West Coast USA

From the old growth forest and rainforests of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Olympic National Park and the quiet reaches of Puget Sound where you can kayak in search of birds and wildlife to the imaginative craft breweries and wineries of Oregon and California, the West Coast of the USA is full of stunning scenery and coastal charm, plus quirky and cosmopolitan cities, home to world-famous landmarks and a vibrant culinary scene. California's iconic National Parks are a celebration of nature, with breathtaking waterfalls and some of the world's oldest and largest trees. The mighty Grand Canyon and the rugged desert vistas combine with the undiscovered gems of Nevada for a unique and fascinating exploration of the American West.

When to Visit

Crossing various time zones, there is always good weather somewhere in the United States. Summer is the most popular time to visit, but winter offers plenty for the more active looking for snow. Los Angeles weather ranges from 14-25ºC degrees year round with New York averaging from 5-30ºC degrees.


PACIFIC NORTHWEST The Pacific Northwest is one of the lesser visited gems, with expansive plains, soaring mountains and a rugged coastline all waiting to be discovered. Explore the vineyards along the Columbia River and hike through stunning national parks.

NATIONAL PARKS The West Coast is blessed with a number of world-famous and lesser-known national parks, from Yosemite and Sequioa with their mighty drawcards to the haunting landscapes and desert blooms of Death Valley and Joshua Tree National Parks.

CRUISE DOWN HIGHWAY 1 Follow one of the world's most celebrated highways on a coast-hugging drive. Starting or ending in San Francisco, visit quaint villages, elegant Santa Barbara, award-winning wineries and bustling Los Angeles and stop at beautiful beaches along the way.

SAMPLE DELICIOUS WINES California's famed wine country covers so many diverse areas, from the grand, expansive estates of the famous Napa Valley and the sun-drenched North Coast wine country to the zinfandels of the Gold Country, where vines were planted back in the Gold Rush days.

EXPLORE THE COAST & WATERWAYS Paddle in Puget Sound and the San Juan islands and watch for birds, orca and other marine life, or take a scenic voyage along the Snake and Columbia Rivers to retrace the steps of Lewis and Clarke, or visit five viticulture areas with a specialised wine and culinary river cruise.

ICONIC LODGE ACCOMMODATION Experience a bygone era of the Pacific Northwest with a stay at a unique ranch or lodge, nestled in the wilderness, offering breathtaking views, secluded, rustic luxury and unsurpassed natural beauty.

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