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    Olympic National Park Tour

    Hop in the luxury Mercedes vehicle and head out to Olympic National Park on this full-day, small-group tour from Seattle. Olympic National Park, located on the Olympic Peninsula, is a microcosm of Northwest ecosystems, where you will find remote beaches fringing the country's oldest forests and one of the state's most dramatic mountain ranges. The options for adventures are endless, as the Olympic Peninsula harbors some of the greatest true wilderness left in the contiguous United States, including a lush temperate rainforest. Sixteen species of plants and animals evolved here and nowhere else.

    Your tour begins with hotel pickup and a delicious light breakfast including pastries and hot beverages. The drive to Olympic National Park will have plenty of photo stops and you will see a waterfall or two, as well as stop to take a few short interpretive nature walks. Your naturalist guide will lead you out onto the sand spit to an old lighthouse, spotting for birds along the way. In spring and fall, thousands of waterfowl and shorebirds descend on the shallow waters protected by the spit.

    Next, you will climb up to Hurricane Ridge, a mountain citadel that puts you at the edge of the park's exceptionally jagged peaks. Olympic marmots and black-tailed deer often show up, and black bears are fairly common. From the meadows at the summit, take in a superb 360-degree view that embraces the surrounding mountains, the strait and the San Juan Islands. During the winter when snow is on the ground, typically mid-October through mid-March, you will strap on snowshoes for this guided nature trek.

    At midday, dine on a gourmet picnic of fresh local ingredients and local wines. Select snacks and drinks will be provided throughout the tour. For menu information, please refer to the Itinerary section.
    Olympic National Park Tour

    Downtown, Seattle

    • Visit Olympic National Park on this all-day guided tour
    • Explore several short nature walks and a climb up to Hurricane Ridge
    • Enjoy the 360-degree view that embraces the surrounding mountains, the strait and the San Juan Islands
    • Witness the many marmots, black-tailed deer, and black bears that are known to frequent this area
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    Mt. Rainier Gondola Ride & Tour

    Overwhelming fear of heights? Maybe skip this one. Insatiable sense of adventure? Read on! During this remarkable guided adventure, you'll pay homage to Washington’s spectacular Mount Rainier. This imposing, icy volcano stands at 14,410-feet above sea level, the preeminent icon of the Cascade Mountains. You'll begin your journey from afar, traveling from Seattle to the Cascades with Cheryl’s Northwest Tours. Along the way, you'll pass through quaint small towns as you enter the foothills, and enjoying evermore impressive looks at Ranier. Upon arriving at the Crystal Mountain ski resort, you'll get an even more amazing perspective, as you step into a 4-6 passenger tram for a gondola ride up the mountain side! From this aerial vantage point, you'll also be able to check out Mount Adams and the valleys falling away below you. At Crystal Mountain’s Summit House, you'll have the chance to grab lunch or dinner, kick back and take in the view from the ridge, or explore some of the hiking trails along the crest. Things look pretty good from atop the mountain!
    Mt. Rainier Gondola Ride & Tour

    First Hill, Seattle

    • Head to Mount Rainier for an exciting exploration of the iconic volcano and spectacular rim views
    • Thrill your senses with a breathtaking gondola ride up the side of Rainier
    • Enjoy round trip transportation from your Seattle hotel or location
    • Take advantage of the amenities of the Summit House, including a restaurant and hiking trails
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    Whidbey Island & Deception Pass Bridge Tour

    One of the highlights of this Puget Sound tour might be Deception Pass Bridge, but you can bet it’ll be honest-to-goodness fun! That’s because you'll be sitting back and relaxing while your tour guide handles the driving and navigation, en route to a fascinating in-depth look at Whidbey Island, one of Washington’s most popular travel destinations. There you'll walk across the aforementioned bridge, and learn about the curious and frequently hazardous history of the waterway below, infamous for its ravaging of ships that have tried to pass through it to the Sound. Next up, you'll check out South Whidbey Island State Park, which features old-growth forests and 4,500-feet of shoreline. Then it's on to seat of Island County, and Washington’s second oldest town, Coupeville. This historic town is the perfect place to watch sailboats maneuvering about Penn Cove. You'll also enjoy a scrumptious lunch in Langley, and get to ride the ferry-a Washington favorite! All in a day’s fun, right?
    Whidbey Island & Deception Pass Bridge Tour

    First Hill, Seattle

    • Take a guided tour of Whidbey Island, one of the most popular destinations in the Puget Sound
    • Visit some of the island’s stunning natural sites, including Deception Pass and South Whidbey State Park
    • Visit Washington’s second oldest town, enjoy a scrumptious lunch, and ride the ferry
    • Treat yourself to some easygoing fun within a natural playground featuring woodland and water
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    Mount Rainier National Park Day Tour

