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Walking amongst the trees, Redwood National Park, California, USA

Seattle to San Francisco

Visit Seattle, Olympic NP, Mt Rainier NP, Portland, Oregon Coast, Crater Lake NP, Redwood NP, Sonoma Valley & San Francisco.

4 National Parks, 3 major cities, 2 iconic roads and a pretty wine region

14 Nights from £1,799pp
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‘from’ prices are based on off peak travel, 2 people sharing a standard car, economy flights and 2-3* Hotels. All trips are completely bespoke so just tell your expert any requirements you have.

This road trip visits the Northwest’s best destinations as you move through the West Coast states of Washington, Oregon and northern California. Anyone who has enjoyed a California road trip in the past will love this route, along with those looking for quieter National Parks and roads.

Key road trip highlights:

  • Start in Seattle and end in San Francisco, with a visit to hip Portland en route.
  • Visit four fantastic National Parks – Olympic, Mount Rainier, Crater Lake and Redwoods will all amaze you.
  • Cruise along iconic Highway 101 for much of the road trip.
  • Explore Oregon’s awe-inspiring Columbia River Gorge.
  • Discover the vast and unspoilt Oregon Coastline.
  • Enjoy a stay in California’s premier Wine Region – Sonoma & Napa Valley.
  • What’s included? Direct flights with a premier carrier like Virgin Atlantic, accommodation to your desired standard and length of stay, car rental and a detailed road trip pack.
Seattle To San Francisco route with The American Road Trip Company

Our Favourite Hotels

We’ll suggest properties to match your preferred budget, be it low-cost, mid-range or high-end luxury that you’re looking for. We can also mix it up so you’ll experience a range of standards and experiences along your road trip.

Lake Crescent Lodge, in Olympic National Park

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Lake Crescent Lodge

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Olympic National Park

View Crest Lodge, Redwood National Park, California

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View Crest Lodge

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Redwood National Park

Hotel E, 3 star hotel in Santa Rosa, Sonoma Valley, California

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Hotel E

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Santa Rosa, Sonoma Valley

Inn at Cannon Beach, Oregon Coast. Pacific Northwest

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Inn at Cannon Beach

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Oregon Coast

The Duniway Portland A Hilton Hotelin Portland, Oregon

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The Duniway Portland

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Portland

Four Seasons Hotel Seattle

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Four Seasons Hotel

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Seattle

Argonaut Hotel, San Francisco

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Argonaut Hotel

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San Francisco

Carneros Resort and Spa, Napa Valley

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Carneros Resort and Spa

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Napa Valley

Road Trip Itinerary

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.

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Arrive in Seattle, Washington

Fly direct from the UK to Seattle in the northwestern corner of the US. After checking in to your chosen hotel, why not have dinner at one of Seattle’s great seafood restaurants?

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Seattle, WA

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The Space Needle in Seattle, Washington, USA
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Explore Seattle - The Emerald City

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

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Seattle, WA

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Pikes Place Market, Seattle waterfront, Washington, Northwest Explorer USA
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The stunning scenery of Olympic National Park

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

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Olympic NP

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104 miles

Olympic National Park, Washington USA
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A second day to explore Olympic National Park

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

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Olympic NP

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102 miles

Olympic National Park, Washington, Pacific Northwest USA - Beach
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From one National Park to another.. Mount Rainer

The largest mountain within the Cascades range, Mount Rainer, hasn’t been an active volcano for many years, but it’s still a prominent attraction and a protected National Park. Filled with meadows, craters, glaciers and abundant wildlife, flora and fauna, this is one of the most scenic locations in North America.

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Mount Rainier NP

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170 miles

Mount Rainier, Washington, Pacific Northwest, USA
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Explore the Columbia River Gorge and Portland

After three days in the great outdoors, it’s time to cross into Oregon and stay in it’s biggest city, Portland. As always, your Road Trip Pack will help you plan a couple of days of sightseeing. A distinctively trendy city, Portland has a range of activities to suit all interests. On the way to Portland, we recommend a route that passes the beautiful Multnomah Falls in the magnificent Columbia River Gorge.

