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From Seattle: Mount Rainier Full-Day Tour

1. From Seattle: Mount Rainier Full-Day Tour

Visit Mount Rainier with a professional tour guide and discover all that this national park has to offer on this full-day tour. After meeting in downtown Seattle, hop in a comfortable 22-passenger minibus with large windows, high back seats, and air-conditioning and head straight to the park. Experience old-growth forests, wildflower-filled meadows, and thundering waterfalls on this tour of glacier-clad Mt. Rainier. Hike and walk a little, a lot, or not at all: there are options for all abilities. Enjoy lunch at a Mount Rainier café or buy a picnic lunch along the way. After lunch, visit the interpretive center at Paradise to learn even more about the mountain’s glaciers, plants, and animals. Return to Seattle through pastoral farmlands and memorable Pacific Northwest scenery. Make a final stop at Wapiti Woolies and try the famous huckleberry ice cream.

Seattle: Mount Rainier Park All-Inclusive Small Group Tour

2. Seattle: Mount Rainier Park All-Inclusive Small Group Tour

Located about 75 miles southeast of Seattle, Mount Rainier National Park sits between the jagged Olympic Mountains and the volcanic peaks of the Cascade Range. The mountain is an active volcano, encased in 35 square miles of snow and ice, surrounded by old growth forest and covered in a stunning carpet of wildflowers. After the drive to the park by luxury Mercedes van, you will soon be entranced by the beauty of the glorious landscape, which soars to heights of over 14,000 feet. Remember to take your binoculars to spot birds and wildlife, such as marmots, coyotes, elk, and black bears. Breathe in that clear air as you take in the sounds and scents of the forests and lakes. Your naturalist guide will lead you on a walk or snowshoe of the Nisqually Vista Trail. If you fancy something a little more challenging, then don’t be afraid to ask. Groups are kept small to allow for maximum service and a truly tailored experience. There will be time to pause for a lunch of delicious local, seasonal produce and wine. Back on the walk, enjoy views of waterfalls, river valleys and even glaciers. You will end the day with a descent down the road to the park’s roots at Longmire. Keep your eyes peeled for deer in the meadow as they make their late afternoon trek to the river’s edge.

From Seattle: Snoqualmie Falls & Woodinville Wine Tasting

3. From Seattle: Snoqualmie Falls & Woodinville Wine Tasting

After being picked up from your accommodation in Seattle, start your tour with a short drive across Lake Washington and along a scenic highway. Make your first stop at one of Washington's most breathtaking attractions, the Snoqualmie Falls. Experience the incredible cascade of water tumbling into the emerald canyon from below as you discuss its cultural and economic significance. Admire the surrounding landscape which overflows with mountain peaks, forests, lakes, rivers, and streams. Listen as your guide brings the area to life as they help you spot wildlife and birds and describe the geologic forces that have shaped the land. After exploring Snoqualmie Falls, make your way through historic farmland to the Woodinville Wine Region. Discover how once renowned for its numerous dairy farms, including the world-famous Carnation Dairy, the fertile Snoqualmie River Valley remains a highly productive farming community with many of the farms practicing organic or other sustainable farming methods. Spend the remainder of the afternoon savoring local wines in the close-knit community of Woodinville in Washington's Sammamish River Valley. Along with sharing a common location, all of the boutique wineries you visit share the vision of creating world-class wine from the finest Washington vineyards. The tour highlights 3 award-winning boutique wineries in an intimate and relaxed atmosphere. The focus is education and enjoyment as you meet with winemakers, tour wineries and, of course, taste great wine. Visit 3 of the following select wineries: Celaeno, Patterson Cellars, Tillan Cellars, or William Grassie Wine Estates. End the tour with return transport back to your accommodation in Seattle.

