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Untouched Oregon

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Oregon is indeed untouched – and well off the beaten tourist path. This itinerary takes the visitor through the best that Oregon has to offer from stunning scenery, to deserted beaches – there is something for everyone here.

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Untouched Oregon

Oregon is indeed untouched – and well off the beaten tourist path.  This itinerary takes the visitor through the best that Oregon has to offer from stunning scenery, to deserted beaches – there is something for everyone here.

Day 1: Portland
Day 4: Hood River
Day 5: Bend
Day 7: Crater Lake National Park
Day 9: Bandon
Day 10: Florence
Day 11: Newport
Day 12: Nahcotta
Day 14: Quinault
Day 16: Port Angeles
Day 18: Seattle
Day 21: Return to UK

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With its outstanding natural beauty and many sites of historical and cultural significance, Oregon has more designated scenic byways and tour routes that any other state. Much of Oregon’s appeal lays in the fact that few people find it and it is still relatively undiscovered. This tour takes you on a breath taking journey through the state; Columbia River Gorge, Crater Lake National Park, the dramatic Pacific coastline… Along with spectacular scenery you will enjoy rich history, charming towns and extraordinary recreational and cultural experience.

Day 1: Portland
Portland is a delightful and laid back city with so much to see. With the magnificent Mount Hood as a backdrop, it is famed for its International Rose, Classical Chinese and Japanese gardens. It boasts USA’s largest bookstore Powells. Add museums, art galleries and fabulous restaurants
Three nights Portland

Day 4: Hood River
Pick up car and depart on the scenic route to Hood River to the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area. Stop at Multnomah Falls, the highest in Oregon and 2nd highest in the USA
One night Hood River

Day 5: Bend
Drive south through the Warm Springs Indian Reservation where you will explore the culture and history of Warm Springs, Wasco and Paiute tribes. Descendants of those who welcomed the explorers Lewis and Clark still live here today. The Cascades Lakes Highway out of Bend is a 66-mile journey that incorporates some of Oregon’s finest scenery. Along the route there are dozens of lakes and frequent views of the jagged Three Sisters Peak and Mount Bachelor.
Two nights Bend.

Day 7: Crater Lake National Park
Drive south through the Deschutes National Forest and onwards to Crater Lake National Park
Two nights Crater Lake.

Day 9: Bandon
A short and scenic drive will take you to quaint seaside town of Bandon on the Pacific Coast. The Oregon coastline is truly stunning: marshes, seaside cliffs, dunes, temperate rainforests, whale-watching, surfing, large colonies of seals and sea lions, rocky coastlines and vibrant old-style resort towns…
One night at Bandon.

Day 10: Florence
Continue up the scenic Pacific Coastline to Florence. The vibrant waterfront district has many shops and fine restaurants
One night in Florence.

Day 11: Newport
Continue north hugging the Pacific coastline to the picturesque little fishing village of Newport.
One night in Newport.

As with so many self-drive tours, there are many different options. It would be lovely to add in a few extra nights to Oregon and return to Portland here for your flight home, or to continue into Washington State to drive the Olympic route……

Day 12: Nahcotta
Continue North into Washington State where you will stay for 2 nights on the coast.
Two nights in Nahcotta.

Day 14: Quinault
Drive the scenic route to Quinault on the edge of The Olympic National Park and the Quinault Indian Reservation. Here you spend time visiting this vast park.
Two nights at Quinault.

Day 16: Port Angeles
Drive to Port Angeles this will give you easy access into the Park and to Hurricane Ridge.
Two nights at Port Angeles.

Day 18: Seattle
Continue the scenic route around the Park to Bainbridge Island. From here you can take the ferry over to Seattle, a delightful city. Take a city tour, visit the famous Pike Place Market, take a day tour of Mount Rainier..
Three nights in Seattle.

Day 21: Return to UK
Your return journey will be an overnight flight – arriving the following day.

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Little Gems

Crater Lake – in the words of the National Parks Service –

‘Like No Place Else On Earth – Crater Lake has inspired people for thousands of years. No place else on earth combines a deep, pure lake, so blue in color; sheer surrounding cliffs, almost two thousand feet high; two picturesque islands; and a violent volcanic past. It is a place of immeasurable beauty, and an outstanding outdoor laboratory and classroom.’

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“Being uncertain what to do for a holiday, I contacted Experience Holidays who recommended a fly-drive trip to Oregon.  I was certainly not disappointed!……..

……………The highlight of my trip was a visit to Crater Lake – I was stunned by the perfect azure water with snow capped peaks surrounding it.  I was sad to leave Oregon and hope to return at a later date.  My grateful thanks to Experience Holidays for such a memorable trip.”

