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Northwest Explorer

Seattle, Olympic NP, Mount Rainier NP, Portland, Oregon Coast, Crater Lake NP, Redwood NP, Napa Valley & San Francisco

Discover the Northwest Explorer. Our road trip offering four National Parks, three cities, two classic roads and a magnificent wine region. Our coastal road trip visits some of the Northwest’s best destinations. Featuring unique landscapes only found in this part of the world, this is arguably the most scenic of all our trips.


Northwest Explorer 14 nights

All of our American road trips can be tailored to meet your requirements. Do you have more or less than 14 days for your road trip? No problem, we can bolt on extra nights to allow more time to explore or shorten the number of destinations as required. Just let us know when requesting your quote.

Amazing Coastline, Redwoods & Cities - Fab!


Space Needle - Seattle

Day 1

Arrive in Seattle

Arrive in Seattle and check in to your first hotel. If you have any energy left after your flight, why not have dinner at one of Seattle’s great restaurants.

  • Key location: Seattle, WA
  • Seattle, WA

Pikes Place

Day 2

Explore the Emerald City - Seattle

Emerald City is one of the fastest growing cities in North America, famous for its coffee, grunge music and a growing tech sector. It has a laid-back charm with visitor highlights including Pike Place Market, the Space Needle and Pioneer Square.

  • Key location: Seattle, WA
  • Seattle, WA

Olympic National Park

Day 3

Exploring Olympic National Park

The words rugged, craggy and remote come to mind when thinking of Olympic National Park. Situated in the far Northwest of Washington State, this is one of the wildest places you'll be likely to visit. You won’t be alone though, Roosevelt Elk love it here amongst the trees, alpine meadows and waterfalls.

  • Key location: Olympic NP
  • Lake Crescent, WA
  • 104 Miles

Wet 'n' Wild ONP

Day 4

Rugged beauty of Olympic National Park

Rialto Beach is a magical beach with huge pieces of driftwood, sea stacks and a black sand beach overlooking the Pacific. Tonight you'll stay on Lake Quinault, uniquely located within the Quinault Rain Forest which makes for numerous opportunities to take scenic short walks.

  • Key location: Olympic NP
  • Lake Quinault, WA
  • 102 Miles

Mount Rainier

Day 5

Cruise over to Mount Rainier National Park

Heading south today you'll cross the border into the “Cascades Mountain" region. The largest mountain in the range, Mount Rainer, hasn’t been active for many years but is still the most prominent attraction and is a protected National Park. Filled with meadows, craters, glaciers and an abundance of wildlife, flora and fauna, this is one of the real scenic highlights.

  • Key location: Mount Rainier NP
  • Mount Rainier NP
  • 175 Miles

Multnomah Falls

Day 6

Explore Portland in 2 days

After 3 days in the great outdoors, it's time to visit Oregon’s biggest city, Portland. Your Itinerary Pack will help you plan out a couple of days worth of sight-seeing. A distinctively trendy city, Portland has a range of activities to suit all interests. If you're an early riser, we recommend a visit to Multnomah Falls in the Columbia River Gorge.

  • Key location: Portland, OR
  • Portland, OR
  • 155 Miles

So much to do

Day 7

Your second day to enjoy Portland

Another day to enjoy the pleasures of Portland. A must see for the team at The American Road Trip Company is the Japanese Gardens in Washington Park. Oregon Zoo is a great visit also.

  • Key location: Portland, OR
  • Portland, OR

Ecola State Park

Day 8

Head west to the staggering Oregon coast

Once you’ve ticked off all of Portland’s must-see places and enjoyed the tax-free shopping you’ll head west to the Oregon Coastline along Sunset Highway. You’ll soon hit the coast near Cannon Beach and the equally stunning Ecola State Park.

  • Key location: Cannon Beach, OR
  • Cannon Beach, OR
  • 79 Miles

Oregon Sea Stacks

Day 9

Highway 101 down the Oregon Coastline

Today you'll drive the stunning Route 101. Whilst California's Highway 1 gets a lot of attention for its scenery, we think this Highway has it all and more. Complete with quiet seaside coves, bustling beach towns, and secluded hideaways, today's drive makes for a scenically memorable one unlike any other.

  • Key location: Oregon Coastline
  • Florence , OR
  • 159 Miles

Stunning Crater Lake

Day 10

Inspiring Crater Lake

Today you'll leave the coast and head up to the stunning Crater Lake. No place else on earth combines a deep, pure lake, so blue in colour; sheer surrounding cliffs, almost two thousand feet high; two picturesque islands; and a violent volcanic past. It is a place of immeasurable beauty, and an outstanding outdoor laboratory and classroom.

  • Key location: Crater Lake, OR
  • Crater Lake, OR
  • 183 Miles

The Worlds biggest trees

Day 11

Scenic drive to the Redwoods of the Californian coast

It’s yet another scenic drive today - down to Redwood National Park in northern California. Redwood trees were once common throughout North America. Sadly now they are mostly found in just Oregon and California. The ultimate Sequoia experience is here in Redwood National Park. These are true giants at up to 100m high and 11m in diameter.

  • Key location: Redwood NP
  • Redwood NP
  • 175 Miles

Wine lovers paradise

Day 12

Highway 101 to Wine Country and Marin County

Arrive into the richly agricultural Sonoma and Napa today. Both neighbouring valleys offer stunning scenery made up of perfectly manicured vineyards stretching across rolling hills. A foodies’ heaven, with an emphasis on 'farm to table' dining, you'll be spoiled for choice on where to eat.

  • Key location: Napa Valley, CA
  • Santa Rosa, CA
  • 258 Miles

Golden Gate Bridge

Day 13

Americas' favourite city - San Francisco

Continue south and cross Sausalito Bay into the city of San Francisco. After returning your hire car and checking into your hotel you may want to ride a cable car or stretch your legs by exploring on foot. Full of Victorian charm combined with a cosmopolitan vibe, San Francisco is a wonderful all-rounder with world-class attractions unique to this city on the bay.

  • Key location: San Francisco, CA
  • San Francisco, CA
  • 55 Miles

The Painted Ladies

Day 14

Another day in the Golden Gate City

A second full day to explore San Franciso's must-see places. Included in your personalised Road Trip Pack, you'll find our favourite recommendations. Coit Tower, Lombard Street, the Painted Ladies, Union Square and Alcatraz are just a few to get you going. If you're flexible, adding an extra night here is well worth it. Otherwise, check out of your hotel tomorrow and fly back to the U.K.

  • Key location: San Francisco, CA
  • San Francisco, CA

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