Northwest Coast

June 5, 2020 - June 14, 2020
10 days / 18 meals
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Travel north from San Francisco to Seattle and discover the magic of this corner of the world where the coastal terrain is a beautiful combination of sandy beaches, towering rock cliffs and an endless array of marine creatures and remarkable tall trees.

Day 1: Headed to the Northwest
Fly into San Francisco and unpack for a two-night stay at the avant-garde Hotel Zephyr located in Fisherman’s Wharf’s central prime location for exploring the area. D

Day 2: Explore San Francisco
It’s off to explore the “city by the bay” with our local guide. Experience the architecture of the city, Chinatown, Golden Gate Park, Nob Hill, Cable Cars and many breathtaking views of the bay. Enjoy leisure time in Sausalito before returning to Pier 43 ½ to board a comfortable boat for a narrated Golden Gate Bay Cruise featuring views of the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz Island. B, D

Day 3: Scenic Train Ride
Board the famous Skunk Train, a steam engine in operation for 131 years. Travel from Fort Bragg along the Pudding Creek Estuary in the midst of the Redwood Forest, over some of the first tracks laid down by California Western Railroad in 1885! Return to Fort Bragg for dinner and an overnight stay. B, D

Day 4: Magnificent Redwoods
Grab your camera and feast your eyes on the magnificent redwoods from the trails below and from an aerial view during a gondola ride at the Trees of Mystery. Stop at both Redwood National Park and Humboldt State Park and gaze upward to see how these tall giants block the sun from the forest floor before taking a walk among the tallest living things on earth for a truly magical experience. Overnight in Crescent City, CA. B, D

Day 5: Florence
Follow the coastline north to Florence, OR for an exhilarating Giant Dune Buggy Ride up and over the massive sand dunes that characterize this coastal area. Visit Heceta Head Lighthouse, the most photographed lighthouse on the Pacific Coast. Continue to Newport for a two-night stay with private ocean view balconies at Elizabeth Street Inn. B, D

Day 6: Oregon Coast
Board the 65’ Discovery for a naturalist-led marine discovery cruise – watch for whales, sea lions, seals, lighthouses and more! Visit the top attraction on the Oregon Coast, the Oregon Coast Aquarium, for a behind-the-scenes tour and lunch overlooking the Passages of the Deep exhibit. Marvel at spectacular ocean views from the tallest lighthouse in Oregon, Yaquina Head Lighthouse. Under the starry skies, enjoy a beachfront bonfire with s’mores (weather permitting). B, L

Day 7: Astoria
Visit the “Whale Watching Capitol of the Oregon Coast,” Depoe Bay, and watch for the resident pod of grey whales. Take a self-guided tour and sample some of the award-winning products at Tillamook Cheese Factory. Enjoy a leisurely walk along Cannon Beach and see “Haystack Rock,” a geological Oregon landmark. Arrive in Astoria, the oldest city in Oregon, for dinner and an overnight stay overlooking the Columbia River. B, D

Day 8: Coastal History
Learn about the history of the U.S. Coast Guard and Columbia River Bar Pilots during a morning visit to the Columbia River Maritime Museum, witness salmon runs and take a tour of a floating lighthouse. Stop at Mount St. Helens Visitor Center to learn about the devasting 1980 eruption and this geologically intense area. Arrive in Seattle for a two-night stay. B, D

Day 9: Explore Seattle
Join our local expert for a full day of exploring Seattle’s vibrant culture. Enjoy a morning ascension in the iconic Space Needle for spectacular city views followed by free time at the nation’s oldest farmer market, Pike Place Market. Learn about Seattle’s pioneer history during a visit to the Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park and see salmon migrate up the fish ladder at the Chittenden Locks. Enjoy a farewell dinner at a local favorite. B, D

Day 10: Return home from Seattle B

Per person rates*
double $3399
triple/quad $3039
single $4329
* Includes round-trip airfare from IND.

Combine this tour with days 1-4 of California Wine Country (combined tour June 2-14) and subtract $1200pp/dbl off the combined rate! (call for single or triple combined pricing)