Natural Wonders of Washington State
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Natural Wonders of Washington State - 7 days
Experience the natural beauty and wild appeal of Washington state with this fully escorted tour, with a professional tour director and transportation. Explore the diverse wonders of the Salish Sea, the ancient wilderness of the forested Cascade Mountains, and learn the dramatic story of the eruption and incredible regrowth of Mt. St. Helens. From the Wild West flair of an authentic cowboy town to sampling acclaimed wines to strolling the state’s stunning capital in Olympia, you’ll be amazed at the sheer variety and allure of this classically American destination.
Seattle > La Conner > N Cascades NP > Winthrop > Walla Walla > Stevenson > Mt St Helens > Olympia
Begin the morning gliding over the Seattle skyline at the iconic Space Needle, where the world’s first and only floating glass floor and tilting glass walls offer thrilling views to savor the city from a different perspective. Following that, lose yourself among the stunning art displays in the extraordinary Chihuly Garden of Glass.
After lunch, we head north to the phenomenal wilderness of the Skagit Valley and the delightful town of La Conner, perched on the Swinomish Channel, leading to the glimmering Salish Sea. With time on your own, explore the vibrant waterfront, filled with arty boutiques, eclectic cafes, and one-of-a-kind galleries. Tonight, join your Tour Director for a welcome reception.
Meals included: Reception
Hotel: La Conner Channel Lodge, or similar
Today we’ll experience the rugged power of The North Cascades National Park, one of North America’s most quintessential and otherworldly landscapes. With stunning vistas and accessible trails, you’ll spend a full day exploring the wild beauty of these spectacular mountains. Finish the day with a huge dose of old Western charm in the tiny Methow Valley town of Winthrop. With its antique boardwalks, unique shops, and distinct cowboy flair, Winthrop offers a timeless Wild West experience you won’t forget. Saddle up for a drink at Washington State’s oldest saloon before dinner on your own.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Picnic Lunch, Reception
Hotel: Hotel Rio Vista, or similar
This morning we journey to the far Southeast of the state to soak up the unspoiled beauty of the dramatic Columbia River Basin with its contrasting dark greens and twinkling, sapphire blues. We’ll wind our way through tranquil orchards and sweeping vineyards towards our next stop in Washington’s apple capital, Wenatchee, and a picnic lunch on the forested shores of the “Great River of the West.”
We continue onwards, meandering through a glorious landscape towards the small-town charms of Walla Walla, the heart of the region’s wine country, and voted America’s No. 1 wine town. Our day will finish in the welcoming cocoon of Walla Walla with a relaxing and well-deserved glass of world-class wine.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Picnic Lunch, Reception
Hotel: Marcus Whitman, Marriott, or similar
The day is yours to fill how you please in charming Walla Walla, one of the loveliest, friendliest small towns in America, nestled into the pastoral scenery of the Palouse region and laying claim to one of the world’s best wine scenes. Set in the foothills of the Blue Mountains, you’ll be following in the noble footsteps of the Native Americans and pioneers who trod this land before you. Known for its Oregon Trail and steeped in an extraordinary native history, Walla Walla has an appeal that extends far beyond the joys of a full-bodied red.
You may decide to join your Tour Director for an art walk on Whitman College campus, or soak up the community vibe on main street, familiarize yourself with the unique shops, art galleries, and restaurants, or be tempted by one of the ever-present wine tasting rooms. You can visit the Whitman Mission National Historic Park, take a bike tour, experience an acclaimed wine tasting, wine blending & production tour, golf, or a sculpture and art walk.
Whatever you choose to do, you will want to be back in time for an exclusive wine-paired dinner.
Overnight. Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Optional Add-Ons: Cycle tour, Golfing, Wine blending experience, Wine tasting (prices vary)
(May be substituted for overnight in Hood River)
The awesome power of nature continues to inspire as we travel amid a backdrop of endless vineyards and craggy river valleys through the expansively scenic Columbia River Gorge. Get a lungful of wild, mountain air when we stop for lunch at the Maryhill Winery, perched high on a bluff with sweeping, panoramic views of Mount Hood and the mighty Columbia River.
Our final destination today lies in the deep shadow of volcanoes, among an evergreen forest at the iconic Skamania Lodge. Luxuriate in style at this truly breathtaking, traditional Northwest setting, with included activities such as nature trails, zip-lining, painting classes, and more. Cozy up this evening for dinner with a view at one of numerous dining options in-house.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Get ready to experience the epic power of Washington’s geological wonder – the volcanic giant, Mt. St. Helens. Since its devastating eruption in 1980, we can now explore the trails, take in awe-inspiring vistas, and experience the imposing beauty of this natural icon. After a picnic lunch in the park, we leave the wilderness behind to explore the dynamic neighborhoods of the state capital, Olympia. Located on the glittering waters of the Puget Sound, Olympia is a small city with a big heart. Its coastal setting is alive with a vibrant history, native arts and culture, and an abundance of fresh seafood. On our last night together, we will meet for a farewell dinner at one of the many wonderful dockside restaurants.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Picnic Lunch, Dinner
Hotel: Doubletree, or similar
After breakfast, we will tour the iconic State Capitol Building and re-caffeinate with a full immersion experience at Batdorf & Bronson Coffee Roasters before departing for your trip to SeaTac airport for your return flight home, or to downtown Seattle hotel if you are extending your stay.
Meals Included: Breakfast