7 days departing SEATTLE from

Style: Active
Destination: Northwest USA
Tour Code: POR

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Trip Overview

The Pacific Northwest's diverse coastline, rainforests, wildlife and mountain ranges offer exceptional trails to explore on this active tour. View spectacular scenery where rivers carve out the land and the Pacific Ocean rolls upon the endless sandy beaches and the rocky coasts. Hike amongst the majestic Cascade Mountains and lush Hoh Rainforest, and enjoy soothing hot springs and comfortable lodges before visiting Mount St Helens, the site of the major eruption in 1980.

Included Highlights
  • Olympic National Park hikes
  • Walk through the Hoh Rainforest
  • Visit Hole-in-the-Wall Rock, Olympic Peninsula
  • Sol Duc Hot Springs
  • Explore coastal landscapes, waterfalls and mountains
  • Incredible photography and wildlife viewing
  • Scenic ferry from Seattle
  • Mount Rainier hikes
  • Mount St Helens hikes
Tour Facts & Features
Accommodation: 6 hotel nights in 3 star twin share accommodation. 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.

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Optional Activities (paid locally)
  • Rent kayaks at Lake Crescent US$45
  • Whitewater rafting in Olympic US$55

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 Olympic National Park

After departing Seattle we board our scenic ferry and travel directly to the heart of Olympic National Park where you'll hike amongst the peaks of the Olympic Range for a bird's eye view of the stunning landscape. Journey deep into old growth forest to visit flowing waterfalls and pristine lakes before relaxing in the Sol Duc Hot Springs. Bustling Seattle feels like a distant memory as you are submerged within the natural beauty of Olympic National Park.
Accommodation: Hotel included | Meals: Paid locally

Day 2: Olympic National Park

Take a stroll along the Hoh River Trail through one of the great temperate Rainforests or test your hiking legs up to Five Mile Island which reveals the old-growth grandeur of this valley. Formed by river channels, the island is an awesome grassy valley bank dotted with maple glades. Enjoy the unending views up the valley all the way to Bogachiel Peak. Your trail is accompanied by the birdsong of wrens, nuthatches, woodpeckers, chickadees, and thrushes which can be heard over the distant hum of the river as you pass moss-cloaked maples.
Accommodation: Hotel included | Meals: Paid locally

Day 3: Olympic National Park

We head out to Rialto Beach on the extreme northwest of the Olympic Peninsula. This wild and rugged coastline is awash with drift wood, coloured starfish and a wonderful beach trails offering remarkable scenery. Take in the dramatic views of the offshore islands known as `seastacks' and visit Hole in the Wall Rock, said to be a highlight for many travellers in this area.
Accommodation: Hotel included | Meals: Paid locally

Day 4: Mount Rainier National Park

Travelling along the Hood Canal - a stunning drive through mountains on one side and lakes on the other - you make your way to the tallest of the Cascade Peaks, Mount Rainier. The park offers over 300 miles of trails, with everything from gentle walks through forests to heart pounding climbs up to the mountain glaciers. Upon arrival, a particular favourite is the walk amongst towering old forest growth on the Grove of the Patriarchs trail. This famous trail winds amongst enormous trees and is well-known for its photo opportunities at every turn.
Accommodation: Hotel included | Meals: Paid locally

Day 5: Mount Rainier National Park

The Skyline Trail loop is an ideal hike which incorporates the best scenic beauty the Paradise region has to offer. Loop around the broad Edith Creek basin, leading through alpine flower fields, past thundering waterfalls and over high peaks. You'll also find a memorial marking an important event in park history!
Accommodation: Hotel included | Meals: Paid locally

Day 6: Mount St Helens

Mount St Helens is famous for the eruption in 1980 which gave its perfect conical shape. Following on from the eruption there has been a resurgence of plantlife, and wildlife such as deer and elk are making a slow but sure comeback. Climb the Harry's Ridge Trail with views of mid-summer wildflowers, the mouth of the crater, Loowit Falls and an emerging glacier. Another great option is the Hummocks Trail, which gives you the opportunity to see the devastating effects of the eruption and to marvel at the vitality of nature's return.
Accommodation: Hotel included | Meals: Paid locally

Day 7: Mount St Helens to Seattle

Take the chance on your last free morning to explore the area in more depth. We'll then return to Seattle where you can enjoy a visit to the famous Pike Place Market. If you can, be sure to spend longer in this cosmopolitan city to ascend the Space Needle for amazing 360 degree vistas.

Your tour ends upon arrival at approx. 17:00; if you are flying out this day please don't book a flight before 21:00.

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  • Full payment is due 8 weeks before the tour departure
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  • Prices are land only. Call 0333 999 7951 for a flight inclusive quote

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. The number of single rooms we can offer is limited, so it's best to book early. Simply select the "Solo Sleepers" check box on the booking form or request over the phone.

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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Our specialist flights department can offer UK customers a great airline fare to all of our travel destinations.

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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 0208 682 8920 or click below to request a flight quote by email.

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Travel Insurance

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

Travel Insurance

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.

See our insurance page for more information.

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