Looking for a luxurious, high-end vacation spot where you’ll be treated like royalty? When only the best will do, head to North America’s Pacific Coast for stunning natural vistas, outdoor adventure pursuits, world-class dining and high-end accommodations. All are delivered with the friendly, laid-back charm synonymous with West Coast living.
Click through to discover the most luxurious travel experiences money can buy.
San Luis Obispo County, Calif.
San Luis Obispo County, otherwise known as SLO CAL, is located almost halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles and stretches more than 80 miles along the coastline. Here visitors will find wineries and award-winning breweries for a luxury beach getaway to rival many exclusive beach vacation spots around the world.
Stay at the Inn at the Pier ― just steps from the boardwalk on Pismo Beach ― from $327 in a superior ocean-view room, and dine at the on-site restaurant, Blonde, where upscale beach fare reaches new heights.
Visit Hearst Castle or the Zoo at Hearst Castle, a state park on scenic Highway 1 where you can see herds of zebra that survived the shuttering of an old zoo on the site.
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Victoria, British Columbia
Victoria is the capital of Canada’s diverse and beautiful province of British Columbia. Here in the oldest city in western Canada, you’ll find historic sites, beaches, lakes and a full calendar of events and festivals all year long.
Stay at the Prestige Oceanfront Resort, where king rooms start at $204 Canadian per night ― $162 in American money. About 20 miles from downtown Victoria, this property has a spa, fitness center, pool and hot tub and beautiful views of the harbor in Sooke.
Dine at Brasserie L’Ecole, where you can enjoy fresh oysters amid traditional French splendor.
Before heading home, visit The Butchart Gardens, a century-old, 55-acre sprawling garden where snacks and afternoon teas are served.
Napa Valley, Calif.
Those looking for a lavish vacation spot where they can spend major money will find more than 400 wineries in the rich Napa Valley, along with top spas, resorts and fine dining.
Stay in 250 private acres at Meadowood Napa Valley estate; hillside rooms are available from $750 per night. These luxury suites feature fireplaces, vaulted ceilings and contemporary design. Meadowood’s on-site restaurant offers modern American cuisine that utilizes ingredients from the 2 1/2-acre culinary garden on site.
Even if you don’t leave the property, you’ll have plenty to keep you busy. The resort includes amenities such as tennis, croquet, hiking and a full-service spa.
Snoqualmie is 29 miles from downtown Seattle and home to Snoqualmie Falls, one of Washington’s most popular natural attractions. Right by the Falls, stay at Salish Lodge and Spa from $429 on a Saturday night.
Dine at the lodge with views of the Falls, and enjoy locally sourced foods such as Washington clams. Take your pampered pooch on this luxury vacation and give your four-legged companion special treatment at the pet spa.
In the shadow of Mount Hood, Portland is known as a laid-back home to microbreweries, coffeehouses and great live entertainment. However, it’s more than possible to find luxury hotels, upscale restaurants and exclusive boutiques to make this a West Coast trip to remember.
Stay at The Nines, where suites cost from $544 a night. The rooms are decorated in stylish pops of Tiffany blue and feature crystal pendant lights, and you can head up in an elevator to take in rooftop views across the city.
Enjoy tapas at Ataula, a Spanish gastropub considered one of the best restaurants in the city.
Although Portland isn’t traditionally considered one of the best luxury shopping destinations in the world, it is home to some great tax-free shopping at the Jantzen Beach Center.
From its iconic red bridge to the cable cars that scale each hill and bump, San Francisco is considered one of the most glamorous cities in the world. Home to varied and eclectic restaurants with waterfront views, San Francisco has earned its reputation as a foodie city. Book a table at Outerlands for its famed weekend brunch and dine on sticky buns and Dutch pancakes.
For a truly luxurious experience, stay at the Intercontinental Mark Hopkins, which features two ballrooms and old-world charm from $1,727 for the 1 King Bed Cyril Magnin Luxury Suite with Bay Bridge views.
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Haida Gwaii, British Columbia
Haida Gwaii is a remote archipelago off British Columbia’s west coast and is known for its varied wildlife and natural wonders.
Stay at Ocean House, a floating, luxury eco-lodge where your room rate includes round-trip airfare from Vancouver. This fly-in wilderness lodge features 12 luxurious guest rooms, a steam room and sauna, and use of on-site kayaks. The lodge operates from June to September, and prices ― including flights ― start from $4,410 Canadian ― $3,510 in American money ― for a four-day, three-night stay. This package includes meals, a helicopter ride to the resort and guided excursions around the island so that you can learn more about the fascinating history of the land.
Santa Barbara, Calif.
