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Orcas Island, San Juan Islands, WA, USA

Pacific Northwest

The Pacific Northwest states of Washington and Oregon are scenically stunning areas, laid back in attitude and have far fewer tourists than other areas. The landscapes are varied from snow-capped mountains to raging rivers, ancient forests to remote beaches: there is plenty to see and explore.

This area is geared up for outdoor enthusiasts with endless activities on offer, go hiking, biking, kayaking, climbing or fishing to name a few. As well as the scenery, the area is perfect for foodies. There is a passion for farm-to-table produce, plenty of wineries to visit and dozens of artisan coffee roasters.

Mount Thielsen, Crater Lake National Park, Oregon, Pacific Northwest, USA
Mount Thielsen, Crater Lake National Park, Oregon, Pacific Northwest, USA

Self-Drive the Pacific Northwest

This journey by road through the lesser-visited Pacific Northwest state of Oregon encompasses miles of coastal roads, expansive wine valleys and an iconic National Park that boasts the deepest lake in the United States.
Whether staying in a cabin on the Rogue River, watching the sunset on Cannon Beach or sipping wine in a rolling valley, this journey has something for everyone.

12 days

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Experiences

What do you really love doing? We curate your itinerary especially for you.

Beignets at Cafe du Mond

Grab a plateful of New Orleans’ legendary beignets, deep fried nuggets of dough coated in layers of fluffy powdered sugar, and a hot cup of dark-roasted chicory coffee – we recommend that you visit this 24-hour establishment outside of busy hours so as to savour every mouthful in peace and quiet.

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Hike the Smoky Mountains

Head in to the Great Smoky Mountains, a subrange of the Appalachian Mountains, for a day of hiking under its transcendent natural fog.

Visit Graceland

Visit Graceland, Elvis’s private estate in Memphis, to peruse an exhibition of kitsch artefacts, see his collection of cars and private jets and taste his beloved fried peanut butter and banana sandwich.

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Walk the French Quarter

Explore the celebrated French Quarter in New Orleans to absorb Louisiana’s strong Creole culture, stopping to listen to a busking brass band while sipping on an iced tea.

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Peaches, Peanuts and Pecans

Voyage around Georgia in search of the three P’s – peaches, pecans and peanuts – perhaps stopping in at one of the many acclaimed family restaurants to sample a scrumptious peach cobbler.

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Ride in a Seaplane

All at once a spectacular scenic journey and a way to speed up transfer times, seaplanes are the sky taxis of Canada. Ideal for both romantic getaways and families keen to cut down on driving, we can arrange seaplane journeys between most destinations (even cities).

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Snorkel with Humpbacks

Grab a wetsuit, put on some fins and pop on a mask before jumping in for an incredible snorkeling adventure with humpback whales off the coast of Newfoundland.

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Private Dinner at Sea

Head out on a culinary adventure atop the waters off Newfoundland in a privately chartered boat, feasting on local and seasonal produce en route to scenic Bell Island.

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Boat Building in St. John’s

Get stuck in and partake in the construction of a classic Newfoundland wooden rodney boat, which are used by the locals for fishing and exploring the coastline.

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Bell Island with a Paleontologist

Spend a day at sea during a private zodiac adventure to Bell Island, exploring its sea caves, sea life and century old fossils in the company of an expert paleontologist.

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Columbia River Gorge, Oregon, Pacific Northwest, USA
Columbia River Gorge, Oregon, Pacific Northwest, USA

The Cascade Mountains

The Cascade Mountain Range creates the spine of this region running from California in the south to Washington in the north. The dramatic and scenically spectacular Columbia River Gorge cuts through the range and marks the state line between Oregon and Washington. The gorge stretches over 80 miles and at over 1,000 metres deep it is the largest National Scenic Area in the USA. The views from Crown Point, a headland 200 meters above the river, are panoramic and unforgettable. A popular destination for both adventurers and families alike, it offers a wealth of outdoor activities from mountain biking to white water rafting.

Road in the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, Oregon, Pacific Northwest, USA
Road in the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, Oregon, Pacific Northwest, USA

Pacific Coast Scenic Byway

With more scenic byways than any other state, this is the perfect destination to hit the road. Snaking through the region, these byways link the best of what is on offer. Route 101 is known as the Pacific Coast Scenic Byway and trails the entire coastal stretch from the Colombia River to the California border, winding past pristine beaches, rugged cliffs, rolling sand dunes and temperate rainforests.

Meet our experts

A passion for travel runs right through every one of our experts - meaning they're always ready with first-hand insight about their specialist countries.

Roxy Dukes

Roxy has had many adventures throughout the USA, and has a passion for exploring the spectacular National Parks. Roxy’s tip is to invest in a private guides that take you off the grid, transforming your experience of these epic landscapes.
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Paul Bird

In his travel to the USA, New York has remained at the top of Paul’s list. It is certainly not a one-stop destination, and Paul knows the little-visited hot spots and behind-the-scenes experiences that make a visit to this bustling city truly memorable.
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From my first conversation with Roxy, it was clear that her knowledge was very good indeed. She listened to our ideas and created a fantastic bespoke holiday for us, and the pre-trip information was first class.

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All the way through the process - from us explaining what we wanted through to the programme that Roxy created - everything was excellent. Roxy understood our requirements perfectly and created a trip that exactly fitted the bill.

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Why Choose Steppes?

Our knowledge and expertise sets us apart. So too our curiosity. A curiosity of the world and of you, and your passions. It is this that drives us to create a journey that is really bespoke to you, all the while ensuring we travel and operate sustainably.

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