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Day 1 – Arrive in San Francisco, CA. Transfer to your hotel and check into for a two night stay. Free Evening at Ghirardelli Square. Featuring over 40 specialty shops and restaurants. Some of the original shops and restaurants still occupy the square. Don’t forget to stop at the Ice Cream and Chocolate Shop.
Day 2 – After breakfast, meet your guide for a San Francisco City Tour. From historical sites to modern San Francisco architecture, this tour covers the beauty and culture of the Bay Area.
This afternoon, take a Cruise to Alcatraz. The cruise takes you along San Francisco’s waterfront, under the Golden Gate Bridge, along the Marin Headlands, around Alcatraz and back to Fisherman’s Wharf. Dinner tonight on Fisherman’s Wharf.
Day 3 – Depart San Francisco, and enjoy a full day tour of the Wine Country. Today, you will stop at two Vineyards. You will get an informative tour of the vineyards and you will also be able to sample the wines. Overnight Lodging in Redwoods Country.
Day 4 – Start the day by touring the Redwoods with Naturalist. Wander through a grove of Redwoods and capture photo opportunities like you’ve rarely experienced. Home to 50 species of birds, black-tailed deer, steelhead trout and hundreds of other wild inhabitants.
Visit the Chandelier ‘Drive thru Tree,’ where you can drive your car through a Giant Sequoia. Following the tour enjoy ‘The Best of Humboldt County’ Picnic Lunch. Next, Drive the Avenue of the Giants. The Avenue of the Giants are the largest remaining stand of old growth redwoods in the world.
Travel to Crescent City, CA for an overnight stay. Tonight enjoy a Seafood Dinner.
Day 5 – Full Day Oregon Coast Tour with local guide. US Highway 101 (the Pacific Coast Highway) follows the 400 mile trek of the spectacular Oregon Coast. Along the way you will find magnificent panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean, beaches and lighthouses.
Visit the Oregon Dunes Recreation Area. For nearly fifty miles, from the mouth of the Siuslaw, to Cape Blanco at Coos Bay, the largest area of dunes in the country lies between the Pacific Ocean and the Coast Mountains. In 1972, 32,186 acres of dunes, forest, streams, and lakes were set aside as the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area.
Visit the Sea Lion Caves, the world’s largest sea cave. It is home to wild sea lions and a variety of sea birds. Continue traveling to Newport, OR. Check into your hotel for an overnight stay.
Day 6 – Start the day with a Two Hour Naturalist Cruise. This cruises is narrated by a naturalist guide and gives you a chance to explore ocean life including gray whales, harbor seals, sea lions, sea slugs and other marine life.
Next, travel to Portland, OR. Take a afternoon guided tour of Portland, one of the oldest American city’s on the west coast. This tour will tell you about the history of the Pacific Northwest and the city of Portland. Tour will include Historic Old Town, Chinatown, and City Center.
Visit the International Rose Test Garden, the oldest official, continuously operated public rose test garden in the United States. In the beginning, even though World War I was raging in Europe, hybridists sent roses from around the world to Portland’s garden for testing and to keep the new hybrids safe from being destroyed by the bombing in Europe. Check into your hotel for an overnight stay. Dinner included tonight at a local restaurant.
Day 7 – Route of the Waterfalls Tour including stops at Bridal Veil & Multnomah Falls. Bridal Veil Falls runs below the historic Columbia Gorge Scenic Highway – the base of the falls standing probably no more than 20 vertical feet above the Columbia River.
Next, tour the Mount St. Helens Visitors Center. Walk through a life-like forest and experience the Eruption Chamber. Learn about forest recovery, reforestation and conservation of forest resources. Multnomah Falls, the fifth largest in the United States, cascades more than 600 feet into the Columbia River Gorge below.
Travel to Seattle, WA. Check into your hotel for a two night stay. Dinner on own.
Day 8 – Full Day Seattle Tour to include the waterfront, Pike Street Place, Pioneer Square, Hiram Chittendum Locks and shopping district.
Then you will visit the Seattle Space Needle. Located 520′ above Seattle, the Observation Deck offers 360 of breathtaking indoor and outdoor viewing, and is proud to present its newest addition – SkyQ. Composed of five electronic kiosks that share a wealth of information and depth of the physical view of the city, SkyQ offers the ultimate hands-on way to experience and interact with Seattle and its surrounding areas. Zooming in on icons, discovering the hidden treasures of the city and experiencing the individuals that make Seattle a world-class city is the ultimate way to begin your trip – and it’s all at your fingertips!
Followed by a farewell dinner at a local restaurant.
Day 9 – Transfer to airport, depart for home.