Multi-Day - Sep 15th, 2019 to Sep 27th, 2019
MAJESTIC WONDERS OF WASHINGTON
September 15th – 27th, 2019
Make memories in the Pacific Northwest!!!
Come experience and explore the Wonders of the Evergreen State of Washington.
Unimaginable Beauty abounds around every corner. No area in the United States has such diversity.
From lofty mountain grandeur to deep lush temperate rainforests to rich textures and beauty of the desert landscape to the tempestuous rugged shores of the ocean the State of Washington has it ALL!!!
September 15, Sunday
What an exciting time – today we make our way to overnight accommodations near the departing airport.
September 16, Monday
And we’re off with our old traveling buddies and some new acquaintances as well. Upon arrival, we will be greeted by our personal tour director Mel Johnson. This lady is full of knowledge, charm and wit. We are in for a true Washington State experience under her guidance. Catch a glimpse of Mount St. Helens as we depart the Portland airport.
Tonight we will be in the quaint hamlet of Ashford nestled at the base of Mount Rainer. Get rested up and acclimated to the 3 hour time change and be ready for our Mount Rainer visit tomorrow.
September 17, Tuesday
The Experience begins!!! A lifetime of discovery awaits our travelers as we spend the day exploring this breathtaking scenic National Park. Ascending to 14,410 feet above sea level, Mount Rainier stands as an icon in the Washington landscape. An active volcano, Mount Rainier is the most glaciated peak in the contiguous United States, spawning five major rivers. Subalpine wildflower meadows ring the icy volcano, while ancient forest cloaks Mount Rainier’s lower slopes. Be enchanted with the sound of cascading waterfalls. Wildlife abounds in every direction.
September 18, Wednesday
Does floating down the river sound relaxing? Today we celebrate the majestic beauty of the Yakima River and Kittitas Valley with our personal experienced river guide while breathing in the pure mountain air. Stunning vistas await us as we meander along. Our float tour concludes with a private island lunch. Wow, what a morning.
Ever wonder how those massive wind turbines create energy? Let’s find out with a visit to the Renewable Energy Center along with a presentation of the workings of this Center. The wind and sun of Kittitas County are a tremendous natural resource for producing clean renewable energy. Set high on a ridge, this Center provides an up-close look at the facility’s 149 wind turbines, as well as a 360 degree view of Mount Rainer, Mount Adams, Mount Hood and the Columbia River Basin. Explore the diverse educational displays at the Center to learn more about the wind and solar technology, as well as the area’s unique natural history.
Leavenworth is our next stop. Leavenworth is a beautiful Bavarian styled village in an alpine setting, nestled in the magnificent Cascade Mountain Range. With Tudor-work, flower filled window boxes, ginger bread trimmed cottages, and medieval decorations, Leavenworth transports you to villages in Germany. We will experience authentic German food, lively music, delightful gift shops, cuckoo clocks, nutcrackers, music boxes and more. What a treat, truly remarkable.
September 19, Thursday
Our first stop is The Cashmere Cider Mill Tasting Room which shares handcrafted artisan cider blends created only with Washington State apples grown by local farmers alongside Mission Creek in Cashmere, Washington. Nestled in the foothills of the Cascade Mountain range, visitors from around the globe stop to sip and savor and we shall too.
As you know the state of Washington has experienced many devastating forest fires over the decades. We have arranged for a personal presentation with the mighty people who literally are in the fire – the Smokejumpers. Smokejumping is one of the methods used to protect national forest resources from wildfires. Because of their extreme initial-attack function, smokejumping may be one of the most — if not the most -- effective wildland firefighting method employed in the U.S. today. The Methow Valley is the birthplace of smokejumping. The initial experimental jumps were made during the fall of 1939 using the first Forest Service owned aircraft, a SR-10 Stinson. Meet some of the self-sacrificing individuals who face this danger every day in these horrific fires.
