A complete tour of the Evergreen State
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Day 1: Seattle for 3 nights
Meet & greet private transfer from Seattle airport to hotel
Accommodation at Hotel Thompson Seattle****
Offering a terrace and views of the sea, Thompson Seattle is set in Seattle. Guests can enjoy the on-site rooftop bar, and complimentary high-speed Wi-Fi.
The rooms include a 42″ flat-screen TV with a customized movie library. Some rooms feature a seating area for your convenience. The beds are complimented with 400 thread count SFERRA linens. The private bathrooms include state-of-the-art rain showers and soaking tubs, D.S. & DURGA luxury bath amenities, and over-sized Frette bathrobes.
Boasting views of Elliott Bay and the Olympic Mountains, The Nest is the rooftop bar and cocktail lounge located on-site at Thompson Seattle. You will find a 24-hour front desk and shops at the property.
Pike Place Market is 100 m from Thompson Seattle, while Pike Place Market is 200 m from the property.
Tickets for Harbor Cruise at Pier 55.
On this 1-hour narrated tour you’ll cruise around Elliott Bay, the watery heart and soul of Seattle, learning more about the city’s maritime history. The trip is enhanced by unobstructed views of the city’s photogenic skyline with its towers, hills, and iconic Space Needle.
Dinner at The Walrus and the Carpenter
A mix between a fishing pub and a restaurant where to taste the freshest seafood and oysters .
Chef BJ Bresnik creates seasonal food. The Walrus and the Carpenter also serves wine, smart cocktails, beer and cider.
Full day private guided tour of Seattle
Pick up at your hotel and board your private transportation for a driving orientation tour of Seattle.
We start in Pioneer Square where Seattle started and was almost lost in 1889.
Then over to Fremont; the Center of the Universe to see the famous Troll.
It’s off to taste some chocolate at one of Seattle’s most famous makers. Then we explore some of the finest and most expensive homes in Seattle’s oldest neighborhood; Queen Anne.
We will stop for a coffee the only Starbucks Roastery in the world; next we stop by for a walk through of the Pike Place market before we go to Seattle’s best known monument; The Space Needle where we will go to the top for the amazing view.
To round off the day we will finish with a visit to Dale Chihuly Garden & Glass museum where you will see glass in a way you never have. We will stop along the way for snacks and refreshments.
Dinner reservation at Restaurant Manolin
Named one of America’s Best New Restaurants 2015 by Bon Appetit, Manolin serves freshly prepared, innovative new American cuisine. You will find small plates of seafood, grilled meats and garden greens. The menu changes frequently according to the season and the auction of the day.
Day at leisure to explore on own
We recommend the Seattle Art Museum. Collections include modern and contemporary, African, Meso-American, Ancient Mediterranean, Islamic, European, Oceanic and Australian Aboriginal, Asian, American, and decorative arts. The Native American galleries featuring Northwest Coast art is remarkable.
The Museum of Flight: From the world’s oldest fighter plane to the supersonic Concorde, the only full-scale NASA Space Shuttle Trainer and the beautiful Boeing 787 Dreamliner, you’ll see the machines and experience the stories of those who flew them.
Boeing Factory Tour: The Boeing Factory Tour is a one-of-a-kind opportunity to view 747, 777, and 787 jets being assembled on the Everett production line before they take to the sky.
The aquarium and the Pacific Science Center for families or the awesome Museum of Pop Culture: A museum dedicated to the history and exploration of both popular music and science fiction.
Nordic Museum: in the heart of Scandinavian community. Learn about the heritage of the Vikings to pioneer-era emigrants from Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland and Iceland.
Dinner reservation at Aqua
The seafood is succulent, the wine list is splendid but of course the best part is the waterfront location that offers a spectacular view of Elliott Bay. There’s live piano music nightly.
Day 4: North Cascades National Park
Pick up car in Seattle
Drive to Winthrop about 4h30 minutes
This is a former mining town nestled at the edge of the North Cascades National Park. You will be transported to the real Far West, with multicolored facades carefully restored, wooden sidewalks and buildings dating from the end of the 18th mining golden age.
Accommodation at Sun Mountain Lodge***
Featuring a spa centre, Sun Mountain Lodge offers accommodation in Winthrop. Guests can enjoy the on-site restaurant. Free private parking is available on site.
