Pacific NW Tourism

Sample Itineraries:

See Seattle (2 days)

Pike Place Market
Wagnerian Opera (2nd best in the world, always in the summer)
Eat at Wild Ginger or Flying Fish
Goldrush National Park & The Underground Tour
Museum of Flight and/or Boeing Factory Tour

Grownup's Central Washington (3 days)

2 days Wine Tasting in Yakima and Walla Walla
1 day Big Amphitheater Show (like G. Love) & desert camping at The Gorge

Nearby National Parks (6 days)

2 days (1 overnight) at Mt. Rainier
4 days of Rainforests, Mountains & Rugged Pacific Coast in Olympic Natl Park

Puget Sound Deluxe (7 days)

1 day Anacortes visiting Kathleen and Fred (Parents of the Bride)
3 days whale & bird watching in the San Juan Archipelago
Ferry from Whidbey Island to Port Townsend Olympic Peninsula
3 days of Rainforests, Mountains & Pacific Coast in Olympic Natl Park

Oregon (5 days)

1 day hanging out in Portland
1 day touring Oregon Wine Country
2 days Oregon Coast
1 day Mt. St. Helens National Park

Adventure Sports Deluxe (8 days)

4 days backpacking in the North Cascades National Park
3 days hardcore mountain biking at Whistler BC
1 day recovering in a nice hotel in Vancouver

Northwest Luxury Spa-Hopping (3 days)

1 day and night at Salish Lodge and Spa in Snoqualamie
1 day and night at Willows Lodge including dinner at The Herb Farm
1 day and night at The Chrysalis Spa and Lodge in Bellingham

Neighbors to the North (4 days)

2 days visiting gardens and having high tea in Victoria
2 days shopping & museum hopping in Vancouver

Extend your trip and see the Pacific Northwest

Alex and I really appreciate the time and effort that you are taking to come to our wedding. We have chosen to make the Pacific Northwest our home. It is a beautiful region to visit. If you have the time, you could easily extend our wedding weekend into a fabulous 1-2 week vacation. Summer is the peak tourist time in the Pacific Northwest. So you may want to reserve hotels or camping ahead of time.

Here are some ideas from Alex and I to help you put together a northwest escape. We have been to most of these places and would be happy to recommend hotels or attractions for you. Just ask!

1-5 Day Excursions

Mt Rainier National Park

Mt Rainier - Corel Copyright © Why it's cool: Volcano, Glaciers, Tallest Peak in Continental US, Sub-alpine Flowers
Estimated time to add-on: 1-2 days
Approximate Distance from SeaTac Airport: 65 miles (2 hours 45 minutes) see map

Mount Rainier National Park established on 02 March 1899, contains vast expanses of pristine old-growth forests, subalpine flower meadows, spectacular alpine scenery, and great opportunity for stimulating outdoor activities. Mount Rainier National Park is the fifth oldest national park in the United States. The park has the greatest single-peak glacial system in the United States. Glaciers radiate from the summit and slopes of the 14,411 foot volcano.

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Camping in the North Cascades National Park

Why it's cool: Crunchy Backpacker's Delight, Lots of ridges to climb
Estimated Time to add-on: 1-5 days
Approximate Distance from SeaTac Airport: _______

North Cascades National Park contains some of America's most breathtaking beautiful scenery - high jagged peaks, ridges, slopes, and countless cascading waterfalls. Hiking, backpacking, and mountaineering are the most popular activities in the park. The park's 505,000 acres encompass some 318 glaciers, more than half of all glaciers in the United States. There are a few roads into the park, but views into the park can be had on clear days from the North Cascades H wy at Goodell Creek, Diablo Lake Overlook, and other places. The Cascade River Road, 23 miles of improved dirt and gravel, gives summer and fall access into the park and to the Cascade Pass Trailhead.

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The San Juan Islands

san juan whales Why it's cool: Orca Whales, Peace & Quiet, Kayaking, Puget Sound
Estimated time to add-on: 2-3 days
Approximate Distance from SeaTac Airport: 95 miles driving (2 hours) + 2-3 hours on ferry see map

From bicycling and birding to sea kayaking and whale watching, you'll find plenty of outdoor recreation in the San Juan Islands! Indoors, enjoy our plentiful art galleries, performing arts programs and historical museums.

