Discover Darlingtonia and giant redwood trees in the wild!

  • Cost: £1,275 (British Pounds) or US $1,590 per person for 6 days / 5 nights
    INCLUDES: all vehicle rental costs, gas (petrol) costs, group vehicle driver, insurance, five nights accomodation in hotels (twin rooms), all national park permit fees.
    NOT INCLUDED: Lunch and Dinners (each participant covers own lunch and dinner costs).
  • Start Point: Eugene, Oregon.
  • End Point: San Francisco, Caifornia.
  • Dates: To be agreed jointly with group members (email us for details). We recommend June, July or August 2018.
  • Group Size: 4–6.
  • Bespoke Tour: If you do not wish to join a group tour, we can customise a private trip to fit your dates and interests. Please email us for details and a quote.

This trip is a botanical adventure to see two of the USA’s most incredible plant species: Darlingtonia californica (a carnivorous pitcher plant with unique leaves shaped like striking cobras that kill insect prey) and the gigantic redwood trees (sequoia), which are among the most massive organisms on Earth.

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Adventure Itinerary

Day 1: Pick up in Eugene, Oregon. We drive to the Darlingtonia Wayside Reserve near the town of Florence (a Darlingtonia colony within a glade inside temperate rainforest). We then drive north along the coastal road from Florence to see wild seal populations and stunning coastal views, returning south to Roseburg to overnight in a hotel near Roseburg.

Day 2: We drive to Crater Lake to see spectacular landscapes and Darlingtonia colonies growing at the edges of volcanic crater lakes. Drive into California and overnight near Gasquet.

Days 3 and 4: We explore Darlingtonia populations near Gasquet and in the Sierra Nevada mountains, and also Pinguicula macroceras and Drosera rotundifolia. We sleep for both nights in hotels in the Sierra Nevada mountains.

Day 5: Driving south, we explore the Redwood National and State Parks, and visit The Chandelier Tree, a.k.a. the “drive-thru tree” - the famous tree that you can drive a (small) car through! Overnight in Sebastopol.

Day 6: We visit California Carnivores during the morning, and depart at 11 am, to arrive at San Francisco Airport at approx. 1 am for departing afternoon/evening flights.

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Getting there

Eugene, Oregon (the start point) and San Francisco, California (the end point) are extensively connected by numerous airlines to cities across the USA and abroad.

Adventure Rating: Relaxing

No strenuous trekking is required for this adventure or, if present, such treks are minimal and can be substituted for alternate activities.

Participants must be capable of walking on uneven ground and carrying a day pack with water, camera and appropriate weather protection.

Possible extensions

We often run this trip on request as an “add on” extension before or after our Gulf Coast Carnivorous Plant Adventure or Carolinas Carnivorous Plant Adventure, but we can run this itinerary at any time independently of those trips. We can also significantly lengthen the itinerary to make a bespoke tour of Oregon and California, taking in orchids, wildflowers and other botanical wonders.

Simplified Map of the Darlingtonia and Redwood itinerary

What's Included

All transport during the itinerary
Professional guide
Accommodation (on a twin/double basis)
Note: single room upgrade is available at extra cost

What's Not

International flights
Food (we pay for our lunch and dinner meals separately)