A balcony or patio are featured in certain rooms. For your comfort, you will find bathrobes and a hairdryer.
There is a 24-hour front desk and a shared lounge at the property.
This resort has a private beach area on Patterson Lake and ski-to-door access and ski equipment hire and bike hire are available. You can play tennis and table tennis at this resort, and the area is popular for skiing and horse riding. Loup Loup Ski Bowl is within 45 minutes’ drive of the property, while Methow Trails cross-country ski area is less than 20 minutes’ drive away.
Rest of the day at leisure
Explore the small communities outside the park and discover organic berry farms and wineries!
Swim at Lake Pearrygin, very close to Winthrop
Visit the Shafer Museum and learn about the daily life of the inhabitants of Winthrop in the 19th and 20th centuries cultivating the land and looking for gold.
Half day private Hiking tour
With your guide you will hike on a moderate path in search of wildlife.
Walk the spectacular Highway 20, which crosses the northern part of the park from west to east, punctuated by many points of views.
Spot mountain goats, black bears, grizzlies, wolves, and wolverines….
If you prefer we could also arrange a climbing session, a mountain biking tpur hike or a mule ride
Try to push to the Lake Chelan, which looks like a Scandinavian fjord.
Drive to Anacortes, about 5 hours
Board the ferry to reach Friday Harbor (1h30)
You will fall in love with this charming village and its peaceful atmosphere, its colorful wooden facades and its Saturday farmer’s market..
Accommodation at Hotel Friday Harbor House***
Next door to the Whale Museum in Friday Harbour, this hotel features an on-site restaurant offering room service. Guest rooms feature harbor views from the patio.
A flat-screen TV and free Wi-Fi are provided in all rooms at the Friday Harbor House. A fireplace and a spa bath are also included for guest relaxation. Coffee-making facilities and a small fridge are also offered.
The on-site restaurant is open for dinner Wednesday through Sunday and features a locally-focused menu. Special diet menus are available upon request.
The Ferry Terminal is less than 5 minutes’ walk from the hotel. Whale-watching adventures with San Juan Safaris and Crystal Seas Kayaking are both less than 5 minutes’ walk away.
Adventure Whale Watch & Wildlife Tour
The M/V Kestrel is a RIB (ridged inflatable) style vessel that cruises waters around San Juan Island at an impressive 35 knots. The Adventure Tour is 3 hours long and gives you the best chances to see all that the San Juans have to offer. Keep cozy and warm while traveling at high speeds in a provided exposure suit. A Marine Naturalist on board will answer any questions and teach you about the local wildlife, ecology, and geology. Experience the thrill and adventure of exploring the waters around San Juan Island at high speeds in search of orcas, eagles, seals, and more!
Rest of the day at leisure
You could go on a bike ride along the coastal paths and forests
We could schedule a sea kayaking excursion
Visit the small Whale Museum or the vineyard of San Juan Island Vineyard, the cider distillery Westcott Bay Cider or the small lavender farm of Pelindaba
End the day with a nice dinner made of freshly caught seafood or fish such as tuna, salmon or hake.
Day 8: Orcas Island for 2 nights
Take the ferry to Orcas Island (1 hour 30 minutes)
The largest island in the archipelago, shaped like a horseshoe, surrounded by the pretty bay of East Sound. Explore the protected Moran State Park, home to 5 lakes and 30 miles of hiking trails.
You will also find the highest mountains of the archipelago, covered with forests, from which you can admire the beautiful views of the mountains, Olympic, as well Vancouver Island and the Canadian coast.
Accommodation at Otter’s Pond Bed and Breakfast
Located on a protected nature reserve on Orcas Island, this eco-friendly Rosario B&B features a daily breakfast prepared by a chef and with local ingredients. Shopping and dining in Eastsound Village is 10 minutes’ drive away.
Plush bathrobes are provided in each guest room at the 100% non-smoking Otter’s Pond Bed and Breakfast. Free WiFi, an en suite bathroom and ceiling fan are also included.
A hot tub and garden are available for guest use. Nearby activities include Orca whale watching, kayaking, hiking, sailing, nature walks and bird watching.
Moran State Park is 3 minutes’ drive away. The ferry terminal is 20 km away from Otter’s Pond Bed and Breakfast.
