13 days departing SEATTLE from

Style: Active
Destination: USA West
Tour Code: PNW

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Trip Overview

Explore the five mountain ranges that span the awe-inspiring "Great Northwest" in a trip loaded with grand vistas and pristine wildlife reserves. From an authentic western ranch stay 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, whitewater rafting on the Snake River or hiking in Glacier National Park - one of the US's best kept secrets!

Included Highlights
  • 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
  • Follow the Oregon Trail
  • 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
Tour Facts & Features
Accommodation: 9 nights in Historic National Park lodges + 4 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
Age range: 18+
Wifi: Free wi-fi available in your vehicle (Max 5 users)

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Trip Itinerary

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.

Optional Activities (paid locally)
  • Western Saloons US$varies
  • Seattle Space Needle US$21-$29
  • Jenny Lake Shuttle Boat US$7-$10
  • Western Rodeo in Jackson US$20-$25
  • Horseback riding in Jackson US$65
  • Bar J Chuckwagon Dinner in Jackson US$25
  • Mount Rainier Kana winery US$5

Itinerary Update

Please note from 01/01/2015 the tour will have the following changes. The tour will start in Seattle and finish in Salt Lake City. The tour will no longer visit Baker City and becomes 13 days in duration. This tour will also operate in the reverse direction. To read more click here >

Trip Departure Time

As this tour departs at 0730 we recommend that you book pre-tour accommodation. Please request hotel details at the time of booking.

Day 1: Seattle to Coeur D'Alene

After leaving Seattle, we drive west over the Cascade Mountains into Idaho, where the shores of Lake Coeur D'Alene await. Early French speaking fur traders named this lake after the tough trading local Indians whose hearts were rumoured to be sharp as an owl. This western town boasts one of the top 5 most beautiful mountain lakes in the world. Enjoy a hike along the shore, sit on the beach or explore the old western down town.
Accommodation: Lodging | Meals paid locally

Day 2-3: Glacier National Park

We continue northeast into Montana and Glacier National Park - the 'Crown of the Continent Ecosystem'. This park crosses two mountain ranges and one international border. 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. Experience the pristine forests, alpine meadows, rugged mountains, and magnificent lakes of this spectacular wilderness. With over 700 miles of trails, it's a hiker's paradise.

Featured Accommodation: Swiftcurrent Motor Inn (16-Jun-14 & 01-Sep-14 departures)
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.
Meals: Breakfast included

Featured Accommodation: Rising Sun Cabins (21-Jul-14 departure)
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.
Meals: Breakfast included

Day 4: 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 expedition. Spend the night in the historic Sacajawea Hotel.
Accommodation: Lodging | 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 5-6: Yellowstone National Park

Our next destination, Yellowstone National Park, is the world's first national park and home to a large variety of wildlife including grizzly bear, wolf, bison and elk. This park is so large that its boundaries cross into three states. Most of it is in Wyoming, but parts of the reserve extend into Idaho and Montana. Yellowstone has one of the highest concentrations of geothermal activity on the planet. Herds of bison roam amongst the erupting geysers and steam rises from the various rivers running through the park. A fire in the 1980s ravaged much of the park, but it has recovered to the extent that it is now a living monument to nature's power of regeneration.

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.
Meals: Paid locally 

Day 7-8: Jackson, Wyoming

We continue our journey into Wyoming and onto 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 waterfall to Inspirations Point which offers 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.

On day 8 we hit the water for our included rafting trip down the infamous Snake River, this allows you to take in the incredible scenery as well as get the blood pumping. Please note this rafting activity is accessible to 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: Lodging | 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 insights and will help you navigate the adventure, dining, shopping, sightseeing and wildlife viewing that makes Jackson Hole such a spectacular destination.

Day 9: Baker City

Following in the footsteps of the famous explorers Lewis and Clark, we re-trace the route of the Oregon Trail west across the beautiful expanse of southern Idaho. We make a stop at Shoshone Falls, sometimes called the `Niagara of the West' and the most spectacular natural beauty spot along the Snake River. Baker City, with a population of less than 10,000, is next. This historic gold rush town offers a peek into life at the turn of the last century. Enjoy a stroll through the historic downtown shopping district and relax with a nightcap in our historic hotel.

Featured Accommodation: Geiser Grand Hotel
The warm and inviting Geiser Grand Hotel is your perfect getaway! This charming historic landmark features ornate mahogany,a beautiful stained glass ceiling, Northwest food at its best and crystal chandeliers in every room. Sunset Magazine says the Geiser Grand is "the finest hotel between Salt Lake and Seattle." For those who appreciate historic preservation and timeless luxury, nothing compares to the award winning Geiser Grand. Come explore this architectural jewel, and find out why the Geiser's spectacular restoration received The National Trust for Historic Preservation's coveted Honour Award for Excellence.
Meals: Paid locally

Day 10-11: Mount Rainier National Park

On to the stunning snow covered peak of Mount Rainier in the State of Washington. At over 14,000 feet this iconic volcano looms large in the Pacific Northwest. Draped in snow, Mount Rainer has the greatest single peak glacial system in the United States, covering 36 square miles of the mountain with sheer ice! With over 260 miles of well maintained trails winding through a varied terrain, from old growth forest to sub-alpine meadows, there are plenty of different hiking options available. Not to be outdone by its national park neighbours to the east, Mount Rainier is also a haven for wildlife, and you may see Columbian black-tailed deer, elk and Black bears roaming freely.

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.
Meals: Paid locally

Day 12-13: Olympic National Park

From the crashing waves of the Pacific coast through coastal rainforests to glacier capped peaks, this is a primeval sanctuary for humans and wild creatures alike; over 95% of Olympic National Park is a designated wilderness area. Enjoy a stroll through the Hoh Rainforest, relax in Sol Duc Hot Springs, and enjoy a magnificent sunset over the spectacular Lake Crescent. A visit to this beautiful national park is the perfect way to finish our perfect journey.

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.
Meals: Paid locally

Day 14: Seattle

Making our way back to Seattle (the "Emerald City"), there's time to enjoy the lively Pike's Place Market and also the stunning views from the Space Needle observation tower, over 600 feet high!

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.

Tour Notes

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.

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Solo Sleepers   Optional Solo Sleeper

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.

Important Notes

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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Private Departures

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.

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Tour Extras

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

Hotels Before and After your trip

Tours begin and end at designated hotels in the departure and arrival cities, starting at 7.30am (check your tour voucher for exact details) and finishing at around 5pm, so it's a great idea to book a room for the night before and after your tour. You can book hotels either online when you book your tour or by call our sales team.

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.

  • Twin share:  per person per night
      Matched with another traveller of the same sex.
    Full room:  per room per night
      Single or double room for travellers on the same booking.

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At Grand American Adventures we believe that your safety and enjoyment are the most important parts of your holiday.

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Before you join your Grand American Adventures tour 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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