Known as the American Riviera, Santa Barbara has plenty to offer those seeking a West Coast trip with a little extra luxury. Here you can enjoy a fairy tale travel experience, including full concierge services, the rental of hacienda beachfront properties and world-class golf courses.
For the last word in opulence, rent out the palatial, six-bedroom Casa Del Mundo for $10,000 a night. You’ll appreciate the grand piano, ornate chandeliers and chef’s kitchen.
You also can take a night off from cooking and head to the harbor to eat at Brophy Bros., a Santa Barbara institution since 1986.
San Diego includes beaches, mountains and downtown neighborhoods, offering a plethora of activities for your luxury holiday.
Stay at The Pendry in the bustling Gaslamp Quarter, which has both traditional and modern features with a Southern California vibe. And book the Spa, Relax and Revive package from $579 a night for accommodations, complete with dining and spa credits.
For out-of-this-world food with a view to match, head to George’s at the Cove in nearby LaJolla, which has been hailed as the region’s best rooftop dining locale.
San Diego is an excellent destination for family travel; push the boat out and get passes to all attractions, including Legoland, the San Diego Zoo and more.
Laguna Beach, Calif.
Conveniently located between Los Angeles and San Diego, Laguna Beach is a beautiful year-round destination to relax and spend time at one of California’s prime beaches.
Visit Heisler Park for stunning views of the coastline, and stay at The Treehouse suite of the Ranch at Laguna Beach starting at $1,350 a night. For dinner, be sure to book ahead for a table at Selanne Steak Tavern; this popular restaurant is perfect for special occasions.
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Vancouver, British Columbia
Canada’s hippest city has it all ― mountains, a rainforest, boutique stores, gourmet restaurants and world-class events, all on a waterfront location with a pleasant climate.
Stay at the Fairmont Pacific Rim and select the Gold experience from $500 per night, where you can choose a suite with a private patio that features an outdoor fireplace and sweeping harbor views.
Dine at the hotel’s buzz-worthy Botanist restaurant, where more than 50 plant species inhabit the dining room and provide inspiration for the fresh and vibrant menu.
The city is home to a variety of beaches, so stretch out on Kitsilano Beach ― “Kits Beach” to the locals ― and enjoy an afternoon of people watching.
In Sisters, Ore., lakes, mountains and rivers provide every outdoor sport and adventure you could imagine. The FivePine Lodge and Conference Center can arrange for guests to go kayaking, biking, hiking, fishing and caving, or to take part in interpretive wilderness tours. The center also has yoga classes, a swimming pool and a full-service spa and wellness area. You’ll stay in luxury cabins featuring flat-screen TVs and modern bathrooms; some rooms come with cozy fireplaces. Rooms average $323 per night. The on-site brewery provides snacks, meals and, of course, beer.
Santa Monica, Calif.
Just 15 miles from downtown Los Angeles, Santa Monica is a beach resort popular with the rich and famous. Stay at the ornate Hotel Casa del Mar, where the Pacific View suite gives you corner views of the ocean. The suite, from $4,320 per night, features two bedrooms and a living room, and it comes with a telescope to see the stars at night. For an upscale luxury dining experience, visit 1 Pico Restaurant at Shutters on the Beach Hotel.
The world-famous Santa Monica beach is 3 1/2 miles long and is a must-see.
Seattle represents the best of the Pacific Northwest. Here you can enjoy the perks of big-city living, such as luxury hotels, diverse restaurants and a lively social scene, while still finding natural beauty and opportunities for adventure. Nicknamed the Emerald City, Seattle is a playground for outdoor enthusiasts and urbanites alike.
Stay at the Loews Hotel 1000, from $455 per night, with its stunning waterfront location and a full-service luxury spa. Guests also can perfect their swing in the hotel’s golf simulator or take an undisturbed nap, thanks to their suite’s heat-detecting sensors, which alert staff to your presence.
Dine at FlintCreek Cattle Co. which specializes in acquiring game such as wild boar and venison from small-scale farms and ranches. Or splurge on the 20-ounce Prime Niman Ranch Delmonico for $85.
Be sure to visit the Pacific Science Center, a family-friendly mega museum with a planetarium, tropical butterfly house and more.
In Woodinville, just 30 minutes from Seattle, you’ll be spoiled by 118 wineries and 14 microbreweries to choose from. Follow the wine country map to as many wineries as possible during your stay. Enjoy a 14-ounce ribeye steak aged 28 days at Tandem Dinner & Wine Bar before retiring to your suite at the Willows Lodge, where a king-size room starts at $469 per night.
All hotel prices are based on a one-night stay in March, except for Sisters, Ore., and Haida Gwaii, British Columbia, which are seasonal properties.