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As recently as 200 years ago, the northwest coast of the Pacific was a vast wilderness of dense forests, craggy peaks, and pounding surf. Today, that scenic splendor calls to nature lovers, along with a unique culture that takes pride in locally sourced foods, craft beer and wines, and a robust arts scene. On this brand-new adventure, you will visit the great cities of the Pacific Northwest, from Seattle and Portland to San Francisco and its iconic Golden Gate Bridge. Even better, you’ll venture along scenic byways and stop at working farms, view quaint working lighthouses, and marvel at majestic redwood forests.
Along the way, stay at superior accommodations, including 12 nights at hotels and 2 nights at a charming inn. Plus, our immersive Cultural Discoveries will have you sampling the wines of California’s esteemed Sonoma County, tasting artisanal cheeses, meeting a forest ranger, visiting local artists’ studios, and so much more. Don’t miss this chance to experience culture, cuisine, and nature right in your own backyard with Vantage!
Depart home for Seattle
Today you’ll fly to Seattle, the Emerald City. If you purchased your airfare from Vantage, you’ll be met at the airport upon arrival and assisted with your transfer to the hotel. Join a welcome briefing & reception with your Adventure Leader at the hotel.
Exploring Seattle: Pike Place Market, Space Needle, and more
Today’s panoramic tour of Seattle takes you to the iconic Space Needle, Pioneer Square, and the central waterfront. Tour the famed Pike Place Market and enjoy a tasting of its wares — you’ll also have time for lunch on your own here. Tonight, join your fellow travelers for a Welcome Dinner.
Depart Seattle for funky, indie-spirited Portland
After breakfast, we’ll head to Portland and embark on a lunchtime cruise down the Willamette River, where you’ll view the city’s skyline and surroundings. Back on land, you’ll join an included city tour that brings you to the International Rose Test Garden, Powell’s Books, the Pear District, and Nob Hill.
Unveil Portland’s natural beauty at Multnomah Falls and beyond
Venture along a historic stagecoach route today to the spectacular Multnomah Falls, which plunges more than 600 feet into a silvery stream. You’ll also view the aptly named Horsetail Falls and the Columbia River Gorge en route to the Bonneville Lock and Dam Project for a self-guided tour. Lunch brings us to the historic Columbia Gorge Hotel, built by businessman and developer Simon Benson, who was instrumental in Portland’s development. Dinner is at our hotel in Portland tonight.
See more of scenic Oregon and visit Tillamook Cheese Factory
Today’s journey follows scenic highways past protected forests and dairy farms to the village of Tillamook. Taste artisanal cheeses at the Tillamook Cheese Factory before lunch at nearby Blue Heron Farm. Scenic vistas continue unfolding this afternoon when we depart for Cape Meares Lighthouse and Wildlife Refuge, where you might spot sea lions, whales, and seabirds. Continue along a picturesque loop to Cape Kiwanda before arriving at Gleneden Beach, which offers stunning views of the Pacific. Enjoy an Oregon wine and cheese tasting before dinner at a local restaurant.
Visit Depoe Bay and uncover Oregon’s artistic and natural highlights
This morning, enjoy a scenic drive to Depoe Bay and the Otter Crest State Scenic Viewpoint at Cape Foulweather, an ideal spot for whale watching. Spend some time at leisure at Nye Beach, then experience Oregon’s vibrant artists’ community on a visit to your choice of a glassblowing or pottery studio. Later, head to the Oregon Coast Aquarium, where your entrance is included. Or, enjoy the entire day at leisure, and perhaps take the time to play golf or pamper yourself with a spa session.
Visit Yaquina Head Lighthouse, Heceta Lighthouse, and Old Town Florence
Take in sweeping views of the bay from Yaquina Head Lighthouse and venture to the tidal pools at nearby Quarry Cove, home to starfish, sea urchins, hermit crabs, and more. Stop at Cooks Chasm to take photos. Then, visit Heceta Lighthouse and ride to Old Town Florence for lunch on your own and free time. You’ll arrive late afternoon in the charming coastal town of Bandon, where you’ll take a scenic ride. In Bandon, you can fish for crab with a local fisherman or hunt for agate and driftwood at the jetty before reconvening for dinner at a local restaurant.
Explore the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area and Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park
Nature’s wonders abound all along today’s path. At the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area, known for its colossal rock formations, keep your eyes peeled for sea lions, seals, puffins, oyster catchers, and cormorants. Crossing into California, enjoy lunch at a local restaurant and a stop at the Crescent City Redwoods Visitor's Center. After, stroll the nature trails of UNESCO-listed Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park; you’ll learn more about the mighty redwood and wildlife during a chat and guided nature walk with a park ranger.
Pursue your own interests in Eureka and savor a special dinner tonight
Pursue your own interests in Eureka today. Tonight, enjoy a wine and cheese reception and dinner at your inn’s restaurant.
Ride down the Avenue of the Giants in Humboldt Redwoods State Park
Admire the majesty of Humboldt Redwoods State Park on this morning’s transit of its scenic, 31-mile Avenue of the Giants. At St. Francis Vineyards and Winery this afternoon, learn about pairing food and wine during a charcuterie and wine tasting.
Spend an afternoon in California Wine Country
Relax with time at leisure before departing for an afternoon in California Wine Country. Explore the vineyards, learn about production, and enjoy wine tastings at Deerfield Ranch Winery and Ravenswood Vineyards. Have a glass of wine with tonight’s dinner at a local restaurant!
Enjoy leisure time in Sonoma
Today is at your leisure to explore the region on your own.
Visit the Golden Gate Bridge and tour San Francisco’s neighborhoods
Ride this morning to the City by the Bay — beautiful San Francisco. Stroll across the iconic Golden Gate Bridge, and then reboard your motorcoach for a city tour featuring the Presidio, Pacific Heights, Marina district, Embarcadero, Ferry Building Marketplace, and historic Fisherman’s Wharf. This afternoon, your included tour continues to the largest Chinatown outside of Asia, bustling Union Square and the swanky Nob Hill neighborhood.
Enjoy leisure time to explore more of San Francisco
Spend the day pursuing your own interests among San Francisco’s wealth of attractions. Regroup for a festive Farewell Dinner at the hotel.
Return home or remain in San Francisco for an extension
After breakfast, you’ll transfer to San Francisco’s airport for your flight home. Or, stay in San Fran for your optional post-trip extension.
There’s so much to see in San Francisco, why not treat yourself to spending additional time here? This extension includes a full-day excursion to Monterey, California, a beautiful seaside community. En route, take in views of the most spectacular stretch of the Pacific coastline known as the 17-mile drive. Along the way, visit the perfectly groomed Pebble Beach Golf Course and the famous Lone Cypress, explore Monterey’s world-renowned aquarium, and enjoy a day at leisure to pursue your own interests in San Francisco. Don’t miss this chance to see more of this iconic California region!
Important Notice: The above day-by-day itineraries are preliminary and therefore subject to change. If changes occur while on tour, you will be notified by your Vantage Adventure Leader or regional expert.
Please Note: The hotels listed are preliminary and subject to change. Although we contract our hotels a year in advance, unforeseen situations do occasionally occur. Should it be necessary to change a hotel, one of equal quality and value will be substituted. You will receive verified hotel information with your final itinerary. The hotel ratings are based on the hotel and a leading travel industry authority on hotels throughout the world.