15 days departing SEATTLE from

Style: Walking
Destination: USA West
Tour Code: PWP

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Trip Overview

The power of Earth's forces are on full display as we trek through some of the world's best preserved wilderness regions. See glaciers and volcanoes, geysers and hot-springs in Yellowstone; North America's oldest national park, and keep an eye out for bighorn sheep, grey wolves, and even Grizzly bears. The snow-capped peaks of Mt Rainier and the razor edged Teton Range compete for your attention, and Lake Tahoe lets you relax before a full day exploring Yosemite's captivating trails. Finish up with a walking tour of San Francisco, America's favourite "City by the Bay".

Included Highlights
  • Explore the Cascade, Rocky and Sierra Nevada Mountains
  • Opportunity to view abundant birds and wildlife
  • Full day hiking in Mt Rainier National Park
  • Explore Yellowstone National Park
  • Experience the Grand Teton's and western town of Jackson
  • Craters of the Moon National Monument
  • 2015 only: Nat So Pah thermal hot springs
  • 2 nights at Lake Tahoe
  • Granite cliffs of Yosemite National Park
  • Walk Golden Gate Bridge & tour Haight-Ashbury in San Francisco
  • Cross the continental Divide
  • Watch Old Faithful erupt
  • Stunning views at Humboldt National Forest
  • 2016 only: Dedicated Yellowstone wildlife & wolf tracking guide
  • 2016 only: Champagne and sunset cruise on Lake Tahoe
  • 2016 only: Scenic ferry over Jenny Lake to explore Grand Teton
Tour Facts & Features
Accommodation: 11 nights camping with equipment (except sleeping bag) + 2 hotel nights in 3 star twin share accommodation. For your own tent & room request our optional Solo Sleeper (see Dates & Prices tab)
Transport: All transportation by private vehicle
Meals: All meals whilst camping included
Guided: Services of two professional tour leaders for maximum support and flexibility.
Group size: Maximum 12
Age range: 18+
Wifi: Free wi-fi available in your vehicle (Max 5 users, restrictions apply)

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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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Download the Northwestern Parks Walk trip dossier for tour-specific details including full itinerary, pre-departure information, packing tips and more about our style of travel.

2016 versions will be available in November. (Adobe Acrobat is required to read this pdf)

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Optional Activities (paid locally)

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
  • Bike rental - Yosemite US$12-$34
  • Chuckwagon dinner - Jackson US$24-$34
  • Casinos - Lake Tahoe US$FREE
  • Whitewater rafting on the Snake River - Jackson US$77-$124
  • Horseback riding - Jackson US$65
  • Mountain biking - Jackson US$30-$70

Itinerary Update

For 2016 this tour will no longer be a dedicated walking trip although extensive walking opportunities will still be available. The tour will be led by only one tour leader.

Day : 2016 departures only - Arrival day in Seattle

Please note 2016 departures will be 15 days in duration including an additional 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 as per day one of the itinerary below. Fully updated itineraries and dossiers will be available from the end of October 2015.

All 2016 departure dates displayed online have been updated to reflect the inclusion of this arrival day.

Day 1-2: Seattle to Mount Rainier National Park

Your journey starts with a trip to the heart of the Cascade Mountains, home of the stunning Mount Rainier National Park. At 14,411 feet Mount Rainier looms large in the Pacific Northwest and has the greatest single peak glacial system in the United States, covering over 36 square miles of the mountain with sheer ice! With over 260 miles of well-maintained trails winding through a varied terrain, you hike past glistening waterfalls, old growth forest and subalpine meadows to the many spectacular vistas this picture perfect national park has to offer.
Accommodation: Camping with meals included

Day 3: Missoula, Montana

Retrace Lewis and Clark's path across the historic Columbia River en route to the Big Sky cowboy country of Montana. Missoula is known as the Garden City due to its mild weather, so tonight kick back and relax under a brilliant blanket of stars.
Accommodation: Hotel/Motel | Meals paid locally

Day 4-5: Yellowstone National Park

Your next destination is Yellowstone which 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 testament to nature's power of regeneration. You have a full day to hike through Yellowstone National Park's majestic back country wilderness and witness its extraordinary geysers.
Accommodation: Camping with meals included

Day 6-7: Jackson/Grand Teton National Park

Rising above a scene rich with extraordinary wildlife, pristine lakes, and alpine terrain, the Teton Range stands proud with its peaks rising sharply from the ground. You have the option to ferry across, or walk around Jenny Lake before hiking up to Inspiration Point past a series of waterfalls, rushing rivers and then be amazed as you are rewarded with stunning views of the lake and surrounding area. For the next two nights you overnight in the authentic western town of Jackson.

