Our tour begins with our flight from St. Louis to Seattle, dubbed the “Emerald City” for its lush green surroundings. We will check into our deluxe hotel for the night, Renaissance Seattle Madison Hotel. Tonight, get to know your fellow travelers at tonight’s welcome dinner. (D)
Explore Seattle’s colorful waterfront area and historic Pioneer Square on our tour with a local guide. Mingle with artisans at the lively Pike Place Market, a famous fish and vegetable market dotted with restaurants and shops. Travel south through Olympia, stopping at the Mount St. Helens Visitor Center. Learn about its 1980 volcanic eruption as well as the history and geology of the state park. We’ll continue to Portland, Oregon, for a two-night stay in the picturesque “City of Roses” at the Doubletree Hotel Lloyd Center. Enjoy a tour of Portland on our way to dinner. (B, D)
We will drive along the Mt. Hood route this morning to the lush Columbia River Gorge, taking in the unforgettable views of Mt. Hood as we leave the valley and enter the Cascade Mountains. We’ll discover the awe-inspiring landscapes on a tour of the magnificent Columbia River Gorge and the Bonneville Dam, where you will learn about its fascinating hydropower and history. Your evening is free to independently explore the beautiful Lloyd Center area or hop on the MAX Light Rail to downtown Portland. (B)
Today, we will journey through the Willamette Valley, the Promised Land for the pioneers who followed the Oregon Trail. This lush valley contains some of the most fertile agricultural soil in Oregon. Head to the seaside town of Newport for a brief stop before traveling along some of the country’s most beautiful coastline. Pause along the way to take in the natural beauty of Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area. Cap off your day strolling North Bend’s lively boardwalk perched along scenic Coos Bay. We overnight at The Mill Casino, North Bend, Oregon. (B, D)
Today, we drive to Bandon State Natural Area, taking in the breathtaking scenery as we travel along the striking Beach Loop. See Bandon Rocks and Face Rock, famous for their American Indian legends. Stop to enjoy a cruise up the spectacular Rogue River, taking you into Oregon’s rugged wilderness for a chance to see bald eagles, cormorants, seals and blue heron. Continuing south to California’s redwood country, we will travel through Redwood National Park, home to trees that can reach nearly 300 feet. See for yourself why the sun seldom hits the ground. Arrive in Eureka and embark on a delightful tour. Come to know this historic timber and fishing village and see Old Town, with lovely Victorian architecture. Tonight we stay at Red Lion Eureka, Eureka, California. (B)
Return to the majestic beauty and splendid grandeur of the Redwood Forest as you traverse the “Avenue of the Giants,” a scenic highway loaded with tower-ing redwoods. Next, drive over the legendary Golden Gate Bridge and arrive in “The City by the Bay,” San Francisco. Tonight, we gather for dinner on the city’s colorful Pier 39, with exceptional views of San Francisco Bay and the Bay Bridge. Tonight and tomorrow, we stay at the San Francisco Marriott Marquis. (B, D)
This choice is yours! Take a narrated cruise on San Francisco Bay and learn about its landmarks including Alcatraz and the Golden Gate Bridge. Or, join a local guide to hear stories of the city’s past and present as you drive past its famous landmarks, including Fisherman’s Wharf and the Golden Gate Bridge. The remainder of your day is at leisure to explore San Francisco independently. For a true local experience, ride the famed cable cars up and down San Francisco’s thrilling hills.
Our tour comes to a close today, but the memories will stay with you forever!
- Transportation to and from St. Louis Lambert In-ternational Airport
- Fully escorted by Jane’s Journeys
- Mount St. Helens Visitor Center
- Columbia River Gorge
- Bandon State Natural Area
- Redwood National Park
- Avenue of the Giants
- San Francisco
- Choice of San Francisco Bay Cruise or City Tour
- Collette guide upon arrival in Seattle
- Round-trip air from St. Louis
- Cancellation Waiver and Insurance
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