USA: West coast explorer (3 Weeks)
Day 1-3 San Francisco
Explore one of the United States’ most beautiful cities. Its compact centre makes sightseeing simple: visit the sea lions near Fisherman’s Wharf, eat dim sum in Chinatown, take a boat trip to Alcatraz Prison and of course take a look at the iconic Golden Gate Bridge. Whether you stay in the city or cross the bridge to the attractive artists’ town of Sausalito, you’ll find delicious food and a warm Californian welcome – even if the notorious fog descends.
Transfers to Sonoma 1h03m
Day 4-6 Sonoma
Deemed to be the birthplace of wine making in California, Sonoma lies in the Sonoma Valley, where countless vineyards offer tasting tours. The architecture of its historic town square reflects its Mexican heritage.
Transfers to Mendocino 2h38m
Day 7-9 Mendocino
Arriving in Mendocino, perched upon flat headlands, you’ll see barns, lighthouses and quaint inns on the cliff side. Sunbathe on secluded beaches, or rest on one of the many benches to admire the wildflowers and scrub of Mendocino Headlands State Park.
Transfers to Bend 8h52m
Day 10-12 Bend
Venture into what has been called the outdoor playground of the West to view snow-capped mountain peaks and parched deserts. As the longest beer trail in the west, the Bend Ale Trail is tons of fun. With tours of the ancient lava tubes, a chance to see the raptors at High Desert Museum and hiking along the area’s many trails, there’s plenty tochoose from.
Transfers to Portland 3h15m
Day 13-15 Portland
Nestled between the beautiful Columbia Willamette Rivers with an impressive view of Mount Hood’s snow-capped towers, Portland welcomes curious tourists. From classical to funk, punk and rock, Portland is a centre for all types of music. Museums, art galleries and the performing arts are also well represented here.
Transfers to Cannon Beach 1h29m
Day 16-18 Cannon Beach
Step back in time to a quaint and picturesque little city with a wealth of charm. More than a dozen art galleries await closer inspection; in some you can watch glass-blowers practise their craft. Time your visit to coincide with the Stormy Weather Arts Festival, the Spring Unveiling Arts Festival or the Plein Air & More Arts Festival.
Transfers to Seattle 3h43m