This fly drive holiday to the West Coast of America gives you the chance to explore Seattle , Oregon and California on the open road against the backdrop of stunning coastal views.
Begin your holiday flying direct to Seattle from Dublin with Aer Lingus and spend your first day exploring the Emerald City. Seattle is your perfect home base in which to find your Northwest Adventure, whether that is enjoying the downtown amenities of this beautiful waterfront city. You’ll then get on the road and head towards Portland, via Mt. Rainier National Park, one of the outstanding scenic wonders of the Northwest before heading across the Columbia River for a stop at Mt. St. Helens.
Once you get to Portland, Oregon you” drive through ever-changing terrain from small towns to the dramatic Oregon coastline and the majestic Redwood National Park. We highly recommend you stop off here to stretch your legs on one of the many walking trails.
Your road trip holiday continues into California, the Golden State, where your first stop will be in San Francisco. This itinerary gives an extra day in San Francisco so you can soak up as much of this fantastic city as possible before continuing on your journey south through Central Coastal California with sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean. The beautiful towns of Carmel, Monterey and Santa Barbara will not disappoint before you reach your final destination, Los Angeles.
- Direct flights from Dublin to Seattle and return from Los Angeles with Aer Lingus
- 10 NIGHTS accommodation in selected fly drive hotels
- 11 days car rental with fully inclusive insurance for full duration (one-way fee to be paid locally)
- Based on 2 adults sharing, travelling May 2020
- Quote Ref 52259409
Seattle features a crazy underground tour which was the original downtown area going back to the 1800’s – the weird and wonderful!
Los Angeles - Venice Beach has long been known as the kooky Mecca of California, and while it's been getting more than a fair share of mainstream tourists, the area nurtures its eccentric spirit. Skateboarders, radical pamphleteers and body builders: the visibility is great if you enjoy people-watching.
Seattle - Mt. Rainier- Mt. St. Helens - Portland (430km)
Portland - Oregon Dunes - Redwood National Park (560km)
Redwood National Park - Eureka (380km)
Eurkea -San Francisco (280km)
San Francisco – Monterey/Carmel (200km)
Monterey/Carmel – Big Sur - Central Coast (390km)
Central Coast - Santa Barbara - Malibu - Santa Monica - Los Angeles Area (376km)
Los Angeles Departure
Day 1 Seattle Arrival
Arrive in Seattle and pick up your rental car. Make time this afternoon to visit the Space Needle or the superb Explore Music Project before enjoying dinner and coffee at one of Seattle’s excellent restaurants.
Day 2 Seattle - Mt. Rainier- Mt. St. Helens - Portland (430km)
Depart Seattle today en route to Mt. Rainier National Park, one of the outstanding scenic wonders of the Northwest. Cross the Columbia River for a stop at Mt. St. Helens that will reveal the devastation created by the 1980 eruption of this active volcano. Continue to Portland in the evening.
Day 3 Portland - Oregon Dunes - Redwood National Park (560km)
The dramatic coastline of Oregon has panoramic vistas and picturesque images for you to enjoy today. The peaceful drive through ever-changing terrain will take you through small towns which reflect the essence of the American Spirit. May we suggest packing a picnic and pulling off the highway at one of the many trails you will find along the way.
Day 4 Redwood National Park - Eureka (380km)
Pass former Russian fishing settlements as you continue your drive today. The giant redwoods are protected in state and national parks as World Heritage sites.
Day 5 Eurkea -San Francisco (280km)
Follow the coastline of California south to the village of Mendocino. The town of Mendocino is a Historic Preservation District on the National Register of Historic Places with a superb coastal setting and is the perfect place to linger before continuing south to San Francisco. There will be time to explore the city this evening.
Day 6 San Francisco
Enjoy a wonderful day touring the city. See places like Union Square, the Golden Gate Bridge, and Fisherman’s Wharf, where you can take a short boat trip to tour infamous Alcatraz Island.
Day 7 San Francisco – Monterey/Carmel (200km)
Today’s drive takes you down the California coast to Monterey. Stroll along Fisherman’s Wharf and Cannery Row before continuing along the stunning landscape of 17-Mile Drive en route to the village of Carmel.
Day 8 Monterey/Carmel – Big Sur - Central Coast (390km)
Follow Pacific Coast Highway south along the Big Sur Peninsula. On the way enjoy views of the Pacific Ocean pounding the cliffs and rocks below. Why not take time to visit Hearst Castle and learn about its fascinating history. Overnight in the heart of California’s central coast.
Day 9 Central Coast - Santa Barbara - Malibu - Santa Monica - Los Angeles Area (376km)
Continue south today passing through Santa Barbara, yet another beautiful stretch of coast in Malibu and the seaside town of Santa Monica prior to arriving in Los Angeles.
Day 10 Los Angeles
A full day to explore Hollywood or Beverly Hills. Go behind the scenes at Universal Studios Hollywood, or head to Anaheim’s ever-popular Disneyland Park.
Day 11 Los Angeles Departure
Return your car to the airport before your departure flight.