FAMILY ADVENTURE TO SEATTLE AND THE PACIFIC NW

JOURNEY WITH YOUR FAMILY TO MOUNT RAINIER GLACIER

[TRIP LENGTH: 6 DAYS]

Itinerary can be customized to fit within your time frame or budgetary needs.

While exploring this amazing Rocky Mountain Paradise, our families taking the adventure to Seattle and the Pacific NW, also referred to as Cascadia, will serve with a conservation program.  They will learn about local endemic habitats in the area.  This area is home to some of the largest trees on earth.  The sheer enormity of the towering mountains, the number of different species of conifers in the dense forests, and uncountable kilometers of crenelated coastline make a trip here magical.  Travelers will snowshoe on the top of Mount Rainier, the highest mountain in the Cascade Range of the Pacific NW and the highest mountain in the U.S.  You will be able to explore waterfalls and enjoy the majestic views.  You will take in mysterious stories about Bigfoot and learn about the ecology of this region.

After breakfast your family group will meet up with your naturalist who will take you on your journey to the top of Mount Rainier.  You will learn about glaciation and the formation of glacier lakes, and  also visit several waterfalls on your journey to the top.  Once on the summit at the Rainier lodge you will put on your snow shoes and hike one of the glaciers near the summit.

Trip Itinerary

Day 1 – Arrival in Seattle, WA and Visit Pikes Market

Your family will arrive in Seattle. The history of Seattle as a city is itself only about 130 years long.  It is on the Puget Sound and is surrounded by water, evergreen forests and mountains.  It has become the cultural and economic center of the Pacific Northwest  Your family will take a guided tour of Pikes Market including a stop at the original Starbucks.

Day 2 – Volunteer at the Cascade Salmon Fishery Center and Whitewater Rafting

Your family will enjoy some of the most amazing scenery in all of the US as you go whitewater rafting on a Class III River. The steep walled canyons create an adrenaline-filled ride. Following lunch your family will volunteer at the Cascade Salmon Fishery Center to help restore Coho and Chinook salmon populations to local rivers, creeks, and tributaries. Yoou will be helping local rangers with netting, feeding, and stocking salmon fingerlings. In the late afternoon you will explore what is known as America’s Bavaria in the town of Leavenworth.

 Day 3 – Olympic Mountains, Rainforest and Waterfalls

Your family will take a day to hike the Olympic mountains and view amazing waterfalls and learn about the plants and animals that live in this ecosystem.  Drenched in over 12 feet of rain a year, Olympic’s west side valleys flourish as one of  North America’s best remaining examples of a temperate rain forest.

Day 4 – Snowshoe on a Glacier at the Summit of Mount Rainier

 Day 5 – Kayak with Orcas and Sea Otters in the San Juan Islands

What could be more fun than sea kayaking in the San Juan Islands with your own kayak guide.  You will tour many of the small islands looking for whales, seals, sea otters and a variety of marine life. This is one of the most sought-after outdoor activities in the world.   Later that night you might take in a Mariners baseball game if available.

 Day 6 – The Journey Home

After breakfast your family will have the opportunity to visit some of Seattle’s more famous sites before heading to the airport for the trip home.

Add a Day to Visit White Rock, British Columbia in Canada

Itinerary subject to change due to circumstances beyond our control including availability with vendors, weather conditions and flight schedules.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Visit downtown Seattle and Original Starbucks
  • Volunteer with a conservation project at a Fish Hatchery
  • Visit Olympic National Park and Explore the rain forest
  • Whitewater Rafting down class II rapids in the Cascades
  • Hike to the summit of Mount Rainier where you will Snowshoe a Glacier
  • Visit Puget Sound and study intertidal pools

WHAT’S INCLUDED

Qualified trip leader – Accompanying each expedition is a diverse team of experts from naturalists to regional specialists who will share their knowledge and insights on the wildlife, landscapes and local culture. Your guide is with the group 24/7 and also staying with you at the same hotel
Daily reflections lead by your tour leader
Overnight stays are in hotels with private bathrooms rated 4 star or more on Trip Advisor
All Meals are included but please note: On arrival day only dinner is provided; on departure day, only breakfast is provided
Tour Journal, T-shirt and Luggage tag
Note: Tour cost does not include airline-imposed baggage fees, or fees for any required passport or visa.