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Seattle to San Francisco

Seattle to San Francisco

On this 15 day trip of 2.414 km (1.500 miles) two fascinating cities, the beauty of the rainforest, an insight in the true power of nature by volcanoes and their violent traces, moving earth plates, some extraordinary bird habitat sightseeing, massive granite rocks, ancient sequoia trees and encounters with the creatures of the sea await you.

Seattle will be a pleasant city to start your trip with. Historic Pike Place Market offers you abundant opportunities to shop. The Fish Ladders at Hiram M. ...
On this 15 day trip of 2.414 km (1.500 miles) two fascinating cities, the beauty of the rainforest, an insight in the true power of nature by volcanoes and their violent traces, moving earth plates, some extraordinary bird habitat sightseeing, massive granite rocks, ancient sequoia trees and encounters with the creatures of the sea await you.

Seattle will be a pleasant city to start your trip with. Historic Pike Place Market offers you abundant opportunities to shop. The Fish Ladders at Hiram M. Chittenden Locks allow you to observe the salmon's antics. The Fremont neighborhood is home to some hidden curiosities like the Fremont Rocket, a dismantled rocket off the Army Navy, or this huge troll hidden under a bridge.

Olympic National Park will be a real revelation with its distinct and diverse ecosystems. Glacier-capped mountains, rain forest valleys and pacific coast are all on your trip to discover: from the lovely mountain scenery at Hurricane Ridge, the crystal clear water of Lake Crescent, the Hoh Rain Forest to the popular tide pool areas at Kalaloch's Beach.

At Seaquest State Park your 'down to earth' adventure takes a start. In 1985 Mount St. Helens surprised the world with a huge eruption. With just a glimpse of this active volcano, you might want to come back to discover more about this area. But now you're on your way to Crater Lake National Park. This immense intense blue colored lake set within the caldera of a dormant volcano will certainly catch your attention. A boat cruise on the incredible clear water and visiting Wizard Island are just some of the things to do.

The Volcanic Legacy Scenic Byway brings you to the amazing Lassen Volcanic National Park. On the way several vista points offer excellent views of Mount Shasta, the largest stratovolcano in the Cascades. At Lassen a range of hydrothermal features will trigger your imagination. Roaring fumaroles (steam and volcanic-gas vents), thumping mud pots, boiling pools, and steaming ground, abundant in awe inspiring colors 'tempting' your senses.

In Pine Mountain Lake you will find the ideal hub to explore the granite cathedrals and countless waterfalls in Yosemite Valley. Yosemite Valley, part of Yosemite National Park is a nice place to start your explorations. Here you will encounter El Capitan, the largest monolith of granite in the world and Yosemite Falls as one of the world's tallest waterfalls.
Or find yourself on the highest highway pass in California, the Tioga Pass. This pass includes a visit to the Tuolumne Meadows, one of the largest high-elevation meadows in the Sierra Nevada.
Three giant sequoia groves give you the opportunity to gaze up at some of the earth' oldest and tallest trees. Some of those trees are 3,000 years in age.
Yosemite National Park is one of the first National Parks of the United States, so find out for yourself the greatness of this national treasure.

Los Trancos and Mossel Rock Park will tell you another geology story. Those fine parks are really gems of the famous San Andreas Fault, just near San Francisco. This huge fault caused the famous earthquake and fire that devastated San Francisco in 1906. This being said, take your last day off and relax in the Golden city San Francisco. With the Golden Gate Bridge as a major attraction, you may catch your last beautiful sunset, before heading home.

Because of the number of parks you will visit, we suggest to buy an annual pass via http://www.store.usgs.gov/pass/index.html. Along the long way of driving we pointed out some stops we consider to be fine places to enjoy a break. Some of them requires a little fee. So please pay attention.

Feel free to fill in this tour as an adaptation or complement to your own tour. You can easily change this trip by deleting a stop and choosing another stop on this site.

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Keep in mind that the distance of 2.414 km (1.500 miles) is calculated based on the proposed stops. Changing this trip, changes the calculated distance! Also keep in mind that local excursions easily add some km or miles to your tour.

Your vacation ends in San Francisco. We hope you will have a fantastic trip and that you'll use our website again to plan a new one.
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On this 15 day trip of 2.414 km (1.500 miles) two fascinating cities, the beauty of the rainforest, an insight in the true power of nature by volcanoes and their violent traces, moving earth plates, some extraordinary bird habitat sightseeing, massive granite rocks, ancient sequoia trees and encounters with the creatures of the sea await you.

Seattle will be a pleasant city to start your trip with. Historic Pike Place Market offers you abundant opportunities to shop. The Fish Ladders at Hiram M. ...

Seattle to San Francisco: this trip in full detail, from A to Z

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Seattle - Tacoma International Airport

Seattle - Tacoma International Airport2 nights

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Day 1:Arrival at Seattle International Airport

Day 2:Explore Seattle

Day 3:Driving: From Seattle International Airport to the Hurricane Ridge Visitor Center your estimated driving time is 2 hours and 49 minutes.