13 days

Northwest Park Lodges

Northwest Park Lodges

Glacier National Park

Mount Rainier National Park

Yellowstone National Park

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  • Follow a different path through the States on this journey from Seatle to Salt Lake City visiting Mount Ranier, Lake Coeur D'Alene and Glacier, Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks. Apart from incredible natural settings and awesome landscapes, experience unique wildlife, cowboy culture, glacial peaks and the true heart of the American north west.

    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 1-2 - Seattle - Olympic National Park

    • Your tour will starts at 7:30am at the gateway hotel 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.
    • Following a briefing you depart for Olympic National Park.
    • 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.
    Lake Crescent or similar

    Day 3-4 - Mount Rainier National Park

    • 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.
    Paradise Inn or similar

    Day 5 - Coeur D'Alene

    • After leaving Mt Rainier, 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.
    Days Inn Cour D'Laine or similar

    Day 6-7 - Glacier National Park

    • 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.
    Swiftcurrent Motor Inn or similar

    Day 8 - Three Forks

    • Your next stop is the small town of Three Forks, Montana where you spend the night in the historic Sacajawea Hotel.
    • Three Forks was an important stop for Lewis and Clark and was the location where Sacajawea met up with her brother and enabled the explorers safe passage through hostile territory. The hotel was originally built as a stop on the Milwaukee Railroad and dates from the 1910s. It is one of the Historic Hotels of America.

    Day 9-10 - Yellowstone National Park

    • 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.
    Lake Yellowstone Lodge or Yellowstone Inn or similar

    Day 11-12 - Grand Teton National Park - 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.
    Trapper Inn Lexington or similar

    Day 13 - Salt Lake City

    • You will make your way to Salt Lake City today.
    • Your tour concludes upon arrival back at the gateway at approximately 5pm. Optional post-tour accommodation is available at this hotel. Please enquire when booking your tour. If you are planning to fly out of Salt Lake City tonight, please do not book a flight that departs before 9pm (21:00 hrs).
  • What to Know

    What's Included

    • 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

    Not Included

    • International flights
    • Airport transfers
    • Airport departure taxes
    • Visas
    • Insurance
    • Meals
    • Any optional tours and activities
    • Tips
    • Items of a personal nature
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Trip Code PNPNW
Group size 5 - 13
Start City: Seattle, Washington, USA
End City: Salt Lake City, Utah, USA
Style: Small Group

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