Pacific Northwest Explorer

Outdoor Adventure Tour – Travel Oregon, Washington and California

Explore the Pacific Northwest from San Francisco, CA to Seattle, WA or reverse with these exciting outdoor adventure tours in small groups


The Pacific Northwest outdoor adventure tour touches on many key highlights of the West Coast region. Enjoy the coastal landscapes, volcanoes, cities and events from the comfort of your tour van. These small group tours incorporate a variety of hikes and activities.

We will be traveling through the states of Northern California, Oregon and Washington, with many interesting stops along the way as we show you the highlights of each region. Wherever possible we stay more than one night at the same hotel to give us the opportunity to thoroughly explore our locations with nature walks and gorgeous drives. Every morning we meet around 8am and embark on our daily adventure, with highlights that include the historic Skunk train, the Redwood forest, small western towns, and the Pacific coast. For lunch we stop at restaurants or picnic at one of the beautiful sites while taking in the views.

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Mount Hood overlooking Trillium Lake

Mount Hood overlooking Trillium Lake


Daily tour schedule from San Francisco, California to Seattle, Washington (reverse tour available)

Day 1: San Francisco

Meet and greet in San Francisco at 4pm in the hotel lobby. We drive over Golden Gate Bridge and get to know each other at dinner in Sausalito, where the tour guide and driver will share some important information and distribute tour documentation (Hors d’oeuvres provided by Travel Dream West) . Night in downtown San Francisco.

San Francisco

San Francisco

Golden Gate Bridge

Golden Gate Bridge

Day 2: Golden Gate Bridge – Pacific Highway 1 – Fort Bragg

We leave San Francisco in the early morning over the Golden Gate Bridge, traveling through California wine country to Bodega Bay, where Alfred Hitchcock filmed “The Birds” in 1963. We enjoy a picnic lunch along scenic Highway 1. Next highlight is Mendocino with its art community and galleries. Near Fort Bragg we reach the Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens with 47 acres of ocean front gardens and a trail along thunderous waves. Night in Fort Bragg.

California Coast

California Coast

Mendocino Botanical Gardens

Mendocino Botanical Gardens

Day 3: Skunk Train – Redwood State Park – Ferndale

In the morning we board the famous historic Skunk train for a 2-1/2 hour ride through Redwood forests and along pristine creeks. We drive on the impressive Avenue of the Giants in Humboldt Redwood State Park with its tallest trees in the world, reaching up to 380 ft. tall and more than 2,000 years old. A short hike through these fantastic forests will bring you up close. We explore Ferndale, the best preserved small Victorian village in California. Night in Fortuna.

Skunk Train

Skunk Train

Ferndale

Ferndale

Day 4: Redwood National Park – Trees of Mystery – Jacksonville, Oregon Our journey leads us through Redwood National Park where, with some luck, herds of elks are grazing along the road. We visit Trees of Mystery with a collection of local historic Native art. Crescent City’s light house offers a great last photo op of the coast before turning inland toward Oregon. 2 nights in Jacksonville, a small gold mining town.

Redwoods

Redwoods

Jacksonville

Jacksonville

Day 5: Ashland – optional whitewater rafting – wine tour – optional Shakespeare Theater

We spend the morning exploring the historic mining town of Jacksonville designated as a National Historic Landmark. Later we visit nearby Ashland, a Victorian town famous for its Shakespeare festival. In the afternoon we take a drive through scenic valleys in the heart of Oregon’s wine country with opportunity for wine tasting. Alternatively there is a half day optional white water rafting excursion on the Rogue River.

Ashland

Ashland

Oregon Wine Country

Oregon Wine Country

Day 6: Klamath Falls – Crater Lake National Park – La Pine

A scenic drive through old growth Douglas fir forests brings us to Klamath Falls, where we visit the Favell Museum. It is dedicated to the preservation of Native American culture and houses over 100,000 artifacts. We stop briefly at Fort Klamath, a military outpost near the western end of the Oregon Trail and a site of the last Indian wars. Driving on the Volcanic Legacy Scenic Byway, we reach Crater Lake National Park, where we walk along the rim with views of Wizard Island. We spend the night in the small logging community of La Pine, Central Oregon.

Favell Museum

Favell Museum

Crater Lake NP

Crater Lake NP

Day 7: Newberry Volcanic National Monument – High Desert Museum – Bend

This morning fascinating lava landscapes beckon us at Newberry National Monument, which also features volcanic obsidian flows and a walk and picnic along Paulina Lake. The High Desert Museum in Bend is the afternoon destination, with indoor and outdoor displays highlighting Oregon’s unique high desert topography, wildlife and culture. The evening is free to enjoy pedestrian-friendly, downtown Bend. One night in Bend.

