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Northwest Park Lodges
|Seattle, Washington, USA
||Seattle, Washington, USA
Why we love it:
- This adventure takes us to some of North America’s most spectacular scenery and gives us the opportunity to seek out abundant wildlife, whilst staying in comfortable accommodation
- From Seattle we head into Montana and the stunning beauty of Glacier National Park in the northern part of the Rockies
- A day spent on an authentic western ranch in Montana and an evening huddling around an open campfire under a star-lit night sky is the quintessential memorable outdoors experience
- We get up close to geysers, mud pools and wildlife in Yellowstone National Park and enjoy whitewater rafting on the famous Snake River
- We follow in the footsteps of the early explorers and pioneers on the Oregon Trail
- We hike in sub-alpine meadows against the backdrop of snow-capped mountains and explore coastal rainforests
Day to Day Itinerary
Day 1: Seattle - Coeur D'Alene
Travel time: approx. 6½ hours (500 km or 310 miles)
Accommodation: Days Inn Cour D'Laine or similar, Cour D'Laine
- Your tour will starts at 7:30am at the Clarion Hotel Seattle International Airport in Seattle. As this is an early start we recommend booking a night's pre-tour accommodation at this hotel, which can be arranged when you book the tour.
- After leaving Seattle, you'll 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 most beautiful mountain lakes in the world.
- Time to enjoy a hike along the shore, sit on the beach or explore the old western town.
Day 2-3: Glacier National Park
Travel time: approx. 6 hours (430 km or 270 miles)
Accommodation: Swiftcurrent Motor Inn or similar, Glacier
- You will continue northeast into Montana and Glacier National Park - the ‘Crown of the Continent Ecosystem’. This park crosses two mountain ranges and one international border. It is spread over one million acres, contains 130 lakes and is home to abundant wildlife including the world renowned grizzly bear. With surrounding towering glacial peaks, this park is sure to leave most visitors speechless.
- At Glacier National Park you'll jump on board the free shuttle bus and enjoy the spectacular glacial scenery or partake in some wildlife viewing.
- You will either stay at the Swiftcurrent Motor Inn, the Rising Sun Motor Inn or the Lake McDonald Lodge.
- Swiftcurrent 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 an amazing hike leading to Iceberg Lake.
- Positioned adjacent to the spectacular St Mary Lake, the Rising Sun Motor Inn is surrounded by soaring mountain peaks. Construction began here in 1940 when it was known as East Glacier Auto Camp. During the 1940s there were two locations named East Glacier, so the auto camp was renamed to the Rising Sun Motor Inn in 1950. The inn was extended in 1976 and was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1996. All guest rooms are rustic, yet comfortable. In keeping with the era in which the rooms were built, they offer old-world style and ambience.
- Set on the eastern shore of the stunning Lake McDonald, The Lake McDonald Lodge boasts 100 guest rooms split between the main lodge, cabins and a 1950s era motor inn. The three-story main lodge opened its doors on 14th June 1914 and is one of the finest examples of a Swiss chalet hotel remaining in the United States. The lobby is a large open space with balconies surrounding the upper portions of the lobby on three sides. The main lodge was declared a National Historic Landmark and listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1987. This is certainly a hotel that exudes rustic Old World charm.
Day 4: Montana Mountain Ranch
Travel time: approx. 6 hours (480 km or 300 miles)
Meals included: 1 dinner
- Your next stop is a hidden secret, nestled deep in the wilderness of the Tobacco Root Mountains. This is an authentic working guest ranch, complete with on-site taxidermy!
- After an optional horseback ride around the wide expanses where you will get a chance to absorb the tranquillity of the great outdoors.
- In the evening you'll fill your bellies with an old-fashioned home-cooked cowboy meal and enjoy a camp fire under Montana's ‘big sky country’!
Day 5-6: Yellowstone National Park
Travel time: approx. 3 hours (230 km or 140 miles)
Meals included: 1 breakfast
Accommodation: Lake Yellowstone Lodge or Yellowstone Inn or similar, Yellowstone NP
- Your 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. In the evenings you'll return to the accommodation.
- You will stay at either the historic Lake Yellowstone Hotel or the Yellowstone Inn.
- The Lake Yellowstone Hotel was completed in 1891 and restored to its 1920s grandeur in 1990. The majestic hotel sits on the shores of Lake Yellowstone and is listed on the US National Register of Historic Places. The casually elegant restaurant features a delightfully extravagant menu.
- You'll usually stay in the comfortable twin-share cabins situated in the hotel grounds for a real authentic ‘frontier’ feel.
