NORTHWEST PARKS AND LODGES
13 days departing SEATTLE from
Destination: USA West
Tour Code: PNW
Explore the awe-inspiring Northwest on a trip laden with grand vistas and pristine wildlife reserves. From authentic historic properties to classic national park lodges and cabins, you'll enjoy the rustic comfort of the area's most characterful accommodation, as you immerse yourself in the great outdoors. Wake with nature at your doorstep and venture out for some wildlife and wolf tracking in Yellowstone with a professional guide before hiking in Glacier National Park - one of the USA's best kept secrets. The contrasting regions travelled on this trip highlight what an incredible area the Northwest truly is!
- Stay in historic, unique and upgraded accommodation
- Yellowstone wolf and wildlife tracking guide
- Relaxing visit to Sol Duc hot springs
- Hiking in Mount Rainier National Park
- Ferry with views of Mount Rainier and the Olympic Range
- Coastal rainforests in Olympic National Park
- Glacier National Park's abundant wildlife
- Three nights in Yellowstone National Park - see Old Faithful erupt
- Wildlife viewing opportunities, scenic walks and hikes
All departures of this tour are guaranteed, so once you've booked you can be sure you're going! This guarantee gives you the confidence to book all of your travel arrangements and simply look forward to your holiday.
|Accommodation:||7 nights in historic national park lodges and cabins + 5 hotel nights on a twin share basis. For your own room request our optional Solo Sleeper (see Dates & Prices tab)|
|Transport:||All transportation by private vehicle and ferry|
|Meals:||All meals paid locally|
|Guided:||Services of a professional tour leader|
|Group size:||Maximum 13|
|Wi-Fi:||Free Wi-Fi available in your vehicle (USA only). Maximum of five users at one time.|
From 2016 you'll travel in a new upgraded vehicle which has been designed with your comfort in mind. Our private, air-conditioned vehicles are custom-built to suit our style of travel, so getting from one destination to the next will be an even more enjoyable experience.
Extra-large windows for better viewing
Wider seats with more leg room
6'3'' interior height for added comfort
Electric bi-fold entry door for quicker and easier access
Overhead luggage racks, reading lamps and on-board TV screen
15 days from SAN FRANCISCO
Visit the top National Parks and stay in unique historic lodges.
18 days from DENVER
Explore two of North America's most prominent mountain ranges.> Read more
Our routes have been carefully chosen to include the best night stops and highlights. However, as local and operational conditions may vary and unforeseen circumstances can arise, the following itinerary should be used as a guideline.
Download the Northwest Parks and Lodges trip dossier for tour-specific details including full itinerary, pre-departure information, packing tips and more about our style of travel.
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Our optional activities offer the flexibility to do the things you want to and leave out the things you don't. Below are the main optional activities for this trip which can be arranged once you are on tour via your tour leader and paid for locally. Please note that not all optional activities may available on every tour and prices are subject to change.
- Western saloons - Jackson US$varies
- Chuckwagon dinner - Jackson US$24-$34
- Ferry across Jenny Lake - Grand Teton US$15
- Western Rodeo - Jackson US$20-$25
- Kana winery - Mount Rainier US$5
Day 1: Arrival day in Seattle
Welcome to the city of Seattle in Washington State. From its top notch coffee shops to its endless markets, it's a city that oozes cool. Looking down from the top of the iconic Space Needle you can observe beautiful Puget Sound, and on a clear day view Mount Rainier. Visit Pike Place Market to try local specialities and enjoy a spot of people watching ahead of your welcome meeting at 18:00 hrs, where you'll meet your tour leader and fellow travel companions.
Accommodation: Hotel included | Meals: Paid locally
Day 2-3: Olympic National Park
From the crashing waves of the Pacific Coast through to its coastal rainforests and glacier capped peaks, your first days in America's Northwest will leave you feeling truly inspired. Olympic National Park is a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site, with over 95% of it being wilderness protected. There are many hiking opportunities throughout the park, a popular and easy hike is a trail that leads you through thick dense forest and across a wooden bridge to the spectacular Sol Duc Falls. If you have time and are feeling energetic a hike to Deer Lake will reward you with stunning scenery away from the crowds. After all that exploring, you can enjoy an included dip in the Sol Duc Hot Springs to rest your weary bones.
Accommodation: Sol Duc Cabins | Meals: Paid locally
Featured Accommodation: Sol Duc Springs Cabins
Spending the night in a rustic, charming Sol Duc cabin is the ideal way to experience Sol Duc's serenity and the supremely relaxing hot springs on the Olympic Peninsula in Northwest Washington. The Sol Duc cabins are surrounded by towering evergreens along the Sol Duc River in a picturesque valley. You'll have convenient access to the hot mineral-spring pools, massage therapists, poolside deli, restaurant, gift shop and convenience store.
