Explore one of the United States’ most beautiful cities. Its compact centre makes sightseeing simple: visit the sea lions near Fisherman’s Wharf, eat dim sum in Chinatown, take a boat trip to Alcatraz Prison and of course take a look at the iconic Golden Gate Bridge. Whether you stay in the city or cross the bridge to the attractive artists’ town of Sausalito, you’ll find delicious food and a warm Californian welcome – even if the notorious fog descends.
0h57m to Sonoma
Deemed to be the birthplace of wine making in California, Sonoma lies in the Sonoma Valley, where countless vineyards offer tasting tours. The architecture of its historic town square reflects its Mexican heritage.
2h36m to Mendocino
Arriving in Mendocino, perched upon flat headlands, you’ll see barns, lighthouses and quaint inns on the cliff side. Sunbathe on secluded beaches, or rest on one of the many benches to admire the wildflowers and scrub of Mendocino Headlands State Park.
8h54m to Bend
Venture into what has been called the outdoor playground of the West to view snow-capped mountain peaks and parched deserts. As the longest beer trail in the west, the Bend Ale Trail is tons of fun. With tours of the ancient lava tubes, a chance to see the raptors at High Desert Museum and hiking along the area’s many trails, there’s plenty tochoose from.
3h23m to Portland
Nestled between the beautiful Columbia Willamette Rivers with an impressive view of Mount Hood’s snow-capped towers, Portland welcomes curious tourists. From classical to funk, punk and rock, Portland is a centre for all types of music. Museums, art galleries and the performing arts are also well represented here.
1h27m to Cannon Beach
Step back in time to a quaint and picturesque little city with a wealth of charm. More than a dozen art galleries await closer inspection; in some you can watch glass-blowers practise their craft. Time your visit to coincide with the Stormy Weather Arts Festival, the Spring Unveiling Arts Festival or the Plein Air & More Arts Festival.
4h11m to Seattle
6h45m to Seattle
Discover a city proud of its waterfront heritage in Washington’s largest city, Seattle. From the fish being thrown and caught in Pike Place Market to the boats that head out to nearby Bainbridge Island, this is a city with its eyes firmly trained on the water. Inland, take the Underground Tour to find out how the city developed from its origins as a logging centre, learn how Boeing make planes and ascend the iconic Space Needle.