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Washington State Wonders

15 Days

7 Cities

8 Experiences


Leisure | Road Trip | Wildlife

Travel Itinerary

Day 1

Private transfer from airport to hotel

Hotel Thompson Seattle ★★★★ (3 nights)

Harbor Cruise tickets

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 reservation at The Walrus and the Carpenter
Day 2

Seattle guided tour

Embark on a private orientation tour of Seattle, starting at Pioneer Square and visiting Fremont to see the famous Troll. Indulge in chocolate tasting before exploring the historic Queen Anne neighborhood. Experience the world’s only Starbucks Roastery and stroll through Pike Place Market. Conclude with a visit to the iconic Space Needle and Dale Chihuly Garden & Glass Museum for a unique glass art experience.

Dinner reservation at Manolin

Day 3

Seattle Art Museum tickets

Discover the Seattle Art Museum (SAM) in downtown Seattle, housing over 25,000 artworks spanning diverse cultures and genres. Admire masterpieces by renowned artists like Picasso and O’Keeffe, alongside a rich collection of Asian art. Explore rotating exhibitions and engage with educational programs, offering a dynamic cultural experience in the heart of the city.

The Museum of Flight tickets

Experience the wonders of aviation at Seattle’s Museum of Flight, boasting an extensive collection of aircraft and space artifacts. Explore iconic planes like the Boeing 747 and Concorde, along with historic military aircraft and spacecraft. Engage with interactive exhibits, flight simulators, and educational programs suitable for all ages. Don’t miss this thrilling journey through a century of flight history.

Dinner reservation at Aqua

Day 4
North Cascades National Park

Pick up car at Seattle

Drive to Winthrop (about 4h30mins)

Sun Mountain Lodge ★★★ (2 nights)

Rest of the day at leisure

Day 5

North Cascades National Park hiking tour

Accompanied by your guide, embark on a moderate hike in pursuit of wildlife. Explore the magnificent Highway 20, adorned with captivating viewpoints showcasing the park’s beauty. Keep watch for mountain goats, black bears, grizzlies, wolves, and wolverines. For more adventure, try climbing, mountain biking, or a leisurely mule ride. And don’t forget to admire the breathtaking scenery of Lake Chelan, resembling a stunning Scandinavian fjord.

Day 6
Friday Harbor

Drive to Anacortes (about 5hrs)

Boat to Friday Harbor (about 1hr)

Friday Harbor House ★★★ (2 nights)

Day 7

Adventure Whale Watch & Wildlife tour

Hop aboard the M/V Kestrel, a RIB (ridged inflatable) vessel, zipping around San Juan Island at 35 knots. The 3-hour Adventure Tour ensures optimal chances to witness the wonders of the San Juans. Stay snug in provided exposure suits as you speed along, guided by a Marine Naturalist sharing insights on local wildlife, ecology, and geology. Experience the exhilaration of high-speed exploration, seeking orcas, eagles, seals, and beyond.

Rest of the day at leisure to explore Friday Harbor

Bike ride along the coastal paths and forests – Sea kayaking excursion – Whale Museum – Vineyard of San Juan Island Vineyard – Westcott Bay Cider – Lavender farm of Pelindaba

Day 8
Orcas Island

Boat to Orcas Island (about 1h30mins)

Otter’s Pond Bed and Breakfast (2 nights)

Day 9

Bird watching tour

Embark on a bird-watching tour in the San Juan Islands, where you can spot Bald Eagles, Tufted Puffins, and other fascinating species. Keep an eye out for sea lions, orcas, and seals as well. Perfect for birders and photographers of all levels, small boats ensure personalized attention from the Naturalist and Captain. Live an intimate wildlife experience amidst the breathtaking scenery of the San Juans.

Rest of the day at leisure to explore Orcas Island

Day 10
Lake Crescent

Boat to Port Townsend (about 30mins)

Drive to Port Angeles (about 1hr)

Lake Crescent Lodge ★★★ (2 nights)

Day 11

Day at leisure to explore on own

Experience a rapid hike from the lodge to behold the magnificent Marymere Falls waterfall (27 m) amid the lush forest. Relax with a soak in the mineral-rich natural hot springs of Sol Duc Hot Springs. Explore the picturesque Hurricane Ridge, boasting dense forests, alpine meadows, and breathtaking views of snow-capped peaks, valleys, and the distant ocean. Immerse yourself in the wonders of primitive forests adorned with lush vegetation and towering trees.

Day 12
Kalaloch Olympic National Park

Drive to Kalaloch (about 2h30mins)

Kalaloch Lodge ★★★ (1 night)

Take your time to discover wild misty beaches and coves

Day 13
Mount Rainer National Park

Drive to Mount Rainer (about 4hrs)

Paradise Inn ★★ (2 nights)

Day 14

Mount Rainer National Park hiking tour

Embark on a guided hike to explore the enchanting caves of Paradise Glacier, adorned with ice crystals. Traverse a portion of the Wonderland trail, offering diverse landscapes including forests, mountain streams, and blueberry fields around the snowy summit. In summer, enjoy berry picking along sub-alpine trails, while winter invites you to experience Paradise’s abundant snowfall and solitude on introductory snowshoe trails.

Majestic landscape of Mount Rainier National Park.
Day 15

Drop off car in Seattle airport

Fly home