Situated on the west coast of Washington State is Seattle, the Emerald City. Named after the Chief of the local Native American tribe in the mid 19th century, Seattle today is an eclectic mix of music, culture and food. A caffeine-fueled population of over 550,000 courtesy of Starbucks and Seattle 's Best Coffee, Seattle also has the highest per-capita music and dance attendance in the country, with 80 live music clubs (not counting the movable dance clubs and shows) and 15 symphony orchestras.
Mount St. Helens Visitor Center
On May 18, 1980 a cataclysmic eruption blew the top off of Mount St. Helens and spewed magma and ash over the surrounding areas. The most active volcano in the contiguous United States, the site today is a reminder of volcanic activity that shaped many of the mountains along the west coast.
Nicknamed “Rose City” for its ideal rose-growing conditions, this largest city of Oregon state was founded in 1845. It was officially named after Portland, Maine and boasts many historic bridges and amazing waterfront vistas.
Columbia River Gorge
Spanning the border between the states of Washington and Oregon is the 80-mile Columbia River Gorge. Carved out over the millenia glacial floods, it acts as a funnel for the fourth largest river in the US, the Columbia River. Part of the route Lewis and Clark took to travel to the Pacific, the Gorge provides the only sea-level passage through the Cascade range of mountains.
Nestled along Yaquina Bay, is the town of Newport with just over 10,000 people. A popular fishing destination after the discovery of Yaquina Bay oysters in the 19th Century, today the fishing continues with Dungeness crab, halibut and salmon. Offering a world-class aquarium and over 80 restaurants and cafes, Newport is a quaint stop along the Oregon Coast.
Bandon State Natural Area
Named after Bandon, Ireland the Bandon State Natural Area near Coos Bay in Oregon known for it 's striking coastal beauty. One significant feature is Face Rock which Native American legend says is the face of a Native American princess who refused to look at the face of the sea creature that pulled her out to sea and the nearby rocks are her loyal pets waiting for her to arise.
Redwood National Park
Cone-bearing trees named after their reddish-brown bark, the types of Redwoods found in California are the Giant Sequoia and the Coastal Redwood. Protected since 1918 with the establishment lands have been preserved and treasured. Believed to have existed during the time of the dinosaurs, the Redwoods today grow to heights of over 300 ' and are considered some of the tallest in the world with average growth of 2000-3000 years of age.
A coastal town on Humboldt Bay and surrounded by Redwood-filled mountains, Eureka is a tribute to the mining days that helped create the state of California. The state motto of California, Eureka translates as “I 've found it!” from the Greek and the town became a thriving community during the Gold Rush. The preserved 19th Century Old Town maintains it 's cultural center with historic buildings and landmarks.
Avenue of the Giants
Located within the sprawling expanse of the Redwood National Park is the Avenue of the Giants. A 32-mile scenic drive that runs parallel to US 101 and through the Humboldt Redwoods State Park, it is a drive among thousands of acres of the largest remaining Coastal Redwoods in the world.
Known as “The City By the Bay,” San Francisco is the second most densely populated American city after New York City with a population of 805,463 packed into its 49 square miles. With famous landmarks such as Fisherman 's Wharf, the Golden Gate Bridge, Ghirardelli Square, Chinatown and Pier 39, San Francisco offers a multitude of tourist attractions.
Choice of San Fransico Bay Cruise or City Tour of San Francisco
Embark on an hour-long cruise of the iconic San Francisco Bay, with an in-depth narration of its history and its landmarks, including Alcatraz and the Golden Gate Bridge -OR- join a local guide for a sightseeing tour of the city, where you 'll hear stories of the San Francisco 's past and present as you drive past famous landmarks including the Twin Peaks, Seal Rocks and the Golden Gate Bridge.
Explore the majestic Pacific Northwest and California on this 8-day adventure, from the wilds of Mount St. Helens and the Columbia River Gorge to the sophistication of Portland, Seattle and San Francisco. Travel along Oregon 's beautiful coast, making stops at Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area, Yaquina Lighthouse, Newport and Coos Bay. Explore Oregon's Wilderness on a Rogue River cruise. Visit Redwood National Park's Avenue of the Giants. Explore Eureka, a historic timber and fishing village. Cross the Golden Gate Bridge and discover the “City by the Bay,” San Francisco. Don 't miss one of America 's most beautiful regions!