Pacific Coast Explorer

Trip Itinerary

Day 1

Seattle Arrival

Arrive in Seattle and pick up your rental car. Make time this afternoon to visit the Space Needle or the superb Explore Music Project before enjoying dinner and coffee at one of Seattle’s excellent restaurants.

Day 2

Seattle – Mt. Rainier National Park – Mt. St. Helens – Portland / driving distance: 269 mi / 430 km

Depart Seattle today en route to Mt. Rainier National Park, one of the outstanding scenic wonders of the Northwest. Cross the Columbia River for a stop at Mt. St. Helens that will reveal the devastation created by the 1980 eruption of this active volcano. Then continue to arrive in Portland in the evening.

Day 3

Portland – Oregon Dunes – Redwood National Park / driving distance: 350 mi / 560 km

The dramatic, desolate coastline of Oregon has created panoramic vistas and picturesque images for you to enjoy today. The peaceful drive through ever-changing terrain will take you through small towns which reflect the essence of Oregon and the American Spirit. May we suggest packing a picnic and pulling off the highway at one of the many trails you will find along the way.

Day 4

Redwood National Park – Eureka / driving distance: 85 mi / 135 km

Pass former Russian fishing settlements as you continue your drive South today. The giant redwoods are protected in state and national parks that collectively are a World Heritage site.

Day 5

Eureka – San Francisco / driving distance: 270 mi / 435 km

Follow the coastline of California south to the village of Mendocino. The town of Mendocino is a Historic Preservation District on the National Register of Historic Places with a superb coastal setting and is the perfect place to linger before continuing South to San Francisco. There will be time to explore the city this evening.

Day 6

San Francisco

Enjoy a wonderful day touring the city. See places like Union Square, Golden Gate Bridge, and Fisherman’s Wharf, where you can take a short boat trip to tour infamous Alcatraz Island.

Day 7

San Francisco – Monterey/Carmel / driving distance: 124 mi / 200 km

Today’s drive takes you down the California coast to Monterey. Stroll along Fisherman’s Wharf and Cannery Row before continuing along the stunning landscape of the 17-Mile Drive en route to the village of Carmel.

Day 8

Monterey/Carmel – Big Sur – Central Coast / driving distance: 240 mi / 390 km

Follow Pacific Coast Highway south along the Big Sur Peninsular. On the way enjoy views of the Pacific Ocean pounding the cliffs and rocks below. Why not take time to visit Hearts Castle and learn about its fascinating history. Overnight in the heart of California’s central coast.

Day 9

Central Coast – Santa Barbara – Malibu – Santa Monica – Los Angeles / driving distance: 234 mi / 376 km

Drive along the beaches of Southern California to Los Angeles. Visit Beverly Hills, the Farmer’s Market, and Hollywood.

Day 10

Los Angeles

Perhaps visit Universal Studios, the world’s largest television and movie studios today or see Hollywood, Santa Monica, Sunset Strip, and Beverly Hills.

Day 11

Los Angeles Departure

Return your car to the airport before your departure flight.

Prices, Dates, Hotels & Conditions


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The final price you will pay for this tour is that displayed in USD. Prices converted in other
currencies are for guidance purposes only and are approximate.

April 814 1011
May 960 1011
June 960 1240
July, August 1015 1240
September 956 1240
October 956 1055


1 Seattle Quality Inn & Suites Seattle Center Warwick Hotel Seattle
2 Portland Best Western Inn at The Meadows The Benson Hotel
3 Redwood Best Western Plus Northwoods Inn Best Western Plus Northwoods Inn
4 Eureka Best Western Humboldt Bay Inn Best Western Humboldt Bay Inn
5-6 San Francisco Hotel Metropolis Best Western Plus Americania
7 Monterey The Stevenson Monterey Hilton Garden Inn Monterey
8 Central Coast Silver Surf Motel SeaCrest OceanFront Hotel Pismo Beach
9-10 Los Angeles The Queen Mary Hotel The Queen Mary Hotel

- View the rich landscape of Mount Rainier, an active volcano and Washington state icon
- Witness the remarkable recovery of Mount St. Helens since its eruption
- Enjoy stunning coastal scenery along Oregon’s Pacific Coast Scenic Byway
- See some of the world’s tallest trees in Redwood National Forest
- Walk along the railings of San Francisco’s world famous Golden Gate Bridge
- Marvel at 17-Mile Drive’s The Lone Cypress
- Experience California’s Central Coast splendor on Highway 1
- Explore Santa Barbara, The American Riviera
- Get closer to the stars at Grauman’s Chinese Theater, a Hollywood landmark
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