2024 Date & Price

6 Days | San Francisco to Seattle

Sunday, June 16, 2024 – Friday, June 21, 2024

TOTAL: $999

Fare: $710 + Food/Parks: $289

$250 initial payment is due to reserve your spot!
Full payment is required 60 days prior to departure.

6 days 5 nights
Pacific Pioneer

Pacific Northwest, Crater Lake National Park, Mt. Rainier National Park

Starts: San Francisco, California
Ends: Seattle, Washington

Take the scenic route from San Francisco to Seattle!  Explore beneath the towering redwoods in Northern California.  Visit Lassen Volcanic National Park and Crater Lake National Park along the Volcanic Legacy Scenic Byway.  Top it off with hiking in the magical meadows of Mount Rainier National Park.  Roll into Seattle feeling renewed after an incredible camping adventure!

Welcome to the Green Tortoise!

Meet at the bus loading zone at the intersection of Columbus and Montgomery Street in downtown San Francisco with your e-ticket.

Plan to arrive 30 minutes prior to the departure time. 

Day 1

We begin our journey with a ride across the Golden Gate Bridge. Say farewell to the city bustle and head north over the hills of Northern California. Enjoy getting to know your fellow travelers on the scenic ride.  Grab lunch in the quaint town of Ukiah. Onward to the breathtaking redwood groves along the Avenue of the Giants and Humboldt Redwoods State Park. Take a walk beneath the massive trees and cool off in the Eel River.

Camp Night

Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2

The adventure heads east towards the Cascade Range.  Along the way, dive into California’s mining history in the town of Weaverville, nestled at the base of the Trinity Alps Wilderness. Visit some of the art galleries and historical buildings or stroll through town on a coffeehouse tour. By the evening, watch the sunset over Manzanita Lake in Lassen Volcanic National Park.

Camp Night

Meals Included: Breakfast / Lunch

Day 3

Lassen National Park supports a “quiet” volcano and boasts a network of cracks in the earth’s crust that deliver hydrothermal delights and smokey plumage upward to the heavens.  One of the wonders of the world.  Few have had the opportunity to spend time in a region so densely populated with geothermal activity!  Explore the unique terrain of Bumpass Hell.  Meander through steaming pools, multi-colored soils, and aquamarine water under the deep blue sky. Visit the Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor Center and the Loomis Museum or hike to a pristine lake in the shadow of Lassen Peak.

Camp Night

Showers Available

Meals Included: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

Day 4

The blue depths of Crater Lake are mesmerizing.  Take a short hike for a broader view.  The volcanic island provides a unique photographic opportunity, as does the abundant and diverse vegetation.  Keep your camera handy — you may spot one of the local elk, pronghorn, black-tailed deer or coyote that resides here.  In the evening, hike to the spectacular Toketee Falls, named after a word in the extinct Pacific Northwest language, Chinook Jargon, meaning “pretty” or “graceful,” on the North Umpqua River. 

Camp night

Meals Included: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

Optional Swim/Soak

Day 5

After a hearty Green Tortoise breakfast, hike to the natural pools of Umpqua Hot Springs overlooking the river.  Enjoy a soak in the mineral-rich waters.  In the afternoon, venture north through the Willamette Valley.  

Showers Available

Meals Included: Breakfast / Dinner

Night Drive

Day 6

Spend a day in Paradise in Mount Rainier National Park. With miles of trails of varying lengths and difficulties to choose from, there’s something for everyone to explore! With any luck, the meadows will be in full blossom with daisies, fireweed, and avalanche lilies.  Watch the park film and wander the exhibits at the visitor center. There’s much to learn with over a century of history at the park!

This afternoon, the adventure bus cruises back to Seattle, the “Jewel of the Northwest”.

Meals Included: Breakfast / Lunch 

Not ready for the fun to end?  Check out the Caribou Crawler to extend the adventure all the way to Juneau, Alaska!

    • Travel By Comfortable Custom Coach
    • 70% of Quality Crafted Meals
    • National Park Entrance Fees
    • All Camping Fees
    • Semi-Guided Exploration of Cities & Parks
    • Expert Guide & Professional Driver With Local Knowledge

    What’s Not Included
      • Sleeping Bag*
      • Sleeping Pad*
      • Tent*

    *Available for rent upon booking! 

You’ll be traveling in a custom, comfortable sleeper coach! 

A sleeping bag and sleeping pad are required for this adventure.  If you don’t have one, rent one from us upon booking!  

A tent is required.  On most occasions you are welcome to sleep on the bus or sleep beneath the stars.  However, we strongly recommend bringing along a tent for privacy and comfort. You may rent a tent from us (subject to availability).

Our coaches are equipped with a camp kitchen.  No need to bring your own cookware or utensils.  Bring a reusable lunch container to store your packed lunch and a reusable water bottle.

Once you’re booked, you will receive a detailed packing list in your e-ticket.

Departure:  7:00 AM – San Francisco, CA, Columbus and Montgomery St. Bus Loading Zone

Arrival:  7:00 PM – Seattle, Washington – Green Tortoise Hostel, 105 Pike St., Seattle, WA 98101

Day By Day

1. San Francisco – Departure
Humboldt Redwoods State Park –
Camp Night

2. Trinity National Forest – Camp Night

3. Lassen National Park – Camp Night

4.  Crater Lake National Park – Camp Night

5.  Umpqua Hot Springs – Drive Night

6.  Mount Rainier National Park, Seattle – Arrival