrids being tested before marketing.
Day 6: Newport (197 miles)
The tour continues today toward Newport, by way of Seaside and Cannon Beach. Seaside lies at the end of the Lewis & Clark trail, where the two explorers reached the Pacific Ocean. A monument celebrating the discovery stands at the circular loop drive where Broadway Street ends and the stairway down to the beachfront begins. Along the promenade, a two-mile long boardwalk, there are plenty of shops and restaurants to keep you busy. Just a few miles further you will encounter Cannon Beach, recognized by its well-known landmark, Haystack Rock. After a break here continue to Newport where the picturesque Yaquina Head Lighthouse welcomes you.
Hotels:(Standard & Budget) Shilo Inn Oceanfront Resort or similar (1 Night)
Day 7: Coos Bay (99 miles)
Explore the second part of Oregon’s Pacific coast today. En-route to Coos Bay keep an eye out for the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area. If you’re feeling adventurous, these wind-sculpted sand dunes towering to 500 feet above sea level provide opportunities for hiking, fishing, canoeing, horseback riding and for the ultimate thrill, you can navigate the dunes in a Dune Buggy. After some excitement, continue on to Coos Bay where you will spend the evening.
Hotels:(Standard & Budget) Red Lion Hotel Coos Bay or similar (1 Night)
Day 8: Medford (253 miles)
The journey today leads you through fascinating volcanic Lava Lands to Crater Lake National Park. The park encompasses Crater Lake’s caldera which rests in the remains of the destroyed Mount Mazama volcano. After making your way through this dramatic landscape with many photo opportunities along the way, continue on to Medford for an overnight stay.
Hotels:(Standard) Ashland Springs Hotel or similar (1 Night)
(Budget) Inn at the Commons or similar (1 Night)
Day 9: Eureka (195 miles)
As you leave Medford this morning consider stopping at the Oregon Caves National Monument. Although small in size, this national monument offers the opportunity to explore an active marble cave created by natural forces over the course of millions of year. Continue your journey to Redwood National Park located along the northern California coast. Take a serene hike on one of the fascinating trails and discover the wonder of these ancient trees before continuing on to Eureka for an overnight stay.
Hotels:(Standard & Budget) Red Lion Hotel Eureka or similar (1 Night)
Day 10: Napa Wine Country (258 miles)
Driving south along the stunning Pacific Coast you will arrive into California’s picturesque wine country. Many of the wineries here offer tastings and tours of their facilities, today is your opportunity to explore the region and test out the best wines in California. For a unique experience jump aboard the ‘Wine Train’ and tour the Napa winemaking region in comfort and style - sit back and take in the scenery whilst sampling California’s finest wines.
Hotels:(Standard) Meritage Resort & Spa or similar (1 Night)
(Budget) River Terrace Inn or similar (1 Night)
Day 11: San Francisco (69 miles)
Continuing further south you will soon spot the iconic Golden Gate Bridge. Along the way, you will pass Muir Woods National Monument and Sausalito. Located at the North end of the Golden Gate Bridge this town is a nice place to stop and take a break before making your way into San Francisco. The rest of the day is yours to wander the rolling hills, ethnic neighbourhoods and the colourful waterfront.
Hotels: (Standard) Carriage Inn or similar (2 Nights)
(Budget) Best Western Plus Americania or similar (2 Nights)
Day 12: San Francisco (69 miles)
Today you have a whole day to enjoy the many sights and sounds of San Francisco. The city is nice and compact so easily travelled on foot but for a more authentic experience; jump aboard the famous cable cars to make your way around the city’s many attractions. The one place you won’t be able to get to on a cable car is Alcatraz Island! Sitting in the middle of San Francisco Bay, through the years, this island has served as a lighthouse, a military fortification, and finally as a federal prison. This evening make the most of the city’s vibrant night life and dine in one of San Francisco’s many distinctive neighbourhoods, from Chinatown to the very Italian flavoured North Beach, each of these lively areas offers its own distinctive culture and cuisine.
Day 13: Depart San Francisco (13 miles)
Bid farewell the ‘City by the Bay’ and head to the airport for your flight to the UK, or choose to extend your stay in San Francisco to discover more of this wonderful city.
13 Day Self Drive - from £1,229
with flights from £1,675
Our Budget option includes all the benefits of our standard but offers a lower category of accommodation for the more budget conscious.
- Budget accommodation – from £1043
Price is per person, based on 2 sharing a double or twin room and include pre-booked accommodation, air-conditioned car and unlimited mileage. One-way fees charged locally. Hotels specified are subject to availability and may be substituted by one of a similar or higher standard.Item Added Enquire Now
Self Drive Touring
Enjoy independent touring at its very best. Book our self drives as they are or add extra days in the places you choose. Normally available in both directions.
Your self drive includes:
- Well planned, easy to follow route
- Travel guide and maps
- 12 nights pre-booked hotel accommodation
- A choice of standard or budget hotels
- Modern air-conditioned car
- Unlimited mileage
- Roadside assistance
- Car upgrades available upon request