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14-Day Best of the Pacific Northwest

Days 1 - 3 | Seattle
12:00 am
Days 4 - 6 | Olympic National Park
12:00 am
Days 7 - 9 | Oregon Coast - Astoria and Cannon Beach
12:00 am
Days 10 - 12 | Willamette Valley
12:00 am
Days 13 - 15 | Portland
12:00 am

ABOUT

Discover the best of the Pacific Northwest on this two-week itinerary of buzzing cities, rugged beaches, tranquil vineyards, and wild national parks. Start in Seattle, where you can grab a cup of java and go from the top of the Space Needle to the depths of Pike Place Market. Then travel west to the Olympic Peninsula to explore a natural utopia of remote mountain peaks, dewy temperate rainforests, and driftwood-strewn, wild beaches. Next, continue down the coast into Oregon, and lounge in the charming seaside towns that dot the protected shoreline. Finally, unwind with a glass of Pinot Noir in the Willamette Valley before ending up in Portland for the inventive cuisine and artsy vibes.

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3499 per person

TOTAL DAYS:

5

“We often forget that we are nature. Nature is not something separate from us. So when we say that we have lost our connection to nature, we’ve lost our connection to ourselves.”
― Andy Goldsworthy

"Remember that happiness is a way of travel, not a destination. "

―Roy Goodman

"We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm and adventure. There is no end to the adventures that we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open."
―Jawaharlal Nehru

Sometimes you gotta say "What the F&$#", make your move. Joel, every now and then, saying "What theF&$#", brings freedom. Freedom brings opportunity, opportunity makes your future.

~Joel Goodson, Risky Business

"Who looks outside, dreams; Who looks inside, awakes. "

~ Carl Jung

  • Days 1 - 3 | Seattle


    Notes:

    Blame it on the rain – it feels like people are only now discovering Seattle’s serious coffee culture, forward-thinking sensibilities, and breathtaking waterfront parks. Spend some time snacking your way through Pike Place Market, where fish fly and the Greek yogurt is better than ice cream. But don’t miss the charms of Seattle’s neighborhoods. Funky Fremont, industrial-chic Georgetown, edgy but welcoming Capitol Hill, and nautical-hub-turned-hipster-hotspot Ballard all show different sides of this thriving city.

    Our Picks

    • ·       Grab picnic supplies from organic local grocery store, PCC, and dessert from Theo Chocolate and enjoy them overlooking Lake Union at Fremont’s Gas Works Park

    • ·       Experience Seattle’s tradition of glass art with a visit to Chihuly Garden & Glass or make your own souvenir at the Seattle Glassblowing Studio
    • ·       Savor Seattle’s best bites on a VIP tasting tour at Pike Place Market

      ·       Explore the old-growth forests, alpine meadows, and mountain vistas of Mt. Rainier National Park on a naturalist-guided day tour

  • Days 4 - 6 | Olympic National Park


    Notes:

    Olympic National Park is a UNESCO World-Heritage Site renowned for its ecological diversity and expansive wilderness. Hop on a ferry across Puget Sound to start your road trip through the park’s misty mountains, mossy forests, and wild beaches. Take in 360-degree views and the shrill of marmots atop Hurricane Ridge and stroll along the endless stretch of sand known as Dungeness Spit.

    The further west you travel, the more nature edges to the forefront. Sea stacks compete with sea otters for your attention on the coast and the Hoh Rainforest teems with lush vegetation and regal elk. Linger for a bit on the quiet shores of Lake Quinalt before continuing south into Oregon.

    Our Picks

    • ·         Hike to Devil’s Punchbowl for a summer swim in the deep blue waters of Lake Crescent
    • ·        Watch for otters, eagles, and whales from Rialto or Ruby Beach

    Call to Adventure: One Square Inch of Silence

    Deep in the heart of Olympic National Park’s Hoh Rainforest, a small stone marks the “One Square Inch of Silence.” The project is the work of sound researcher, Gordon Hempton, who is using this quiet corner to bring attention to the spread of noise pollution in nature and to advocate for greater protection of our natural sonic landscapes.

    Take a few minutes to close your eyes and listen to the sounds around you in the Hoh. What do those sounds tell you about your surroundings? How do they make you feel?

  • Oregon Coast

    Days 7 - 9 | Oregon Coast - Astoria and Cannon Beach

    Oregon Coast

    Notes:

    Begin your Oregon journey with a drive to where the Columbia River ends in the town of Astoria. Lewis and Clark camped out in the area after their arduous expedition west and their legacy lives on at several historic sites. While the food, beer, and lodging along the coast has all much improved since then, the protected coastline still retains a rugged beauty ideal for hiking or beach walking.

    Base yourself for a few nights in Cannon Beach at an oceanfront hotel near the postcard-perfect Haystack Rock. Spend a day along the Three Capes Scenic Drive to watch the crashing waves at Cape Kiwanda and stroll along a trail in the shade of Sitka spruce trees. Or just relax on your balcony with a local Fort George Brewing IPA and wait for the sun to drop into the Pacific.

    Our Picks

    • ·       Learn about Lewis and Clarks’ Journey to the Pacific Ocean at Fort Clatsop and the Columbia River Maritime Museum

    • ·       Photograph the lonely lighthouses of the coast
    • ·       Feast at the EVOO Dinner Show Experience in Cannon Beach – a four-course meal and cooking demonstration led by husband-and-wife team Bob & Lenore

  • Days 10 - 12 | Willamette Valley


    Notes:

    Leave the water for wine country as you head inland to the Willamette Valley. The more than 500 wineries in the area produce a variety of wines but the undisputed star is the Pinot Noir. While away your afternoons tasting boutique wines in the Yamhill-Carlton, Dundee Hills, and Chahlem Mountains AVAs and revisit your favorites over leisurely farm-to-table dinners.

    Our Picks

    • ·       Try a Pinot Gris – Willamette Valley’s second most prevalent wine is a citrusy white that is believed to have mutated from Pinot Noir grapes

    • ·       Rise and shine with Yoga in the Garden
    • ·       Taste the terroir of the Willamette Valley with a wine flight and garden-to-table meal at Jory Restaurant

      ·       Unwind with a “Day of Indulgence” spa package at The Allison Inn

  • Days 13 - 15 | Portland


    Notes:

    Round out your Pacific Northwest trip with a few days in quirky Portland. The city shines in summertime when Washington Park’s roses are in full-bloom, but microbrews and food trucks make Portland a hot destination year-round.

    Head up the hill to the historic Pittock Mansion for a bird’s-eye view of the city and then crisscross a few of the twelve bridges spanning the Willamette River to experience all four of the city quadrants. Wander artsy corridors like Hawthorne and Division to find Portland’s eclectic spirit among a menagerie of vintage shops, specialty stores, and chef-driven eateries. We won’t have to convince you to take advantage of the lack of sales tax.

    Our Picks

    • ·       Embrace Portland’s commitment to greenery with a walk in leafy Forest Park

    • ·       Throw back a few pints at the Kennedy School, a historic elementary school that has been converted into a brewery, restaurant, movie theater, hotel, and more
    • ·       Escape the city to feel the mist of 620’ ft. Multnomah Falls on an afternoon wine and waterfalls tour of the Columbia Gorge

      ·       Try some of Portland’s most innovative and celebrated brews on a beer tour

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