The Majestic NorthWest
15 DAYS / 14 NIGHTS
Arrive Seattle and transfer to your hotel in the heart of the Emerald City.
The core of central downtown extends from the Waterfront, with Pioneer Square, Belltown, the International District and Seattle Center neighborhoods bordering it.
Pike Place Market is a great place to begin your visit of Seattle. Take in the food, flowers, buskers and assorted vendors at this massive open-air bazaar with hundreds of stores and vendors selling fresh fish, handmade cheeses, souvenirs and much more. From there, one can descend the Harbor Steps to explore the waterfront, with its shops, and restaurants with seafood-inspired menus.
Begin the day by taking in views of Elliott Bay and the Olympic Mountains. Nearby is theCenter, where one can take an elevator ride to the 520-foot-high observation deck in the Space Needle, explore Museums, visit Chihuly Garden and Glass, which showcases the most comprehensive collection of Chihuly’s artwork ever assembled.
This evening, why not take a sunset dinner cruise along Puget Sound orr cruise to Tillicum Village for a Native American cultural experience to enjoy a traditional salmon dinner.
Seattle – Olympic Peninsula/Port Townsend (111mi/178km – less with ferry service)
Bordered by the Pacific Ocean, the Hood Canal and the Strait of Juan de Fuca, the Olympic Peninsula is anchored by the Olympic Mountains.
Olympic National Park is a designated UNESCO* World Heritage Site and International Biosphere Reserve, and is the dominant feature of the Peninsula,nearly one million acres of rain forest valleys, alpine meadows and wilderness coastline.
This morning, cross the Hood Canal Bridge to reach the Olympic Peninsula, drive to Port Townsend, “the most sophisticated place west of Seattle,” known for its Victorian architecture, art galleries, and wine bars.
Port Townsend – Kalaloch (138mi/222km)
In the morning on your way to Kalaloch stop at Dungeness Spit, one of the world’s longest natural sand spits, designated a national wildlife refuge because of the abundance of bird species. Or one may decide to head straight to Hurricane Ridge. Hurricane Ridge has a number oftrails, where one has magnificent views of snow-capped mountains, the coastline and glaciers.
Drivethrough the town of Forks, where the Twilight movie series was filmed. Admire the beautiful scenery at Rialto Beach. An hour from Folks explore Hoh Rain Forest – a a lush, green canopy of both coniferous and deciduous species.
Kalaloch – Astoria (150mi/240km)
Today the main attraction is the drive from Kalaloch along Highway 101, stop at beautiful Lake Quinauly, crossing the Columbia River into the Oregon town of Astoria, the oldest settlement west of the Rockies. While visiting Astoria, climb the the Astoria Column (over 120 feet high) located in John Jacob Astor Park, 600 feet above the city. he 1.5 mile Cathedral Tree Trail.
Astoria – Dundee Wine Region – Astoria (206mi/332km)
Venture off the beaten path today for a grape escape and taste the unique terroir of the regions Pinot Noirs.
Besides unforgettable wines, discover the architectural artistry of wineries and tasting rooms, from charming Tuscan-style estates to sleek, modern, light-filled edifices.
Some wineries offer vineyard hikes or guided tours, and many boast sweeping valley and vineyard vistas.
Astoria – Newport (134mi/216kms)
It’s a short drive to the coast and city of Newport, filled with white sand beaches. Take your pick among the unique beauty and sound of Cobble Beach, the secluded dunes of South Beach, the art and history of Nye Beach, and the miles of unspoiled sand at Agate Beach to spot Orca Whales .
Or if it’s not a beach day, enjoy Newport’s vibrant arts community. Literally hundreds of visual and fine crafts artists are represented in the many galleries of Newport and its museums focus on the coastal history of the region.
Newport – Eugene (99mi/160km)
Eugene is snuggledin the Willamette Valley hugging the scenic Willamette River.
This afternoon explore some of the city’s highlights such as The Tiffany Building, a WPA-era building n the “Chicago-style” of architecture, and Park Blocks, the center of the city and its history.