Day 4-5: Mount Rainier National Park
This 263,000-acre wilderness around Washington's highest peak is definitely a highlight of the Northwest. The tallest mountain in the Cascade Range, Mount Rainier is surrounded by valleys, waterfalls, meadows full of wildflowers and more than 25 glaciers. The Nisqually Vista Loop offers superb views of Mount Rainier and in the winter expect to see lots of snow and when the summer arrives the fields will be full of colourful wildflowers. Mount Rainier is also a haven for wildlife, and you may see Columbian Black-Tailed Deer, elk and Black Bears roaming freely around the park. Please note, your tour leader is not able to walk with you due to park regulations.
Accommodation: The Paradise Inn | Meals: Meals paid locally
Featured Accommodation: Paradise Inn
You overnight at the very special and historic Paradise Inn which is located in the midst of meadows that look spectacular when in full bloom. The surrounding trails lead to adventures in all directions and offer opportunities to explore the outdoors the way it was meant to be. Designated as one of the `great lodges of the west', Paradise Inn was originally built in 1916 and offers original historic rooms that are located in the main lodge. Without televisions or telephones, it's easy to imagine a time when life was simple and without the distractions of today's modern world. Watching the setting sun reflect off the lake is a magical experience.
Day 6: Coeur D'Alene
Travel east over the Cascade Mountains into Idaho, where the `lakeside playground' of Coeur D'Alene awaits your arrival. Surrounded by many beautiful lakes, 55 to be exact, all left behind by ancient glaciers, today is the perfect day for a dip in the most scenic of all the lakes, Lake Coeur D'Alene itself. Hit the scenic lake trail which follows the contours of the lake, revealing quiet alcoves where you can swim. Don't forget your swimsuit!
Accommodation: Days Inn Coeur D'Alene | Meals: Paid locally
Day 7-8: Glacier National Park
Continue northeast into Glacier National Park where you can still spot ancient glaciers and striking frozen lakes; clear blue and surrounded by mountains. Jump on board the park's free shuttle bus for spectacular scenery and abundant wildlife viewing. Black and Grizzly Bear, Bighorn sheep and Bald Eagles all call this million-acre national park home. With over 700 miles of trails through pristine forests, alpine meadows full of colourful wild flowers, Glacier National Park is definitely a hiker's paradise. Take the popular hike to Iceberg Lake where wildflowers, wildlife and magnificent lake views ease your passage.
Accommodation: Lodging | Meals: Paid locally
Featured Accommodation: Rising Sun Cabins or similar (depending on availability)
Built in 1940, the Rising Sun Motor Inn and Cabins originally contained 19 cabins, a coffee shop and a camp store. Today this historic inn contains 72 guest rooms and cabins. Located alongside St. Mary Lake and surrounded by towering mountain peaks, the Rising Sun offers spectacular views and rustic accommodations. All cabin style rooms are smoke-free, feature motel style amenities and are dispersed throughout the property, set within the wilderness of Glacier National Park.
Day 9: Montana
Cross the 'Big Sky State' and see why the open plains, towering snow-capped mountain ranges in the distance and farming have inspired travellers for centuries. One thing the state of Montana does is size, everything is big and bold. You will likely overnight in Bozeman which will reduce your drive time the following day, allowing for more time in Yellowstone National Park.
Accommodation: C'mon Inn included | Meals: Paid locally
Day 10-12: Yellowstone National Park
Originally protected for its unique geothermal features such as mud pools and geysers, find out how Yellowstone came to be the world's first national park. With the largest collection of geysers in the world, this mountain wilderness is home to Grizzly Bear, herds of bison and elk and recently re-introduced wolves. In the afternoon you'll visit Mammoth Hot Springs and have the chance to follow the boardwalks around to observe the truly weird and wonderful contours of this scorched land. You have a total of three nights and two full days to explore.
An early morning start will have you watching Old Faithful Geyser erupt to timed perfection every 60-70 minutes. Walk around the geothermal sites, exploring the multi-coloured hot springs and admiring the wildflowers of this dreamlike landscape. The following day you're joined by a wildlife and wolf tracking guide who'll explain and uncover the wildlife that call Yellowstone home. Guides are hugely knowledgeable on the habits of wolves and other wildlife including marmots, deer, moose, Black Bear, elk and mountain goat, as well as the surrounding flora.
