June 10, 2022
Join Our State to experience the breathtaking beauty of the Pacific Northwest as we explore Mt. Rainier National Park and Olympic National Park.
Trip dates are June 10-16, 2022.
DAY 1: DEPART HOME — ARRIVE SEA-TAC — TRANSFER TO TACOMA
Today arrive at the Seattle-Tacoma Int’l Airport. Meet your Tour Director and transfer to Tacoma for a two-night stay. Tonight enjoy a welcome reception and dinner with your fellow Our State travelers.
(D) Overnight: Tacoma
DAY 2: NW TREK WILDLIFE PARK & MT. RAINIER NATIONAL PARK
This morning visit the Northwest Trek Wildlife Park and enjoy a comfortable 50-minute tram tour through 435 acres of stunning meadows & forests, and get an eye-to-eye view of fascinating animals like moose, elk, bison and more as they explore their natural habitat. Then visit one of the nation’s great natural wonders, Mt. Rainier National Park. Ascending to 14,410 feet above sea level, Mt. Rainier is the focal point of the park. An active volcano, Mt. Rainier is the most glaciated peak in the contiguous U.S. Stop at the Henry M. Jackson Visitor Center which offers exhibits & films along with food and shopping options. Later return to Tacoma for an evening at leisure.
(B) Overnight: Tacoma
DAY 3: TACOMA — OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARK — PORT ANGELES
This morning enjoy the scenery as you drive along the Washington Coast before entering extraordinary Olympic National Park. During your visit you will see panoramic vistas of the towering Olympic Mountains and the Strait of Juan de Fuca from the mile-high Hurricane Ridge Visitor Center. Later arrive in Port Angeles for a two-night stay. Tucked in the shadow of the Olympic Mountains, Port Angeles is the epicenter for the Olympic Peninsula. This evening enjoy dinner with your fellow travelers in this small seaside-meets-mountain town filled with history and bewitching beauty.
(B,D) Overnight: Port Angeles
DAY 4: PORT ANGELES, WA — WHALE WATCH CRUISE
Board your boat in Port Angeles for an exciting Whale Watch Cruise in search of humpback and Orca whales. In recent years, the waters surrounding Port Angeles have become one of the best locations in North America for viewing humpback whales. Orca are often seen feeding in the area as well. The Strait of Juan de Fuca has been home of the famed “Humpback Comeback” of the Pacific Northwest with hundreds of humpbacks now choosing these cold, nutrient-rich waters as their feeding grounds. The black & white orca is a predator that hunts in pods, family groups of up to 40 whales. Enjoy the evening at your own pace in Port Angeles.
(B) Overnight: Port Angeles
DAY 5: PORT ANGELES — PORT TOWNSEND — SEATTLE
After breakfast a short drive brings you to Port Townsend, Washington’s Victorian seaport & arts community with a maritime heritage, artist spirit and a touch of urban chic. Then head to Bainbridge Island & board a Washington State Ferry to cross the Puget Sound headed for spectacular Seattle for a two-night stay. Tonight you are on your own to explore the great city of Seattle filled with amazing restaurants.
(B) Overnight: Seattle
DAY 6: SEATTLE SIGHTSEEING
This morning enjoy a Seattle City Tour. Start by visiting the Space Needle where the experience features an elevator ride to the observation deck 520 feet above the city streets. Built for the 1962 World’s Fair, the iconic tower can feature views of the Cascades, Mt. Rainer, ferries, boats, seaplanes & bustling downtown. Next visit Chihuly Garden & Glass, a monument to glass as art featuring a large portion of Dale Chihuly’s work. The long-term exhibition next to the Space Needle features a Glasshouse, an exhibitionhHall with galleries, and a lush garden that serves as the backdrop for glass sculptures made up of impossible shapes and brilliant colors. The city tour continues featuring historic Pioneer Square, the Chittenden Locks & Fish Ladders and a stop for great pictures and views of the Space Needle. End your touring at the famous Pike Place Market. Built in 1903, the waterfront market is home of the flying fish & the original Starbuck’s Coffee. Enjoy the rest of the day to explore this wonderful city at your own pace. Tonight join your fellow travelers for a farewell dinner at a popular Seattle restaurant featuring Pacific Northwest cuisine.
(B,D) Overnight: Seattle
DAY 7: SEATTLE — RETURN HOME
Today fly home with wonderful memories of your Waterways & National Parks of the Pacific Northwest Tour.