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Olympic National Park & the Olympic Peninsula

Rain Forest Why it's cool: Rain Forest, Rugged Northwest Pacific Coast, Great Backpacking
Estimated time to add-on: 3-5 days
Approximate Distance from SeaTac Airport: 126 miles (3 hours) + 1-2 hours to get deep into park see map

Olympic National Park has a diverse and stunning world, a fog shrouded coast with booming surf and waves-manicured beaches, spectacular alpine country dotted with sparkling lakes, lush meadows, glaciers, and North America's finest temperate rain forest. Olympic is a wilderness park, with much of its interior accessible only by trail. A variety of spur roads lead to various destinations around the park. Scenic drives to Hurricane Ridge, along the Pacific Coast and through the forested valleys of the Sol Duc, Hoh and Quinault Rivers provide glimpses of Olympic's diversity.

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Death Cab for Cutie at the Showbox Why it's cool: Great Food, Loud Rock, Fish Throwing, Espresso Drinks
Estimated time to add-on: 1-3 days
Approximate Distance from SeaTac Airport: 15 miles (25 minutes) see map

It's Pike Place Market, Pioneer Square, Seattle Center and Space Needle, ferry rides, art and music, and the best coffee on the planet!

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The Herb Farm Restaurant

Why it's cool: 9 course dinner with selected wine, one of top restaurants in country, it's where Jordan and Alex got engaged
Estimated time to add-on: 1 day
Approximate Distance from SeaTac Airport: 30 miles (45 minutes) see map

You'll revel in seasonally unique menus featuring the foods of the Northwest. Each 9-course dinner, served with 5 or 6 matched wines (non alcoholic options are also available), draws its inspiration from the rhythms of the season.

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Victoria, British Columbia

Why it's cool: High Tea, Wax Museum, Fancy Gardens, Arrival by Boat
Estimated time to add-on: 2-3 days
Approximate Distance from SeaTac Airport: ~5 hours driving from SeaTac including Ferry Trip; You could take 4 hour Victoria Clipper from Downtown Seattle

Cascading with flowers and laced with British propriety, Greater Victoria is a place of endless attractions and exceeding beauty. Whether you surround yourself in the glorious colour of Butchart Gardens, revel in the splendour of the Olympic Mountains as you walk along the beach on Dallas Road, or marvel at the lush green of the area's 15 year-round golf courses, the memories you make here won't soon be forgotten.

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Vancouver, British Columbia

Greater Vancouver Why it's cool: Multi-cultural Big City, Good Shopping with Canadian Exchange Rate, Museum of Natural History
Estimated time to add-on: 2-3 days
Approximate Distance from SeaTac Airport: ~ 4 hours

Imagine sprawling streetlights carpeting a rolling landscape into the foothills of the Coastal Mountain range. Greater Vancouver has it all: All scenery, all cultures, all attractions, all for you.

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Whistler, British Columbia

Whistler Why it's cool: Ski town built out for golf, mountain biking and fly-fishing
Estimated time to add-on: 2-5 days
Approximate Distance from SeaTac Airport: 5 hours

When the white stuff disappears, the excitement in Whistler doesn't slow down. The snow melts off the ski trails revealing exciting, daring mountain bike tracks. Race down the mountainside at full speed and feel the wind in your face and the sun on your back. If the challenge of riding up the mountain face isn't in your plans, lifts run year-round to carry you and your bike back to the top for another run. If mountain biking isn't your thing, try glacier skiing at the top of the Blackcomb Mountain from June to August. Whistler is one of the only four-season ski resorts in the world! Known worldwide as a skier's paradise, Whistler has also earned its reputation as a world-class golf destination. Home to four award-winning designer courses, Whistler challenges the most skilled golfer. The villages are a shopper's delight filled with classic shops, fun stores, and funky boutiques.