3 hour bird watching Tour
Bald Eagles, Rhinoceros Auklets, Black Oyster Catchers, Harlequin Ducks, Marbled Murrelets, and rare Tufted Puffins are just some of the species we can see in our region. While we search for birds we will also watch for sea lions, orcas, porpoises, seals and other wildlife that inhabit the San Juans. Our bird watching tours are perfect for birders and photographers – novices and experts alike. Our small boats with no more than 6 to 12 passengers ensure that you will have plenty of one-on-one time with your Naturalist and Captain to make sure you don’t miss anything!
Rest of the day at leisure
The best way to explore the island is on foot, by bike, or on a horse.
Day 10: Lake Crescent (Olympic National Park) for 2 nights
Take the Ferry to Port Townsend (30 min)
Once on the mainland, drive to Port Angeles (1 hour), the largest city on the Olympic peninsula and gateway to the national park. Twenty miles south of Port Angeles is the Lake Crescent, a glacial lake that is among the three largest lakes in Olympic National Park and a natural curiosity nestled in the hollow of wooded hills, surrounded by rainforest.
Accommodation at Lake Crescent Lodge***
This historic, a bit rustic 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 most popular accommodation at Lake Crescent Lodge. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, these cabins offer a warm and luring fireplace and remarkable views. All Roosevelt Fireplace Cabins are located along the shores of Lake Crescent. The Roosevelt Fireplace Cabins are available daily during the summer season and weekends-only (Friday, Saturday, Sunday) in the winter.
Day at leisure to explore on own
From the lodge, take the rapid hiking trail through the forest that leads to the spectacular Marymere Falls waterfall (27 m)
Take a bath in the natural hot springs of the Sol Duc Hot Springs, rich in minerals.
Explore the little chain of the Hurricane mountains, with its thick forests, alpine meadows and panoramas of snow-capped peaks, valleys and the ocean in the distance
It is truly wonderful to explore these primitive forests with lush and humid vegetation and monumental trees.
Day 12: Kalaloch Olympic National Park for 1 night
From the shores of Lake Crescent, you reach the Pacific coast and the small town of Kalaloch. The drive will be about 2h30.
Accommodation at Kalaloch Lodge***
Simple and rustic lodge, perfectly integrated into its environment and the Pacific Rim.
Nestled between driftwood-lined beaches and soaring evergreen forests, the cozy, comfortable retreat offers a laid-back charm that you’ll fall in love with.
Discover wild misty beaches and coves with an almost mystical atmosphere, covered with drift tree trunks.
Day 13: Mount Rainier National Park for 2 nights
Leave the Pacific coast to reach the interior and the most emblematic national park in the state: Mount Rainier National Park
Driving time will be about 4 hours.
Make sure to stop at the edge of the park, just before the Nisqually Entrance, Route 706 crosses an astonishing field of outdoor sculptures designed by artist Dan Klennert: Recycled Spirits of Iron.
At the entrance of the park, embark for a trip aboard a train pulled by a steam locomotive, through the forests, at the foot of Mount Rainier …
Accommodation at Paradise Inn**
Built in 1916, this historic guest lodge sits in the shadow of Mount Rainier surrounded by mountain meadows lush with wildflowers. Paradise Inn is a National Historic Landmark, designated as one of the Great Lodges of the West.
An impressive rock and Alaskan cedar, castle-like building with sloping mansard roof and chimneys. Inside, everything testifies to the devotion to nature, whether in the use of materials, the solemn arrangement of the dining room, the decoration mixing the style « arts and crafts » and Indian craftsmanship and the superb hall punctuated by pillars and beams over 30 m long. From the terrace, you can enjoy a magnificent panorama of the snow-capped mountains and the surrounding meadows.
Miles of hiking trails are just outside the front door with panoramic views of glaciers and waterfalls. The inn features a full service dining room featuring northwest cuisine serving breakfast, lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch. Tatoosh Cafe, located near an outdoor seating area, provides a quick meal, early morning espresso, beer, wine and ice cream.
Private Hiking Tour with a guide
A guided hike to discover the caves of Paradise Glacier, covered with ice crystals – walk a section of the Wonderland trail which goes around the snowy summit and reveals varied landscapes: passes, forests, mountain streams, blueberry fields.
In the summer, pick wild berries on a sub-alpine hiking trail. In the winter, take advantage of Paradise’s legendary snowfall (and the winter solitude) on an introductory snowshoe trail.
Drop off car at Seattle airport
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