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Day 1

Upon arrival into Seattle, after completing immigration and customs formalities, collect your baggage and proceed to the Arrivals Hall. Here you will collect your rental car for the next fifteen days before making your way to Inn at the Market, where you will stay for one night.

There are many hotels in downtown Seattle, WA. But Inn at the Market is the only downtown Seattle hotel located directly in the famous Pike Place Market. Inn at the Market’s ivy-covered courtyard is a tranquil hideaway, just steps away from the vibrant atmosphere of Pike Place Market and the Seattle waterfront. Inn at the Market offers Pacific Northwest style and comfort surrounded by downtown Seattle’s most acclaimed restaurants and iconic landmarks.


Day 2

This morning, begin your drive to Winthrop for your Lake Diablo Boat Tour with lunch.

On this tour, you will learn about the area’s natural history, biodiversity and geology, as well as the unique relationship between the North Cascades environment and the Skagit River Hydroelectric Project, which provides clean, low cost, renewable power to the citizens of Seattle. As you cruise the glacier-fed Diablo Lake, you’ll  learn about the surrounding wildlife habitat and enjoy views of snow-clad mountain peaks, islands and waterfalls. Experience parts of the lake that are hidden from view when traveling the highway or trails. Your tour will come alive with stories about the early explorers and settlers in the area and the challenges of building the three Skagit River Hydroelectric Project dams and powerhouses in a very remote location. The tour ends with a delicious, organic and locally-sourced lunch at the North Cascades Environmental Learning Center on the shores of Diablo Lake.

Afterwards, continue on to Sun Mountain Lodge where you will stay for three nights.

Sun Mountain Lodge is located in the Methow Valley, just outside the quaint town of Winthrop, Washington, surrounded by tall reaching peaks and the stunning beauty of neighboring Northern Cascades National Park. The setting is quiet and peaceful, and is filled with on and off site activities to keep everyone busy, as well as a variety of full service dining options to choose from.

The lodge location is one of a kind – perched atop a 3,000 ft. foothill, providing expansive views of the surrounding valley. It has also achieved a high level of professional hospitality and country comfort that puts it near the top of the large collection of Washington’s outdoor oriented resorts. Since 1994, both the lodge and the restaurant have earned AAA’s coveted Four Diamond rating. 


Day 3 – 4

Enjoy two full days at your leisure in Winthrop.

Enchanting Western-styled buildings line the streets of downtown Winthrop in the picturesque Methow Valley of Washington, USA. Discover the charm of the Old West in this remote town and learn the history of the area at Shafer Museum, view the local artistic flair of the city at Winthrop Gallery. Explore the authentic restaurants, bars, pubs as well as the numerous outdoor recreational areas in the sublime natural surroundings. Things to do include skiing, hiking, and mountain biking at the unmissable North Cascades National Park and Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, or taking a scenic drive along the spectacularly beautiful Cascade Loop and Mount Baker Highway.


Day 5

This morning, make your way to the town of Chelan where you will leave your rental car for a few days and hop on the Lady of the Lake boat for your scenic boat ride to Stehekin. Here, you will head to the North Cascades Lodge where you will stay for two nights.

The Stehekin Valley has long served as a passageway for travelers, linking the State of Washington’s interior wilderness to the rugged Cascade Mountains. The North Cascades Lodge at Stehekin offers a way through to a stress-free place of natural splendor, just like it has for a great many years. Connected to the outside world only by foot, boat or plane, life is a little slower and more beautiful at the Lodge at Stehekin, which is peacefully nestled along the forested shore of Lake Chelan, the third deepest lake in America.

 There is also a full service restaurant on site as well as a general store, making this an ideal base for your stay here. 


Day 6

Today, make your way to the ferry for your ride back to Chelan where you will pick up your rental and begin your drive south to Rainier to the Paradise Inn where you will stay for three nights.

Built in 1916, historic Paradise Inn guest lodge sits in the shadow of Mount Rainier surrounded by mountain meadows lush with wildflowers. Miles of hiking trails are just outside the front door with panoramic views of glaciers and waterfalls.  


Day 7

Today, make your way to the ferry for your ride back to Chelan where you will pick up your rental and begin your drive south to Rainier to the Paradise Inn where you will stay for three nights.