I love restored old western towns – don’t’ you? Winthrop is just that. Located on the North Cascades scenic byway in Washington’s majestic Methow Valley, take a step back into the Old West - enjoy its unique old western charm, stroll the wooden boardwalks, duck into one of the rowdy Saloons – watch out for the outlaws!!!
Tonight is a special treat. - The Mazama Country Inn. I have planned your ideal escape to relax at our serene mountain hideaway. With its log beams and cedar siding, our Inn is a quiet retreat in a small town secluded in the beauty of Washington’s North Cascades. Dinner and entertainment at our Inn will be the perfects ending to a perfect day.
September 20, Friday
North Cascades National Park – Before your eyes, the landscape transforms from one of moss-hung evergreens and cascading waterfalls that streak down the sides of the snow-clad peaks to the dry-side of eastern Washington’s high plateau. The west side’s Douglas firs and western red cedars trade places with ponderosa and western white pines. Along the way we pass a trio of lakes affording some of the most jaw-dropping water and mountain panoramic vistas you’ll find anywhere in the World. Just stunning!!!
I have one more WOW for you this evening. Take a nature walk in the sky with a private hot air balloon ride over Snohomish. Rising serenely above the landscape, you'll get an eagle's-eye view of the beautiful Snohomish River Valley, Cascade and Olympic Mountain ranges. As the balloon is inflated and prepared for flight, you can watch or get "hands on" as part of the crew. Once aloft, float gently just above the treetops and behold the beauty of Puget Sound and its surrounding landscapes. Along the way, your Pilot will entertain you with balloon history and trivia. What a wonderful way to conclude our amazing day in the North Cascades National Park.
September 21, Saturday
Discover and explore the San Juan Islands today aboard our private chartered small ship excursion. Unwind - Let your cares slip away as we drift on the tranquil waves. Your captain will narrate and share the history of these Islands. Experience the possible sighting of orca whales, harbor seals, California & Steller sea lions, Dall's & harbor porpoise, gray & minke whales, bald eagles, cormorants, great blue herons and so much more on our whale watching trip.
Our ship will dock at Friday Harbor – a Northwest Treasure for some time to take in the many quaint shops and eateries in this picturesque village. Friday Harbor is located in an archipelago of islands in the Salish Sea between Seattle, Washington, and Vancouver and Victoria, British Columbia.
The Town is one square mile of walkable seaside activities, recreation, and culture; a street-scape of turn of the century wood frame buildings and popular harbor.
Here there are no stop lights, billboards or look-alike chain stores. It’s an authentic small-town atmosphere rich with history, a landscape of pastoral countryside and marine views.
After the day at Friday Harbor, we cruise back to shore and enjoy a relaxing evening on own.
September 22, Sunday
This morning we pay a visit to the Seattle Space Needle. This is it!! You are about to walk into a memory. Soaring 520 feet skyward, the city actually, really, and truly is at your feet. Step up, step out, and step beyond your comfort zone and experience the wonder on a higher level. Seattle’s “must see” is now a “must do” following the Space Needle’s multi-million dollar renovation.
Glide onto The Loupe, the world’s first and only rotating glass floor, for never-before-seen views of the structure and the city. Lean into the Skyrisers, the tilting glass walls on the open-air deck, and float over Seattle on one of the 24 angled vantage points. What an experience!!!
On we go to the Boeing Plant – The Future of Flight. Discover North America's only publicly available commercial jet assembly plant tour. As the world’s largest aerospace company and leading manufacturer of commercial jetliners, Boeing, supports airlines and U.S. and allied government customers in more than 150 countries. Boeing products and tailored services include commercial and military aircraft, satellites, weapons, electronic and defense systems, launch systems, advanced information and communication systems, and performance-based logistics and training.
Shimmering blue water and spectacular views of Seattle’s skyline—it’s just part of the magic of a Washington ferry ride. This afternoon we board the ferry - motor coach and all - for Port Gamble and Sequim preparing to tour the many wonders of the Olympia Peninsula and Olympic National Park.