    Not enough fire in your life? Visit the 14,411-foot active volcano known as Mount Rainier, and give yourself a healthy dose of explosive fun. You'll be transported out of Seattle by luxury coach, south to Mount Rainier National Park. Enjoy a drive up along winding roads to the Paradise Jackson Visitor Center, sitting at an elevation 5,400 feet. Once there, you'll be able to take in stunning views of the foothills below ... and the volcano towering above. On a clear day, you'll even be able to spot the glacial system radiating out from near the top of Rainier’s summit. You'll continue to tour the park by bus, taking in mountain lakes and rivers, waterfalls, abundant wildlife, pristine evergreen forests, and stunning alpine vistas. You'll have plenty of time to stretch your legs and explore by foot during numerous stops, including visits to Narada Falls, Christine Falls, and Reflections Lake.
    Mount Rainier National Park Day Tour

    Downtown, Seattle

    • Get out of Seattle for a day trip to one of the nation’s oldest and most spectacular national parks
    • Absorb the majesty of Mount Rainier up close from a variety of high elevation vantage points
    • Explore tranquil mountain lakes, thundering waterfalls, and pristine forests
    • Ignite your sense of adventure and imagination alongside one of nature’s most powerful forces
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    Mt. Saint Helens - Cave & Lava Tube Tour

    This Mount St. Helens tour is totally tubular. Well, not totally. But there's definitely a tube. During this guided tour around the base of the infamous volcano, you'll get a fascinating look at the residual aftermath remaining years after its catastrophic 1980 eruption. With a topsoil that is just now rejuvenating following Earth-scorching lava flows, you'll be able to check out both buried growth and newly formed vegetation. In doing so, you'll walk a quarter mile along the flat boardwalk known as the “Trail of Two Forests.” And, for those not afraid of the dark, you'll have the opportunity to explore the inside of a now partially collapsed lava tube that descends deep into the earth. So, partially tubular.
    Mt. Saint Helens - Cave & Lava Tube Tour

    First Hill, Seattle

    • Explore the aftermath of the 1980 eruption of Mount St. Helens during a guided tour
    • Learn about the catastrophic eruption and its environmental impact firstand
    • Walk the “Trail of Two Forests” and venture inside an underground lava tube
    • Enjoy a scenic expedition that will be both informative and great physical exercise
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    Puget Sound Lighthouses Tour

    In the dark on what to do in Washington? Then you might find this lighthouse tour of the Puget Sound to be quite ... illuminating! You'll visit some of the state’s many lighthouses while getting an informed look at the Eastern shore of the sound, courtesy of one of Cheryl’s Northwest Tours’ knowledgeable guides. Sites featured on this tour include the Mukilteo, Alki Point, and West Point lighthouses. This is a great way to not only see a little of the Puget Sound area alongside a local, but get a feel for Washington’s vital seafaring culture. It should be some good, lighthearted fun!
    Puget Sound Lighthouses Tour

    First Hill, Seattle

    • Tour the Eastern shore of the Puget Sound and enjoy a look at some of its popular lighthouses
    • Check out 3 lighthouses up close at Mukilteo, Alki Point, and West Point
    • Learn about the area, its lighthouses, and boating culture from a knowledgeable local guide
    • Get to know the beautiful Puget Sound area during a laid back, themed excursion
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    Mt. Rainier Walk/Snowshoe Tour

    Up for some mountains of fun? Explore the majestic Mt. Rainier during this full day of interpretative nature walk! An active volcano and the Cascade Mountain’s tallest peak, Rainier is a Washington icon that draws thousands of visitors every year. During this outing, you'll take in its dramatic landscape alongside an experienced local guide, embarking on a safe yet eye-opening hike. Find yourself immersed in a landscape of still mountain lakes, river valleys, and even waterfalls. Learn about both new and old growth trees as you walk amongst them. And, check out the massive glaciers that still stretch across Mt. Rainier today! Each hike is led by an Escape Artist Guide skilled in naturalist interpretation. As you walk and learn about the environment, you'll also learn about its native wildlife, using binoculars to search for marmots, coyotes, elk, foxes, black bears, and birds from afar. Included in this experience is a short snowshoe (or foot) trip along the Nisqually Vista or similar trail chosen from the hundreds of miles of park trails available. You'll even enjoy some complimentary fuel for the trip, with morning tea and pastries, Cascadian Safari Cuisine and local wine at midday, and afternoon snacks and refreshments! Does that peak your interest?
    Mt. Rainier Walk/Snowshoe Tour

