Washington Sea to Sky

Duration:

6 days

Style:

Comfort

Age:

21+

Group Size:

3-10

2022 Set Departure Dates
August 14th

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Washington Sea to Sky - 6 days

You’ve enjoyed your wine country experience in Walla Walla, so why not see the rest of Washington State? Join InquisiTours for the Washington Sea to Sky Tour- the best of the San Juan Islands, Friday Harbor, Mt Baker, the North Cascades, Bellingham, and more!

Travel in comfort as we journey west to the raw, untamed beauty of the islands and explore all the drama of the mountains. In the shadows of Mt. Baker, we will stay in Bellingham, famous for its cool bookstores, highly decorated beer scene, and a tantalizing array of outdoor adventures. In Friday Harbor, you’ll settle into local life and get a feel for real island living with two nights and three full days, with time to wander around the vibrant seaside port.

Cruising the rugged paradise of the San Juans provides ample opportunity to see the spectacular marine mammals in this region, including Orca, Humpback, and Minke whales, and of course, unparalleled, diverse natural scenery. Visit historic La Conner by boat, and voyage through Deception Pass. As we travel through the stunning Cascade Mountains, we’ll explore the quaint Bavarian village of Leavenworth and the historic mining town of Roslyn.

This is the quintessential Pacific Northwest, a chance to dive deep into the wild beauty that defines this region and see it up close in all its raw power.

Walla Walla > Bellingham > Friday Harbor > San Juan Islands> Leavenworth

* Pick up from other cities en-route can be arranged.

This morning, we’ll depart Walla Walla bound for Bellingham. Our journey will take us through the mist and moss of the iconic Cascade Mountains towards our first stop at the small historic mining town of Roslyn, made famous by the TV show, Northern Exposure. Downtown Rosyln is charmingly rustic and steeped in coal-mining history, we’ll enjoy lunch and a stroll around the quaint streets before moving on.

Our trip continues through the staggering peaks and emerald forests of the Skagit Valley, as we leave the Cascade Mountains behind us and head towards the coast. Hugging the rugged shoreline, scenic byway Chuckanut Drive offers breathtaking glimpses of the Salish Sea through the towering evergreens. We’ll relax in our hotel after our travels and you’ll have time to spend the evening however you wish.

Bellingham’s unique districts are easily accessible with a shuttle trip where you’ll find yourself spoiled for choice with an abundance of authentic fresh seafood and craft beers on tap.

Meals Included: Lunch
Hotel: Sheraton Four Points, or similar

All aboard for natural paradise as we set off for the San Juan archipelago! Today we’ll be touring the shining waterways with our knowledgeable Captain, learning the history of these wild and beautiful islands, and keeping an eye out for majestic marine mammals and diverse birdlife.

As we skim through the dark green and blue waters, we’ll navigate via points of interest such as Iceberg Point, Deadman’s Island, and Cattle Pass. We’ll spend the night in Friday Harbor, San Juan Island – an enchanting harbor town, buzzing with restaurants, shops, galleries, and home to the only museum devoted to Orca whales. Get better acquainted with delicious Pacific Northwest cuisine this evening at Downriggers Restaurant, overlooking the twinkling lights of the marina. Afterward, take a stroll in the fresh sea air and gaze at the pretty shop windows as you make your way back to the hotel for a deep, relaxing sleep after a day on the water.

Note: the cruise portion will have passengers on board that are outside of our small-group.

Meals Included: Lunch, Dinner
Hotel: The Friday Harbor Suites, or similar

After breakfast at your hotel, stroll down to the dock for boarding. This morning’s scenic cruising weaves us through narrow sea passages and craggy green islands as we circumnavigate Fidalgo Island en route to the picturesque charms of historic waterfront town, La Conner. Here, we’ll stretch our legs and explore the attractive boardwalk, dip in and out of little boutiques, artist studios, galleries and peruse classic bookstores. Picture perfect La Conner is also home to various local microbreweries, and there’s always time to sip a cold one!

After La Conner, we travel on to the Hole In The Wall, a natural opening in Skagit Bay’s forested cliffs on our way to Deception Pass – known for its treacherous tidal flow, rugged natural scenery, and impressive, stomach-dropping bridge, you’ll soon realize why it’s one of the most photographed places in Washington State.

