Columbia River Gorge
The second largest in North America, this river meanders over 1,200 miles before reaching the Pacific Ocean. While the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area offers the best of outdoor activities including hiking, kayaking, bird watching and cross country skiing, there are also a plethora of fun indoor activities. Explore world class museums, enjoy a spa day, take in a couple of wine tastings and don’t forget the great shopping and dining opportunities.
Oregon Sand Dunes
Located on the Oregon Coast, these dunes were created from millions of years of wind, sun and rain erosion forming the dunes into towering peaks, some reaching almost 500 feet above sea level. Enjoy fishing, canoeing, bird watching, wonderful natural wildlife photography opportunities and horseback riding. Take a scenic tour on one of the famous big purple buggies driven by an experienced guide offering a running narrative of the entire dune area.
Old Town Bandon
Also known as Bandon-By-The-Sea, the renovated Old Town part of this coastal town is full of art galleries, charming boutiques, outstanding restaurants and coffee shops all housed in historical 19th century buildings.
Home to the tallest trees in the world, The Avenue of the Giants includes the four of the tallest trees along with the “Champion Coast” a whooping 370 foot tall redwood! You’ll also be able to take photos of the largest remaining stand of virgin redwoods in the world. Stop by the “company owned” town of Scotia and check out the Historic Logging Museum complete with photos, artifacts and vintage logging equipment.
Home to some of America’s best wines, Napa Valley is a favorite stop for all wine connoisseurs. Stroll the vineyards and then enjoy samplings from those very vines. There is also a wonderful downtown full of award winning restaurants, great shopping and fabulous spas including the Calistoga mud baths.
Enjoy the hills of San Francisco with a cable car ride. Have your picture taken at the Golden Gate Bridge. Visit Fisherman’s Wharf and dig into a plate of fresh seafood. Walk through Chinatown and soak up the atmosphere.
Walk down Cannery Row and channel the spirit of John Steinbeck as he spent time here researching his great American novel of the same name. This gorgeous seaside community is home to the wonderful Monterey Bay Aquarium and has lots of opportunity for outside adventure from surfing to whale watching.
Carmel-By-The-Sea, rated a top ten destination by Conde Nash Traveler is world renowned for its pristine white sand beach, outstanding shopping opportunities including over 80 art galleries, the Monterey Bay Aquarium, a fabulous Frank Lloyd Wright home, wine tastings and numerous outdoor activities all centered around the majestic Pacific.
Constructed for newspaper mogul William Randolph Hearst, this magnificent estate is both a National and California Historical Landmark. Tours include the main house, the immaculately landscaped grounds along with the three additional guest houses and two pools.
Our stop in the City of Angels includes visits to Mann’s Chinese Theater, people and star watching on Hollywood Blvd, shopping on Rodeo Drive and sightseeing in Beverly Hills. Make sure to get lots of pictures of the HOLLYWOOD sign!
So much to see and do! From exciting shows with celebrated stars, to gourmet meals by some of the country’s famous chefs to shopping and slot machines. Las Vegas has it all!