Eugene is affectionately dubbed “Brewgene” and crowned by the Whiteaker neighborhood,new and edgy brewery destination. This evening, enjoy a leisurely pub crawl or partake in a brewery tour led by local brewmasters.a two-mile radius one will discover seven!
Eugene – Grands Pass – Ashland (180mi/290km)
Today, travel south to Ashland. On the way, stop in Grands Pass, named “One of the top 12 places you’ve never heard of” by Mother Earth Magazine. It is best known for the Rogue River and a white water river trip is a must-do while here. There are a number of companies from which to choose for this unforgettable experience. You can also take a tour of Oregon Caves National Monument. It is one of the world’s few marble caves.
Upon arrival in Ashland, tour Ashland’s historic disctrict and make sure to attend a performance of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.
Ashland – Crater Lake – Sunriver (190mi/306km)
This morning depart for Crater Lake. Its depth of 1,943 feet (592 meters) makes it the deepest lake in the U.S., and the ninth deepest in the world.
The park is open year-round but winter access is limited. Hike the Cleetwood Trail (only trail to the lake surface), or drive around the lake to optimal spots for photographs.
Continue on to Sunriver for the overnight.
Sunriver – Portland (178mi/287km)
Depart for Portland this morning. Portland is Oregon’s largest city and a model of “green” living, both in its ecological-minded culture and in its multitude of parks.
A must-visit is Washington Park. Meander through the Japanese Garden, the International Rose Test Garden, and the Hoyt Arboretum, in sweeping views of the city and the Cascade Range.
This morning, stroll alongside the Willamette River where one can check out “The Portland,” a still-working steamboat often docked by the seawall.
Then visit Asian and Native American artwork at the Portland Art Museum, stroll the North Park Blocks in the Pearl District, followed by a stroll around the neighborhood’s many art galleries and independent boutiques.
Or take a brewery tour by bicycle for a behind te scenes look at the city’s breweries, and see where some of the city’s best bars, restaurants and local hotspots in the downtown area are located.
Portland – Mt Rainier (137mi/221km)
Transfer to Mt. Rainier this morning. Ascending to 14,410 feet above sea level, Mount Rainier stands as an icon in the Washington landscape. An active volcano, Mount Rainier is the most glaciated peak in the contiguous U.S.A., spawning six major rivers.
There’ll be time this afternoon to hike one of the maintained trails to explore some of the forests, lakes, fields of wildflowers and network of glaciers.
Today, enjoy the wilderness and beautiful landscapes near Paradise.
Start with a 21-minute film, “Mt. Rainier, the Restless Giant” at the Jackson Visitors Center. Then, explore the Paradise Valley Conservation Area for a good close-in outdoor escape.
For hikers of all age, drive 40 minutes to the Grove of the Patriarchs Trail Loop where you will follow a wooden boardwalk as it loops through these ancient giants, weaving under their canopy and learning about the life of a forest with an assortment of interpretive signs.
For more adventurous hikers, follow the Skyline Trail, Mount Rainier’s south side hub and most popular destination, providing visitors a unique opportunity to experience the breathtaking beauty of Washington’s grandest mountain. In peak season (July and August) your trip along the Skyline Trail will be filled with views of cascading waterfalls, mighty glaciers and subalpine meadows brimming with colorful splashes of lupines, mountain heather, scarlet paintbrush, cascade asters and bistort.
Mt. Rainier – Snoqualmie – Seattle (140mi/225km)
On your way back to SeaTac International Airport, take a detour to Snoqualmie Falls, a famous 270-foot waterfall.
# Nights City Hotel
2 Seattle, WA Edgewater Hotel *city view rooms
1 Port Townsend, WA Ravenscroft Inn
1 Forks, WA Kalaloch Lodge
2 Astoria, OR Cannery Pier Hotel
1 Newport, OR Elizabeth Street Inn
1 Eugene, OR Hyatt Place Eugene
1 Ashland, OR Lithia Springs Resort
1 Sunriver, OR Sunriver Resort
2 Portland, OR Hotel Dossier
2 Mount Rainier, WA National Park Inn
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