For lunch, munch on a San Juan Cruises tradition, Old Fashioned Cracked Crab, with the sun stroking your face and the sea breeze in your hair. As we enjoy our lunch, we’ll be on the watch for a gloriously diverse range of wildlife – Orca Whales, Humpback Whales, Minke Whales, Bald Eagles, Harbor Seals, Harbor Porpoise, sea birds, and other magnificent creatures that call this marine slice of rugged paradise, home.

Returning to the warm glow of Friday Harbor, you can enjoy the evening on your own, dining wherever you choose and enjoying everything this walkable hub has to offer.

Note: the cruise portion will have passengers on board that are outside of our small-group.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Today, be prepared to release your inner explorer! After breakfast at your hotel, you’ll board the motorcoach for a guided tour, showing you the serene, untamed beauty, natural variety, and wild appeal of San Juan Island.

Visit some of the most extraordinary spots on the island with your knowledgeable driver as your guide, filling you in on the history of the islands and details of its people. Prepare to be awed by the unspoiled beauty of places like the rugged Lime Kiln state park, Whale Watch Park, the Alpaca Ranch, English Camp – San Juan Island National Historical Park, Roche Harbor Resort, and Westcott Bay Sculpture Park. You’ll likely see pods of whales breaching off the rocky bluffs and admire stunning views of the whole island, truly appreciating nature at its most wild and free.

Back in the small-town delights of Friday Harbor, with its collection of excellent restaurants, we’ll have time for lunch on our own before our return voyage to Bellingham. In the early afternoon, we’ll step aboard a scenic cruise, as eagles soar overhead and porpoise splash alongside, we’ll journey through channels and past islands not yet explored on our trip, before arriving in Bellingham in the late afternoon.

After transferring to the hotel, you can relax, shake off your sea legs and prepare for tomorrow and our day in the mountains.

Note: the cruise portion will have passengers on board that are outside of our small group.

Meals Included: Breakfast

After breakfast, we’ll be heading for the hills! Swapping the fresh sea breeze for crystal clear mountain air. The North Cascades and Mt. Baker- Snoqualmie National Forest is where you’ll find some of North America’s most remote and rugged vistas, the kind of jaw-dropping scenery you’ve seen in glossy nature magazines.

We wind through staggering mountain peaks, steep valleys, and ancient old-growth forests following the sparkling Nooksack River towards Mt. Baker and Mt. Shuksan. With names like Picture Lake, Artist Point, and Fire and Ice Trail, you’ll be in a constant state of awe at these mind-blowing views. Spend a full day basking in these scenic jewels, a picnic lunch, and accessible trails.* This evening, we’ll savor our last dinner exploring Bellingham’s highly decorated craft beer scene with a beer and food pairing dinner.

*National Forest may be substituted depending on seasonal snowpack and road accessibility.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

No trip to Bellingham is complete without enjoying a stroll around the timeless appeal of its Victorian era, Fairhaven Historic District. Coffee lovers and bookworms will revel in the cute cafes and bookstores, and photo opportunities abound along the attractive, waterfront trails.

From Bellingham, we head towards the unbridled beauty of the Cascades Mountains, over the famous Stevens Pass to the traditional Bavarian Mountain hamlet of Leavenworth. Here, you’ll find rustic charm in the timber-framed buildings, strolling downtown, and delight in some traditional German fare at a local beer garden.

Afterward, we journey through the thrilling vistas of the dramatic Columbia River Basin, the mighty river itself providing a startling backdrop, with the green orchards and fertile vineyards of Washington rolling gently in the foreground.

We will return to Walla Walla to say our farewells in the afternoon.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

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"We traveled in May 2019 with Guy Glaeser (of Inquisitours) on this wonderful journey through the wine regions of Washington and the Columbia River Gorge. We were struck by the fantastic beauty of this part of the U.S. and how friendly the people were as we made our way across Washington and back through Oregon. The itinerary that Guy and Robin put together was excellent -- we really feel we saw the "best of the best" in this region -- and our time together included enough flexibility that we could request customizations that Guy willingly included. Guy knew all of the best wineries, and we learned so much about the landscape and history of these areas. He also had suggestions on what to see and where to eat when we were on our own. We were able to also enjoy time with Robin (and their children!), so that by the end of the week, we felt like we had been traveling with friends we had known for a long time. Guy and Robin have created a tour experience with just the right mix of structure and flexibility. We HIGHLY recommend this company!"

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