Pacific Northwest Explorer

Mount Rainier with Wild flowers in foreground. Credit Deby Dixon

Self-drive Holidays

In recent years, the forward-thinking northwest states of Washington and Oregon have become a favourite destination for in-the-know travellers, drawn here in growing numbers to experience the region’s natural and cultural highlights. Pack your sunglasses, binoculars, and best pair of hiking boots, as this is where you wind down the windows and soak up both the salty sea air and pine-scented mountain slopes. Starting in Seattle, you’ll head south to Portland via the 14,411ft snow-capped summit of Mount Rainier. Mountain peaks and active volcanoes will become a running theme as you follow the Cascades Range past Mount St. Helens and Mount Hood. You’ll be given ample excuses to get out and explore in between sensible drive times to some of Oregon’s best-loved mountain destinations, including Bend and Crater Lake. As if that wasn’t enough, you’ll then pick up the Oregon Pacific Highway heading north through Coos Bay, Newport, and Astoria. It’s a sublime seaside stretch that leads all the way back across the border into Washington State and Olympic National Park.

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  • Award-winning holidays
  • ATOL protected
  • Incredible value



14 nights in hotels

Excursions and visits

  • Hike the trails in Mount Rainier National Park
  • See the devastation caused by Mount St. Helens’ eruption in 1980
  • Dive into the hipster bars and microbreweries of Portland, Oregon
  • Chasing waterfalls along the Columbia River Gorge
  • Drive the scenic road around stunning Crater Lake National Park
  • Explore Oregon’s seaside towns, driftwood-strewn beaches and sand dunes
  • Gaze across the water to Canada from Olympic National Park

Not included

  • International flights
  • Visas (if required)
  • Activities, sightseeing and attraction entrance fees
  • National Parks Pass (or entry fees)
  • Resort Fees (if required by any of your chosen hotels)
  • Puget Sound car ferry ticket


Economy car rental (13 days) with unlimited mileage, third party insurance and CDW – please ask for vehicle upgrades and full terms & conditions

Personalised digital destination guide & driving instructions (accessed via online/mobile app, and printable at home)


  • 14 nights

  • North America . USA . Oregon . Astoria . Bend . Coos Bay . Hood River . Medford . Newport . Portland . Washington . Seattle

  • International flights not included

From £1,749 per person

Mon - Fri: 9am - 8pm

Saturday: 9am - 6pm

Sunday: 10am - 4pm


Duration: 15 days


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