    400 Pike St, Seattle

    • Explore Mt. Rainier during a full-day guided expedition with a possible snowshoe hike
    • Check out waterfalls, river valleys, glaciers, and massive old growth forests
    • Spot and learn about native wildlife from an experienced naturalist
    • Enjoy a light breakfast, lunch, and afternoon snacks to keep you fueled and having fun
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    Mountains and Waterfalls Excursion

    From your hotel or B&B, you'll head North and then East on your private tour, past animal and agricultural farms and through old mining towns on your way up the Cascade Mountain foothills. Cross Stevens Pass and learn the history of the natives and the settlers as the railroad was brought west. You'll see the Skykomish River and 2 very different waterfalls, Bridal Veil and Deception on the way, and maybe see a Sasquatch at the Big Foot Coffee shop before you cross the pass at the Stevens Pass ski resort. Next, Tumwater canyon is beautiful as you continue along the Wenatchee river with many whitewater sections. You'll lunch in Leavenworth, a Bavarian wonderland of its own, with time to explore the riverwalk and the town. Then you'll continue over Blewett and Snoqualmie Passes, where you'll have your last stop at breathtaking Snoqualmie Falls, 268 feet tall. This is a beautiful tour.
    Mountains and Waterfalls Excursion

    Your Hotel, Seattle

    • On this memorable day trip through the Cascade Mountains, you will see beautiful mountain landscapes, gold-mining towns, at least 3 waterfalls, and travel along white-water rivers
    • This is a mountain loop tour, starting first over Stevens Pass where you will see Bridal Veil Falls and where Big Foot has been spotted!
    • You'll also see Deception Falls, then follow the Little Wenatchee River through Tumwater Canyon to Leavenworth
    • You will have a couple of hours in Leavenworth for lunch, then continue over Blewett Pass, an old gold mining town, and Snoqualmie Pass, where we will stop at Snoqualmie Falls
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    Snoqualmie Falls & City Tour

    Two in one. It always seems like a great idea but it somehow always falls short. Scourts were a disaster. Shampoo and conditioner is the closest you’ve gotten to satisfaction and it was still a disappointment. Finally -- A two-in-one that will blow you away! On this two-in-one tour, you'll visit beautiful Snoqualmie Falls and then experience the city of Seattle. Start by exploring the town of picturesque Snoqualmie before you head out to discover the awe inspiring Snoqualmie Falls. Ride back into Seattle to take in the sights and history that make it one of the most pleasant cities in America. Your guide will pack this tour with fun facts and engaging stories about Seattle history. You'll even learn how Seattle got its name and what the real story is about how much it rains! Nobody likes sporks, but this is a two-in-one trip that you'll love!
    Snoqualmie Falls & City Tour

    85 Pike St, Seattle

    • Explore the beautiful town of Snoqualmie
    • Discover the views of breathtaking Snoqualmie Falls
    • Listen to the fun facts and history of the area from your friendly tour guide
    • Enjoy a beautiful day taking gorgeous Washington scenery
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    Mt Rainier Experience (with walking or snowshoeing)

    Oh my Zeus! Set between the jagged Olympic Mountains and the volcanic peaks of the Cascade Range, Mt Rainier — an active volcano encased in snow and ice — is the tallest peak of them all, standing 14,410 feet (4,392 meters) above sea level. On this breathtaking tour, admire close-up views of Mt Rainier’s snow capped peak, one of Seattle’s most iconic sights, on this full-day nature tour. See glaciers, waterfalls and wildlife in Mt Rainier National Park and get a vivid sense of the mountain’s beauty with your naturalist guide. Depending on the season, your guide will lead your group on either a short walk (mid-May to September) or a snowshoe trek (October to mid-May) along the Nisqually Vista Trail, or possibly something a little more challenging if your group is up for it. Binoculars are provided to help you spot birds and wildlife like marmots, elk, deer, fox and maybe even the coyotes and black bears that roam the mountainside. Throughout the day, you'll make plenty of stops for photo ops and provided light snacks. What are you waiting for?
    Mt Rainier Experience (with walking or snowshoeing)

    Downtown, Seattle

    • Visit beautiful Mt. Rainier on this guided tour from Seattle
    • Hike or snowshoe trek along the Nisqually Vista trail
    • Explore the old-growth forest, lakes, and waterfalls stunning wildflower meadows
    • Enjoy unobstructed views from the mountain, including waterfalls, the snowcapped summit, and the Seattle area
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