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Pacific Coast

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Travel the west coast between Seattle and Los Angeles on this itinerary.

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Pacific Coast

A diverse coastline of rugged headlands, giant trees and expansive beaches…

Day 1: Seattle
Day 3: Olympic Peninsular
Day 5: Astoria
Day 6: Oregon Coastline
Day 8: Northern California Coast
Day 9: San Francisco
Day 11: The California Coast from San Francisco to Los Angeles
Day 14: Los Angeles
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A diverse coastline of rugged headlands, giant trees and expansive beaches, this itinerary takes you from north to south through west coast USA.  There are many opportunities to add to or amend this itinerary, for example, returning north using Amtrak’s Coast Starlight train. 

Day 1: Seattle
Fly from London to Seattle. At least 2 nights here to rest after your flights and explore this great city.
Seattle 2 nights

Day 3: Olympic Peninsular
Pick up your hire car then start your journey with a ferry across to the Olympic Peninsular. Drive along the Straits of Juan de Fuca where glimpses of diving eagles, gray whales, sea otters are common. Walk, kayak or explore the wild shoreline and forests. Explore rain forest valleys, glacier-capped peaks and a stunning variety of plants and animals.
Olympic National Park 2 nights

Day 5: Astoria
Head south crossing the Columbia River into Oregon.
Astoria 1 night
If time allows then it well worth spending a couple of days in the wonderful city of Portland and the surrounding area. Explore the Columbia River (last leg of the Lewis and Clark Expedition) and the Mount Hood area – waterfalls, magnificent overlooks, wild flowers, wild rivers…

Day 6: Oregon Coastline
Stretching over 350 miles, the Oregon section of Pacific Coast Scenic should not be rushed. Allow yourself at least 2 days to enjoy the amazing scenery. Endless beaches, with wind-sculpted dunes, waterfalls cascading over rugged cliffs, charming small towns, dramatic overlooks, historic bridges, lighthouses and estuaries teeming with wildlife. Overnight stop half way down Florence before heading into Northern California

Day 8: Northern California Coast
Continue your drive south taking time to visit Humboldt Redwood State Park – drive along the Avenue of the Giants looking for wildlife – deer, bear, foxes and osprey can be seen here. Overnight in Marin County, home to the giant redwoods in Muir Woods and the picturesque waterfront village of Sausalito. More time? – why not take a detour to the Napa Valley.

Day 9: San Francisco
Over the Golden Gate Bridge into San Francisco – at least 2 nights here; take a city tour, ride the cable cars, cruise around the harbour, visit Alcatraz, museums, art galleries, Chinatown…
San Francisco 2 nights

Day 11: The California Coast from San Francisco to Los Angeles
The drive from San Francisco to LA along the old coastal road, the Cabrillo Highway, is gorgeous and not be rushed. Here we suggest 3 overnight stops en route (take longer if you can) First stop Monterey, a fascinating town with a lively Fisherman’s Wharf – home to the acclaimed Monterey Bay Aquarium and Cannery Row (made famous by John Steinbeck). The famous 17-mile drive from Monterey to Carmel winds through pine forests and along the rocky shoreline where many bird species and sea lions may be viewed. South of Carmel, Highway 101 passes though the spectacular Big Sur area before dropping down to San Simeon. On the approach to San Simeon, stop off at the Piedras Blancas Elephant Seal Colony. In San Simeon, take time to visit Hearst Castle, a magnificent house built on a mountainside by the newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst. A night in this area is recommended. Then continue on along the San Luis Obispo North Coast Byway before perhaps an overnight stop at the delightful and vibrant town of Santa Barbara

Day 14: Los Angeles
Continue to LA for a day or two in this exciting city before heading home. If time allows a few days relaxation on a Southern Californian beach may be welcome at the end of your trip.

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Little Gems

The Olympic Peninsular was the setting for the Twilight series of books.  For enthusiasts of these books, many local names will appear familiar.
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Northern California and Southern Oregon

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On this itinerary you will travel though some of the most picturesque scenery in the Pacific Northwest. Start and finish your journey in the vibrant city of San Francisco on this itinerary.