Built in 1916, historic Paradise Inn guest lodge sits in the shadow of Mount Rainier surrounded by mountain meadows lush with wildflowers. Miles of hiking trails are just outside the front door with panoramic views of glaciers and waterfalls.  


Day 8 – 9

 Enjoy two days of Ranger Led Programs.

 Since the early days of the National Park Service, rangers have shared their knowledge through the presentation of interpretive programs-guided walks, talks, and campfire programs for visitors of all ages. Today, that long-standing tradition continues.

At Paradise, you’ll have the time to join interpretive staff for a variety of free programs, ranging from informal talks at park visitor centers to junior ranger programs for kids to evening campfire programs. Topics vary from day to day, and may include geology, wildlife, ecology, mountaineering, or park history. Most programs are available from late-June until Labor Day.


Day 10

Today, depart Rainier and continue on to the Olympic Peninsula. Here you will make your way to Lake Quinault Lodge, where you will stay for two nights.

Set within Olympic National Park on the shores of Lake Quinault, this historic Adirondack-style lodge will be an excellent base for your final few days exploring the park.


Day 11

Enjoy the day on the Lake Quinault Hiking Trails.

Hiking is a natural way to explore the Olympic Peninsula. Short or long, leisurely or invigorating, you’ll find a great variety of hikes here. There are more than 15 well-maintained trails in the area for you to explore, each offering a different perspective on this diverse ecosystem. These hiking trails are a great way to experience the Quinault Valley, so you may want to hike more than once during your visit.  

Located across from Lake Quinault Lodge are 8 miles of interconnected, beautiful nature hiking trails complete with occasional interpretive signs.


Day 12

This morning, begin your drive north to the Lake Crescent Lodge where you will stay for two nights.

Historic Lake Crescent Lodge on the Olympic Peninsula in northwest Washington was built in 1915 and is an ideal base camp for enjoying Olympic National Park, while experiencing the charm of a turn-of-the-century resort.The comfortable, spacious guest rooms are nestled among the giant fir and hemlock trees on the shores of beautiful Lake Crescent.Enjoy the simple elegance of yesteryear in the antiquefurnished lobby as you unwind by the stone fireplace, or settle in to the cozy sun porch and take in a spectacular sunset over the lake.  


Day 13

Today, you will be taken on a Private Hurricane Ridge, Lake Crescent and Marymere Falls Tour.

The tour begins with a pick up at your accommodations, and a  private drive from sea-level in Lake Crescent to 5,242 feet elevation atop Hurricane Ridge. Upon arriving at the Hurricane Ridge Visitor Center, enjoy a front-row view of the snow-capped Olympic Mountains.

You can participate in a guided hiking tour customized to your abilities or simply enjoy the beautiful views from the well-positioned Visitor’s Center. On a clear day, these trails provide incredible views of Mount Olympus, the Strait of Juan De Fuca, and gorgeous sub alpine terrain. Depending on timing, you may enjoy a picnic lunch here (included), or continue on to Lake Crescent and Hurricane Ridge in the a.m. morning up there, picnic lunch at Lake Crescent, and Marymere Falls for additional touring and a hike to a beautiful waterfall.


Day 14

Today, you will be taken on a Private Hoh Rainforest and Pacific Coast Beach and Tide-pooling Tour.

This is a fantastic day showcasing the beautiful lush green rainforest of the area, and also the rugged pacific Coastal Beaches, with opportunities for tidepooling. Your adventures will begin by exploring the mossy giants and the lush green vegetation in the Hoh Rain Forest.

You will venture with your guide on the Hall of Mosses nature loop, which provides some of the most picturesque views the Hoh Rain Forest has to offer. Green as far as the eye can see. We’ll spend the remainder of the tour exploring one of the Pacific Coast beaches along the Olympic Wilderness Coast! Options include Rialto Beach (drive-up access), Ruby Beach (1/2 mile hike) and Second Beach (1 mile hike).  All of these beaches feature towering seastacks, massive driftwood logs, and a beautiful forest outlined coast.


Day 15

At a time to be advised the night before: Make your way back to Seattle to return your rental car before your departure flight.

Return home, taking with you the sights, sounds, and memories of an incredible trip!