Days 1: Seattle, Washington
Arrive into Seattle, one of the country’s most livable – and lovable – cities, with its easy access to mountains, forests, islands, lakes, and volcanoes. The city itself is vibrant, with a strong coffee culture, Pike Place Public Market, a sculpture park, an array of museums, the Space Needle, parks, and gardens. From a well-located, small inn in the heart of the city, we will arrange for you to join a half-day “foodie” tour, with a focus on your choice of chocolate, Pike Place, gourmet, or craft beer! For the rest of your time, you might walk the streets, ferry to an island, shop, and be sure to try out one of the excellent restaurants that we will recommend!
Days 2-3: Cannon Beach, Oregon
Drive south from Washington into Oregon, with Mount Rainier and Lewis and Clark history beckoning you along the say, and by day’s end, find yourself face to face with the iconic, magnetic Haystack Rock. Stay in a luxury, beachfront accommodation just a stone’s throw to the famous sea stack. Relax and rejuvenate, waking each morning to sweeping ocean views from your room, spending days on self-guided coastal hikes, and returning in the evenings to a delicious dinner, followed by a beach bonfire with the lapping waves along shore. Pairs perfectly with Oregon Pinot.
Days 4-5: Hood River, Oregon
Drive inland today, traveling through Portland, then following the mighty Columbia River to the small, charming town of Hood River, right on the river at the famed Columbia River Gorge – wind surfing capital of the world! Settle in to a riverside inn perched on a cliff, with gorgeous views overlooking the river and town. On your full day, meet a naturalist for a guided hike in the gorge, with a focus on waterfalls, forests, and wildflowers.
Days 6-7: Sunriver, Oregon
Head south, stopping at the impressive Mount Hood – open for skiing 365 days a year – where you might have lunch or hike a trail. Continue south, through the popular, outdoorsy town of Bend, to your destination just a little further – Sunriver Resort. Check in, settle in, and spend days taking advantage of all the activities and amenities, which include horseback riding, boating, biking, tennis, fly fishing, hiking, swimming, river rafting, and more. At the end of an active day, enjoy one of the many locally microbrews and enjoy dining onsite.
Day 8-9: Crater Lake National Park
Today, experience the electric blue Crater Lake, the deepest lake in the country! You will be entranced, circumnavigating the lake as you make your way through Crater Lake National Park. Hike to your heart's content, or take a boat to the island in the lake.
Days 10-11: Gold Beach, Oregon
Explore Gold Beach from the comfort and tranquility of Tu Tu Tun Lodge, beautifully perched on the Rogue River, not too far from where it spills into the Pacific Ocean. Bask in your surroundings, and explore the southern Oregon Coast.
Days 12-13: Redwoods National Park, California
The last stop on this Pacific Northwest Adventure is to the towering California redwoods. Spend two nights at a cabin lodge in a forest setting. Spend a day with a naturalist guide, hiking and exploring in Redwoods National Park, home to the tallest trees in the world! On the other side of the forest, lie little-known, uncrowded beaches, where you can scout for gray whales, porpoises, and harbor seals.
Days 14: Medford, OR, for flights home
Oh, so hard to leave... Drive to Medford today for flights home tomorrow.
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