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Ultimate West Coast

Visit Seattle, Olympic NP, Oregon Coast, Portland, Crater Lake NP, Redwood NP, Napa Valley, San Francisco, Big Sur & Los Angeles

Drive north to south along the west coast of America on our popular Ultimate West Coast tour.

You’ll follow the gorgeous Pacific coastline as you flydrive through 3 States on your way from Seattle to Los Angeles. The west coast of America offers astounding natural beauty, along with some of America’s most hip cities. Check out the 3-week itinerary below to see why this west coast holiday is a must do for everyone.


Ultimate West Coast 21 nights

Like all of our road trips, this west coast tour can be tailored to meet your specific requirements. If you have more or less than 21 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.

America's West Coast will stay long in the memory


Pike Place Market

Day 1

Start your west coast holiday in Seattle

You'll start your west coast of America holiday in Seattle. If you have any energy left after your flight, then why not have dinner at one of Seattle’s amazing restaurants, we highly recommend the seafood joints found in Pike Place Market. Just need a cup of coffee to help you stay awake? Then head over to first-ever Starbucks, which is also located in Pike Place.

  • Key location: Seattle, WA
  • Seattle, WA

Seattle's Space Needle

Day 2

A full day to explore Seattle

Emerald City is one of the fastest-growing cities in North America, famous for its coffee, grunge music and a growing tech sector. Visitor highlights including The Space Needle, Pioneer Square and The Museum of Flight.

  • Key location: Seattle, WA
  • Seattle, WA

Elk In Olympic NP

Day 3

Let this west coast road trip begin

The words rugged, craggy and remote come to mind when thinking of Olympic National Park. Situated in the far northwest of Washington State, Olympic is one of the wettest places you’ll ever visit. The unique climate makes this National Park a unique and atmospheric place to explore. Visitors will usually witness wild Roosevelt Elk living amongst the moss-covered trees, alpine meadows and the waterfalls of the area.

  • Key location: Olympic National Park
  • Lake Crescent, WA
  • 105 Miles

Olympic’s West Coast

Day 4

Explore one of America's best National Parks - Olympic

The west coast of America has many magnificent beaches, and Rialto Beach and Ruby Beach are two of the most magical. Sea stacks, black sand and huge pieces of driftwood beach all get battered by the Pacific. Your personalised Road Trip Pack will show you how to find these and many more places of outstanding natural beauty on this wild and wonderful coastline.

  • Key location: Olympic National Park
  • Lake Quinault, WA
  • 100 Miles

Loads To See In Portland

Day 5

Cruise inland to Oregon’s Capital - Portland

Time to remove your hiking boots and enjoy the second city on this 3-week itinerary. You’ll find plenty of trendy shops, cool cafes and hip restaurants on the streets of Portland. Plus, this is a Tax-Free shopping area, so if you intend to shop whilst you're road-tripping then this is a great place to do it. If shopping is not your thing, then Portland's other highlights include a Japanese Garden, the Pittock Mansion and the Portland Art Museum.

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

Multnomah Falls

Day 6

A second day in Portland, Oregon

Your second day in Portland can be sent exploring the city's streets or on a day trip along the magnificent Columbia River Gorge. If the latter appeals, then head east on the super scenic Historic Columbia River Highway to visit wonders like Multnomah Falls, Mount Hood and the Bonneville Dam.

  • Key location: Portland, OR
  • Portland, OR

Cannon Beach

Day 7

Head west to find Oregon's Coast

Massive sandstone boulders look like they have been dropped from the heavens along this 360 mile stretch of coast. Rugged, wild and windswept - Oregon’s beauty is up with the best of them.

  • Key location: Oregan Coast
  • Cannon Beach
  • 85 Miles

Oregon's Stunning Coast

Day 8

Cruise south along Oregon's west coast

Drive south on the legendary Highway 101, this famous old road spans from Seattle in the north to LA in the south. Along with Route 1, Highway 101 will be your chosen road as you drive the west coast of America. The Oregon section of Highway 101 is less developed than certain parts of California. So relax and enjoy nature's artistry at work, as you cruise through mist-covered forests and past sun-soaked beaches.

  • Key location: Oregon Coast
  • Florence
  • 160 Miles

Crater Lake NP

Day 9

Crater Lake - A volcano topped with a crystal clear lake

Crater Lake National Park has inspired people for hundreds of years. 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. Its a place of immeasurable beauty, and a worthwhile detour away from the west coast.

  • Key location: Crater Lake NP
  • Crater Lake NP
  • 185 Miles

West Coast Redwoods

Day 10

California’s west coast is calling

Today, you'll start the California section of this tour along America's west coast. First, you'll visit the majestic Redwood National Park, which is located in the very north of California.

  • Key location: Redwood NP
  • Redwood NP
  • 235 Miles

Redwood Hiking

Day 11

Enjoy a day in the tranquility of the west coast's Redwoods

The largest trees on Earth are found on America's west coast. Redwoods were once common throughout America, but sadly they're only really found in Oregon and California now. These trees are truly giant, at up to 100m high and 11m in diameter. Spend the day just walking amongst them and let your stresses just melt away.

  • Key location: Redwood NP
  • Redwood NP

Wine Time !

