Washington, Oregon, and California
Today we travel to Saint Louis by motorcoach and fly to Seattle, Washington, “The Emerald City.” We will arrive in the evening to Embassy Suites Pioneer Square, our hotel for two nights.
Wake up to a delicious made-to-order breakfast at the hotel. Our day starts with a Seattle City Tour with our private guide, who will take us on an exciting journey to the city’s best sites. Along our tour, we visit Pike Place Market, a must-see destination in Seattle, where you can explore the many popular options for lunch on your own. Pike Place Market is billed as the oldest, continuously operating swap meet in the United States. It is an eclectic mix of fresh fish stands, bakeries, flower stands, artisan markets, and classic restaurants. A visit to Seattle would not be complete without a close-up view of Seattle’s token skyline structure, the Space Needle. You can choose to tour the Space Needle or Chihuly Garden and Glass. Ascend to the indoor observation deck of the Space Needle, and you can venture to the revolving glass floor located 500 feet above ground…or…explore Chihuly Garden and Glass. This beautiful Chihuly exhibition provides a look at the influences that inspire the career of artist Dale Chihuly. Visitors will experience a comprehensive look at Chihuly’s signature glass series, architectural installations, drawings and his personal collections. This afternoon, we become passengers on a boat elevator on a Seattle Locks Cruise, as we tour the shoreline of this interesting city. Enjoy the spectacular views, while making the transition from salt water to fresh water, as the vessel raises or lowers, due to the ever-changing tides of Puget Sound. Dinner is included this evening. (B, D)
Following breakfast at our hotel, we depart Seattle for a tour of some of the best views along the Columbia River Gorge. Our first stop is Multnomah Falls, a waterfall fed by underground springs, which is the most visited natural recreation site in the Pacific Northwest.
We continue our drive into the Hood River Fruit Loop, located in the beautiful Hood River Valley at the foot of majestic Mt. Hood. There are 29 stops possible, offering a variety of wines, fruits, vegetables, flowers, ciders and food. Lunch will be on your own as we visit three stops this afternoon along our route: the Farm Place at Packer Orchard, Draper Girls Cider Company, and the Hood Valley Lavender Farm. After dinner at Claim Jumper (and maybe some 3-layer carrot cake), we head for our hotel for the night, Crowne Plaza, Lake Oswego. (B, D)
We depart this morning and head for the coast and Coos Bay, enjoying some special features along the coastal highway. We’ll visit Yaquina Head Lighthouse, Oregon’s tallest lighthouse, before landing in Newport where you can explore lunch on your own and possibly get one of the best bowls of chowder on the western coast at Mo’s Seafood and Chowder. Continuing the drive down the coast, we stop at the volcanic, rocky Cook’s Chasm. Here, the Spouting Horn blowhole and Thors Well blow water up to 40 feet in the air.
