14 Day Sample Itinerary

Pacific Coast Drive Multi Centre

Cruise the Pacific Highway

Take an exciting journey down the Pacific Coast from Portland to San Diego. On your epic road trip along America's west coast you will pass stunning scenery, historic cities, wine regions and quaint coastal towns, showcasing the full diversity of the United States; so make sure you've got your camera handy and a great playlist to accompany you on your way.

Talk to one of our destination specialists who can help you plan and create the perfect trip; perhaps you want longer exploring Oregon than California or the other way around - the choice is yours. Fancy swapping out San Luis Obispo for Santa Barbara, where you can sip wines in the Funk Zone at more than 20 tasting rooms or perhaps you want to try out the waves in 'surf city' Huntington Beach, the choices are endless when you journey along the West Coast. We also have a wide selection of hotels where you can stay, so you can be close to the action or hidden away in more remote locations.

If you don't fancy driving, take the train or join an escorted tour - talk to our destination specialists who will be able to help tailor-make your perfect itinerary.

Our Experts Recommend:
  • Visit Portland, Oregon's capital city
  • Hike Crater Lake National Park
  • Taste some fresh food and wine in San Francisco
  • Enjoy stunning beaches along Highway 1
  • Stop off in 'surf city' Huntington Beach
  • Get lost in San Diego's historic Gaslamp Quarter

Sample Itinerary Summary

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Duration
14 days
Guide Price
£3,319 per person
Price based on
Based on 01 March 19 departure from London Heathrow flying with American Airlines, room only in Portland (OR), San Francisco, San Simeon, Los Angeles and San Diego and bed and breakfast in Grants Pass. Based on 2 adults sharing a Standard Double Room and car hire.
Our guide price gives you an idea of pricing which will vary depending on exchange rates, accommodation, duration, dates, airline and cabin class.
Destination Breakdown
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Itinerary Breakdown

Arrive in the eco-friendly city of Portland, known as one of America's coolest cities. Indulge in some tax free shopping, or get out in the open and explore the hundreds of miles of routes to bike, hike, climb and drive.

Points of Interest

Take a detour through Crater Lake National Park past sheer cliffs that are almost two thousand feet high to visit Crater Lake. This stunning blue lake have two picturesque islands and a violent volcanic past.

Points of Interest

Enjoy the sights and sounds of this historic city. Hire a bicycle to cycle over the Golden Gate Bridge and stop off in Fisherman's Wharf for some traditional clam chowder.

Stop off in this charming coastal town located right in the middle of Central Coast Wine Country. Savour some deliciously fresh produce that has all been locally grown and speciality wines from local vineyards.

Points of Interest

Why not extend your trip and finish thisin the bustling, cultural city of San Diego. Hop on the Old Town Trolley to explore, and make sure you stop in the Gaslamp Quarter full of shops, restaurants and pubs.

Points of Interest

  • Portland (OR)

    Itinerary Highlights

    • Meander through the picturesque Portland Japanese Gardens
    • Take a pedal bike tour of hundreds of Food Carts
    • VooDoo Doughnut's masterful creations
    • Columbia River Gorge and Multnomah Falls
  • Crater Lake National Park

    Itinerary Highlights

    • Hike Mount Hood and the Gorge for striking views
    • Enjoy tax free shopping
    • Go wine tasting in the Willamette Valley
    • See the deepest lake in America
  • San Francisco

    Itinerary Highlights

    • See the city's highlights on a hop on, hop off bus
    • Take a tour around the notorious Alcatraz
    • Sample some of Napa Valley's best wines
    • San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
  • Central California Coast

    Itinerary Highlights

    • Long white sandy beaches and hidden coves
    • Dine at farm-to-table restaurants and visit small wineries
    • Travel back in time at Hearst Castle
    • Watch elephant seals on Moonstone Beach
  • Los Angeles

    Itinerary Highlights

    • Get your adrenaline rush at amazing theme parks
    • See iconic landmarks, such as the Hollywood sign
    • Catch a sports game at one of the many stadiums
    • Ride the Ferris wheel on Santa Monica's Pier
  • San Diego

    Itinerary Highlights

    • Spend the day in Balboa Park and San Diego Zoo
    • Head over to Coronado Island for a well-deserved beach day
    • See the largest collection of historic maritime vessels
    • Get lost in the fascinating Gaslamp Quarter
Portland (OR)

This city is easily discovered by foot, with boutique shops, food trucks and microbreweries all around. Head over to Portland’s Japanese Garden for a stroll or take a pedal bike food cart tour and taste your way through incredibly delicious eats from around the city while working off those calories you eat along the way. No trip to Portland would be complete without a visit to Voodoo Doughnut shop – this 24 hour iconic store has gained cult like status thanks to its quirky designs.

