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Adventures in the Wild Northwest 2014

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Pier 39 at Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco, USAGolden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, USARedwood National Park in California, USAThe national flag of the United States of AmericaHoh Rainforest in Washington state, USA
Pier 39 at Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco, USA
Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, USA
Redwood National Park in California, USA
The national flag of the United States of America
Hoh Rainforest in Washington state, USA
  • Duration: 11 Days
  • Rating: Read Reviews
  • Brochure: USA and Canada 2014
    Family Experiences 2014
  • Style: Family Experiences
  • Description: Take the whole family on an adventure of a lifetime as you begin this guided trip by walking across San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge. Be stunned by the Northern California Redwood National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Enjoy dune bugging in the Oregon Dunes and see all the highlights of Portland. End the trip by making a trip up the iconic Seattle landmark, the Space Needle.

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Trip Itinerary

  • Day 1


    Welcome to San Francisco! After checking in at your hotel, enjoy a real San Francisco treat and dive into exploring on your own at nearby Pier 39, the famed marketplace filled with shops, attractions and street performers angling for oohs, aahs and cheers from the crowd. Be sure to visit the ‘Sea Lebrities', the pier's resident sea lion population. At 6 p.m., get together at the hotel with your fellow adventurers and Travel Director at a festive Kick-off Party.

    Meal(s): (Kick-Off Party)

    Hotel: Hyatt Regency San Francisco (MD)

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 2


    What better way to get a taste of San Francisco than by crossing the Golden Gate Bridge, one of the world's most recognisable landmarks. If you and the family are up for a walk, grab your cameras and join your Travel Director for a stroll across this impressive feat of engineering. Learn all about the bridge and why it's not painted gold—despite its name! Visit the Charles Schultz Museum, a charming reflection of the modest and much-loved cartoonist who created the Peanuts. Drive along the stunning Avenue of the Giants before arriving at Humboldt Redwoods State Park filled with some of the tallest trees you have ever seen! Enjoy dinner at a local restaurant tonight.

    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast / Dinner)

    Hotel: Red Lion Hotel (MF)

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 3


    This morning, view one of the most written about, and photographed Victorian houses in California, the Carson Mansion. Drive through Northern California's Redwood National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site with trees more than 1,000 years old and over 300 feet (90 metres) tall. Arrive in Coos Bay and enjoy the evening at leisure.

    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast)

    Hotel: BW Plus Holiday (MF)

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 4


    Gear up for the trip to Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area, a natural wonder of endless shifting sand, unique tree islands and lots of interesting creatures. Hop in a dune buggy for an exhilarating ride up and down these expansive tracts of sand. Then stop at Heceta Head overlook and see the view of a beautiful 19th-century lighthouse that casts its beam out to sea, before continuing north to Gleneden Beach.

    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast / Dinner)

    Hotel: Salishan Spa & Golf Resort (Deluxe)

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 5


    Kick off your shoes, roll up your pants and wade in the Yaquina Head tide pools for a captivating search for hermit crabs, sea urchins, anemones, sea stars and even the occasional octopus! Your next look at sea life is even cooler, because you're headed to the Oregon Coast Aquarium — named one of America's "Most Awesome Aquariums" by Forbes magazine. Come face-to-face with sharks and bat rays in Passages of the Deep—an acrylic walk-through tunnel surrounded by water. With your free time this afternoon, maybe explore Newport's historic waterfront or join an optional Sea Life Cruise; keep an eye out for sea life and marine birds as the onboard naturalist tells you all about your surroundings.

    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast)

  • Day 6


    Better get moo-ving, because you're travelling to Tillamook, a city synonymous with the dairy industry. Get the scoop about this Local Speciality during a tour of the Tillamook Creamery and learn about dairy cows. Then you'll be treated to a fresh waffle cone filled high with your choice from 35 delicious flavours of Tillamook Ice Cream. Next, journey to Portland, where you'll enjoy an orientation city tour, complete with a stop at the International Rose Test Garden. This evening, walk through the art of glass blowing. This experience is the best way to enjoy the excitement of playing with fire and melted glass. Enjoy a Be My Guest dinner, overlooking the workshop, with your host at the factory tonight.

    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast / Be My Guest Dining)

    Hotel: Portland Marriott City Center (F)

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 7


    Today you'll discover some of Oregon's most beautiful scenery along the historic Columbia River Highway. Stop at Crown Point and the Vista House for panoramic views of the river from 733 feet (223 metres) above. Vista House's octagonal building with its copper dome is home to an interpretive display of historic and geologic points of interest in the Gorge. Onward to Multnomah Falls, the second highest year-round waterfall in the United States, and Oregon's tallest! Stop at Bonneville Dam to view this historic dam and lock. Also learn about a fish ladder designed to allow salmon to navigate the Columbia River during spawning. Return to Portland and enjoy some free time. If you're feeling adventurous, choose to take an optional jet boat ride. And if you're still in the mood to explore, an optional walking tour including dinner is available this evening!

