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Best time to go: May to October
16 Nights | from £4,425pp
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- Explore Olympic National Park by kayak, paddle-board and on foot
- Hike spectacular trails in the shadows of Mt Rainier and Mt St Helens
- Get under the skin of edgy, foodie Portland
- Sip award-winning wines and cool craft beers
- Drive the wonderful, wave-bashed Pacific Coast Highway
Day 1 UK / Seattle
Plunge straight into buzzy Seattle's unique neighbourhoods and farm-to-fork foodie scene –the Inn at the Market, your home for night, is mouthwateringly close the restaurants and artisanal stalls of Pike Place Market.
Inn at the Market | Meals: Breakfast
Day 2 Seattle / Olympic National Park
Seattle sits on the island-dotted inlet of Puget Sound, and after hopping across this bracing waterway you'll reach the wild Olympic Peninsula. Exploring the artist's colony of Port Townsend before settling in at atmospheric Lake Crescent Lodge.
Lake Crescent Lodge | Meals: Room Only
Days 3 - 4 Olympic National Park
Explore Olympic –a million-acre wilderness where glaciers, mountains and old-growth forest meet the ocean. Delve into the lush Hoh Rainforest, drive the rugged Olympic Coast and finish up melting marshmallow-chocolate s'mores by a beach campfire. From your fjord-side base at Alderbrook Lodge, you can hike into the national park (or just around the extensive grounds), paddle a kayak out onto South Pu-get Sound, pamper yourself in the spa and visit the small waterfront communities that call the peninsula home.
Alderbrook Resort & Spa | Meals: Breakfast
Day 5 Olympic National Park / Mt Rainier National Park
Today, meet Mt Rainier –this massive, snowcapped volcano dominates Washington state. Head to the Paradise Visitor Centre for matchless views and hike the scenic trails around the mountain.
Wellspring Spa & Resort | Meals: Room Only
Day 6 Mt Rainier / Mt St Helens / Portland
Mt Rainier might be the highest of the Cascade Mountains but Mt St Helens is the most notorious. Learn about its co-lossal 1980 eruption on walks beneath the striking peak and visit Johnston Ridge Observatory to take a closer look. Then head south to super-cool Portland, where microbrewer-ies, farmers' markets and the quirky Nines Hotel await.
Nines Hotel | Meals: Breakfast
Day 7 Portland
Often heralded as the USA's most livable city, Portland has a diverse mix of neighbourhoods, an eclectic foodie scene and a laidback, liberal vibe. Explore hip downtown and the Pearl district, feel zen in the Japanese Garden and browse Powell's, the iconic bookstore. Note, there's no sales tax in Oregon, so start shopping!
Nines Hotel | Meals: Breakfast
Day 8 Portland / Columbia Gorge
Just inland from Portland sits one of the most spectacular sites in the Pacific Northwest: the Columbia River Gorge. Scan for elk and beaver as you hike to secluded falls, and visit Multnomah Falls, the tallest cascade in the state. Then retreat to Skamania Lodge, where every room has views of sweeping forest or plunging gorge.
Skamania Lodge | Meals: Breakfast
Days 9 - 11 Columbia Gorge / Central Oregon
Head south over the Cascades to central Oregon, and stretch your legs amid the deep river canyons of Smith Rock State Park. Explore the outdoorsy city of Bend, tucked between snow peaks and high desert plateaus, be-fore checking in to Brasada Ranch in time for the most magnificent sunset and a glass of something delicious around the campfire. The Ranch is the ideal base for further forays: to Mt Bachelor, where an alpine chair ride affords an unbelievable mountain panorama;to Crater Lake, for a super sunrise;or maybe a stand-up paddleboard lesson on the lazy Deschutes River.
Brasada Ranch | Meals: Room Only
Day 12 Central Oregon / Eugene
Follow the scenic McKenzie River Byway west, back over the Cascade Mountains, pausing at the observatory for an-other breathtaking view of the peaks. Break the drive with hikes along short trails to spectacular waterfalls. In artsy Eugene, relax at the charming Inn at the Fifth.
Inn at the Fifth | Meals: Room Only
Day 13 Oregon Coast
Drive due west and you'll soon hit the crashing ocean. Wan-der the quaint old mill town of Florence before hitting the sea-salty Pacific Coast Highway, stopping off to meet the residents of Sea Lion Caves and to bash a buggy across the dunes. Finish with a stroll along Newport's historic Nye Beach before holing up with a dreamy sea view at romantic Whale Cove Inn.
Whale Cove Inn | Meals: Room Only
Day 14 Oregon Coast
More jaw-dropping coast awaits. Continue north, stopping for strolls and picnics on the secluded beaches of the Three Capes Loop. At Depoe Bay, home to the world's smallest navigable harbour, board a boat to look for orca and grey whales.
Ocean's Lodge | Meals: Breakfast
Day 15 Willamette Valley Wine Country
Oregon produces some award-winning wines, and there's no better place to get a taste than at the vineyards themselves. Tour four wineries, learn about the art of viticulture and tuck in to an exquisite lunch overlooking the vines. Afterwards, return to Portland –where you can continue tasting in the city's lively bars, if you like.
Nines Hotel | Meals: Breakfast
Day 16 Willamette Valley / Seattle /UK
Bid farewell to the Pacific Northwest as you board your flight home.
At A&K all of our journeys are individually tailored to suit your needs and timescale. As a guide, this 17 day suggested holiday will cost from £4,425 per person, based on two sharing, including international flights.
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Best time to be there
At 38 times the size of the UK, there is always a part of the country having great weather. The peak season is from June to September.
British Airways fly to all the major cities in the States.
From -5 to -10 hours behind GMT
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