Endless dramatic coastline, towering mountain ranges and areas of pristine wilderness await you on this incredible motorhome adventure through undiscovered Northern California and Oregon.
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Arrive into 'Frisco late afternoon and enjoy an evening in the beautiful city on the bay.
Hop on the ferry to Alcatraz, stroll around Chinatown, or dine at lively Fisherman's Wharf. The historic cable cars are an interesting way to explore the city and open-top bus tours offer extensive views over the city and the bay. We'd be happy to suggest and pre-book excursions.
Distance: 155 miles
Transfer to the motorhome depot for an orientation session before heading off on your adventure.
As you travel into Northern California you'll discover miles and miles of spectacular coastline. The landscape is defined by the Pacific Ocean with dramatic cliffs and pounding waves - any sunbathers are likely to be the local sea lions.
This stretch of Highway 1 is made up of numerous little worlds. Bodega Bay will be familiar as the setting for Hitchcock’s The Birds. The Russian River Valley offers more than 70 wineries, including the Korbel Champagne Cellars at Guerneville. Your base for this region will be the picturesque hill-top town of Mendocino. The early settlers of this quaint fishing village came to California in 1852 from the east coast of America and as a result Mendocino is often referred to as California’s New England Coast.
Distance: 299 miles
Rise early today and meander your way along the Pacific Coast stopping at dramatic vistas along the way. Just north of the California/Oregon border you'll encounter Redwood National Park, home to the tallest trees on Earth.
Situated in the splendour of Oregon's Southern Coast and in the heart of America's Wild Rivers Coast is Gold Beach - where the Rogue River meets the Pacific Ocean. Steelhead and salmon share local waters with drift boats, canoes, kayaks and jet boats. This part of the coast line is dotted with quaint small towns and deserted, rugged sandy beaches.
Distance: 177 miles
As you head north along the Oregon Coast, experience quaint towns and long washes of beach punctuated by scenic vistas. Don't miss this the chance to take a dune buggy ride in the Oregon Dunes National Area.
Stop in the delightfully restored historic district of Florence for ice cream on the boardwalk. State Parks and scenic viewpoints continue all the way to Newport. The most notable being Heceta Head State Park with views of the world's largest Sea Lion caves.
Nestled between the Coastal Mountains, Pacific Coast and Yaquina Bay, the natural beauty of this area is immeasurable. Once in Newport, stroll along the historic bay front and enjoy turn-of-the-century storefronts and restaurants before settling down for the evening at your campsite.
Distance: 134 miles
Cruise the coast to famous Cannon Beach. Haystack Rock (the third largest monolith in the world) towers on the shoreline, waterfalls cascade onto the sand at Hug Point and abundant marine life can be viewed from the shore. It's no wonder National Geographic listed Cannon Beach as one of the 100 most beautiful places in the world.
Arrive in Astoria, the most most northerly point of the Oregon Coast. Referred to as “Little San Francisco of the Pacific Northwest,” it features a revitalised 1920s era downtown and dozens of picturesque Victorian homes clinging to steep wooded hillsides. Rich in scenic beauty, the Pacific Ocean and the Columbia River can be viewed from the top of area's historic landmark The Astoria Column.
Distance: 95 miles
On to Portland, also known as the City of Roses, and Oregon's largest city. It sits on the Columbia and Willamette Rivers with snow-capped Mount Hood looming in the background. An outdoor lifestyle abounds with urban forests and a bridge exclusively for bikes. It's known for being eco-friendly and for some of the USA's best microbreweries and coffeehouses. It's also chock full of the most innovative food trucks and home to the world's largest independent book store. Portland is unique and we think you'll like it.
Distance: 84 miles
Spanning over 290,000 acres across southern Washington and northern Oregon, the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area is eighty miles long with cliffs nearly 2,000 ft high. Carved by the great Missoula Floods, the gorge is simply stunning. Drive slowly along the Columbia River Highway and stop to enjoy the panoramic view from Crown Point. Waterfalls are plentiful on this journey, but the most memorable is Multnomah Falls, the second's tallest in the USA.
Spend your time on gentle hikes through wildflower meadows or checking out lush canyons filled with ferns and raging rivers. You might want to also consider a leisurely bike ride around the ‘Fruit Loop' - the quiet country highways of Hood River Valley abounding with fruit stands, a handful of berry farms and wineries. Here too, President Franklin D. Roosevelt dedicated the first federal dam to span the Columbia in 1937. Its generators are visible from a balcony on a self-guided tour or up close during free guided tours offered daily in summer.
Distance: 130 miles
The area around southeast Bend is sometimes referred to as the “Oregon Outback” and is one of the most sparsely populated areas of the contiguous USA. This true wilderness region offers a myriad of activities from mountain biking to horse-back riding.
Make sure to also visit Smith Rock State Park for the jaw-dropping rock formations made of compressed volcanic ash. Learn about the volcanic activity in this region at the Lava Lands Visitor Centre and take the shuttle bus to the top of Lava Butte for spectacular views.
Distance: 102 miles
No other place in America matches the dramatic beauty of Crater Lake – deep, pure and astoundingly blue. Surrounded by sheer cliffs, the lake is the seventh deepest in the world and the deepest in the United States.
Enjoy the unspoilt wonder of Crater Lake National Park and the breathtaking scenery on the Volcanic Legacy All American Highway. Sample the best of what Oregon has to offer from the freshest, locally-grown mushrooms and berries to Rogue Valley cheeses and wines at Visitors Center. You can also take in the film Mirror of Heaven. Then it's on to the 33 mile rim drive and not-to-be-missed views. For the adventurous, hike to the boat launch and enjoy a trip around tiny Wizard Island in the middle of this extinct crater.
Distance: 210 miles
Leave Oregon behind for California's Mount Shasta Wilderness region. You're definitely on the path less travelled and will be rewarded with the incredible towering, ice-capped Mount Shasta Volcano over 14,000 feet above sea level covering an astonishing 38,200 acres!
Camp overnight at Lake Shasta, the largest man-made lake reservoir on the West Coast.
Distance: 216 miles
Return your motorhome to the depot and enjoy two nights in San Francisco before heading back to the UK.
Want to extend your motorhome adventure? Perhaps, stay longer on the Oregon Coast or explore Oregon's incredible Hell's Canyon area?
All Bon Voyage holidays are tailor-made to suit your exact requirements. Let's start planning today!