NORTHWEST PARK LODGES
13 days departing SEATTLE from
Destination: USA West
Tour Code: PNW
Explore the five mountain ranges that span the awe-inspiring "Great Northwest" in a trip loaded with grand vistas and pristine wildlife reserves. From authentic historic properties to classic national park lodges, 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 viewing in Yellowstone, white-water rafting on the Snake River and hiking in Glacier National Park is one of the US's best kept secrets! The contrasting regions travelled on this trip highlight what an incredible area the Northwest truly is!
- Stay in historic & unique National Park lodges
- Glacier National Park's abundant wildlife
- 2 nights in Yellowstone National Park
- Leisurely scenic rafting down the Snake River
- Nightlife in Jackson, Wyoming
- Hiking in Mount Rainier National Park
- Coastal rainforests in Olympic National Park
- Relaxing visit to Sol Duc hot springs
- Wildlife viewing opportunities
- Scenic walks and hikes
- Visit Shoshone Falls, 'Niagara of the West'
- Ferry with views of Mount Rainier and the Olympic Range
|Accommodation:||9 nights in Historic National Park lodges + 3 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|
|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.|
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 Park Lodges trip dossier for tour-specific details including full itinerary, pre-departure information, packing tips and more about our style of travel.
2016 dossiers will be available in November. (Adobe Acrobat is required to read this pdf)
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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 all costs 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
- Horseback riding - Jackson US$65
- Kana winery - Mount Rainier US$5
Please note 2016 departures will be 13 days in duration with a revised itinerary ending in Jackson, Wyoming. For 2016 itinerary please click here >
2016 departures only - Arrival day in Seattle
Please note 2016 departures will be 13 days in duration with a revised itinerary ending in Jackson including an arrival night at the beginning of the tour. On this arrival day there will be a meeting at 18.00 with your tour leader and group, the tour will then depart the next day. See itinerary update above for more details.
All 2016 departure dates displayed online have been updated to reflect the inclusion of this arrival day.
Day 1-2: Seattle to 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 award you with stunning scenery away from the crowds. After all that exploring why not relax your weary legs in the Sol Duc hot springs?
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 sur-rounded 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 3-4: Mount Rainier National Park
This 263,000-acre wilderness around Washington's highest peak is definitely a highlight of the North-west. 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 your may see Columbian black-tailed deer, elk and Black bears roaming freely around the park.
Accommodation: The Paradise Inn | 1 breakfast, other meals paid locally
Featured Accommodation: Paradise Inn
We overnight at the very special and historic Paradise Inn which is located in the midst of meadows that look spectacular when in full bloom and is surrounded by trails that 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', the Paradise Inn was originally built in 1916 and offers original historic rooms that are located in the main lodge. Without the modern amenities of televisions or telephones, it is easy to imagine a time past 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 5: Coeur D'Alene
Travel west over the Cascade Mountains into Idaho, where the `Lakeside Playground' of Coeur D'Alene awaits your arrival. Surrounded by lots of beautiful lakes, 55 to be exact, all left behind by ancient glaciers, today is the perfect day to go for a dip in the most scenic of all the lakes, Lake Coeur D'Alene itself. With so many lakes there is no surprise that there are heaps of water-based activities to keep you entertained.
Accommodation: Days Inn Coeur D'Alene | Meals paid locally
Day 6-7: Glacier National Park
Continue northeast into Glacier National Park where you can still spot ancient glaciers and stunning glacial lakes, which are astoundingly perfect looking; clear blue and surrounded by mountains. Jump on board the park's free shuttle bus for spectacular glacial scenery and abundant wildlife viewing. Black and Grizzly bears, 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. A popular hike is to Triple Divide Peak, where the water from the summit flows into three different oceans - the Pacific, the Atlantic and the Arctic.
Accommodation: Lodging | 1 breakfast, all other meals paid locally
Featured Accommodation: Swiftcurrent Motor Inn
This historic motor Inn originated as a tent camp for the first 'auto tourists' to Glacier National Park. Cabins were first built on the site by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt's Civilian Conservation Corps in 1933. The motel was then constructed in the 1950s and the property was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1996. Known for its casual atmosphere and rustic charm, Swiftcurrent is a popular stepping-off point for trekkers attempting to walk on the trail over Swiftcurrent Pass as well as other trails leading to Iceberg and Ptarmigan Lakes, going through the unique 183-foot Ptarmigan Tunnel.
