Experience the best of the north-west’s coast, national parks and vibrant cities on this recommended self-drive from Seattle to San Francisco.
Suggested route & duration
16 nights Seattle to San Francisco
• Seattle: 2 nights
• Port Angeles: 1 night
• Olympic National Park: 1 night
• Yakima (Mount Rainier): 1 night
• The Dalles: 1 night
• Portland: 2 nights
• Seaside: 1 night
• Newport: 1 night
• Medford: 2 nights
• Eureka: 1 night
• Sonoma: 1 night
• San Francisco: 2 nights
About this independent tour
SELF DRIVE Pacific Northwest is a recommended self-drive itinerary including 17 days car hire, accommodation for 16 nights in 3 and 4 star hotels and a personalised documentation pack.
SEATTLE Set on the coast of the Puget Sound, the ‘Emerald City’ is the cultural and economic heart of the Pacific Northwest. During your time here visit the famous Pike Place Market or head up to the observation deck of the Space Needle for incredible views over the city and sound.
OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARK The next couple of days will focus on the beautiful Olympic National Park. Stay in Port Angeles and travel into the park to witness the mountain views from Hurricane Ridge. Continue around the coast of the Olympic Peninsula to Lake Quinault in the south western part of the park.
MOUNT RAINIER NATIONAL PARK Travel inland towards Mount Rainier which dominates the region’s landscape. Enjoy views of the volcano and perhaps take a short hike through the park’s forests and meadows.
OREGON'S PACIFIC COAST Turn back towards the coast and cross into the state of Oregon where you will travel south along the Pacific Coast Scenic Byway, also known as Route 101. Highlights of the drive include the rugged coastal landscapes of Ecola State Park, Heceta Head Lighthouse and the nearby Sea Lion Caves. If the weather allows, be sure to catch at least one Pacific Coast sunset from one of the state’s many secluded beaches, bays or coves.
CRATER LAKE NATIONAL PARK Head back towards the Cascade Mountain range which runs from north to south through the heart of Oregon, this time visiting Crater Lake National Park. Covering 21 square miles, this caldera lake is an awe-inspiring sight with its deep blue colour ringed by cliffs up to 600 metres high. You’ll be based in the city of Medford, approximately an hour and a half from the park.
CALIFORNIA COAST TO SONOMA As you make your way along the northern California coast be sure to visit the striking Redwood National and State Parks before travelling south to the Californian winelands of Sonoma. The birthplace of wine production in the state, the Sonoma region is home to more than 400 wineries, including the 160-year-old Buena Vista Winery.
Tailor your tour
This itinerary is completely flexible, so you can choose your own itinerary, duration and accommodation, add excursions and extend your holiday.