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National Parks of the Northwest US
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Imagine a two-week breath of fresh air and you've pretty well summed up this 15-day tour of some of the greatest American national parks there are. With big city fun in buzzing Seattle and funky Portland, unique and quirky small towns like Wallace and Jackson, and all the stunning western grandeur your eyes can soak in, this trip has it all. Combining hiking in parks big and small, sipping craft brews, savouring artisanal donuts, dipping your toes in the Pacific Ocean, and relaxing in cowboy bars, this whirlwind trip is the answer for anyone looking for a true adventure away from home.

North America

Duration: 15 Days Guaranteed Departure: Yes
For lovers of: Physical rating: Average
Accommodation standard:   Budget% Traveller Tour Rating: 0%  
Your Guide: English speaking Tour code: 153340
Starts: Seattle, USA Finishes: Portland, USA
You will Visit
  • Seattle
  • Portland

Itinerary

01

Day 1: Seattle

There's a lot to see and do in Seattle, and we recommend spending extra time here if you'd like to explore the city.

Included Activities:
Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting

02

Day 2: Seattle/Mount Rainier National Park

Drive to nearby Mt Rainier National Park. Explore the park on one of the many hiking trails, including the Skyline, Nisqually Vista, or Bench/Snow Lake Trail.

Transport:
Private Vehicle (3.00 hour(s))

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Day 3: Mount Rainier National Park/Wallace

Continue east through the state of Washington. Check out scenic Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, en route to the quirky, small town of Wallace.

Transport:
Private Vehicle (6.00-7.00 hours)

04

Day 4: Wallace/Glacier National Park (1D)

Enjoy the drive into Montana, and head to Glacier National Park for the first night of camping in Big Sky Country.

Included Activities:
Glacier National Park Visit

Transport:
Private Vehicle (3.50-4.50 hours)

05

Day 5: Glacier National Park (1B, 1L, 1D)

With over 20 glaciers and 200 lakes and streams, Glacier National Park is a must see. Choose from 730 miles of hiking trails to really enjoy this majestic park.

Included Activities:
Glacier National Park Visit

06

Day 6: Glacier National Park/Bozeman (1B, 1L)

Drive south to the university town of Bozeman, Montana. Enjoy a hotel night before carrying on to Yellowstone.

Transport:
Private Vehicle (4.00-5.00 hours)

07

Day 7: Bozeman/Yellowstone National Park (1L, 1D)

Spend the day driving through the northern section of Yellowstone National Park. The ride can be slow-going due to all the stopping for bears, elk and bison that may cozy up to the road. Soak in the scenery before camping just outside the park.

Included Activities:
Yellowstone Northern Loop Excursion

Transport:
Private Vehicle (3.00-4.00 hours)

08

Day 8: Yellowstone National Park (1B, 1L, 1D)

Continue exploring more sections of the park, home to the most wild animals in the US. Check out waterfalls, take short hikes and lay eyes on Old Faithful.

Included Activities:
Yellowstone NP Visit

09

Day 9: Yellowstone National Park/Jackson (1B)

Cross the Continental Divide, and enjoy the view of more than 12 peaks that make up this beautiful drive. Stop at Grand Teton National Park and take in the tranquil surroundings.

In the late afternoon, reach Jackson and marvel at the town square's elk antler arches. In the evening, enjoy a night out with a true wild western atmosphere at the One Million Dollar Bar.

Additional Notes:
For the Aug 12, 2017 departure we will be spending the day in Grand Teton NP before returning to Yellowstone NP for an additional night in the park.

Included Activities:
Grand Teton National Park Visit

Transport:
Private Vehicle (5.00-6.00 hours)

10

Day 10: Jackson/Boise

Start heading west to Boise, Idaho, stopping at Craters of the Moon National Monument en route.

Additional Notes:
For the Aug 12, 2017 departure we will be travelling from Yellowstone NP to Boise today, stopping in Jackson for a chance to see the solar eclipse.

Included Activities:
Craters of the Moon National Monument Visit

Transport:
Private Vehicle (6.00-7.00 hours)

11

Day 11: Boise/Bend

Continue on to Bend, Oregon, consistently voted one of the best places to live in the US. Arrive in time to explore a bit of the town.

Transport:
Private Vehicle (5.00-6.00 hours)

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Day 12: Bend/Eugene

Leave early to spend a few hours at gorgeous Crater Lake National Park. Enjoy a short hike in the area before continuing on to the university town of Eugene.

Included Activities:
Crater Lake National Park Visit

Transport:
Private Vehicle (1.50-2.00 hours)
Private Vehicle (3.00-4.00 hours)

13

Day 13: Eugene

Enjoy an included excursion to a nearby coastal town to relax on the beach or try a sand boarding excursion. Feel free to opt out and spend the day exploring more of Eugene.

Included Activities:
Day trip to Oregon Coast

14

Day 14: Eugene/Portland

Drive the final stretch north to the city of Portland. One of the most popular cities to visit north of California on the West Coast, Portland is artsy, funky and full of great eating and drinking options. Spend the afternoon getting to know this charming city.

Transport:
Private Vehicle (2.00-3.00 hours)

15

Day 15: Portland

With so much to see and do here, opt to extend your stay and see more.

Included Activities:
Departure Day

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • Mt Rainier Park visit
    • Coeur d'Alene stop
    • Glacier NP visits
    • Yellowstone NP visits
    • Grand Teton NP visit
    • Craters of the Moon National Monument visit
    • Crater Lake NP visit
    • Oregon Coast visit
    • All transport to/from included activities and between all destinations
    Accommodation
    • Hotels (9 nts), hotel (1 nt, shared facilities), participation camping in or around national parks (4 nts)
    • 4 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners
    Transport
    • Private vehicle, walking
    Group Leader
    • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout
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Tour Highlights:
  • Get inspired by wilderness in the Rockies
  • Watch geysers erupt in Yellowstone
  • Indulge in craft beer in laid-back Oregon
  • Get a taste for the Northwest's majestic national parks
  • Visit quirky towns and funky cities.