Featured Accommodation: Rising Sun Cabins
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 8: Three Forks, Montana
Cross the Big Sky State to the small town of Three Forks, at the headwaters of the Missouri River and a stopping point on Lewis and Clark's famous exhibition and home to the historic Sacajawea Hotel, where you will be staying the night. The 1910 building has withheld the test of time and your stay here will be packed full of history as it has recently been renovated to preserve its vibrant origins.
Accommodation: Sacajawea Hotel | Meals paid locally
Featured Accommodation: Sacajawea Hotel, Three Forks
Brought back to life in 2010, this Historic Gem is celebrating her 103rd year in Grand Style. The hotel has been the gem of this small Montana community and continues to be an important symbol of Montana history. The 1910 building has withstood the test of time, and has recently been preserved to its vibrant origins. The renovation was completed just in time to celebrate the hotel's 100-year anniversary.
Day 9-10: 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 bears, herds of bison and elk, and recently wolves have been re-introduced into the park. This epic wilderness provides endless activities whatever the season, in the summer don your hiking boots and hit some of the 900 miles of trails or alternatively explore by bike or on horseback. In the winter try your hand at snowshoeing or dog sledding, Yellowstone really is an incredible place to spend a couple of days.
Accommodation: Yellowstone Inn Cabins | Meals paid locally
Featured Accommodation: Yellowstone Inn
The Yellowstone Inn offers seasonal lodging located in the heart of western Yellowstone country, 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 11-12: Grand Teton National Park & Jackson, Wyoming
You continue your journey to Grand Teton National Park to spend the day hitting the trails before heading to Jackson 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 4-season getaway and the base for hikers to take on the local hiking trails as well as a town renowned for its cafes and western style saloons! The perfect way to spend your day is to cross Jenny Lake and walk past the cascading water-fall to Inspiration Point for incredible views across the valley. Have a meal out on the town and then quench your thirst while sitting on a genuine saddle bar stool at the Million Dollar Cowboy Bar, a local watering hole.
Take to the water on an included rafting trip down the infamous Snake River, take in the incredible scenery on one exhilarating ride. With the magnificent snow-capped Teton Range as your backdrop, your guide will treat you to an unforgettable experience. Please note this rafting activity is accessible for all fitness levels and no previous training is necessary. The remainder of the day is free and you may wish to head back to Grand Teton National Park to explore.
Accommodation: The Lexington | Meals paid locally
Featured Accommodation: The Lexington at Jackson
Conveniently located in the heart of Jackson, The Lexington at Jackson Hole Hotel & Suites (formerly the Trapper Inn), is a family-owned hotel with deep roots in Jackson's historic Western community. Offering a perfect blend of Western hospitality and modern luxury, The Lexington provides a variety of well-appointed, spacious sleeping quarters and quality amenities. The warm and personable staff are always pleased to share local in-sights and will help you navigate the adventure, dining, shopping, sightseeing and wildlife viewing that makes Jackson Hole such a spectacular destination.
Day 13: Jackson to Salt Lake City
Cross the border into Utah and you'll soon be in the state capital, Salt Lake City. This mid-west American city offers a fascinating insight into the local heritage. Salt Lake City has an array of art galleries and museums for you to explore and if you really want to get your cultural fix you may like to experience a world-class ballet or an opera. With 21 national parks and monuments within a few hours' drive from the city, you may want to spend a couple more days exploring this exciting area.
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 that the featured hotels & 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 book
- 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 private departures on any of our published itineraries enabling friends, families or organizations to enjoy our style of travel at special rates. Although tours will run as per our standard itinerary shown here, slight modifications may be considered and dates can be chosen to suit your needs. (Subject to seasonal/operational restrictions). So contact us today and start planning your own adventure.
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.
SEATTLE - CLARION HOTEL
This hotel is conveniently located next to Seattle-Tacoma Airport, with a 24 courtesy shuttle and is adjacent to the Light Link Rail to downtown Seattle.
Full room: per room per night Based on single, twin or double room.
SALT LAKE CITY - LITTLE AMERICA HOTEL
Centrally located, enjoy the numerous dining options, fitness center, in-hotel shops and boutiques, plus various services and free wifi.
Full room: per room per night Based on single, twin or double room.
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> 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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