The Salish Sea and the Cascade Mountains define the natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest. The NW lifestyle, infused with outdoor adventure and an abundance of farmed, fished or foraged cuisine, shines in the cities Bellingham and Seattle. Bellingham, truly Northwest as the last major city in the contiguous U.S., where the coastline meets the Canadian border. In the shadows of Mt. Baker and the North Cascades National Park, Bellingham is known for its bookstores, highly decorated beer scene, and a great variety of outdoor recreation. Seattle, surrounded by water, mountains, and evergreen forests is home to tech giants, such as Amazon and Microsoft, and filled with iconic Northwest sights and experiences such as the Space Needle and the Pike Place Market.
Seattle to Bellingham
Check into your downtown Seattle hotel and meet your InquisiTours host. Visit the iconic Space Needle and Chihuly Garden of Glass. Built for the 1962 World's Fair, today, the Space Needle features glass floors that give the feel of floating over the city. The Chihuly Garden & Glass showcases a world-class collection of glass art set in both indoor galleries and outdoor gardens. This evening we explore Washington's premier wine culture with a food and wine pairing dinner. (D)
Meals Included: Lunch
After breakfast, we head north through the Skagit Valley to the city of Bellingham, Washington, and the Historic Fairhaven District. You will have time to stroll the district's shops, cafes, and bookstores. In the afternoon, we travel to Lummi Island and the shores of Salish Sea for a kayaking tour. Enjoy the vistas and search wildlife, as we paddle the scenic coastal waterways. After checking into your hotel, meet your host for happy hour who will also provide you with suggestions for a night on your own. (B,R)
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
The mountains are calling! The North Cascades and Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest offers some of North America's most remote and rugged landscapes. We follow the Nooksack River through steep valleys towards Mt. Baker and Mt. Shuksan. With names like Picture Lake, Artist Point, and Fire and Ice Trail, spend a full day enjoying the vistas, a picnic lunch, and accessible trails.* This evening, experience Bellingham's highly decorated beer scene with a beer and food pairing dinner. (B,L,D) *National Forest may be substituted depending on seasonal snowpack and road accessibility.
Meals Included: Breakfast
After a leisurely morning, we will travel south on iconic Chuckanut Drive to Larabee State Park. After a short hike in the park we head to Samish Bay for Oysters. Indulge in these Northwest treats; they don't get much fresher than this. After lunch, we return to Seattle for your trip home. (B.L)
Meals Included: Lunch