Pacific Northwest

The Pacific Northwest is one of the lesser visited gems, with expansive plains, soaring mountains and a rugged coastline all waiting to be discovered. Explore the vineyards along the Columbia River and hike through stunning national parks.

National Parks

The West Coast is blessed with a number of world-famous and lesser-known national parks, from Yosemite and Sequioa with their mighty drawcards to the haunting landscapes and desert blooms of Death Valley and Joshua Tree National Parks.

Cruise down Highway 1

Follow one of the world's most celebrated highways on a coast-hugging drive. Starting or ending in San Francisco, visit quaint villages, elegant Santa Barbara, award-winning wineries and bustling Los Angeles and stop at beautiful beaches along the way.

Sample delicious wines

California's famed wine country covers so many diverse areas, from the grand, expansive estates of the famous Napa Valley and the sun-drenched North Coast wine country to the zinfandels of the Gold Country, where vines were planted back in the Gold Rush days.

Explore the Coast & Waterways

Paddle in Puget Sound and the San Juan islands and watch for birds, orca and other marine life, or take a scenic voyage along the Snake and Columbia Rivers to retrace the steps of Lewis and Clarke, or visit five viticulture areas with a specialised wine and culinary river cruise.

Iconic lodge accommodations

Experience a bygone era of the Pacific Northwest with a stay at a unique ranch or lodge, nestled in the wilderness, offering breathtaking views, secluded, rustic luxury and unsurpassed natural beauty.

Useful information

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Country Code for the USA: +1
Visa Global Assistance: 1866 765 9644
Emergency Services: 911


Americans are friendly and informal. People tend not to wait to be introduced and will begin to speak to strangers whether in a queue, sitting next to each other, etc. Americans can be direct and value logic and linear thinking and speak clearly and in a straightforward manner. Greetings in the USA are casual and a handshake, smile and "hello" are all that are needed.


Electrical Plug type: USA
Voltage: 110-120 Volts
Modem Plug: US (same as Australia)

Getting around

There are numerous underground train systems in operation in major cities including San Francisco (BART - Bay Area Rapid Transit); others are being planned or built. There are also several tramway and trolleybus systems, including the much-loved antique trams found in San Francisco, although in many cities a car will be needed to get around, due to lack of public transport.


English 82%, Spanish 11%, other European 3.8%, Asian and Pacific Island 2.7%.


The following information is intended as a guide only and in no way should it be used as a substitute for professional medical advice relative to a travellers individual needs and vaccination history. No guarantee is made as to its accuracy or thoroughness. For further information, please contact a travel doctor.

Vaccination against Hepatitis B should be considered by frequent or long stay travellers to the United States. Dengue Fever occurs in the US, thus insect avoidance measures may be recommended depending on your itinerary.

Please consult a medical practitioner or contact The Travel Doctor for your specific risk to these preventable diseases and the appropriate avoidance measures. Australians travelling to the United States should ensure that they have adequate travel insurance to cover the length of their stay.


Tipping is a widely practiced social custom in the United States. In restaurants, a gratuity of 15% to 20% of the amount of a customer’s check (receipt/bill) is customary when good service is provided. Tips are also generally given for services provided in golf courses, casino, hotels, food delivery, taxis, and salons.


Shopping hours vary widely based on management considerations and customer needs. Key variables are the size of the metropolitan area, the type of store, and the size of the store. Typical store shopping hours are Monday - Saturday 9 - 10am to 8 - 10pm and Sunday 11 - 12 noon to 5 -7pm.


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