Accommodation: Yellowstone Inn Cabins | Meals: Paid locally
Featured Accommodation: Yellowstone Inn Cabins
The Yellowstone Inn offers seasonal lodging located in the heart of western Yellowstone Country, just outside of Yellowstone National Park. The Inn is family owned and each of their 10 units are unique with a character and charm of their own, featuring knotty pine interiors with unique cabin furniture, cable TV, coffee makers, microwaves, small refrigerators and air conditioning.
Day 13: Grand Teton National Park and Jackson, Wyoming
You continue your journey to Grand Teton National Park and spend the day hitting the trails. Cross Jenny Lake and walk past the cascading waterfall to Inspiration Point for incredible views across the valley. Arrive in the Western town of Jackson, Wyoming in the late afternoon where your tour ends. In Jackson it's time to enjoy a truly friendly and authentic Western town experience. Once home to trappers and a hideout for outlaws and rustlers, Jackson is now a four-season getaway. It's also the base for hikers to take on the local hiking trails as well being renowned for its cafes and Western style saloons!
This tour ends at our gateway hotel at approximately 17:00 hrs. We can book you post-tour accommodation at our gateway hotel if required. If you are planning to fly tonight, please do not book a flight that departs before 21:00 hrs.
Please note, featured hotels and lodges may change if there are any unforeseen issues outside of our control. On the rare occasion that accommodation is changed we will stay in a local property of a similar standard.
- A 10% deposit per person is required to confirm your booking.
- Full payment is due 8 weeks before the tour departure
- We charged no credit card fees or hidden surcharges
- ABTA & ATOL licensed operator offering financial security for our tours
- Prices are land only. Call 0333 999 7965 for a flight inclusive quote (UK)
There are no forced supplements for single travellers. Accommodation is based on twin-share, so if you're travelling on your own, you'll share with a fellow passenger of the same sex. However, if you would prefer your own space our Solo Sleeper Option can be requested from per person. This will guarantee you your own room for every night of the tour. Single rooms in the historic lodges are very limited so this option is on a request basis only. Please call us to enquire about this.
We highly recommend you book this trip at least 60 days prior to departure. Reservations received within 30 days will be on request and subject to availability of en-route accommodation.
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Why not arrange your own Grand American Adventures departure? For groups of 8 or more, we can offer tailor-made private departures for any of our published tours enabling friends, families or organizations to enjoy our style of travel at special rates. Tailored itineraries and departure dates can be chosen to suit your needs. (Subject to seasonal/operational restrictions).
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We've offer a whole range of travel extras with everything from city sightseeing, additional hotel nights, insurance and more so you can organise everything you'll need for your trip in one easy place
Tours begin and end at our designated hotels listed below in the departure and arrival cities. You can book additional hotel nights online or contact our sales team.
JACKSON - THE LEXINGTON HOTEL
Located 1.5 blocks from Jackson's historic town square, this hotel offers free W-Fi, an indoor pool, jacuzzi and complimentary airport shuttle service.
Full room: per room per night Based on single, twin or double room.
SEATTLE - RADISSON HOTEL SEATTLE AIRPORT
Conveniently located at the entrance of Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, this hotel offers high-speed internet access, indoor pool, fitness centre and free airport shuttle service.
Full room: per room per night Based on single, twin or double room.
Our specialist flights department can offer UK customers a great airline fare to all of our travel destinations.
We have preferred contracts with many international carriers and have secured some of the most competitive prices in the industry. We are also ATOL protected and IATA licensed.
Special offers are regularly available, so call us now on +44 208 682 8921 or click below to request a flight quote by email.
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We recommend you take out insurance as soon as your booking is confirmed. You MUST be covered by insurance that includes adequate coverage for baggage, medical expenses and the cost of repatriation. We can offer you a comprehensive travel insurance policy which is completely tailored for your trip and is specially designed to include all the activities listed.
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Our range of 3 - 4 day Mini Adventures are just the ticket for extending your tour and experiencing North America's most incredible 'must see' highlights. Check out the following adventures relevant to this trip.
NEW YORK TO NIAGARA - 3 DAYS
> Scenic Drive through the Delaware Water Gap/Poconos
> Finger Lakes hiking & swimming
> Niagara Falls and the Maid of the Mist scenic boat cruise
> College town of Ithaca, NY
> Woodbury Common Outlet Mall
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If you are spending extra time in our gateway cities, you can now plan in advance by pre-booking unique city sightseeing day tours in addition to your trip.
All city day tours are operated by local experts who are dedicated to take you behind the scenes so you know it like a local! When booking your trip, simply select your chosen city tours from the Tour Extras section on the online booking form.
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