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San Francisco to Seattle


Take a scenic, nature-focused road trip from San Francisco to bustling Seattle on this nine-day adventure. Kick off your journey with a visit to a local oyster company, a fellow B Corp, where you can shuck your own oysters! Drive up the coast to see Glass Beach, the Avenue of Giants and Redwood National Park. After exploring these ancient wonders, discover Crater Lake, the most pristine lake on Earth, formed thousands of years ago. Take a breather in the popular wine region of Willamette Valley, then hit the groovy arts scene in Portland. Visit Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, home to the stunning Multnomah Falls, then discover Olympic National Park with its moss forests and beaches with a forest of dead trees on the sand.

9 days, from

$3,715

per person

GROUP SIZE

12 people max

ACTIVITY LEVEL

 
2
Trip code: SSSO
Style: Original
Theme: Explorer

Details

Countries Visited:  United States Of America
Accommodation: Hotels (6 nights), Motels (2 nights)
Transportation: Private vehicle
Included Meals:

  • 1 lunches
  • 2 dinners

Group size: Minimum 1, Max 12

  • Explore Redwoods National Park – home to some of the tallest and most ancient trees in the world – and discover gorgeous parklands, oak woodlands, condors and the Avenue of Giants drive.

  • Visit a fellow B Corp and have a go at shucking your own Tomales Bay oysters – then enjoy a scenic picnic lunch where you can eat the fruits (oysters) of your labour.

  • Walk along the rim of Crater Lake National Park – this natural wonder was formed 7700 years ago from the collapse of a mountain peak and is now the deepest lake in the USA fed by rain and snow.

  • Head to the USA’s best wine region for Pinot Noir – Willamette Valley – and enjoy a wine tasting at a local winery in the valley, with gorgeous views of sprawling vineyards, hills and forest.

  • Wander around natural areas that will inspire awe – like the cascades of Multnomah Falls near Portland and the peaceful Hoh Rainforest in Olympic National Park.

  • By travelling on this trip, you’ll directly support our Intrepid Foundation partner, the Grand Canyon Conservancy. Donations help them protect Grand Canyon National Park and support trail restoration, conservation of native plants and wildlife, and educational programs.

Itinerary

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Day 1: San Francisco to Santa Rosa

Welcome to California! Your adventure starts with a welcome meeting at 9 am this morning in San Francisco. There’s no time spent in San Fran on this trip, so it’s recommended that you arrive a day or two early if you want to explore this awesome city. You’ll depart via the Golden Gate Bridge to Point Reyes National Seashore, where you’ll do a short hike. Enjoy the vast coastal views and look out for the local flora and fauna – there are over 1500 species of plants and animals here Continue to Tomales Bay and head to the Hog Island Oyster Co, where you can roll up your sleeves and have a go at shucking your own oysters! Not only will you be tasting the best oysters in a beautiful picnic setting but you’ll also be supporting a fellow B Corp and climate action champion. Enjoy some time here for lunch and then continue north to Santa Rosa, where you’ll spend the night.

Day 2: Crescent City

Today will be a road trip day, so grab a window seat if you can and get your favourite playlist or a good book ready – it's a bit of a long drive up the coast, but you'll have plenty of stops along the way to appreciate the coastal views. Check out the Glass Beach at Fort Bragg – one of the best beaches in California for sea glass – then drive the Avenue of the Giants for your first taste of redwood trees. This famed road is known as the most scenic drive through the redwoods and is lined by huge titans, one of which you can even drive through! Continue to Crescent City, where you’ll head out for a group dinner at a local restaurant.

Day 3: Redwood National Park / Crescent City

Today is all about exploring Redwood National Park – known for these towering giants, the park is also home to oak woodlands, a rugged coastline and a condor restoration program. Your trip leader will choose some hikes and walks for the day based on the group’s abilities and desires. Maybe discover the ancient trees among a forest of ferns, head to natural lakes and springs or explore Trillium Falls.

Day 4: Crater Lake National Park

Cross into Oregon this morning and head to Crater Lake National Park – formed when an eruption triggered the collapse of a tall mountain peak 7700 years ago. It’s now home to the deepest lake in the USA, a scenic wonder fed by rain and snow that has attracted artists, photographers and sightseers worldwide. Explore the Rim Drive viewpoints with your group and stop for a couple of walks for the best views and overlooks of one of the most pristine lakes on Earth. Spend the night at a nearby motel, where you’re free for dinner.

Day 5: Willamette Valley / Portland, OR

This morning, you’ll explore Oregon’s wine country in the Willamette Valley – this is a popular wine region in the US that boasts numerous accolades for its beauty, Pinot Noir and quality wineries. Visit one of the local wineries for a tasting and enjoy a picnic lunch here with your group among a scenic valley of rolling hills, towering trees and sprawling vineyards. Then, you’ll continue to Portland, Oregon’s largest city, where your leader will take you on an orientation walk to get your bearings. You’re free for dinner, so maybe keep the party going and head to a local bar in the shadow of Mount Hood. This city hosts a thriving arts scene, so there are plenty of trendy spots to eat and hit the nightlife – just ask your leader for recommendations.

Day 6: Columbia River Gorge / Portland, OR

This morning, you’ll visit the nearby Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, known for the spectacular river canyon and gorgeous views of cliffs, spires and ridges set against the peaks of Cascade Mountain Range. Explore the park and the famous Multnomah Falls – the most visited natural recreation site in the Pacific Northwest and approximately 189 m (620 ft) tall. Walk along the scenic bridge that sits almost in the middle of the falls and feel the water on your face as the cascades fall below. Spend your afternoon exploring, and then spend another night in Portland.

Day 7: Olympic Peninsula

This morning, you’ll cross into Washington State and the Olympic Peninsula – home to the popular Olympic National Park. This is a bit of a long drive, so grab a window seat if you can and watch the gorgeous scenery pass you by. When you arrive, you’ll visit Kalaloch Beach – one of the beautiful Pacific Northwest beaches with giant trees washed up on the shore, scattered across the sand. Maybe head to the Tree of Life (or the Tree Root Cave), then continue around the peninsula to Sequim, where you’ll spend the night. When you arrive, head out for an included group dinner at a local restaurant.

Day 8: Hoh Rainforest / Seattle

This morning, visit the Hoh Rainforest in Olympic National Park – an enchanting canopy of moss and ferns that might remind you of an anime or fairy film. Take a walk with your leader, appreciating a moment of peace in this temperate rainforest, before continuing to Seattle. When you arrive in the seaport city, your leader will take you on an orientation walk, pointing out the Space Needle, Pike Place Market and maybe some popular spots for live grunge music, which the city is known for. Tonight, maybe head out with your group for a farewell dinner in one of the trendy local spots and cheers to an amazing trip!

Day 9: Seattle

With no activities planned today, your trip will come to an end. If you’d like to stay longer and explore Seattle’s cool city hubs and sprawling parklands, just speak to your booking agent.