Canadian Rockies 7–Day National Parks Group Tour

4. Canadian Rockies 7–Day National Parks Group Tour

Day 1: Seattle to Kamloops Kamloops British Columbia is abundant with stunning scenery and great wildlife . Cougars, bears, elk, and more inhabit the Thomson River Valley. Stop for a short walk and picnic at Bridal Veil Falls Provincial Park.  Day 2: Yoho National Park Explore trails around the magnificent Emerald Lake or simply relax in the lakeshore cafe and enjoy the views. Drive along the Kicking Horse Pass across the Continental Divide into Alberta. Enjoy panoramic vistas of peaks exceeding 10,000 feet on Rogers Pass at the summit in Canada's Glacier National Park en route to Banff, your night stop. Day 3:  Banff National Park - Lake Louise Lake Louise is an alpine lake known for its stunning turquoise glacier-fed waters, surrounded by high peaks and overlooked by a stately chateau. Multiple hiking trails lead to the Lake Agnes Tea House for bird's-eye views of the lake. Take a hike to the Plain-of-Six-Glaciers, take it easy exploring the lakeshore or choose to canoe on these pristine waters. Visit Moraine Lake in the Valley of the Ten Peaks, at an elevation of approximately 6,183 feet, for some epic photos. Day 4: Icefields Parkway Spend the day driving and exploring the Icefields Parkway. This drive offers endless vistas, jagged mountains, glaciers and wildlife viewing opportunities. Enjoy short walks, views of Bow Glacier and Peyto lake, take an optional helicopter flight over the Columbia Icefield, or strap on some crampons and step out onto the Athabasca glacier. Day 5: Jasper National Park Enjoy Canada's largest National Park, Jasper. Marvel at the snowcapped summits and beautiful lakes in this true wild mountain wilderness. Jasper offers an abundance of wildlife sightings, jagged mountain peaks, alpine lakes and numerous hiking and biking opportunities. Choose to visit Miette hot springs, or hike/bike the famous trails around stunning lakeshores. After a full day of activities, follow the Yellowhead Highway, hugging the mighty North Thompson River to your night stop of Cleawater BC. See the base of 12,972-foot Mount Robson (the highest point in the Canadian Rockies) and maybe catch a glimpse of the infamous peak en route. Day 6: Whistler and Vancouver On to the alpine resort of Whistler, nestled at the base of Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains. Today is yours to explore all that Whistler has to offer. Enjoy spectacular scenery and incredible photo opportunities as you explore this ski town, home of the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics. Drive the spectacular Sea to Sky highway for your evening in Vancouver. Day 7: Vancouver and Seattle This morning, tour Vancouver, including the waterfront, Gas lamp district, Chinatown, and Stanley Park. Head to Seattle for a your evening downtown or drop off at the departure hotel.

Mount Rainier: Day Hike on the Mountain

5. Mount Rainier: Day Hike on the Mountain

Embark on an adventurous day out on the Three Burroughs Hike in Mount Rainier National park. The trail starts from the Sunrise Visitor Center and quickly climbs to a ridge where on a clear day you'll see two more of Washington's volcanoes: Glacier Peak and Mount Baker.   Continue along the trail on past Frozen Lake and watch for the resident mountain goats in the meadows above and below you. The trail continues up across two snowfields to the Second Burroughs where Mount Rainier will appear in front of you in all its glory. Enjoy a pause for a provided lunch and take in the views. The trail is situated at 6,500 feet on the mountain and is not for the faint of heart. Choose to turn back at 4, 6 and 9 miles if need be, depending on your physical condition. The trail is not technical and no special climbing skills are required, however, altitude can affect people differently, so the trail is situated to accommodate your personal needs. The hike is limited to small group sizes to allow for these personal accommodations.

Seattle: Waterfall Wonderland Hike in Wallace Falls Park

6. Seattle: Waterfall Wonderland Hike in Wallace Falls Park

The adventure begins with pickup from your accommodation in Seattle between 8 and 9am then heads toward the Cascade Mountains. Arrive in Wallace Falls State Park, a fairy’s playground bursting with roaring waterfalls and luscious green valleys. Set out on the 6-mile round-trip hike towards the park’s 3 waterfalls, which are located along the main fork in the Wallace River. The trail follows a moderate route with rocks and roots, with safety rails to protect you from falls. As you explore, admire breathtaking views of the luscious surrounding scenery, and listen to your guide share information about the park’s native flora and fauna. At each waterfall, soak up the energetic atmosphere created by the Wallace River as it gushes through the mountains. Lunch is served at the hiker’s choice of either the lower, middle, or upper falls. At the end of an unforgettable day, sit back and enjoy a well-deserved relax on the return journey to your accommodation in Seattle.

Seattle All-Inclusive: Hike Mt. Rainier and Wine Tasting

7. Seattle All-Inclusive: Hike Mt. Rainier and Wine Tasting

Join a local nature and wine guide on a small-group trip. Enjoy a beautiful National Park hike with big views of Mt. Rainier, an organic picnic lunch outside, and wine tastings at beloved Northwestern wineries in the Yakima Valley. Take a 1.5 hour drive to Mt. Rainier for a 3-mile nature walk/hike, appropriate for most abilities. On a clear day the beautiful, hulking monolith can be seen from just about anywhere. At the height of summer, travelers and locals alike make pilgrimages to her flower-flanked trails for the relaxation, fresh air, and peace that only comes with a walk in a quiet, wild place. Along the way, your guide may even show you which plants are safe to nibble on. After an organic, gourmet picnic lunch in the outdoors, you will head towards Yakima Valley known for sunshine, and Italian, German, and Portuguese grapes. You'll visit two beloved, locally-owned vineyards in the Naches Heights. You might also visit Wilridge, Mill Lane, Fontaine, or Southward vineyards and wineries. After all of that, you'll be on your way back to Seattle by dinner time. Join this adventure in the Pacific Northwest, for a day tour to remember.

Seattle: Waterfall Canyoneering Adventure

8. Seattle: Waterfall Canyoneering Adventure

Visit the lush, rugged, and slippery canyons of the Pacific Northwest on a day-long waterfall canyoneering adventure. Meet your guide at a central location and begin your experience with a warm welcome and a brief overview of the canyoneering activity for the day. Then, travel in your own vehicle as you follow your guide to the trailhead. Once you've arrived at the start point, your guide will provide a short safety briefing and practice session before setting out on the day's adventure. Nature's obstacle course will provide plenty of fun and unique challenges, including hiking, scrambling, wading, swimming, and of course, rappelling. All skills you'll be able to master with the assistance and support of your experienced guide.

