Pacific Northwest Adventure
Discover the warm charm and stunning wilderness on this great summer getaway to the northwest corner of the United States. Explore pristine lakes, beautiful parks and cities filled with vibrant food & culture. The Pacific Northwest is home to some spectacular sights, from the snow-capped peaks of Washington state to the rugged coastline of Oregon, you will find yourself captivated by the awe-inspiring scenery around every turn.
13 Days 1 Countries 7 Meals
Day 1 – Saskatchewan to Lethbridge, AB
You are on your way today for an amazing tour to the Pacific Northwest!
Day 2 – Lethbridge to Bonners Ferry, ID
You start the day by heading into the Rockies to Waterton Lakes National Park, where you will enjoy a Boat Cruise of Waterton Lake. You cross over the Canada/US border during the cruise which provides a spectacular view from both sides! After lunch in Waterton Park, you cross the land border to our home for the night, Bonners Ferry. This evening, get to know your fellow travellers at our Welcome Reception.
Day 3 – Bonners Ferry to Leavenworth, WA
As you travel through Spokane, you stop to visit the beautiful Manito Botanical Gardens. This city run park is located on 78 acres and has 5 major gardens to appreciate! Heading on to the quaint Bavarian style village of Leavenworth, WA where alpine-style buildings with restaurants serving German beer and food line Front Street. They also have a Nutcracker Museum! You have a few hours on your own to explore this quaint town.
Day 4 – Leavenworth to Seattle
Your first stop this morning is at Leavenworth Reindeer Farm, nestled in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains. This family-run farm provides an educational insight into these incredible animals, enjoy an up-close and personal reindeer encounter, you will have them eating right out of your hand! Arriving in Seattle at the famous Pike Place Market around lunch time, with personal time to get some shopping in or watch the fish hawkers throw fish around at the fish market! This evening you go up the amazing Seattle Space Needle for an incredible 360-degree view of Seattle and surrounding area. Will you be brave enough to step out onto The Loupe, the world’s first and only rotating glass floor?
Day 5 – Seattle
This morning, we take a quick ferry ride to Blake Island. This 475-acre island in Puget Sound boast a NW First Nations village, Tillicum. Enjoy a cultural presentation to begin with and then you will be able to explore this beautiful island on your own. Lunch will be included. Returning to Seattle, you have a local guide take us on a city tour of Seattle. Tonight, you will have a free evening to enjoy this beautiful city on your own.
Day 6 – Seattle to Olympia
On the way to Olympia, your first stop will be The LeMay Collection at Marymount in Tacoma. This former military academy is the home to the NW largest automobile collections. It has over 3000 cars in the collection! You will have a guided tour of the collection. Just outside of Olympia, stop at the Billy Frank Jr Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge. This refuge is located at the Nisqually River Delta and is a fantastic place to birdwatch or maybe you will catch sight of some of the local wildlife. The last stop today is the Brewery Park at Tumwater Falls. It’s a one-half mile scenic loop trail along the Deschutes River and three cascading waterfalls, with interpretive signs featuring pictures that illustrate the history of the area. If you’re lucky, the salmon will be running at that time!
Day 7 – Olympia to Portland, OR
Taking the scenic route to Portland, you head to the first permanent American settlement west of the Rockies, Astoria, located near the mouth of the Columbia River in Oregon. You visit the Columbia River Maritime Museum. It has a floating lighthouse you can step on or watch a video presentation of the powerful Pacific Northwest storms! Before leaving Astoria, drive up to The Column of Astoria on Coxcomb Hill, offering a spectacular view of mouth of the Columbia River. A local docent will give us the history of the column. Upon arrival in Portland, check into the hotel and the evening is yours to enjoy.
Day 8 – Portland
“Keep Portland Weird” is the unofficial slogan for this eclectic city. It is known for its parks and bridges, microbreweries and coffeehouses. This morning, takes you to the Portland Saturday Market. It is the largest continuously operated outdoor marked in the US with over 250 arts and crafts vendors. This afternoon, visit the International Rose Test Garden, officially the oldest continuously operated public rose test garden in the United States with over 10000 rose plants. Tonight, board the Portland Spirit for a dinner cruise. See the city in a whole new light as you travel upriver from the city center to the historic Milwaukie Waterfront.
