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8 Days • 10 Meals
HIGHLIGHTS: Seattle, Mount St. Helens Visitor Center, Portland, Choice on Tour, Columbia River Gorge, Hood River, Yaquina Head Lighthouse, Newport, Bandon State Natural Area, Rogue River Cruise, Redwood National Park, Avenue of the Giants, San Francisco
PRICE PER PERSON:
Cancellation Waiver and Insurance of $299 per person
Day 1 Sep 18, 2022: 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.
Day 2 Sep 19, 2022: Seattle - Mt. St. Helen’s - 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.”
Day 3 Sep 20, 2022: Portland - Columbia River Gorge - 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 a wine-tasting at a local vineyard followed by a visit to a lavender farm. Upon returning to Portland it’s your choice! Explore Portland by foot and streetcar with a local guide -OR- visit the International Rose Test Garden and walk among the thousands of roses. Afterwards, enjoy dinner at a local restaurant.
Day 4 Sep 21, 2022: Portland - Willamette Valley - Newport - North Bend (Oregon Coast) On the way to the Oregon coast, journey through the Willamette Valley. Today known for its wine that rivals that Napa, this was once the “Promised Land” for the pioneers who followed the Oregon Trail. On the coast, stop at the Yaquina Head Lighthouse, a 93-foot tower buffeted by wind and rain since 1872. Enjoy time at the interpretive center or make your way down to Cobble Beach to explore the tide pools of colorful sea anemones and starfish. Stop in the seaside town of Newport before traveling further along the coast. End your day strolling North Bend’s lively boardwalk, perched along scenic Coos Bay.
Day 5 Sep 22, 2022: 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.
Day 6 Sep 23, 2022: 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.
Day 7 Sep 24, 2022: 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. After a farewell lunch, the remainder of your day is at leisure to explore San Francisco independently.
Day 8 Sep 25, 2022: San Francisco - Tour Ends Your tour comes to a close today, but the memories will stay with you forever.
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