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Northern California and Southern Oregon

On this itinerary you will travel though some of the most picturesque scenery in the Pacific Northwest. Vibrant cities, rolling hills dotted with vineyards, rugged ocean cliffs, unspoiled beaches, redwood forests, dramatic waterfalls, crystal clear lakes and spectacular mountain landscapes…

Day 1: San Francisco
Day 3: Marin Area
Day 4: Eureka
Day 5: Redwoods and Oregon Coast
Day 7: Umpqua Valley
Day 9: Grants Pass
Day 10: Rogue Valley Wine & Farm Tour
Day 11: Crater Lake National Park to Klamath
Day 13: Lake Tahoe
Day 15: Yosemite
Day 17: Depart San Francisco
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On this itinerary you will travel though some of the most picturesque scenery in the Pacific Northwest. Vibrant cities, rolling hills dotted with vineyards, rugged ocean cliffs, unspoiled beaches, redwood forests, dramatic waterfalls, crystal clear lakes and spectacular mountain landscapes…

Day 1: San Francisco
Arrive in San Francisco and transfer to your central hotel for a 2 night stay. Take a city tour, ride the cable cars, take a cruise around the harbour, visit Alcatraz, museums, art galleries, Chinatown.
San Francisco 2 nights

Day 3: Marin Area
This morning pick up your hire car and drive north over the Golden Gate Bridge to Marin County. Explore the picturesque waterfront community of Sausalito, explore the redwoods in Muir Woods before checking in to your bed and breakfast inn.
Novato 1 night

Day 4: Eureka
Head north passing through the vineyards of Sonoma County. Take a detour off 101 onto the Avenue of the Giants and enjoy a picnic in the shade of giant redwoods. Travel to Eureka for an overnight stay in this city surrounded by redwood forested coastal mountains to the east and the beautiful Pacific Ocean to the west.
Eureka 1 night

Day 5: Redwoods and Oregon Coast
Continue north up the coast, stopping for coffee at the charming coastal town of Trinidad “where the redwoods meet the sea.” Stop at Patrick’s Point State Park where dense forests of spruce, hemlock, pine, fir and red alder stretch over an ocean headland with lovely wildflower-festooned meadows. Continue into Oregon, travelling along the Wild River Coast where eight beautiful, wild & scenic rivers tumble down through steep canyons and towering forests on their way to the Pacific Ocean. Explore tranquil beaches, hike the many trails, go bird watching, fishing, crabbing, surfing …
Coos Bay 2 nights

Day 7: Umpqua Valley
Today, travel inland through the coastal mountains to Roseburg and the Umpqua Valley for a 2 night stay. Visit one of the twenty wineries. Spend a day exploring this beautiful area along the North Umpqua River the “Highway of the Waterfalls,” where numerous waterfalls cascade through lush forests.
Roseburg 2 nights

Day 9: Grants Pass
Drive south to the historic river town of Grants Pass on the banks of Oregon’s legendary Rogue River; with white water thrills, forest trails and fly fishing, one of the most popular activities is a hydro jet boat ride through Hellgate Canyon.
Grants Pass 1 night

Day 10: Rogue Valley Wine & Farm Tour
Today take a unique self-guided tour through Southern Oregon, visiting historic farms, ranches, orchards, cheese makers and world class wineries, all set in the breathtaking scenery of the Rogue and Applegate River Valleys. Continue on to Crater Lake National Park for a 1 night stay.
If time allows we would suggest adding a night or two in the town of Ashland. This pretty small town is surrounded by beautiful mountain scenery and is renowned for its cuisine, wineries and live entertainment including the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Each year the OSF presents a season of eleven plays in 3 theatres (Feb – Oct)
Crater Lake National Park 1 night

Day 11: Crater Lake National Park to Klamath
Crater Lake is famously known for its intense blue colour and spectacular views. Take the stunning Rim Drive (summer months only) before heading to the Klamath Basin for a 2 night stay in a resort set in the heart of the Cascade Mountains. This area is renowned for its bird watching opportunities and there is no better way to experience this than on a guided canoe or Kayak trip.
Klamath Fall 2 nights

Day 13: Lake Tahoe
Back into California and to the Lake Tahoe area for a 2 night stay. Swim in the blue, pure, clear water, enjoy hiking, mountain biking, fishing, water sports, tennis and golf.
Lake Tahoe 2 nights

Day 15: Yosemite
Drive south down the Sierra Nevada Mountains to Yosemite National Park. With its spectacular waterfalls, dramatic granite peaks and domes, hiking to suit all levels, alpine meadows and crystal clear lakes this is the perfect place to relax at the end of your trip.
Yosemite 2 nights

Day 17: Depart San Francisco
Back to the coast and San Francisco Airport where you will drop off your hire car in time for your direct overnight flights back to the UK (or if you time why not round of your trip with a couple of nights on the Californian coast)

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Little Gems

Violent volcanic history has sculpted the extraordinary Crater Lake into an area of immense natural beauty.

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Region: West Coast & California

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California, on the far west coast of the USA has much to tempt you – stunning and rugged coastlines and beaches, diverse cities such as San Francisco and Los Angeles, the stunning landscapes of deserts and Yosemite National Park .  The far north of California and into Oregon brings a chance to see some of California’s most distinctive wineries as well as exploring grand Redwoods, wild rivers and active volcanic scenery.

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