Day 12

Continue down America's west coast to Sonoma & Napa Valley

You don't have to like wine to enjoy this beautiful area (but it helps). These two neighbouring valleys offer stunning scenery made up of perfectly manicured vineyards, stretched across rolling hills. These can be enjoyed by car, a train or even by an early morning hot air balloon ride.

  • Key location: Napa Valley, CA
  • Sonoma Valley, CA
  • 240 Miles

Golden Gate Bridge

Day 13

Cross the Golden Gate Bridge and to find San Francisco

Spanning the headlands between Marin County and San Francisco. Golden Gate Bridge is one of the world's most beautiful structures, whether you walk, bike or drive across it. You can also gain stunning views of the bridge and San Francisco beyond by driving up Conzelman Road on the north side of the bridge. Once you hit town, you’ll spend 3 fun-filled days enjoying all that this west coast city has to offer.

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

San Fran's Painted Ladies

Day 14

A second day in America's favourite city - San Francisco

Once the morning fog lifts, one of America’s favourite cities will be revealed. Ride a cable car, climb the steep streets and get into the vibe that only this city can offer. Packed with Victorian charm, remarkable restaurants, spectacular shopping and famous movie locations, this iconic city really has it all.

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

Alcatraz Island

Day 15

A third and final day in San Francisco

Alcatraz Island is often near the top of people's to-do lists when visiting the west coast of America. Not only will you enjoy the unique experience of Alcatraz, but you'll also take in spectacular views of San Francisco, Angel Island and the Golden Gate Bridge as you ferry across the Bay to this iconic tourist destination. Once you're back on the mainland, you should grab a meal in Fisherman's Wharf before riding a cable car back to your hotel.

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

Monterey Bay

Day 16

Cruise down Highway 1 to Monterey & Carmel

Monterey was once California’s capital, today its best known for the world-class Monterey Bay Aquarium on Cannery Row. In years gone by Monterey was most famous for its whaling and sardine industry, now it focuses on marine education and preservation. Take a whale-watching trip during spring or autumn to see whales migrating along the west coast of America. Later, take 17-Mile-Drive which connects Monterey and pretty Carmel-by-the-Sea. This scenic toll road takes people on a short tour past rugged beaches, millionaire homes and wind-blown cypress trees. Along the way, you'll notice seals basking in the sun on coastal rocks and sea otters bobbing up and down in the waves.

  • Key location: Monterey Bay, CA
  • Carmel, CA
  • 115 Miles

Carmel Beach

Day 17

Explore Carmel-by-the-Sea and Point Lobos

Point Lobos marks the start of the Big Sur coastal area, and such is the beauty of this reserve that it demands to be visited before you continue down the coast tomorrow. Seal lions give birth to pups on inaccessible beaches, sea otters frolic in the bays and whales slowly migrate through the 750 underwater acres of the park. Pure beauty that can only be fully enjoyed through hiking the many short walks. After Point Lobos, head back to beautiful Carmel for lunch before spending the afternoon on one of the west coasts finest beaches. In fact, Carmel Beach is so special, that you'll do well to find a better beach anywhere on the planet.

  • Key location: Carmel, CA
  • Carmel, CA

West Coast Cruising

Day 18

Big Sur - The drive of your life!!!

Big Sur is known as the best driving experience on the west coast of America. Experience curvy roads, enchanting State Parks and stunning coastal vistas. At the end of this 100-mile scenic drive, you'll find Hearst Castle perched upon “The Enchanted Hill”, which overlooks the Pacific Ocean. Hearst Castle is truly the product of one man's ambition, wealth and imagination - If time allows then consider popping by for a visit.

  • Key location: Big Sur
  • Big Sur
  • 100 Miles

Santa Barbara

Day 19

Santa Barbara awaits

This affluent, sun-soaked town, built in a charming mediterranean style is one of the central coast's finest destinations. Highlights include State Street's shopping and restaurants, wine tasting in the Funk Zone and enjoying the cities beaches.

  • Key location: Santa Barbara, CA
  • Santa Barbara, CA
  • 125 Miles

Griffith Observatory

Day 20

Last stop - Los Angeles, California

Hollywood is synonymous with glitz and glamour, and although many of the studios have now moved on to other parts of town, it's still fun to visit the home of the Oscars and walk Hollywood Boulevard looking for the handprints of your favourite movie stars. Just a short drive northeast lies the Griffith Observatory, perched high on a hill overlooking the urban sprawl of LA, this recently renovated landmark is well worth a visit. It's also a great place to view the iconic Hollywood sign from.

  • Key location: Los Angeles, CA
  • Los Angeles, CA
  • 90 Miles

Santa Monica Pier

Day 21

Complete your road trip adventure in Santa Monica

The Santa Monica Pier brings your west coast USA holiday to a glorious end, Santa Monica's beaches and old-fashioned pier are a worthy finishing point for any road trip. You can hire a bike and cruise the boardwalk to Venice Beach or shop your heart out on 3rd Street. Or, perhaps you’ll prefer to watch some of La La Land's crazy characters play basketball or push weights, while you enjoy a coffee at one of the many cafes. Lastly, if you have a few extra days to spend away, then this trip can be extended to visit Orange County and San Diego. If you have four weeks or more then Palm Springs and Las Vegas can also be added to our Ultimate West Coast road trip.

  • Key location: Los Angeles, CA
  • Los Angeles, CA

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