Canada 7–Day National Parks Camping Tour from Seattle

9. Canada 7–Day National Parks Camping Tour from Seattle

Day 1: Seattle to Kamloops Kamloops British Columbia is abundant with stunning scenery and great wildlife . Cougars, bears, elk, and more inhabit the Thomson River Valley. Stop for a short walk and picnic at Bridal Veil Falls Provincial Park. Spend your evening under the stars with your provided camping equipment. Day 2: Yoho National Park Explore trails around the magnificent Emerald Lake or simply relax in the lakeshore cafe and enjoy the views. Drive along the Kicking Horse Pass across the Continental Divide into Alberta. Enjoy panoramic vistas of peaks exceeding 10,000 feet on Rogers Pass at the summit in Canada's Glacier National Park en route to Banff, where you will spend your night camping. Day 3:  Banff National Park - Lake Louise Lake Louise is an alpine lake known for its stunning turquoise glacier-fed waters, surrounded by high peaks and overlooked by a stately chateau. Multiple hiking trails lead to the Lake Agnes Tea House for bird's-eye views of the lake. Take a hike to the Plain-of-Six-Glaciers, take it easy exploring the lakeshore or choose to canoe on these pristine waters. Visit Moraine Lake in the Valley of the Ten Peaks, at an elevation of approximately 6,183 feet, for some epic photos, before setting up camp. Day 4: Icefields Parkway Spend the day driving and exploring the Icefields Parkway. This drive offers endless vistas, jagged mountains, glaciers and wildlife viewing opportunities. Enjoy short walks, views of Bow Glacier and Peyto lake, take an optional helicopter flight over the Columbia Icefield, or strap on some crampons and step out onto the Athabasca glacier. Spend you evening camping under the night sky. Day 5: Jasper National Park Enjoy Canada's largest National Park, Jasper. Marvel at the snowcapped summits and beautiful lakes in this true wild mountain wilderness. Jasper offers an abundance of wildlife sightings, jagged mountain peaks, alpine lakes and numerous hiking and biking opportunities. Choose to visit Miette hot springs, or hike/bike the famous trails around stunning lakeshores. After a full day of activities, follow the Yellowhead Highway, hugging the mighty North Thompson River to your night stop of Cleawater BC. See the base of 12,972-foot Mount Robson (the highest point in the Canadian Rockies) and maybe catch a glimpse of the infamous peak en route to your camping location. Day 6: Whistler and Vancouver On to the alpine resort of Whistler, nestled at the base of Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains. Today is yours to explore all that Whistler has to offer. Enjoy spectacular scenery and incredible photo opportunities as you explore this ski town, home of the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics. Drive the spectacular Sea to Sky highway for your evening at a hostel in Vancouver. Day 7: Vancouver and Seattle This morning, tour Vancouver, including the waterfront, Gas lamp district, Chinatown, and Stanley Park. Head to Seattle for a your evening downtown or drop off at the departure hotel. Please note: there is a mandatory food kitty payment of $100 USD to cover camp meals as follows — 5 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 5 evening camp meals. Please advise the local supplier of any dietary requirements.

Intro to Outdoor Rock Climbing

10. Intro to Outdoor Rock Climbing

Everyone can enjoy rock climbing and the objective in this experience is to help beginners learn the basics and pursue this fantastic sport. Take a short hike to a natural cliff face, discuss climbing safety and knots, and begin climbing and belaying. You will have plenty of opportunity to climb and practice belaying as you top-rope climb on at least 5-6 routes with unique rock types and features. Participants will learn the fundamental skills necessary to pass a belay test in an indoor climbing gym. Skills Covered: Understanding Climbing Gear – Harness, Helmets, Biners, Belay Device(ATC and Auto Locking), Chalk Bag, Rock Shoes, Rope, Quick Draws Climbing Knots Climbing Commands Learn how to belay climbers and catch a fall Learn basic technique to climb rock faces and cracks Cragging area Ethics, Safety concerns Climbing on Toprope

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Prompt pick-up from hotel, followed by a 1.5hr drive to a small secluded lake for some pastries and coffee, followed by another 45min drive to the entrance of Mount Rainier. The drive through the National Park is staggeringly breathtaking, made better by an incredibly knowledgeable guide (shout out to Mal). Multiple stops were taken in the ascent, with the guide providing commentary on the history, views and flora and fauna of the area. Snow-shoeing is a must, as the view pay-off is incredible.

Amazing trip - our guide adapted the itinerary to the weather on the day so we got the most out of it, it showed great awareness and consideration for our experience and enjoyment

Wonderful experience! Our tour guide was so knowledgeable, informative, patient and friendly! I highly recommend this tour to enhance your Seattle visit.

The guide was great ! Very knowledgeable and passionate.

The snowshoeing was wonderful for my granddaughter.