Antarctica & Arctic
Combining hiking in parks big and small, savouring artisanal doughnuts, and relaxing in cowboy bars, this adventure offers the perfect blend of regional experiences.
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10 nights hotel and four nights camping accommodation, meals as indicated, sightseeing and transportation as specified and services of a tour leader.
06, 20 Jul, 03, 17, 31 Aug, 14 Sep '19
With big-city fun in buzzing Seattle and funky Portland, unique and quirky small towns like Wallace and Jackson, and all the stunning Western grandeur your eyes can soak up, this trip has it all. Combining hiking in parks big and small, savouring artisanal doughnuts, and relaxing in cowboy bars, this whirlwind trip is the answer for anyone looking for a true adventure away from home.
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Seattle is surrounded by water, mountains and evergreen forests. Exploret eh city before a welcome briefing this evening.
Explore Mount Rainier National Park on one of the many hiking trails, including the Skyline, Nisqually Vista, or Snow Lake Trail.
Continue east through the state of Washington. Check out scenic Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, en route to the quirky small town of Wallace.
Enjoy the drive into Montana and head to Glacier National Park. Explore the vast wilderness, encompassing pristine forests, alpine meadows, rugged mountain ranges, and spectacular lakes. Keep your eyes peeled for wildlife including mountain goats and grizzlies. (D)
Explore Glacier National Park with its many glacirs, lakes and streams. Travel along Going-to-the-Sun Road to reach the Continental Divide, or choose from almost 1,200 kilometres of hiking trails to really enjoy this majestic park. (B, L, D)
Drive south to the university town of Bozeman, Montana. (B, L)
Spend the day driving through the northern section of Yellowstone National Park, stopping for bears, elk and bison. Explore the Upper Loop including Mammoth Hot Springs, walk the Porcelain Basin Trail through Norris Geyser Basin, adn discover the impressive waterfalls and natural colours of the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone. (L, D)
Continue exploring the park and lay eyes on Old Faithful. Yellowstone National Park is a super volcano with the world's largest active geyser field, boasting more than 10,000 geysers. The park is also home to more wild animals than almost anywhere else in the country, including roaming bison, gray wolves, elk, black bears, and ofcourse the famous grizzly bear. (B, L, D)
This morning, travel south through Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks. Grand Teton offers serene landscapes, abundant wildlife, hidden waterfalls and hundreds of hiking trails throughout the park. Later, continue on to reach the cowboy town of Jackson (B)
Head west to Boise, Idaho, stopping at Craters of the Moon National Monument en route. This national monument is a series of lava flows created 15,000 years ago that greatly resembles the surface of the moon and was once a training ground for astronauts.
Continue on to Bend, Oregon, where you may enjoy kayaking on the Deschutes River or a visit to a local brewery.
Todays's highlight is Crater Lake National Park. The lake rests in a dormant volcano - explore this national park on a number of short hikes to viewpoints before jumping into the crystal clear lake for a swim. Continue on to the university town of Eugene.
Drive north to the city of Portland. One of the most popular cities to visit north of California, Portland is artsy, funky and full of great eating and drinking options. Spend the afternoon getting to know this charming city.
Enjoy the morning in the 'City of Roses' before travelling back to Seattle.
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