This afternoon, we have an up-close look at the Oregon Dunes on a Giant Dune Buggy Tour. This exhilarating and memorable one-hour dune buggy tour covers approximately eight miles of expansive dunes and two miles of Oregon coastal beauty. In the evening, we arrive at The Mill Casino Hotel in Coos Bay. Waterfront dining in a relaxed atmosphere waits for us in the Plank House Restaurant. Enjoy your evening here. (B, D)
Traveling from Coos Bay today, we make scenic stops along the coast on our way to Eureka, California. In Gold Beach, Oregon, we take a jet boat down an old mail route of the Rogue River on Jerry’s Jets. Zipping down the river, we encounter lush forest views, while the boat captain shares interesting facts and stories. We may also see a variety of wildlife along the river banks. We dine for lunch at The Landing North before we leave Gold Beach, and check in to the newly remodeled Best Western Plus Humboldt Bay, Eureka. Dinner is on your own, and you can take advantage of the hotel service—being driven by limo to the restaurant of your choice. (B, L)
Today’s journey takes us further down the pacific coast as we take in views of towering redwoods, the world’s tallest and oldest trees. Our drive this morning is on one of the most scenic routes in the world, the Avenue of the Giants, so named because of the magnificent and ancient coastal redwoods that line sections of this road. We arrive at Founders Grove, a redwood grove that is home to both Founders Tree and the Dyerville Giant. Walk the path at your own pace, underneath the other-worldly surroundings of these redwoods. Following a rest at the Humboldt Redwoods State Park Visitor Center, we continue through Napa Valley, arriving at our hotel for tonight, Napa River Inn at the Historic Napa Mill. The Inn is situated amidst the bustling vitality of downtown Napa’s riverfront district. Join in the nightlife and browse the gourmet restaurants for dinner on your own. (B)
For breakfast, pastries from Napa’s own Sweetie Pies Bakery, featured on Rachel Ray and the Food Network, are delivered to your room. One of the best ways to see lush Napa Valley is on the renowned Napa Valley Wine Train. Enjoy fresh California cuisine and a beautiful three-hour journey aboard an elegant vintage pullman rail car, one of the few active historic passenger railroads in the United States. A multiple course gourmet meal and unparalleled views make for a singularly unique rail ride. Continuing our travel, we wind our way east through the country, toward Yosemite National Park. Dinner is on your own this evening, on a stop along the way. Our hotel for the next two nights is Hampton Inn Oakhurst Yosemite. (B, L)
After breakfast at our hotel, we will tour one of the most iconic national parks in the United States, Yosemite National Park. Located in California’s Sierra Nevada Mountains, Yosemite is known for its stunning landscapes, serene meadows, majestic waterfalls and massive granite cliffs. Marvel at the grandeur of Half Dome and El Capitan, two world-famous granite monoliths. Take in the beauty of Bridalveil Fall, its mist creating rainbows in the sunlight. After a stop at the park’s Base Camp Eatery for lunch on your own, we continue exploring Yosemite’s beauty with a private guide who will share about the park’s unique features and history. Dinner tonight, from Smokehouse 41, features California BBQ, delivered to our hotel where we have our second night stay at Hampton Inn Oakhurst Yosemite. (B, D)
As we drive away from the serene beauty of Yosemite this morning, we turn toward the exciting character and vibrant life of San Francisco. After taking a break for lunch on your own, our local tour guide shares the best of “The City By the Bay.” We immerse ourselves in classic San Francisco, including views of the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz Island, China Town, The Painted Ladies, and more. This afternoon, we check in to Hotel Zephyr, located on Fishermans Wharf and featuring postcard-perfect views of the Bay and the city skyline. This evening, we join for our farewell dinner at Bistro Boudin on Fishermans Wharf, with outstanding cuisine, legendary sourdough bread and the best bay views in the city. (B, D)
As our tour takes us home today, we bring with us wonderful memories of our Pacific Northwest adventure and the new friends we have made.
- Roundtrip air from St. Louis Lambert (STL) Airport
- Roundtrip transportation to STL with pickups in Paducah and Southern Illinois
- Air taxes and fees
- 15 meals: 8 breakfasts, 2 lunches, and 5 dinners
- 9 nights’ hotel accommodations (see hotel list)
- Seattle City Tour and Your choice: Seattle Space Needle or Chihuly Garden and Glass
- Seattle Locks Cruise
- Multnomah Falls
- Hood River Fruit Loop Tour
- Yaquina Head Lighthouse
- Founders Grove
- Oregon Giant Dune Buggy Tour
- Jerry’s Jets Rogue River Cruise
- Napa Valley Wine Train
- Yosemite National Park Tour
- San Francisco City Tour
- Local tour guides’ and driver’s gratuities
- Luggage handling
- Deluxe motorcoach transportation
- Fully escorted by Janes Journeys, LLC
Price per person:
Single occupancy: $6,925
Deposit of $400 due with reservation. Final payment due March 21, 2024. Medical cancellation/waiver insurance is available for purchase when registering for this tour: $256 per person for Double; $240 for Triple; $228 for Quad; $315 for Single.