WILD WEST PACIFIC COAST LOS ANGELES to SEATTLE TREK

DEPARTS LOS ANGELES to SEATTLE

Trek Code: PC Destination: USA West Departs: May-Aug Accommodation: Camping Age Range: 18-38

Tour Overview

The Pacific Coast … famed for its giant Redwoods and volcanic peaks. This incredibly scenic route offers a diverse range of attractions such as isolated, unspoilt beaches, hiking in coastal rain forests and the big city attractions of Los Angeles and San Francisco. See and experience the far western states of California, Oregon and Washington.

 

Included Highlights

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Puget Sound scenic ferry

Sunset sailboat cruise on San Francisco Bay

Walk amongst Giant Sequoias trees in Yosemite

Scenic walks and hikes

City tours of Los Angeles and San Francisco

Walk the Golden Gate Bridge

Scenic walks amongst Giant Redwood trees

Incredible National Parks – Yosemite, Redwood, Mt St Helens, Mt Rainier & Olympic

Plus you get…

Services of a TrekAmerica tour leader

Private transportation with free Wi-Fi

All accommodation – 11 camping & 2 hotel nights

All camping equipment (except sleeping bag)

Flexible Itinerary

Our routes have been carefully chosen to include the best night stops, highlights, and included experiences, but with lots of optional activities to choose from, stops at some of your leaders favourite places and occasional changes in local conditions no two Trek trips are ever the same so come ready for a unique adventure.

 

Optional Activities (paid locally)

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There are loads of exciting optional activities for you to choose from during your trip giving you the flexibility to do the things you want to and leave out the things you don’t. Below are the main optional activities for this trip, these can be arranged once you are on tour via your Tour Leader and are paid for locally.

 

> Sea kayaking US$30

> Seattle Space Needle US$21-$29

> Bike rental in Yosemite US$12-$32

> San Francisco cable car ride US$5-$13

> Float trip on the Merced River in Yosemite US$30

> Bike Rental in San Francisco US$32-$60

> Sol Duc hot springs in Olympic US$13

> Baseball game in San Francisco US$15-$40

Tour Itinerary

As this tour departs at 0730 we recommend that you book pre-tour accommodation. Please request hotel details at the time of booking.

 

Day 1: Los Angeles & Santa Barbara

Experience Hollywood close-up with a brief tour of this legendary area, before heading west for the first of two nights on the coast, first at Santa Barbara, a “gem of a coastal city” with a decidedly Spanish flair. Slap on the sunscreen to flaunt your tan and volleyball skills.

Accommodation: Camping included

Day 2: Big Sur

With each passing mile on California’s most famous road – Pacific Coast Highway 1 – the shore grows yet more spectacular, as Redwood forested mountains lean down towards beautiful sandy beaches and the pounding Pacific swell. Enjoy that iconic viewpoint of the waterfalls and waves crashing below. Pitch tents by crashing surf then cosy up round the campfire under California stars.

Accommodation: Camping included

Day 3-4: Yosemite National Park

The Sierra Nevada mountains beckon with the towering peaks of Yosemite National Park. We have two days to hike, bike, or float through this extraordinary landscape of glacier-carved granite monoliths, spectacular waterfalls and groves of giant Sequoia trees – the largest living things on earth! If you want a real challenge, try the many hiking trails around Half Dome! Why not hire tubes float down the Merced River for a very different viewpoint.

Accommodation: Camping included

Day 5-6: San Francisco

We make a pit stop for lunch at the Iron Door Saloon, built in 1852 and the oldest continuously operating saloon in California. Next, “Everybody’s Favourite City”, San Francisco – this town will blow you away. Sunlight on the bay, wispy fog around Golden Gate Bridge, cable cars climbing steep streets: it’s a 24-carat stunner. After we view the Bay and Alcatraz on our included sunset sailboat cruise, the party people flock to trendy bars and clubs in North Beach or Haight-Ashbury and that friendly vibe gets even better.

Accommodation: Hotel included

Day 7-8: Redwood National Park

Making our way up the California Coast, we pass though small quaint coastal towns en route to Redwoods National Park, home of the tallest trees in the world and some of the most spectacular coastal scenery on the Pacific Coast. Leave footprints on what is virtually your private Pacific beach or traipse between gigantic Redwoods, feeling like ants in their mighty shadow.

Accommodation: Camping included

Day 9-10: Oregon Coast & Mount St Helens

Keep that camera handy for the perfect photo, as you drive along the Oregon coast. Through Portland into the Cascades for an up-close look at one of nature’s volcanic wonders – Mt. St. Helens National Monument. The awesome explosion of 1980 forever altered its alpine splendour, but the partially destroyed mountain is now even more impressive. View the film that captured the actual eruption, and view Spirit Lake nestled below the still smouldering crater.

Accommodation: Camping included

Day 11: Mount Rainier National Park

Journey into the heart of the Cascade Mountains to Mount Rainier National Park, the Range’s head honcho and its hiking trails sure live up to the hype. There are over 300 miles available on the parks’ network of trails, everything from easy walks through the forests to heart pounding climbs up to the mountain’s glaciers.

Accommodation: Camping included

Day 12-13: Olympic National Park

Get ready to roll out for a blast of fresh-air adventure amidst dense rainforest and ancient glaciers. Washington’s jewel, Olympic National Park, offers a wide range of vistas including glaciated snowy peaks, spectacular coastal beaches and an ancient rain forest to explore and enjoy. If sore feet deserve a little TLC, let Sol Duc Hot Springs do the honours. Soak it up! This is the life.

Accommodation: Camping included.

Day 14: Seattle

Leaving the mountains of the Olympic Peninsula behind we journey across Puget Sound aboard the ferry from Bainbridge Island to Seattle. Why not whisk yourself 500ft up the Space Needle, taking in the spectacular setting from a glass elevator, or explore Seattle’s bustling Pike Place Market for local flavours and interesting sights.

 

This tour ends at approximately 17:00 hrs. We can book you post-tour accommodation at our gateway hotel if required. If you are planning to fly tonight, please do not book a flight that departs before 21:00 hrs.

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