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Portland, OR

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155 miles

Mount Rainier, Washington, Pacific Northwest, USA
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Your second day to enjoy Portland's sights

A full day to enjoy all the pleasures on offer in hip and unique Portland. The Japanese Gardens in Washington Park is a must-see for the team at The American Road Trip Company. Like to shop? Portland is the place due to the lack of sales tax in the city.

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Portland, OR

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Portland, Oregon, USA
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Drive west to the epic Oregon coastline

Once you’ve ticked some of Portland’s must-see places and enjoyed the tax-free shopping, you’ll head west to the Oregon Coastline along the Sunset Highway. You’ll soon find the ocean near Cannon Beach and the amazing Ecola State Park.

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Cannon Beach, OR

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79 miles

Oregon Coast, Pacific Northwest USA
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Follow Highway 101 down the Oregon Coast

Today, you’ll drive the sublime Highway 101 south along the Oregon Coastline. While California’s Highway 1 gets much attention for its abundant scenery, the 101 through Oregon has it all and perhaps more. Complete with quiet seaside coves, numerous lighthouses, and secluded hideaways, today’s drive makes for a scenically memorable one.

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Oregon Coast

Drive:

159 miles

Sea Stacks, Oregon Coast, Pacific Northwest USA
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Crater Lake National Park's scenery awaits

Today, you’ll leave the coast and head up to the unique scenery of Crater Lake National Park. 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.

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Crater Lake NP

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183 miles

Crater Lake, Northwest USA
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Drive to the Giant Redwoods of California

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 primarily found only in Oregon and California. The ultimate Sequoia experience is here in Redwood National Park. These true giants stand up to 100m high and 11m in diameter.

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Redwoods NP

Drive:

175 miles

Walking amongst the trees, Redwood National Park, California, USA
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Take Highway 101 to Sonoma & Napa Valley

Both the neighbouring valleys of Napa and Sonoma offer gorgeous 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 and drink.

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Sonoma Valley, CA

Drive:

240 miles

Vineyards in Napa Valley, California wine region, USA
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America's favourite city... San Francisco

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

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San Francisco

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55 miles

Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, California, USA
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Another day in the Golden Gate City

A second full day to explore San Franciso’s must-see places. Included in your Road Trip Pack are all our favourite recommendations listed for convenience. Coit Tower, Lombard Street, the Painted Ladies, Union Square and Alcatraz are just a few to get you going. If you’re flexible on time, adding an extra night here is well worth it. Just mention this when you request your personalised quote.

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San Francisco

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Painted Ladies, San Francisco, California, USA

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Frequently Asked Questions

You’ll find answers to most of your questions right here. If you still need assistance, Feel free to get in touch, and we’ll be sure to get back to you promptly!

Can I Add Extra Nights To The Road Trips?

Not a problem. If you are lucky enough to have extra time to explore more places or add more rest days, then just let us know and we’ll adjust your trip to match your preferred timescale.

Must I Have Travel Insurance?

We strongly advise that you purchase travel insurance for your holiday to cover you against medical expenses, theft and other financial costs. Should you need to cancel before travelling, some insurance policies may pay out for any loss of funds that have been paid to us and which cannot be refunded under our cancellation policy.

Can I Do A One-Way Rental?

Many of our trips have a different end destination than the starting point, so this is not a problem. Please note a fee sometimes applies for one-way rentals between other regions or states, which will be paid to the supplier directly when collecting the vehicle. We’ll endeavour to inform you of this charge within your quote.

Am I Limited To Certain Hotels Or Chains?

No, far from it. We work with a range of properties from 3* to 5*, so we can adapt the trip to match most budgets. We have access to rooms in more than 800 hotels, motels, lodges and B&Bs across North America.

How Old Do I Need To Be?

The minimum age to rent a car is 21 in the United States or Canada, although, in addition, any drivers under 25 years of age will generally incur a surcharge.

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