Coffee lovers highly rank the city of Portland top of list and there is so much choice you will totally understand. Grab a coffee and head to Powells Book shop, which is well worth a visit as covers a whole city block and over 1,000,000 books - over 6000 people visit here each day. Ride the Aerial Tram for sweeping city wide views and then spend the afternoon exploring museums, such as The Portland Art Museum.

Crater Lake National Park

Visit America's deepest lake and one of the most beautiful too. The lake has an intense blue colour and was formed by a collapsed volcano, now entirely fed by rain and snow. Year round this stunning National Park will have you in awe of the lake and its surroundings. Drive the 33 mile Rim Drive where there are around 30 pull-outs and viewpoints such as Sinnott Overlook, where you can peer down a 274 meter drop to the lake’s shore. Hike trails and take a picnic in summer or snowshoe through the winter wonderland when the snow arrives.

We recommend staying at the The Lodge at Riverside, located at Grants Pass and Crater Lake National Park is approx. 1 hour 30 minutes’ drive away. This boutique hotel has just 33 rooms and includes breakfast daily, an evening wine and cheese reception and fresh baked cookies. 

San Francisco

A visit to California is often not complete without a stop in San Francisco, the city by the bay. Spend your first morning exploring Fisherman's Wharf after breakfast at Boudins Bakery; home to the original sourdough bread and then head for a tour of Alcatraz to learn about some of America's most difficult and dangerous felons that were once housed here. In the evening taste fresh seafood and then treat yourself to an ice cream sundae from Ghirardelli Chocolate Company. 

Hire a bike and cycle across the famous Golden Gate Bridge to Sausalito, where you can enjoy lunch at waterfront restaurants and then perhaps take in a baseball game at the ball park. A great way to see the city is by open-top bus, which will allow you to get on and off as you please and also learn about the cities points of interest from the tour guides on-board. End your trip in San Francisco with a sunset cruise around the bay where you can reflect on your visit to this fantastic destination.

Central California Coast

With more than 1100 miles of coastline to choose from, there are many options for you along the Central California Coast. Stay in Monterey or Carmel and visit the Monterey Bay Aquarium to sea penguins, sharks, sea otters and mesmerising jellyfish, then take a walk along historic Cannery Row.

For something unique and a little different, stay in a Tree House at the luxury and boutique Post Ranch Inn for spectacular views of the starry night sky and to enjoy lunch at their award winning Sierra Mar restaurant for breath taking ocean views. Other stops on your coastal drive along Highway 1 include Hearst Castle in San Luis Obispo and Elephant Seal Beach, San Simeon where you can view the noisy elephant seals basking on the beach.

Santa Barbara – The American Riviera® is also well worth a visit for Mediterranean-style buildings and upscale boutiques. Ride the Santa Barbara Trolley and sip wines in the Funk Zone. With so many places to see and lots to do along the Central California Coast, the hardest part will be finding the time to fit it all in.

Los Angeles

From walking in the footsteps of celebrities in Hollywood to relaxing on one of its many beaches, Los Angeles has something for everyone. Taste a cupcake from a vending machine in Beverly Hills or catch a sports game at the Staples Center and show at LA Live in downtown, but let’s not forget the theme park thrills on offer at Disneyland® Resort and Universal Studios Hollywood™.

For those who want to join in with the California active lifestyle, try out some yoga on the beach, book a Hollywood Hills Hiking Tour that takes you to 360 degree views high atop the hills or explore Santa Monica’s neighbourhoods on a bike ride, although some tours include a few tasty sweet treats along the way. Where to stay in this iconic city? Talk to one of our destination specialists to help you decide. 

San Diego

Visit this cool, beachfront city in southern California where year-round sunshine awaits. San Diego boasts 70 miles of golden beaches where you can kayak or paddleboard through waterways and sea caves in La Jolla or simply relax upon the sand soaking in the sun’s rays, building sand castles and taking a dip in the glistening Pacific Ocean. Coronado, located on a peninsula in San Diego Bay is also well worth a visit as the wide, flat beach draws surfers and sunbathers with the back drop of the historic Hotel Del Coronado where celebrities and presidents have stayed over the years.

Ride the Old Town Trolley to experience Mexican and early American life in the 19th century in San Diego’s Old Town and remember to try hand-made tacos and maybe a Tequila or two. Hit the shops in the Gaslamp Quarter or visit one of many museums in Balboa Park; a beautiful 1200 acre, urban cultural park with many open spaces for picnics and walking trails where you can enjoy the gardens or view architectural grandeur at some of the buildings where the museums are housed.