    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast)

  • Day 8


    Visit the award-winning Mount St. Helens Visitor's Center, dedicated to the active Ring-of-Fire volcano that erupted in 1980. Learn about the legendary blast — an eruption so colossal that it spewed ash into 11 states — as you watch a reenactment of the event and experience interactive exhibits such as a step-in volcano model and working seismograph. Venture west to the rugged coast of Olympic National Park. A UNESCO World Heritage Site and International Biosphere Reserve, the park contains no fewer than three distinct ecosystems. Then meet a Local Expert who shares with you the tribal legends and stories of the Quinault people who have long called the Pacific Northwest home.

    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast / Dinner)

    Hotel: Quinault Lodge (NP)

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 9


    Enter the beautiful Hoh Rainforest, one of the world's few (as well as the largest) temperate rainforests and trek to the eerie "Hall of Mosses" with trees and branches dripping with moss. Then make a stop at dazzling Lake Crescent before leaving Olympic National Park. Sensational views of the Seattle skyline unfold before you as you make your way by ferry across Puget Sound into the Emerald City. Once ashore in this hip and vibrant town, stop at the historic Pike Place Market, the nation's oldest farmers market, where the fish fly low — from one fishmonger's hands to the next! Enjoy the evening at leisure to explore Seattle as you wish.

    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast)

    Hotel: Sheraton Seattle (MD)

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 10


    This morning, enjoy a visit to the EMP (Experience Music Project) Museum, a non-profit organization dedicated to fostering the creativity that inspires contemporary pop culture. No visit to Seattle would be complete without making the trip to the top of the Space Needle, the iconic landmark of the great Pacific Northwest. After some down time, head to the Chihuly Garden and Glass Museum featuring beautiful glass artwork by the same artist who created the famous glass ceiling at the Bellagio in Las Vegas. After a docent-led tour of the museum, join your newfound friends for a Farewell Dinner toasting to your exciting Northwest adventures!

    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast / Farewell Dinner)

  • Day 11


    Time to bid farewell to your fellow adventurers and take your complimentary transfer to Seattle International Airport or extend your stay in Seattle.

    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast)

What's Included

Insider Experiences

  • Be My Guest Relish a dinner overlooking an artisan glass studio in Portland and try your hand at crafting melted glass.
  • Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure experience, unique to your itinerary, courtesy of your expert Travel Director.
  • Local Speciality Tour the Tillamook Creamery where you'll be treated to a scrumptious ice cream cone.
  • Local Expert Learn about the legends and traditions of the Quinault Native Americans while visiting Olympic National Park.

Sightseeing Highlights

  • San FranciscoWalk across the Golden Gate Bridge with your Travel Director.
  • Avenue of the GiantsDrive through this living museum of stunning trees.
  • EurekaAdmire some of the nation's finest historic Victorian homes; visit Carson Mansion.
  • Redwood National ParkMarvel at the redwood trees in this UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Coos BayOvernight in this charming coastal city.
  • Oregon DunesExplore sand dunes on a fun dune buggy ride.
  • Heceta HeadView this famous lighthouse located in a spectacular setting.
  • NewportVisit the renowned Oregon Coast Aquarium.
  • Yaquina HeadExplore the shoreline's tidepools and search for marine life.
  • PortlandSee the city's highlights and International Rose Test Garden; explore the historic Alphabet District and NW 23rd Avenue, and taste culinary treasures.
  • Mount St. HelensStop at the Visitor Center and learn about this volcano.
  • Olympic National ParkExplore the Hoh Rainforest and view Lake Crescent.
  • Puget SoundEnjoy superb views while cruising the waterway.
  • SeattleSee the city's sights and take a trip up the Space Needle.


  • 10 full breakfasts
  • 6 evening meals:
    • Kick-off Party with light appetisers and drinks with your Travel Director in San Francisco
    • 3 three-course dinners
    • Be My Guest Dinner in Portland with wine
    • Farewell Dinner with drinks in Seattle

Travel Highlights

  • Travel by luxury air-conditioned coach with reclining seats and an on-board restroom.
  • First Class hotel accommodation featuring twin rooms and private facilities.
  • Audio Headsets provided throughout your trip to enhance your included sightseeing experiences.
  • Complimentary keepsake photo and map.
  • The services of a professional Travel Director throughout your journey.
  • All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes included.
  • Airport transfers are provided on the first and last day of your guided trip
  • 10 nights First Class accommodation

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