Paulina Lake

Paulina Lake

High Desert Museum

High Desert Museum

Day 8: Smith Rock State Park – Cascade Mountains – Pacific Ocean, Yachats

First stop in the morning is Smith Rock State Park with its deep river canyons and spectacular views. Then on to Santiam Pass Scenic Byway which provides dramatic views of the snowcapped Cascade Mountains. We pause at emerald-colored Clear Lake for a walk and picnic, then hike along nearby Sahalie Falls. Driving West, we reach the Pacific and drive the Pacific Coast Scenic Byway to Yachats, stopping to photograph Heceta Head Lighthouse. Two nights at ocean front resort in Yachats.

Smith Rock SP

Smith Rock SP

Sahalie Falls

Sahalie Falls

Day 9: Newport – Yaquina Head Lighthouse – Oregon Coast Aquarium – Newport

Today’s highlights include Yaquina Head Outstanding National Area and its working lighthouse. We enjoy a picnic lunch and walk at a beachside state park. Then we visit the Oregon Coast Aquarium in Newport, former home of Keiko, the killer whale. In the afternoon we stroll through Newport’s old town and harbor, with its many galleries and good restaurants. An optional whale watching boat tour can be arranged with advanced reservation.

Yachats Resort

Yachats Resort

Yaquina Head lighthouse

Yaquina Head lighthouse

Day 10: Oregon Pacific Coast – Portland

Today we travel north along the Pacific coast with beautiful views. We stop for a walk and picnic in a coastal forests, then spend some time shopping in a sales-tax-free factory outlet mall. Later, on to a State Park, with fantastic beach views and trails. Travel on to Portland one of the most livable cities in the West. We stay here for two nights.

Oregon Coast

Oregon Coast

Tillamook Cheese

Tillamook Cheese

Day 11: Portland Day Tour- Columbia River Gorge – Mt. Hood

Portland features numerous city parks, fountains, and a beautiful shoreline on the Willamette River. A visit to the Rose Test Gardens attests to the nickname of “City of Roses”. Use this day for your own city tour or join us for a side trip to Mt. Hood (11,249 ft), a huge snowcapped, dormant volcano in impressive natural surroundings. We drive the Historic Columbia River Highway, with its splendid views of the mighty Columbia, and stop at Multnomah Falls. After stopping at the Bonneville Dam, we proceed up the Mt. Hood Scenic Byway, and picnic at a mountain lake near Mt. Hood. We ascend to an elevation of 5,960 ft. at historic Timberline Lodge – showplace of WPA art from the Great Depression and setting for Kubrick’s The Shining. Back to Portland for our second night.

Columbia River Gorge

Columbia River Gorge

Mt. Hood and Trillium Lake

Mt. Hood and Trillium Lake

Day 12: Portland – Mt. St. Helens – Quinault, Washington

Crossing into the state of Washington, today’s highlight is Mt. St. Helens, a Cascade volcano that erupted on May 18,1980 and is still active. Approximately 230 square miles of forest were buried beneath volcanic deposits, and the surrounding landscape was changed dramatically. It is now a protected area, allowing scientists to study how the environment responds naturally to such a disaster. At the visitor center we will watch a documentary about the eruption, before driving up to the Johnston Ridge Observatory at 4,314 ft. We will enjoy views of the lava dome, pumice plain and the landslide deposit. We explore the area on foot, picnic, and follow one of the many beautiful hiking trails. Overnight is in Quinault, gateway to the Olympic Peninsula.

Portland, Oregon

Portland, Oregon

Mt. St. Helens

Mt. St. Helens

Day 13: Olympic National Park – Port Angeles

Today, we explore parts of Olympic National Park on an easy self-guided walk within the Hoh Rain Forest. Trails lead through enchanted, moss-covered temperate rain forest. Later we’ll stop at scenic Rialto Beach for a walk along the wild Pacific shore, then drive on to Sol Duc Hot Springs for a relaxing swim in mineral hot springs and freshwater pools. Tonight we stay in Port Angeles on the Olympic Peninsula.

Olympic NP

Olympic NP

Sol Duc Hot Springs

Sol Duc Hot Springs

Day 14: Hurricane Ridge – Seattle

Weather permitting, drive up to Hurricane Ridge, which offers fantastic views of the Olympic Mountains–including Mount Olympus, the Strait of San Juan de Fuca, and Vancouver Island. We experience the beauty of this national park while walking and picnicking. In the late afternoon, we board a ferry to Seattle, where we will spend our final night. (Please note, if the weather does not allow us to venture up to Hurricane Ridge, we will provide a city tour of Seattle as an alternative). We say goodbye at dinner.

Bainbridge Ferry

Bainbridge Ferry

Seattle, Washington

Seattle, Washington

Day 15:

Tour ends here, you are free to explore Seattle on your own or fly home. We will gladly assist you with post-reservations.

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