PACIFIC COAST

14 days from

Pacific Coast
DEPARTS LOS ANGELES to SEATTLE
Tour code:
PC
Group size:
Max. 13
Destination:
USA West
Departs:
May-Sep
Accommodation:
Camping
Age range:
18-38
Best of Trek:
  • > Sail across the Puget Sound on a scenic ferry
  • > Explore the buzzing night life of Portland
  • > Giant Redwoods & incredible national parks
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Tour Overview

The Pacific Coast... famed for pristine beaches, epic views and giant Redwoods. Travel down one of the most scenic roads that the USA has to offer. Hike in coastal old-growth rain forests and chill out on isolated, unspoilt beaches. Let's not forget the big city attractions of San Francisco, Portland and Seattle, where coolness is a way of life. See and experience the far western states of California, Oregon and Washington, on one epic road trip along the coast.

Included Highlights
  • Visit San Francisco's Alcatraz Prison
  • Puget Sound scenic ferry
  • Explore Portland - the "hippest city in America"
  • Scenic walks and mountain hikes
  • Stroll amongst Giant Sequoia trees in Yosemite
  • City tours of Los Angeles and San Francisco
  • Walk the Golden Gate Bridge & visit Haight-Ashbury
  • Incredible national parks - Yosemite, Redwood, Mt Rainier & Olympic
Plus you get...
  • Services of a TrekAmerica tour leader
  • Private transportation with free Wi-Fi
  • All accommodation - 11 camping & 2 hostel nights
  • All camping equipment (except sleeping bag)
Free Wi-Fi on the road

You can now check your email and update Facebook, Twitter and TrekAmerica Live while on the road with our Wi-Fi enabled vehicles. (Maximum 5 users at a time. Fair usage restrictions may apply. Only available in USA).

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Our Pacific Coast Trek Tips include all you need to know about this Trek. They contain all the trip details, plus information on everything from visas to spending money and what to pack.

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Who travels with TrekAmerica?
Who travels with TrekAmerica

Our tours are aimed at young international travellers from around the world, aged 18 to 38, all with a sense of fun and a keen desire to explore. If you're travelling alone, don't worry... over 70% of our passengers are solo travellers and you'll soon be surrounded with like-minded people of a similar age who will quickly become your new best mates. Plus there are no single supplements.

Our tour price includes your own tour leader plus all transport and accommodation, so all you have to pay for are food, drinks and optional activities. Take a moment to add up all the costs of doing it yourself, and it soon becomes clear that a TrekAmerica trip offers fantastic value for money!

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Flexible Itinerary

Our routes have been carefully chosen to include the best overnight stops, highlights and included experiences, with plenty of optional activities to choose from. No two Trek trips are the same, with stops at some of your tour leader's favourite places and occasional changes to the itinerary, so get ready for one awesome adventure!

Optional Activities (paid locally)

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 most popular activities for this trip which can be arranged via your tour leader and paid for locally. Please note all costs are subject to change. Please note that not all optional activities may available on every tour and prices are subject to change.

  • > Space Needle - Seattle US$21-$29
  • > Bike rental - Yosemite US$12-$34
  • > Cable car ride - San Francisco US$5-$13
  • > Float trip on the Merced River - Yosemite US$31
  • > Bike Rental - San Francisco US$8 per hour/$32 per day
  • > Sol Duc Hot Springs - Olympic National Park US$13
  • > Baseball game - San Francisco from US$20
  • > Sunset sailboat cruise - San Francisco Bay US$45
  • > Microbreweries - Portland US$your choice
  • > Lan Su Chinese Garden - Portland US$FREE
  • > Eat Voodoo Doughnuts - Portland US$5
Tour Itinerary

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

Itinerary Update

For 2017 departures, a two hour kayaking activity on Lake Crescent is included in Olympic National Park.