- The Yellowstone Inn offers seasonal lodging located in the heart of Yellowstone country close to the west entrance of Yellowstone 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.
Day 7-8: Jackson
Travel time: approx. 3 hours (290 km or 180 miles)
Accommodation: Trapper Inn Lexington or similar, Jackson
- Continuing your journey in Wyoming, you'll travel past Grand Teton National Park and visit 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 the base for hikers to take on some lovely hiking trails as well as a town renowned for its cafes and western style saloons! With a permanent population of around 8,600 people and a far greater transient tourist population, it attracts many of the rich and famous and is a great base for exploring the Teton Mountains.
- Surrounded by beautiful scenery, you can spend your days hiking, mountain biking, and rafting.
- Jackson is also in close proximity to many ski resorts. The most famous is Jackson Hole, which has a lot of steep ski runs and one of the world’s most famous vertical drops, at 1262 metres (4139 feet)!
- After a potentially active day, you can steady your nerves with a relaxing drink at the Million Dollar Cowboy Bar.
Day 9: Baker City
Travel time: approx. 9½ hours (790 km or 490 miles)
Accommodation: Geiser Grand or similar, Baker City
- Following in the footsteps of the famous explorers Lewis and Clark, you'll re-trace the route of the Oregon Trail west across the beautiful expanse of southern Idaho to Baker City.
- With a population of less than 10,000, this historic gold rush town offers a peek into life at the turn of the last century. You'll enjoy a stroll through the historic downtown shopping district and relax with a nightcap in your equally historic hotel.
Day 10-11: Mount Rainier National Park
Travel time: approx. 7 hours (600 km or 370 miles)
Accommodation: Paradise Inn or similar, Mt Ranier
- You'll continue on to the stunning snow-covered peak of Mount Rainier in the State of Washington. At 4392 metres (14,411 ft) 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 over 57 square kilometres (36 square miles) of the mountain with sheer ice! With over 416 kilometres (260 miles) of well-maintained trails winding through a varied terrain, from old growth forest to subalpine meadows, there are plenty of different hiking options available.
- You'll stay overnight at the very special and historic Paradise Inn, which is located in the midst of meadows that look spectacular when in full bloom. It 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.
- Considered 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.
Day 12-13: Olympic National Park
Travel time: approx. 6½ hours (430 km or 270 miles)
Accommodation: Lake Crescent or similar, Olympic
- 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 and the park was designated a World Heritage site on 1981.
- You'll 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 your journey.
- You will stay at either the Lake Crescent Lodge or Sol Duc Hot Springs Cabin.
- Lake Crescent Lodge was built in 1916 and is one of the first buildings from the modern era in Olympic National Park. Nestled among the giant fir and hemlock trees, the lodge features comfortable and spacious rooms with wonderful views of the lake - an ideal base camp for the variety of recreational activities available in the park. Experience the charm of a turn-of-the-century resort with its antique furnished lobby conducive to relaxation as you unwind by the stone fireplace, and the wicker-cozy sun porch is the perfect spot for enjoying a spectacular lakeside sunset.
- Sol Duc Hot Springs is located 19.3km (12 miles) into the heart of Olympic National Park and offers a unique and relaxing experience in a spa-like atmosphere. The cabins are surrounded by towering evergreens along the Sol Duc River in a picturesque valley. You'll have convenient access to private hot mineral-spring pools, massage therapists, café, restaurant, gift shop and convenience store. Encouraging you to enjoy your Sol Duc getaway in blissful simplicity, there are no modern distractions like telephones, televisions or radios in our Sol Duc cabins.
Day 14: Seattle
Travel time: approx. 2 hours (160 km or 100 miles)
- You will make your way back to Seattle (the ‘Emerald City’) where there's time to enjoy the lively Pike's Place Market and also the stunning views from the Space Needle observation tower (optional), which is 184 metres ( 605 feet) high!
- Your tour concludes upon arrival back at the Clarion Hotel Seattle International Airport at approximately 5pm. Optional post-tour accommodation is available at the Clarion Hotel Seattle International Airport. Please inquire when booking your tour. If you are planning to fly out of Seattle tonight, please do not book a flight that departs before 9pm (21:00 hrs).
- The services of a professional tour leader
- Sightseeing (including entrance fees where relevant): Glacier National Park, Yellowstone National Park, Arches National Park and Olympic National Park
- Overnight stay in western ranch with meals, rafting and visit to hot springs included
- Transport in a customised vehicle
- International flights
- Airport transfers
- Airport departure taxes
- Any optional tours and activities
- Items of a personal nature
- Daily budget
We have chosen a selection of some great optional activities to enhance your travel experience. You will need to cover any additional costs yourself. The below list is not exhaustive and should be used as a guide only. Prices are approximate and are for entrance only and don’t include transport to and from the sites or local guides unless indicated. All activities are subject to availability and it may not be possible to do all the activities listed in the time available at each destination.
