Perhaps the most beautiful corner of the United States, the Pacific Northwest has long promised enchanting natural vistas, singular local culture, and everything from mountains to ocean waves, all within your reach. Start in Seattle, where you’ll have the chance to explore the iconic sights of this incredible city, and finish in Portland, another feather in the region’s cap. Head into the wilderness, with stops in lush rainforests, along snowy mountain peaks, river rapids, and volcanic splendor to explore the Olympic Peninsula, Mt. Rainier and Mount St. Helens. Through manicured gardens, cozy townships, and eclectic city centers, you’ll absorb all of the offerings of this diverse and exhilarating region and feast your eyes on its natural delights.
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MOUNT ST. HELENS/PORTLAND
Start your morning at Mount St. Helens Forest Learning Center, located inside the blast zone of the 1980 eruption of the titular volcano. Experience the story of Mount St. Helens and the recovery of forests, fish and wildlife that followed this catastrophic eruption at the “Eruption Chamber” where you can re-live the sights and sounds of the eruption through news footage and eye-witness accounts. Continue to the Johnston Ridge Observatory for a close-up view of the volcano and its various impacts on the surrounding landscape. Enjoy a variety of interpretive displays that include comprehensive information on local history, geology, and re-growth and recovery of the land in the years immediately after the eruption. Then head to Portland, a “weird” city full of breweries, bridges, and beans; coffee beans that is. Next morning, depart for Multnomah Falls, and embark on a cruise that takes you under the Bridge of the Gods and past sights such as the Bonneville Dam, Native American fishing platforms, and locations where kite surfers and windsurfers show off their skills. In the afternoon, visit the Portland Japanese Garden and the International Rose Test Garden, a public rose test garden with more than 8,000 rose bushes that bloom from late May through October, representing over 610 different rose varieties. Your day ends with a farewell dinner at Higgins Restaurant & Bar (or similar). THE BENSON HOTEL.
Maximum group size: No restrictions, although we recommend a maximum of 24 travelers.
YOUR JOURNEY INCLUDES:
- Accommodation at hotels as indicated in the itinerary (or similar).
- Transfers between airport and Seattle hotel, as well as Portland hotel and airport. (Please note one group transfer will be supplied each way. Anyone not arriving on group schedule, will require a personal transfer at additional cost.)
- All meals as specified in itinerary.
- Services of driver/guide throughout the tour.
- Transportation in private sprinter vans throughout the tour.
- All park and admission fees.
- All applicable hotel and lodge taxes and gratuities for baggage handling.
- Water in the vans.
- Complimentary luggage tags.
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