  • Day 1: Los Angeles & Santa Barbara

    With the Californian sun on your face you're off to Hollywood where you'll find the famous sign and Walk of Fame. It's now time to leave the glitz and glam of LA behind you and head to the coast. First up is Santa Barbara, a gem of a coastal city with a decidedly Spanish flair with miles of pristine sandy beaches, this is a great introduction to the incredible Californian Coast.
    Accommodation: Camping included

  • Day 2: Big Sur

    With each passing mile on California's most famous road, the Pacific Coast Highway, the coastline grows yet more spectacular. Redwood forested mountains lean down towards beautiful sandy beaches and the pounding Pacific swell. Follow the coastal path to one of the most iconic scenes of Big Sur, McWay Falls a stunning 80 foot waterfall that cascades directly onto its own private beach. With such amazing scenery and tons of wildlife, including sea-lions and whales, it's no surprise that people say this is one of the best stretches of road on the West Coast and we couldn't agree more.
    Accommodation: Camping included

  • Day 3-4: Yosemite National Park

    As you say `so long' to the ocean for a couple of days you head towards the snowy peaks of the Sierra Nevada Mountains and the towering peaks of Yosemite National Park. You'll 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. Make the most of the great selection of hiking trails suitable for all levels of fitness and be sure to keep your eyes peeled for bears and coyotes roaming the trails. After a morning of hiking why not explore Yosemite Village with its museum, art galleries and short walking trails?
    Accommodation: Camping included

  • Day 5-6: San Francisco

    Come fog or shine this city is awesome! Start with a walk across Golden Gate Bridge and a visit to Haight-Ashbury, a street oozing with hippy vibes and plenty of quirky shops and cafes. Head down to Pier 39 to see the resident sea-lions who flock there in their hundreds - you'll definitely hear them before you see them! Seafood is aplenty here, so make sure you sample a delicious crab roll at Fisherman's Wharf. The highlights keep coming thick and fast with an included trip to the city's most famous attraction, Alcatraz Prison (worth US$30). Learn all about the prisoners who spent their lives trying to escape with a superb audio tour. In the evening opt to set sail on an optional sunset sail cruise for a different perspective of the famous bridge.
    Accommodation: Hostels included

  • Day 7-8: Redwood National Park

    As you drive along the stunning Californian Coast to Redwood National Park, you'll be well and truly spoilt with amazing scenery around every bend. Get out and stretch those legs with a hike through Tall Trees Grove trail and keep an eye out for elk and bear who can be found hiding under the canopy of the Redwoods. As the name suggest the trees along this trail are tall! They are in fact the tallest trees on Earth, so be prepared to spend a lot of time looking up. As you explore more of the park you might start to recognise the canyons covered in fern and moss from Steven Spielberg's Jurassic Park 2: The Lost World. Don't worry though, the dinosaurs are long gone!
    Accommodation: Camping included

  • Day 9-10: Portland

    The fact that you'll see the slogan 'Keep Portland Weird' plastered everywhere makes this uber cool city even more intriguing. A city full of quirky cafes, cool hipster folk and the best doughnut shop a person could ask for, Voodoo Doughnuts - whether it's for breakfast or just for a cheeky snack, just do it! For the more healthy option check out the numerous Farmers Markets that seem to pop up everywhere, oh and let's not forget about the beer. With over 30 breweries dotted across the city you'll never go thirsty in Portland.
    Accommodation: Camping included

  • Day 11: Mount Rainier National Park

    Journey into the heart of the Cascade Mountains to Mount Rainier National Park, the range and it's epic 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 forest to heart pounding climbs up to the mountain's glaciers. Mount Rainier is the perfect introduction to the lush and vibrant landscape of Washington State and depending on the time of year you visit you could be hiking knee deep in snow which just adds to the awesomeness of the place.
    Accommodation: Camping included

  • Day 12-13: Olympic National Park

    Get ready to roll out for a blast of fresh-air adventure amidst dense old-growth rainforest and ancient glaciers. Washington's jewel, Olympic National Park, offers a wide range of vistas including glacier carved valleys, 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!
    Accommodation: Camping included

  • Day 14: Seattle

    Leaving the mountains of the Olympic Peninsula behind you 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? If you prefer to explore at ground level then get yourself to Pike Place Market and watch as the famous fish mongers throw fish to each other while you grab yourself a bowl of tasty clam chowder. Seattle is another awesome city on the Pacific Coast, you've definitely been well and truly spoilt on this road trip.