Day 9 – Portland to Boise, ID
Be sure to have your camera ready today! You will be travelling along the original Oregon Trail with your first stop at The Vista House just outside of Portland with a fantastic view of the Columbia River Gorge. Then it’s on to see the Multnomah Falls, a 611-foot-tall roaring, awe-inspiring cascade of icy water, lets you experience the power and beauty of nature up close.
Day 10 – Boise to Idaho Falls
Today you stop at the little know area called Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve. It is a vast ocean of lava flows with scattered islands of cinder cones and sagebrush, covering 53,545 acres. The Apollo crew members visited the area in 1969 as there were similarities there that they would find up on the moon.
Day 11 – Idaho Falls to West Yellowstone, MT
Another day of amazing scenic views as you travel through Grand Teton National Park to Yellowstone National Park. No trip through Yellowstone is complete without visiting Old Faithful Geyser. Eruptions reach between 130 and 140 feet, although, it has measured over 180 feet high and reach degrees of 95 Celsius at the vent! The eruptions happen anywhere from 60 – 110 minutes apart. Tonight, we enjoy our Farewell Dinner.
Day 12 – West Yellowstone to Lethbridge, AB
Today, you start your trek back home, travelling through the incredible beauty of the Montana countryside.
Day 13 – Lethbridge to Saskatchewan
The final stretch home for our Saskatchewan passengers.
All prices are per person and include taxes and fees. Prices are in CAD.
Not included in price:
- Gratuities for Tour Director and Driver
- Meals and activities not specified in the itinerary
- Any personal expenses
- Travel Insurance
- Pre or post tour arrangements
Passengers not needing rooms in Lethbridge:
Double: Deduct $105.00pp
Triple: Deduct $78.75pp
Single: Deduct $210.00pp
Wateron Lakes National Park Boat Cruise
Enjoy a cruise around Upper Waterton Lake with interpretive commentary provided by local guides and offer scenic photographic stops and opportunities to view wildlife in the Waterton National Park.
Manito Botanical Gardens
Manito Park is 78 acres of native and cultivated landscape and 20 acres of world class botanical gardens. Some other features include a Mirror Pond, the Park Bench Cafe, majestic views of the Rose Garden and Central to the park is the Gaiser Conservatory, where beautiful flowing displays change seasonally.
Leavenworth Reindeer Farm
A family-run reindeer farm, nestled in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains. With warm weather and sunshine, the herd will be busy growing their new antlers and will be sporting their new chocolate coloured, thinner summer coats.
Seattle Space Needle
Built for the 1962 World's Fair, the tower's futuristic design was inspired by the idea that the fair needed a structure to symbolize humanity's Space Age aspirations. The tower's 520' saucer-shaped "top house" offers visitors Seattle's only 360 degree indoor and outdoor panoramic views of downtown, Mount Rainier, Puget Sound, and the Cascades and Olympic mountain ranges.
Blake Island, Tillicum Village & Cultural Presentation with Lunch
Cruise across Elliott Bay to Blake Island where you will enjoy delicious food, participate in different activities, view a cultural presentation featuring masks, regalia, ancestral dances and storytelling, explore the island and enjoy an included lunch.
The Lemay Collection
The Northwest's largest automobile collection! The Marymount Guided Tour includes the Main Exhibit Building, which was historically used for recreation when the school was in operation as well as Union Station, the White Building, and Sculpture Garden. Take your time walking through gallery rooms containing up to 500 vehicles. Exhibits are all around you, so be aware of the vast number of displays!
Billy Frank Jr Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge
While most major estuaries in the state of Washington have been filled, dredged, or developed, Nisqually River's has been set aside for wildlife. In 1974, Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge was established to protect the delta and its diversity of fish and wildlife habitats. The Nisqually estuary was restored in 2009 by removing dikes and reconnecting 762 acres with the tides of Puget Sound.
