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California, Oregon & Washington State Self-Drive Tour

21 days from £5,725pp

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Tour highlights

  • Explore the beautiful cities of San Francisco, Portland and Seattle.

  • Drive along the scenic coastal highways of California and Oregon.

  • See magnificent giant redwood trees in northern California.

  • At low tide walk to Haystack Rock at Oregon's Cannon Beach.

  • Hike around the temperate rainforests looking for wildlife in Olympic National Park.

Price includes:

  • Scheduled international flights
  • Fully insured vehicle hire
  • All accommodation
  • 24-hour support while you travel
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Itinerary idea in detail

Includes international flights from a choice of UK airports, including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

  • Today you begin your journey by boarding your international outbound flight to San Francisco. On arrival in San Francisco make your own way to your downtown hotel. The remainder of the day is free to relax.

  • This morning join a guided bike tour that takes you to view some of the city's most iconic sights, including the Golden Gate Bridge. This afternoon you are free to explore the city — perhaps visit the former prison island of Alcatraz, see the sea lions at Pier 39, take a cable car through the hilly streets to Chinatown or enjoy a seafood lunch at Fisherman's Wharf.

  • Collect your hire car and drive north out of the city toward the rolling vineyards of the Sonoma Valley. The afternoon is free to visit some of the many excellent wineries and, of course, sample their delicious wines.

  • Today you join a full day wine tour to some of the best Sonoma Valley vineyards. You will be taken around by an experienced guide and have the opportunity to taste and learn about the area's produce.

  • Drive up the beautiful California coast to Mendocino. Here you can take a trip on the "skunk train" to explore the giant redwood forests.

  • Admire the enormity and beauty of the magnificent giant redwood trees as you drive through the Avenue of the Giants to Redwood National Park. Some of the largest trees in the world grow here, some being over 370 feet high. Spend the night in nearby Trinidad near to the national park.

  • Today you can enjoy a full day private tour into the famous Redwood National Park. You will stand underneath some of the tallest trees on Earth and learn about the ecology of the area.

  • Take your time to drive along the coast to Gold Beach, in leafy southern Oregon. There is time this afternoon to relax on the beach.

  • Leaving the beaches behind, drive inland through glorious mountain scenery to Crater Lake National Park.

  • The beauty of volcanic Crater Lake National Park awaits you today. Don't miss a boat trip around Wizard Island to really appreciate the beauty of the lake's iridescent blue waters, but there are many delightful walking trails to explore too.

  • Head north to the outdoor activities town of Bend. Many activities are available here including mountain biking, canoeing, fishing, horse riding, ATV tours and some lovely walking trails. Also, you may wish to visit the High Desert Museum for some fascinating local history insights or wander into the boutiques and restaurants downtown.

  • Continue driving north to Oregon's eco-chic city, Portland. You may want to wander up to Piggott's Point and watch the sunset over this relaxed west coast city.

  • Join a fantastic trip this afternoon to explore the scenic Columbia Gorge, looking out for wildlife along the way, followed by a visit to a couple of charming local wineries.

  • Enjoy a leisurely drive as you make your way northwest to the coast at Cannon Beach. This must surely be one of Oregon's most picturesque beaches with beautiful Haystack Rock providing the focal point.

  • Enjoy a day exploring Cannon Beach, renowned for its windswept coastal scenery. One of Oregon's most popular seaside towns, it is full of restaurants, pubs and galleries to spend the day pottering around.

  • Drive north into Washington State and head to the delightfully scenic Olympic National Park. Spend two nights at the park's lovely Lake Crescent. Spend the afternoon enjoying the magnificent driftwood-strewn beaches and moss-draped rainforests of Olympic National Park. Look for Roosevelt deer and perhaps take a boating trip on the lake or enjoy a scenic walk.

  • Today you can relax at Lake Crescent and enjoy the surrounding views over the water and mountains.

  • Leaving Olympic National Park, catch the ferry to Washington State's capital, Seattle. After returning your car, the remainder of the day is free to explore this cosmopolitan city.

  • See the Space Needle, walk along the Embarcadero, ride on the monorail and take in the beautiful scenery from Kerry's Park; today is the day to explore this water-front city. Don't miss the Boeing factory, Pike Place Market or a visit to nearby Mount St. Helens.

  • The morning is free in Seattle before making your way to Seattle Airport to board your onward flight.

  • Arrive home today to complete your journey.

Accommodation options

While the itinerary price reflects the suggested accommodation, Audley trips are 100% tailor-made, and a specialist can help you select the option best suited to your tastes and budget.

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When to go

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Place Daily max temperature (°C) Monthly rainfall (mm)
San Francisco
Crater Lake National Park
Bend (Sisters)
Cannon Beach
Lake Crescent

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