    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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  • Book your tour with a 10% deposit per person (no hidden fees)
  • Pay your balance in instalments over the phone or via the website
  • Pay your final balance 8 weeks before departure
  • No additional fees if you choose to pay by credit card
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Essential Information

  • We run a Food Kitty on this trip - you will need to contribute US$10 a day which covers all your meals whilst camping
  • Prices quoted are land only. Call us on 0333 999 7951 for a flight quote.


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Private Departures

For 8 or more travellers, we can organise a totally private departure just for you and your group. We can offer you a departure date of your choice on any of our published itineraries enabling friends, families or organizations to enjoy our classic 'Trek' style of travel. Can't find a trip that suits your needs exactly? Let us tailor one of our traditional trips, or even create a bespoke itinerary. We will work with you to plan your adventure and with the benefit of our in depth knowledge we can build you a unique experience within your budgets and bucket lists!

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Tour Extras

We've offer a whole range of travel extras with everything from city sightseeing, additional hotel nights, insurance and more so you can organise everything you'll need for your trip in one easy place.

Hotels Before and After your tour

Tours begin and end at designated hotels in the departure and arrival cities, starting at 7.30am (check your tour voucher for exact details) and finishing at around 5pm, so it's a great idea to book a room for the night before and after your tour. You can book hotels either online when you book your tour or by call our sales team.

Clarion Hotel

SEATTLE - CLARION HOTEL
This hotel is conveniently located next to Seattle-Tacoma Airport, with a 24 courtesy shuttle and is adjacent to the Light Link Rail to downtown Seattle.

  • Twin share: per person per night
      Matched with another traveller of the same sex.
       
    Full room: per room per night
      Single or double room for travellers on the same booking.

 

Aloft El Segundo

LOS ANGELES - ALOFT
This hotel offers free WiFi, air-conditioning, cable tv and ipod docks, plus an outdoor pool, hot tub, fitness centre and free shuttle service to LAX.

  • Twin share: per person per night
      Matched with another traveller of the same sex.
       
    Full room: per room per night
      Single or double room for travellers on the same booking.

 

Book Flights

TrekAmerica's specialist flights department can offer UK customers a great airline fare to all of our Trek destinations.

Book Flights

We have preferred contracts with many international carriers and have secured some of the most competitive prices in the industry. We are also ATOL protected and IATA licensed.

Special offers are regularly available, so call us now on 0208 682 8920 or click below to request a flight quote by email.

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Travel Insurance

We recommend you take out travel insurance as soon as your booking is confirmed.

Travel insurance

TrekAmerica can offer you comprehensive travel insurance which is completely tailored for your trip and is specially designed to include all the activities listed we do.

See our insurance page or download our insurance tips pdf for more information.


Mini Adventures

Our range of 3 - 4 day Mini Adventures are perfect for extending your tour and experiencing a few more of North America's most incredible 'must see' highlights. Check out the following adventures relevant to this tour.

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> Photo stop at the Hoover Dam
> Limousine tour of Las Vegas
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City Tours

If you're spending extra nights in our gateway cities before or after your trip, then make the most of your time by pre-booking a unique city sightseeing tours or experience before you go.

Los Angeles City Tours
  • LOS ANGELES & SEATTLE
  • Choose from unique city tours led by local experts who are dedicated to taking you behind the scenes, flexible hop on hop off bus tours or a range of unique city experiences.

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