Brewery Park at Tumwater Falls
Constructed in 1962, this 15-acre park has a wide variety of native trees and shrubs lining both sides of the river as it pitches and eddies through a gorge of boulder rapids and deep pools, its course culminating in a mist-filled plunge over Tumwater Falls. One-half mile of walking trails are highlighted by cascading waterfalls, reflective pools, and massive rocks. Spanning the river at both ends of the gorge and connecting the network of trails are footbridges designed for compatibility with the surrounding and historic accuracy.
Columbia River Maritime Museum
Explore the history of the Columbia River from the days of dugout canoes, through the age of sail, to present. Discover the stories of the legendary Columbia River Bar, one of the most dangerous passages in the world, at the nationally renowned Museum. The Columbia River Maritime Museum is a unique combination of experiences where an extensive collection of seafaring vessels, maritime artifacts, and fine art come to life through exciting and informative exhibits, demonstrations and hands-on activities.
The Column of Astoria
The Astora Column tells the story of human settlement at the mouth of the mighty Columbia River. Winding around the Column's exterior, the etched artwork is restored in superb detail and depicts the land, tribes, explorers, settlers, workers, and finally, the railroad. Appreciate the grandeur that was experienced by native peoples and explorers who arrived to settle and trade at the mouth of the mighty Columbia River with 360 degree panoramic views and through a local docent.
Portland Saturday Market
Considered to be the most popular attraction in Portland, the Portland Saturday Market was founded in 1974, located in Waterfront Park and Ankeny Plaza in Portland's historic Old Town. The market is unique in the fact that it is a juried market, every item has to be submitted for review to a panel of members who assures the item meets the market's standards. The market has 258 regular spaces for craft and food booths. With almost 400 artists participating in the market each season, there is a different mix of products every weekend.
Portland International Rose Test Garden
The Rose Test Garden is the oldest official continuously operated public rose test garden in the United States. Unofficially known as the Portland Rose Garden, the space features more than 10,000 roses. Hundreds of thousands of visitors from around the world enjoy its sights and scents annually. The garden also offers spectacular views of downtown and Mount Hood.
Portland Spirit Dinner Cruise
A vibrant setting enhanced by dazzling city sights and city lights. An evening filled to the brim with festive cuisine, locally sourced and a prepared fresh onboard 3-course meal, entertainment, and live performances.
The Vista House
The Vista House was built in 1917 on one of the most beautiful scenic points on the Historic Columbia River Highway. It was contructed to provide travellers a place to rest and refresh themselves as they made their way down the magnificent Columbia River Gorge. Enjoy the magnificent views, an espresso from the espresso bar, or paruse the gift shop.
Multnomah Falls is the most visited natural recreation site in the Pacific Northwest. Fed by underground springs from larch Mountain, the flow over the falls is strong. The Multnomah Falls Lodge has a restaurant, gift shop, snack bar and restrooms that are open to the public and make for a great stop.
Craters of the Moon National Monument & Preserve
Craters of the Moon is a vast ocean of lava flows with scattered islands of cinder cones and sagebrush. Explore the weird and scenic landscape where yesterdays volcanic events are likely to continue tomorrow.
Grand Teton National Park
Rising above a scene rich with extraordinary wildlife, pristine lakes, and alpine terrain, the Teton range stands as a monument to the people who fought to protect it. These are mountains of imagination. Mountains that led to the creation of Grand Teton National Park with over 200 miles of trails, Snake River and pure serenity.
Yellowstone National Park
On March 1, 1872, Yellowstone became the first national park for all to enjoy the unique hydrothermal and geological wonders. People from around the world have been drawn to Yellowstone to witness these wonders for themselves.
Old Faithful Geyser
With over half of the world's geysers, Yellowstone offers tremendous opportunities to see geology in action. Discovered in 1870, Old Faithful geyser was named for its frequent and somewhat predictable eruptions, which number more than a million since Yellowstone became the world's first national park in 1872.
Multi-Night Stays in Seattle & Portland
Sometimes a day just isn't enough to take in all a place has to offer.