Pacific Northwest Legendary Landscapes

At-A-Glance

Trip Dates:

August 23, 2015 through August 28, 2015

NPCA Member Price From

$2,995 - $3,395 per person double occupancy; $840 single supplement.

Deposit

$500 per person

Related Parks

Mount Rainier National Park
Olympic National Park

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Contact ParkScapes at 800.628.7275 or travel@npca.org

August 23-28, 2015

Fall into the rhythms of this remote nature lover’s utopia, as we venture into Mount Rainier and Olympic national parks, two icons of our National Park System and stately bookends of the Pacific Northwest. Experience the peninsula’s mossy forests, snow covered ridgelines, wild coastlines and abundant wildlife as you explore this majestic natural environment. Sea kayak protected coastlines in search of sea lions, bald eagles, harbor seals, otters, and seabirds.

Continuing the journey, wander the Hoh Rain Forest in one of the few remaining temperate rain forests on the continent and see some of the largest Sitka spruce and western hemlock trees on the planet. Enjoy fun travels through the Cascade Mountains and spend time exploring Mount Rainier as your guide helps uncover a fascinating perspective on how the earth shapes itself. Experience unique hiking opportunities through dense forests as you fall under the spell of the Pacific Northwest!

For details about this trip, download the brochure (pdf)

Tour Highlights

Wildlife Watching

Your hikes take you through a variety of settings and are wonderfully satisfying without being too strenuous.

Unique Inns

Lake Crescent Lodge, a turn-of-the-century resort nestled among fir and hemlock trees. Lake Quinault Lodge, this classic lodge is a welcoming, restful retreat in the national park. Paradise Inn, this historic hotel is beautifully situated with great views and trails within easy reach.

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Tour Details

Arrive/Depart

Seattle, Washington

Length of Tour

6 days/5 nights

Pace

Moderately active, offering a choice of activities each day to suit different activity levels and interests. Be prepared for a variety of hikes and walks on uneven trails.

Price Includes

All accommodations, meals as noted (B-Breakfast, L-Lunch, D-Dinner), ground transportation, entrance fees, professional guide services, park and other entrance fees, and miscellaneous program expenses.

Price Does Not Include

Roundtrip airfare to and from destination, gratuities for naturalist guides, alcoholic beverages, or personal expenses.

Payments/Cancellations

Space is confirmed by calling the NPCA at 800.628.7275. A $500 per person deposit is due at registration. Final payment will be invoiced separately and is due 90 days prior to departure. Cancellation notice must be submitted in writing and is effective upon date of receipt. Cancellations up to 90 days prior receive a refund, less the $250 per person handling fee. Cancellations 90-61 days prior to departure, 25% of the tour cost is forfeited; 60-31 days prior to departure, 50% of the tour cost is forfeited; 30 days or fewer prior to departure result in the loss of 100% of your total cost.

Travel Insurance

To protect yourself from the loss of deposit and cancellation fees, you are encouraged to purchase travel insurance. Information on a comprehensive travel insurance coverage plan will be included with trip confirmation packets.

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Daily Itinerary

August 23: Seattle to Olympic National Park

Your guide meets you this morning at a central hotel location near the Seattle airport and then leads the group out of the city towards the northern part of Olympic National Park. Stop along the way for hiking and exploring opportunities. Lake Crescent Lodge (L, D) 

August 24: Olympic National Park

This morning paddle sea kayaks along 3 miles of protected coastline to quiet cove harboring sea lions, seals, otters, bald eagles and seabirds. Later, explore the subalpine world of Hurricane Ridge, the showpiece of Olympic National Park. Hike through non-stop gorgeous meadows and vistas to a spectacular 360-degree view of the Strait of Juan de Fuca and the highest mountains of the expansive Olympics. Lake Crescent Lodge (B,L,D) 

August 25: Olympic National Park

We venture out to explore the incredible Hoh Rain Forest, including a walk through the Hall of Mosses. The Hoh is one of the few remaining temperate rain forests on the continent. It is also home to monumental Sitka spruce and western hemlock stands that will enrapture you with their size and majesty. We continue through the forest and descend on the wild, seemingly endless beaches of Olympic National Park, with their wildlife-rich sea stacks and rocky islands. This afternoon is devoted to beachcombing, bird watching, and tide pool gazing. Lake Quinault Lodge (B,L,D) 

August 26: Olympic National Park to Ashford

Our guides take us out this morning to explore the area around our beautiful lodge. The lodge offers over 15 trails to choose from, including the famous Big Spruce Tree Trail, taking you to the world’s largest Sitka spruce. A drive of about 3 hours takes us to the historic Paradise Inn, originally built in 1917 at the 5,400-foot level on Mount Rainier’s south slope in the heart of Mt. Rainier National Park. Paradise Inn (B,L,D) 

August 27: Mount Rainier National Park

Today we are ready for a full day of exploring at Mount Rainier! Our guides will choose today’s hikes based on the group’s interests and energy level. Rainier’s many hiking trails lead to crystalline high mountain lakes, cascading waterfalls, meandering streams, wildflower meadows and scenic vistas of the peaks and glaciers. A bona fide hiker’s dream! Tonight we have our farewell dinner back at the Inn. Paradise Inn (B,L,D)

August 28: Departures Home from Seattle

After breakfast, we say goodbye to this enchanting area and make our way back to Seattle for afternoon flights. (B)

Note: The itinerary for the days in the park may vary based on weather conditions and wildlife behavior. NPCA requires individual arrivals the day before your trip begins, allowing the opportunity to start with a full day on the first day of your tour. NPCA will advise on pre-departure lodging options in confirmation material.

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Pricing Details

NPCA Member Price From

$2,995 - $3,395 per person double occupancy; $840 single supplement.

Deposit

$500 per person

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Special Note

If you cannot join us for the NPCA departure there are alternate departure dates for this tour which are

August 16-21, 2015
September 13-18, 2015
September 20-25, 2015

If you choose to travel on an alternate departure date rest assure that 10% of your tour cost will still be donated to NPCA from Off the Beaten Path.

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Our Travel Partner

The National Parks Conservation association is delighted to be partnering with Off the Beaten Path (OBP) to bring you excellent, insider experiences in our cherished national parks. This well-respected travel company shares our love of national parks, and understands the significant role they play in safeguarding America’s most majestic landscapes. Off the Beaten Path also shares our travel philosophy of small group sizes and unique itineraries.

NPCA’s collaboration with Off the Beaten Path allows us to open up an even broader range of opportunities through which you can appreciate and enjoy your national parks. Off the Beaten Path is offering additional dates with similar kinds of experiences to the trip described in this official ParkScapes departure.

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Lodging Info

Lake Crescent Lodge

Lake Quinault Lodge

Paradise Inn

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Booking Info

To contact NPCA's ParkScapes program for questions or reservations please call 800-628-7275 or email travel@npca.org. You may also book directly online.

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