Once home to trappers and a hideout for outlaws and rustlers, Jackson is now the base for hikers to take on some lovely hiking trails as well as a town renowned for its cafes and western style saloons! Surrounded by beautiful scenery you can spend your days either hiking, mountain biking or for the more adventurous, white water rafting! In the evening you can steady your nerves with a relaxing drink at the Million Dollar Cowboy Bar.
Accommodation: Camping with meals included

Day 8: Craters of the Moon National Monument

Next, you cross into Idaho for an opportunity to walk amongst the moonlike formations of Craters of the Moon National Monument. When American President Calvin Coolidge signed the legislation protecting Crater of the Moon National Monument in Idaho in 1924, he called it, "a weird and scenic landscape peculiar to itself." This volcanic area is one of the best preserved basalt lava fields in USA. NASA's Apollo astronauts used to do some of their training in this area because of a perceived resemblance to the surface of the moon. Once you have finished exploring this fascinating landscape you will then continue onto Nat So Pah hot springs.
Accommodation: Camping with meals included

Day 9: Humboldt National Forest & Elko

The sheer rock ledges, glacial lake water and stunning views make Humboldt National Forest a must see when travelling through Nevada. The largest forest in the lower 48 states, Humboldt is a pretty special place with some great hiking opportunities, one of the best hikes being the hike up to Angel Lake. Keep eyes peeled for bighorn sheep, mountain goats, birds of prey and wild flowers. Overnight at the nearby city of Elko which is rich in Western history and has a beautiful back drop of rugged mountains.
Accommodation: Hotel/Motel | Meals paid locally

Day 10-11: Lake Tahoe

Next you have two days to explore the vibrant forests and deep blue hues of the beautiful Lake Tahoe, the largest alpine lake in North America. It's so big that it contains enough water to provide every man, woman and child in the country with 200 litres of water a day, every day, for five years. It is a major tourist recreational area in both summer and winter with one of its ski areas, Squaw Valley, playing host to the 1960 Winter Olympics. During the summer the lake is popular for water sports and beach activities including kayaking. There are hundreds of hiking trails all around the lake ranging in length & difficulty. You have the chance to enjoy a colourful sunset while sipping champagne on an optional catamaran cruise on the crystal-clear waters of the lake. Later you could try your luck in Caesar's Palace Casino.
Accommodation: Camping with meals included

Day 12-13: Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park sits nestled in the Sierra Nevada Mountain range of northern California. Here green forest meets granite walls measuring several thousand feet in height. Rock climbers come from all over the world to scale the rocks whilst hikers get to walk to the base of some of the largest waterfalls in the world. After a visit to see the amazing giant sequoia trees, Yosemite Valley beckons. Here you may bicycle, take a dip in the Merced River or wander the meadows. You will get to hike on the many trails that enable you to leave the crowds behind. The famous sites situated along these trails include Yosemite Falls, Nevada Falls, Vernal Falls, Mirror Lake and Half Dome. The views are breath-taking from every vantage point - the granite formations of Half Dome, El Capitan and Cathedral Rocks are sure to be forever etched on your mind.
Accommodation: Camping with meals included

Day 14: Yosemite to San Francisco

Journey through California's historic gold country to 'The City by the Bay'. End your adventure with a tour of Haight-Ashbury and the chance to walk across Golden Gate Bridge - the most photographed bridge in the world. If you have time we recommend adding on a couple of extra nights so you are able to explore more of this fantastic city. A must when in San Francisco is a visit to the infamous Alcatraz prison where you can learn all about the prisoners who spent their lives trying to escape with a superb audio tour.

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.

Special Departures

If you want to make sure you're right in the heart of the action at the absolute best time to be there, then why not book one of our Special Departures.

4th July special departures

Celebrate the 4th of July in Yosemite National Park

One of the most celebrated occasions in the US, enjoy the festivities of Independence Day while in Yosemite National Park on the Northwestern Parks Walk tour.

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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 tent for every night of the tour. The number of single tents 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 30 days prior to departure. Reservations received within 30 days will be on request basis.

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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.

Hotel Tomo

Centrally located in Japantown with shops, boutiques and restaurants all nearby and close to Union Square and Lower Pacific Heights.

  • 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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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 8921 or click below to request a flight quote by email.

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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.

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