In Seattle you'll find a megacity with a magnificent musical past, one which fostered the careers of many important jazz musicians including Ray Charles and Quincy Jones, in addition to being ground zero for the Grunge movement, which spawned hometown legends Nirvana, Pearl Jam and Soundgarden. The cultural identity of Seattle not only draws from this rich musical past, but also benefits from the surrounding natural landscape of the sea, rivers, forests, lakes and mountains, which support skiing, hiking, sailing and biking year-round. Set out on guided tours to uncover the cityscape with its impressively iconic Space Needle, and nearby highlights like the Woodinville wine region, or a nature walk through one of the many nearby national parks. See Seattle the way it sees itself.
Enjoy a meet & greet at the airport and a private transfer to your destination.
Surrounded by stunning wilderness and waterways, the Emerald City is defined by its natural beauty and eclectic urban charm. Explore Seattle as only a naturalist guide can reveal it. On this half-day journey, take in the historical Pioneer Square area of old Seattle, learn of the Great Seattle Fire, the Klondike Gold Rush and hear the history of the Space Needle, Smith Tower, and Pike Place Market. You will also have an opportunity to visit Discovery Park, the city’s most spectacular natural preserve, while you spot for wildlife and learn the local and natural history, culture and geology of this diverse region.
Just outside Seattle lies Woodinville wine country, boasting nearly 100 wineries and tasting rooms. On this half-day quest, you will visit three award-winning wineries that deliver on elegance but leave the pretense at the door. Meet winemakers, tour wineries and taste fine wine, while your expert guides give a lesson in viticulture. You’ll clean your palate with local meats and cheeses, and shuttle this all-inclusive experience in an adventure-outfitted luxury Mercedes van.
The San Juan archipelago harbors near-mythical beauty amid its undeveloped islands and seascapes. Its historical relevance is just as intriguing. Spend the day discovering this remote wilderness with an expert naturalist guide. As the morning ferry cruises to Friday Harbor, keep an eye out for sea life and birds. Then embark on a 3-hour Orca search by kayak, passing wildlife refuges and rugged coastline. Picnic with local fare and a glass of wine, then explore historic British and American “Pig War” camps. As evening sets, visit an island winery or lavender farm before heading back to the pier to catch your incredibly scenic flight back to Seattle with Kenmore Air.
Cupped between the jagged Olympic Mountains to the west and the volcanic peaks of the Cascade Range to the east, this tour will take you to the tallest peak of them all, Mount Rainier, standing at 14,411 feet. Led by a highly qualified naturalist Escape Artist guide, this full day tour offers ample opportunities for adventure, exploration, learning, and just plain having fun! Binoculars and cameras are a must on this expedition amid this active volcano’s surrounding old-growth forests, alpine meadows, lakes and waterfalls. Your guide will deepen the small-group experience with naturalist interpretation as you take in the sights and sounds along the drive, and while walking or snowshoeing in the park. Park entry fees, seasonal lunch and snowshoes included.
Meet your driver for a private airport transfer.
The historic Mayflower Park Hotel (3.5*) is ideally located in thriving downtown Seattle. Built in 1927, the classic Mayflower Park Hotel has been lovingly restored with crystal chandeliers, gleaming brass and period antiques that offer an inviting European elegance. The hotel is ideally situated steps away from Seattle’s most exciting attractions, including the famous Pike Place Market, Seattle Waterfront, and Space Needle. The elegantly appointed Mayflower Park Hotel features the award winning, Mediterranean restaurant, Andaluca as well as Oliver’s Lounge, a popular bar famous for its martinis and classic cocktails. Guestrooms are beautifully appointed in classic color schemes with custom comforters, drapes and artwork designed and tailored for each room. Other amenities include room service, full-service concierge, and a fitness center.
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