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Pacific Coastal Road Trip – Seattle to Los Angeles

Live the west coast life for two weeks on this epic road trip along the Pacific Coast of the United States. Begin in Seattle and make your way to the picturesque Mt Rainier and Redwood National Parks to spot wildlife and some of the tallest trees on earth. Then continue down along the coast to the bustling city of San Francisco and onto the stunning coastlines and mountain ranges along California's Highway 1. By the end of it all, you'll understand how the west coast isn't just a place but a state of mind.

  • Duration: 14 Days
  • Guaranteed Departure: Yes
  • Physical rating: Average
  • Supplier Tour ID: NUWC/257619
  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Starts: Seattle, United States
  • Finishes: Los Angeles, United States
  • Age requirement: 18 - 39
You will Visit
  • Seattle
  • Mount Rainier National Park
  • Portland
  • Bend
  • Redwood National Park
  • San Francisco
  • Lake Tahoe
  • Yosemite National Park
  • Santa Cruz
  • Morro Bay
  • Los Angeles

Itinerary

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Day 1: Seattle

Arrive at any time.
There's a lot to see and do in Seattle, and we recommend spending extra time here if you'd like to explore; speak to your sales agent to book extra accommodation.

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Day 2: Seattle/Mount Rainier National Park

Drive to Mt Rainer National Park and enjoy a picnic lunch in the park. Hike throughout the park towards the snowy mountain peaks. Keep an eye out for the diverse wildlife that calls this park home, including Black Bears, fishers, mountain lions, bobcat, fox, deer, mountain goats, chipmunks, more. Continue to camp just outside of the park for the night.

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Day 3: Mount Rainier National Park/Portland

Drive to the city of Portland. One of the most popular cities to visit north of California on the West Coast, Portland is artsy, funky and full of great eating and drinking options. Spend the afternoon getting to know this cool city.

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Day 4: Portland/Bend

Continue on to Bend, consistently voted one of the best places to live in the US. Arrive in time for lunch and to explore a bit of the town. Opt to canoe, kayak or check out one of the region's famous breweries.

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Day 5: Bend/Redwood National Park

Leave early to take in the sights at gorgeous Crater Lake National Park. Stare in awe at the crystal blue waters of one of the most pristine lakes on earth before continuing on to Redwood National Park, home to the tallest trees on Earth. Spend the evening amongst the gigantic coastal redwoods, and keep a keen eye for wildlife throughout the park.

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Day 6: Redwood National Park

Wake for a morning hike through mystic old growth forests. This park is known for more than just its ancient trees though. Spend the afternoon along the rocky coast, tidepooling and enjoying the small beach communities.

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Day 7: Redwood National Park/San Francisco

Drive south along the coast and then through some of California's famous wine region en route to San Francisco. Drive over the Golden Gate Bridge, and stop for pictures of this iconic sight. In San Francisco, take an optional cable car ride over the steep hills, explore the city by bicycle or set sail into the setting sun on an optional pre-booked extra.

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Day 8: San Francisco

Enjoy a free day to explore San Francisco.

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Day 9: San Francisco/Lake Tahoe

Continue on to idyllic Lake Tahoe, a jewel of the Sierra Nevadas. Known for its crystal clear waters and sweeping mountain views, it is truly a nature-lover's paradise. Enjoy a free afternoon for hiking, lake activities or relaxing. In the evening, hit up the Nevada side of the Lake and try your hand at the Casinos.

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Day 10: Lake Tahoe/Yosemite National Park

Depart Lake Tahoe and travel through National Forests and the Sierra Nevada mountain Range en route to Yosemite National Park. With a keen eye and a little luck, spot black bears, deer or coyotes. Hike amongst the giant sequoias and past magnificent waterfalls before heading to camp for the night.

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Day 11: Yosemite National Park

Enjoy a full free day to explore Yosemite National Park. Hike the many trails Yosemite has to offer and be inspired by this beautiful and amazing landscape. Keep and eye out for glacial erratics, rock climbers and the diverse wildlife, including black bears, within the park. Option to rent bikes in Yosemite Valley.

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Day 12: Yosemite National Park/Santa Cruz

Leave the mountains behind and head to the coastal city of Santa Cruz. Enjoy a free afternoon to explore the wharf, vintage rides, shops, and the beach.

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Day 13: Santa Cruz/Morro Bay

Travel down the Pacific Coast Highway and marvel at the beautiful coastline and mountain ranges of Big Sur. Make multiple stops along the way to take in the crashing waves, rolling fog, and sheer rocky cliffs that make this journey down California's coast Highway 1 an unforgettable experience. Arrive in time for sunset on Morro Bay.

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Day 14: Morro Bay/Los Angeles

Travel along the stunning Pacific coast to the City of Angels. Stop in Santa Barbara for lunch in this famous coastal city as we make our way to LA. Your CEO will point out a few famous neighbourhoods and landmarks on the drive. Trip ends upon arrival to Los Angeles.

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • Your Discover Moment: Portland Your Discover Moment: San Francisco Your Discover Moment: Yosemite National Park
    • Mt Rainier National Park Visit
    • Crater Lake National Park visit
    • Redwood National Park visit
    • Yosemite National Park visit
    • Pacific Coast Highway drive
    • Elephant Seal Rookery visit, San Simeon
    • Free time in Portland, Bend, Lake Tahoe, Santa Cruz, and San Francisco
    • Entrance fees to all national parks, with hiking and walking excursions
    • Self-inflating mattresses and dome tents while camping
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
    Accommodation
    • Hotels/hostels (4 nts, some multi-share), participation camping (9 nts)
    • 13 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 7 dinners
    Transport
    • Air-conditioned private vehicle, walking
    Group Leader
    • 1 or 2 Chief Experience Officers (CEOs) throughout, depending on group size
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Tour Highlights:
  • Hike among snowy mountain peaks in Mt Rainier National Park
  • Opt to canoe or kayak in Bend
  • Take a full free day to explore San Francisco and the Bay Area
  • Spot deer and coyote in Yosemite National Park
  • Experience California surf culture in Santa Cruz