Fly from Heathrow to Seattle, arriving the same day. There’s no need to have a car in Seattle so make your way independently to your hotel. Stay 2 nights at The Edgewater (or similar).
Spend a full day getting your bearings in Seattle today. If you want to take it easy, with plenty of coffee stops, then you’re in luck because Seattle’s café culture is legendary. Why not take in the atmosphere of buzzing Pike Place Market and then have a break in the original Starbucks? Alternatively, sit back and relax on a cruise out into Puget Sound or scale the iconic Space Needle for bird’s-eye views over lunch or dinner.
Day 3: Seattle – Olympic National Park (approx. 137 miles)
Pick up your rental car today and either take a ferry across the Sound or drive along its shores taking in the views along the way. Cross over to the Olympic Peninsula and drive north around the fringes of the breathtaking Olympic National Park. Your base will be Port Angeles, a historic settlement on the northern shore of the peninsula. Stay 2 nights at the Red Lion Hotel Port Angeles (or similar).
Day 4: Olympic National Park
With three major ecosystems and almost a million acres to choose from, Olympic National Park is full of possibilities! Discover untouched beaches, rainforest tracks or elks grazing under the jaw-dropping backdrop of the Cascade Mountains. Other wild animals you may be lucky enough to spot include beavers, minks, raccoons, marmots and possibly even bears, so keep your camera handy!
Day 5: Olympic National Park – Mount Rainer – Ashford (approx. 154 miles)
Travel down through the beautiful scenery of rural Washington today and make your way via idyllic Alder Lake to Ashford, the gateway to Mount Rainier National Park. The dormant volcano of Mount Rainier is probably the most famous peak of the Cascade Range and its legendary beauty is only matched by its size. It towers above the surrounding area to such an extent that it’s known locally simply as ‘The Mountain' and its 27 glaciers cover more than 34 square miles. Stay 1 night at the Nisqally Lodge, Ashford (or similar).
Day 6: Ashford – Mount St Helens – Portland (approx. 131 miles)
Leave behind the pristine mountain vistas around Ashford and head south, en route to the city of Portland. Along the way, make a stop at Mount St Helen’s, a brooding, beautiful volcano that last erupted in 1980. If you’re feeling energetic, you can climb the lower slopes of the volcano for great views or even take a zip line tour through the forests above the Columbia River Gorge with distant views of the peak. Next, it’s time to leave the wilderness for the big smoke as you make your way to Portland. Stay 2 nights at the Portland Hilton (or similar).
Day 7: Portland
Known as the ‘City of Roses’, Portland is a big city with a laid back, small town feel and a thriving music and arts scene. If the weather’s fine, why not wander through one of the city’s lush gardens or enjoy a meal and some people watching in the upscale Pearl District? On rainy days, there’s a huge variety of museums to choose from. The kids will love the hands-on activities and moored submarine at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry. Adults will love the fantastic shopping and the food culture, washed down with a cool glass from one of a choice of over 30 micro-breweries.
Day 8: Portland - Silver Falls State Park – Newport (approx. 135 miles)
Leave Portland today with the looming Mount Hood on your left and continue south into rural Oregon. Head for Silver Falls State Park and stretch your legs with a walk along the Canyon Trail, featuring ten waterfalls along its full length, four of which the trail actually passes behind so you can get up close to the thundering water. From Silver Falls State Park, it’s time to make your way along Route 20 to the coast with an overnight stop in Newport. This pretty harbour city boasts stunning beaches, romantic lighthouses and plenty of opportunities for getting out on the water. Stay 1 night at the Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Newport - Oregon Coast (or similar).
Day 9: Newport - Coos Bay (approx. 98 miles)
Enjoy a fantastic drive down the Oregon coast today, along the world famous Pacific Coast Highway. This achingly beautiful stretch of the renowned highway offers some of the most wild and remote scenery with rugged headlands, windswept beaches and foaming surf. Once you reach Coos Bay, the scenery doesn’t stop. Explore enormous, wind-sculpted sand dunes on foot or by dune buggy, take in the views from Cape Arego and watch the sun set over the boardwalk. Stay 1 night at the Red Lion Hotel Coos Bay (or similar).
Day 10: Coos Bay – Crater Lake (approx. 137 miles)
This morning, head west to Seligman, a small town located along historic Route 66Leave the coast today and head back inland to Crater Lake National Park. Crater Lake has inspired imaginations for thousands of years, with its deep blue colour, sheer surrounding cliffs of up to 2,000 feet high and its amazing depth. This is the deepest lake in America with some of the purest, clearest fresh water found anywhere in the world. More than 50 species of mammal call the surrounding park home so keep your eyes peeled for elks, porcupines, coyotes and black bears. Stay 1 night at La Qunita Inn, Grants Pass (or similar).
Day 11: Crater Lake – Redwood National Park – Eureka (approx. 269 miles)
Continue south along Route 199 and you’ll meet the Pacific Coast Highway again at Crescent City. From here, the landscape is dominated by towering redwoods. Head through Del Norte County to Prairie Creek and Redwood National Parks, both offering fantastic forest tracks and trees with trunks so wide you can drive through them! You’ll also pass the wetlands reserve of Humboldt Lagoon State Park on the way to Eureka. Stay 1 night at the Best Western Plus Humboldt Bay Inn (or similar).
Day 12: Eureka – Ferndale – Humboldt State Park – Ukaih (approx. 158 miles)
Back onto the Pacific Highway, you’ll enter the world renowned Avenue of the Giants just south of Fortuna. This 'avenue' runs straight through Humboldt State Park with huge, imposing coast redwoods lining the route. You’ll wind alongside the picturesque Eel River, with plenty of places to stop for a walk or a picnic. Don’t miss a swim at the lovely Rockefeller Forest redwood grove. Stay 1 night at the Best Western Plus Orchard Inn (or similar).
Day 13: Ukaih – Napa Valley (approx. 101 miles)
It’s time to get your taste buds tuned today as you leave the Pacific Coast Highway at Geyserville and drive further inland down the Napa Valley. This is one of America’s most celebrated wine regions and you have the day at leisure to take in the sights and tastes of some of California's best produced local product. Stay 2 nights at the River Terrace Inn (or similar).
Day 14: Napa Valley
World-renowned Napa Valley boasts a collection of very pretty little towns such as Yountville, St. Helena and Calistoga all with incredible wineries and accommodation. Catch the Napa Valley Wine Train, a scenic 3-hour gourmet-dining excursion aboard opulently restored 1915-1950 Pullman Dining and Lounge Cars or, for a change of pace, why not take a hot-air balloon ride over the valley at sunset?
Day 15: Napa Valley – San Francisco – London
Either extend your stay and take in the famous landmarks of southern California, or return your car to San Francisco Airport before boarding your departure flight to London.