Where activities are considered medium or high risk, we work with operators whose safety and credentials we have sighted and assessed. This means that it is possible that you may find the same activity cheaper with another operator on the ground, however we cannot vouch for the safety or quality of that operator. Activities not listed below have not been assessed by us and as such our staff and leaders are unable to assist you with booking these activities. The decision to partake in any activity not listed is at your own discretion and risk.
- Country Western saloons
- Horseback riding
- Mountain biking
- Scenic walks and hikes
- Seattle Space Needle
What to know
Vaccinations may be required for this trip. Please talk to your doctor about the up-to-date information for this region. We're travel experts, not doctors and defer to the medicos when it comes to inoculations.
Visas and Permits
Please ensure that you have all required visas for your trip – this is your responsibility. Rules and regulations governing the issuance of visas are constantly changing, and vary for different nationalities and you should check visa requirements with your travel agent or relevant consular authority well before travel.
The Visa Waiver Program (VWP) enables nationals of certain countries, including Australia, New Zealand and the U.K. to travel to the United States for tourism or business for stays of 90 days or less without obtaining a visa, if certain requirements are met. Under the VWP, time spent in Canada, Mexico and adjacent islands counts towards the maximum of 90 days stay allowed under the program. You will be required to complete an online visa waiver prior to travelling (at a cost of US$14). This can be done at: https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov/esta/
For all other nationalities please reconfirm your visa requirements with your travel agent.
You are required to have travel insurance before heading off on a Peregrine trip. Insurance can be organised by your Peregrine representative or your travel agent.
Our Responsible Travel ethos is at the heart of everything we do, from getting the basics right like respecting local cultures and the environment, to initiating projects that make positive contributions to communities, to our staff’s fundraising efforts and offsetting our carbon emissions.
Customs and Culture
Please visit our Responsible Travel (http://www.peregrineadventures.com/rt) page for more information.
Our Pre Departure Information or Travel Dossier (provided upon booking a trip) provides tips on how you can show respect for the local customs and culture in the country you are travelling in. Your leader will also help steer you though the complexities of local cultural norms.
Pre Departure Information
The information listed above is a brief description of some things you may need to consider when booking a trip. Once a tour is booked you will be provided with a link to your Travel Dossier which will contain detailed Pre Departure information.
The Air-Conditioned Nightmare (1945) - Henry Miller Coast to Coast (1956) - Jan Morris On the Road (1957) - Jack Kerouac Travels with Charley (1962) - John Steinbeck Blue Highways (1982) - William Least Heat-Moon On the Rez (2000) - Ian Frazer The Great Gatsby (1925) - F.Scott Fitzgerald The Grapes of Wrath (1939) - John Steinbeck The Catcher in the Rye (1951) - J.D.Salinger The Call of the Wild (1903) - Jack London
Peregrine Adventures and Grand American Adventures
This trip is operated by our partners, Grand American Adventures, a US based company with nearly 40 years experience in adventure travel. They also share our ethos for offering unique holiday adventures. As this is a code-shared departure you can expect there to be both Grand American Adventures and Peregrine travellers on your trip.
In the case of a genuine crisis or emergency, Grand American Adventures can be reached as follows:
Tours commencing in Las Vegas, Los Angeles & San Francisco:
- Toll-Free: 1 (800) 786 - 8735
- Int’l: 001 (707) 523 - 1800
Tours commencing in New York, Boston, Atlanta, Chicago & Houston:
- Toll-Free: 1 (800) 637 - 8931
- Int’l: 001 (973) 989 - 7501
Tours commencing in Seattle, Vancouver & Anchorage:
- Toll-Free: 1 (800) 600 -5343
- Int’l: 001 (206) 878 - 0948
Possible Itinerary Amendments
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, our stated itinerary should be used as a guideline. All travelling times quoted in the itinerary are also estimates only and can vary substantially due to unscheduled stops and traffic or weather conditions.
About this Information
The information provided here is given in good faith and has been compiled with all reasonable care. However, things change and some of the information may become out of date. Please keep this in mind when you read it and check with us if you want to be sure about something. The document was correct at time of printing, but you can check online for the most up to date version. If you have any queries, please contact your travel agent or our staff in Australia. We are here to help you!
25 August 2014
General Contact Details
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