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Portland Oregon + Oregon Wine Country

Portland Saturday Market Why it's cool: Science Museum, Rose & Japanese Gardens, Even more casual than Seattle
Estimated time to add-on: 1-3 days
Approximate Distance from SeaTac Airport: 3 hours

Come get a first-hand look at our unmatched natural beauty, our bustling local scene, our sumptuous dining and welcoming accommodations -- all effortlessly accessed thanks to our justly-famous light-rail system. Though it's not easy being green, it's exactly why so many visitors flock here, year-round.

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Cannon Beach & the Oregon Coast

Why it's cool: Natural Pacific Coastline, Wild Tidal Pools, Peace & Quiet
Estimated time to add-on: 2-3 days
Approximate Distance from SeaTac Airport: 4 hours

Nestled between the Pacific Ocean and the Coast Mountain Range, rests Cannon Beach; famed for its forested headlands, towering monoliths and miles of pristine, sandy beaches.

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Walla Walla -- Washington Wine Country

lecole.jpg (10591 bytes) Why it's cool: Wine, Desert Warmth, Sweet Onions, Alliteration
Estimated time to add on: 2-3 days
Approximate Distance from SeaTac Airport: 274 miles (5 hours) see map

The Walla Walla Valley wine region is the most remote of all Washington State wine regions. Ironically, that remoteness may be an advantage for Washington wineries located there. Some say it is the major Spring Valley Vineyard, Walla Walla region, southeastern Washington contributing factor to the well-known esprit de corps of Walla Walla wineries and their vintners. Others say Washington wineries within this arid, 530 square-mile appellation are setting the standard for Northwest winemaking -- especially when it comes to Merlots and Cabernet Sauvignons.

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Mt. Saint Helens National Park

Photo Image Link: USGS Photograph by Austin Post - Mount St. Helens erupting May 18, 1980. Why it's cool: volcano aftermath
Estimated Time to add-on: 1-2 days
Approximate Distance from SeaTac Airport:__________

At 8:32 Sunday morning, May 18, 1980, Mount St. Helens erupted. Shaken by an earthquake measuring 5.1 on the Richter scale, the north face of this tall symmetrical mountain collapsed in a massive rock debris avalanche. Nearly 230 square miles of forest was blown over or left dead and standing. At the same time a mushroom-shaped column of ash rose thousands of feet skyward and drifted downwind, turning day into night as dark, gray ash fell over eastern Washington and beyond. The eruption lasted 9 hours, but Mount St. Helens and the surrounding landscape were dramatically changed within moments.

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Glacier National Park

recent.jpg (8856 bytes) Why it's cool: Canada/US joint venture, Glaciers, Glacial run-off
Estimated Time to add-on: 2-4 days
Approximate Distance from SeaTac Airport: 550 miles (8.5 hours) see map

Glacier National Park offers a wide variety of recreational activities. Popular activities include camping, hiking, boating, fishing, backcountry camping, bicycling, ranger-led nature hikes and talks, horseback riding, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and sightseeing.

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The Columbia River Gorge & Amphitheater

Why it's cool: Lollapalooza meets Grand Canyon
Estimated time to add-on: 1 day
Approximate Distance from SeaTac Airport: 100 miles (2 hours) see map

Carved in the high basalt cliffs overlooking the Columbia River gorge, the lawn-covered terraces of the Gorge amphitheatre are the hottest destination for the concert enthusiasts in the Pacific Northwest. A magnificent view, often compared to the scenic beauty of the Grand Canyon, and outstanding acoustics have earned the facility recognition as a "venue of choice" for major artists worldwide. Lovely weather to the tune of more than 310 days of sunshine per year, with the temperatures in the 70-90 degree range from spring to fall, enabled the 20,000 seat Gorge amphitheatre to host 25 concerts in the 2001 season. Over the years, it has staged performances by some of the biggest names in show business including: Aerosmith, Jimmy Buffett, Britney Spears, Tina Turner, Bob Dylan, Van Morrison, KISS, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Chicago, Joni Mitchell, Dave Matthews, Phish, Metallica, Rod Stewart, Creation Festival, Van Halen, James Taylor, Paul Simon, KUBE Jam, BB King, Bonnie Raitt, Jackson Browne, Shania Twain, John Mellencamp, Lillith Fair, Ozzfest, Motley Crue, Santana and many, many more.

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