Pacific Coast Music Road Trip

17 September 2018

Embark on a road trip from Seattle, Washington to Las Vegas, Nevada, and discover incredible musical experiences along the way. From the indie rock of Portland, Oregan to the jazz festivals of Monterey, California, you'll uncover a diverse and intriguing music scene at every stop of your tour.

 

Day 1 & 2 - Seattle, Washington    
Seattle has been known for its incredible music scene since the 1960s when Jimi Hendrix first stunned the world with his masterful guitar playing. In the mid-1980s the city became synonymous with the grunge movement, with the bands Nirvana, Pearl Jam and Soundgarden achieving mega stardom. Visit the Museum of Pop Culture (MoPop) to see exhibits dedicated to popular culture, especially local and international music. Watch today’s top artists at the historic Columbia City Theatre and feel the Jazz-era vibe of stars like Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald and Ray Charles, who took the stage in the 1940s. Before leaving town, shop for vinyl albums at a number of record stores, including Easy Street Records.


Day 3 & 4  - Olympic National Park, Washington
Head west from Seattle to explore Olympic National Park, a diverse park spanning many different ecosystems, from the peaks of the Olympic Mountains, to ancient rainforests and the shores of Lake Crescent and the Pacific Ocean. The park is an outdoor enthusiast’s paradise, and is not to be missed. Each summer, you can also enjoy world-class chamber music at the Olympic Music Festival - where artists engage with patrons in a truly unique way, offering an educational introduction before each performance.


Day 4 & 5 - Portland, Oregon    
Discover the city known as “America’s Indie Rock Mecca”, where bands such as The Dandy Warhols, The Shins and the Decemberists first emerged. As well as being home to several record stores of all sizes, Portland also hosts many music events and festivals, including Concerts in the Park, MusicFestNW and PDX Pop Now. Enjoy the counter-culture character of Portland at its many microbreweries, downtown food truck scene and the Willamette River waterfront. Craving a classic night? Take in a performance by the Oregon Symphony or the Portland Opera.


Day 6 - Coos Bay, Oregon
Take a detour to the explore Oregon Wine Country in the Willamette Valley, known internationally for its exceptional pinot noir. More than 550 wineries operate in the region, and this is a perfect place to stop on your way to the spectacular Pacific Coast. Follow the Oregon Coastal Highway, exploring quaint towns and seascapes, before arriving in Coos Bay on the Oregon coast. The natural scenic beauty of the bay, rivers, lakes, and dunes provide plenty of recreational activities and the city is within 20 minutes of the Pacific Ocean with spots perfect for hiking, fishing, beachcombing, picnicking, and camping. Coos Bay is also home to the Oregon Coast Music Festival, where you can hear classical concerts.


Day 7 & 8 - San Francisco, California
Bask in the history of San Francisco, which was a hub for the 1960s-hippie subculture. Mix history with current music by catching today’s big names at The Fillmore, a 1912 venue that once drew legends like Janis Joplin, the Rolling Stones and Prince. Must-visit music venues include Club Deluxe for jazz in Haight Ashbury, Bottom of the Hill for local indie and hip-hop artists in Potrero Hill and Feinstein’s at the Nikko for shows with a Broadway flair in the Tenderloin district.

 
Day 9 - California Coast    
Drive south on Highway One along the California coast through Monterey, home to the Monterey Jazz Fest in September, one of the world’s longest-running Jazz festivals. The heart of the nightlife can be found on lively Alvarado Street and Cannery Row - 13 blocks that are bursting with live music venues, DJs and salsa dancing. Plan your stay to be part of the incredible event, or continue south to spend the night in one of the many Pacific Ocean towns, such as Morro Bay, San Simeon or Cambria.


Day 10 & 11 - Los Angeles, California    
Continue along the breathtaking California Coast, before arriving in Los Angeles, home to Capitol Records and A&M Records. A multiyear year host of the Grammy Awards ceremony at the Staples Center, along with a dedicated Grammy museum, Los Angeles also features some iconic venues like the Troubadour, Greek Theatre and Hollywood Bowl. The famed Sunset Strip in West Hollywood continues to attract music fans to Whiskey a Go Go, which once hosted the Doors and Led Zeppelin; the Viper Room, and the Roxy.


Day 12 & 13 - Palm Springs, California
Drive to Palm Springs, where the stars go to relax. Home to the famous Coachella and Stagecoach music festivals, the Empire Polo Club has become a major music event venue. Coachella spans two weekends in April, and all genres of music are represented. If you cannot plan a visit to coincide with a festival, Palm Springs still has great live music venues, including Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa, The Purple Room Supper Club and the McCallum Theatre.

   
Day 14 & 15 - Las Vegas, Nevada    
Although synonymous with mega casinos, Las Vegas has been the home to a veritable who’s who in the history of the music industry. Legends who have performed, or had residencies in, Las Vegas include Elvis Presley, Sonny and Cher, Dolly Parton, The Rat Park, Barbra Streisand and Liberace. Current residencies include Celine Dion, The Who, Elton John, Britney Spears and Cher performing at such iconic venues as the Colosseum at Caesars Palace, The AXIS at Planet Hollywood and Park Theater at Monte Carlo. In addition to great headlining acts, Las Vegas’ resorts also feature some of the best lounge entertainment in the world.

 

Ready to drive the Pacific Coast and discover these music experiences for yourself? Get in touch with your local Travel Counsellor for more details.

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