September 23, Monday
Our travels today take us through the Olympic National Park and Peninsula. The Olympic Peninsula is a dramatic and beautiful setting for reconnecting with nature. The vast and varied landscape includes a temperate rainforest, radiating mountain range, large lowland lakes, wild rushing rivers, tidelands and saltwater beaches. The National Park is a place of tremendous natural diversity and breathtaking beauty with over 922,651 acres of preserved wilderness.
In 1981, the historic Olympic National Park was named a World Heritage site in recognition of its exceptional natural beauty. We’ll be stopping at spectacular Ruby Beach named for its garnet colored sand with its meandering creek, dramatic sea stacks, and drift logs. So unique!!!
A visit to The Hoh Rainforest will be a rare opportunity. Hoh is among the only protected temperate rainforest in the Northern Hemisphere. Moisture-laden air from the Pacific brings an average of 140 inches of annual rainfall to the Valley in addition to the condensed mist that contributes another 30 inches.
I have invited Harvest Moon - Native Master Basket weaver and Storyteller -- to visit with our group. She combines her unique talents and many skills in an in depth presentation of the Coastal Salish Natives. Harvest Moon brings hands on artifacts, which deliver a clearer perspective of how things were done. She will speak of the abundance of life amongst the Northwest Coast Tribes, whose rich culture has been handed down from generation to generation. Discover the unique heritage that they hold close to their hearts and how it influenced the history of the State of Washington.
September 24, Tuesday
Come take a trip back in time, and get carried away at the Northwest Carriage Museum on the pristine Willapa River! The Museum is home to over 50 magnificently restored 19th century vehicles. View the Shelburne Landau used in the classic movie “Gone With the Wind”, the Carved Panel Hearse used in the 1942 movie “Gentleman Jim” along with the English Road Coach that delivered mail in the 1850s.
Our next destination is Long Beach – the “World’s Longest Continuous Peninsula Beach” stretching 28 miles along the Washington’s southwest coast. Take a stroll on the popular boardwalk while enjoying the view of the majestic Pacific Ocean and pristine beach. Crossing beneath the Boardwalk leads to the Discovery Trail which travels through dunes from north Long Beach into Ilwaco. This trail is just one of the monuments dedicated to Lewis and Clark located throughout the town. Upon arrival our beach bucket lunch will be awaiting. What fun!!!
And the fun continues at the World Kite Museum. Make your kite and enjoy the ocean breeze while we attempt to get them in the air.
The Cranberry Museum is our next stop. Cranberries are as American as apple pie – in fact, even more so in the State of Washington. Learn both the history of this berry as well as key phases of the industry – from bog preparation and planting to marketing of the products.
Tonight will enjoy our catered dinner on the shores of the mighty Pacific Ocean. I might even throw in a surprise or two this evening.
September 25, Wednesday
We start our day today at Cape Disappointment State Park and the Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center.
In November of 1805, the U.S. Corps of Volunteers for Northwest Discovery, led by Meriwether Lewis and William Clark, reached the mouth of the mighty Columbia River and the Pacific Ocean at last. "Great joy in camp," Clark wrote in his journal, "we are in view of the ocean, this great Pacific Ocean which we been so long anxious to see." Today, the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center stands high on the cliffs of Cape Disappointment State Park, 200 feet above the pounding Pacific surf. A series of mural-sized timeline panels guide visitors through the westward journey of the Lewis and Clark Expedition using sketches, paintings, photographs, and the words of Corps members themselves. The center also features a short film presentation, a gift shop, and a glassed-in observation deck with fabulous views of the river, headlands, and sea. Additional displays focus on local maritime and military history.
This afternoon we make our way to Kalama the village of totem poles. Our accommodations for the evening are at the brand new Kalama Lodge. Inspired by the Hawaiian heritage of John Kalama, the property is reminiscent of the Pioneer Inn in Lahaina, Maui, Hawaii. You’re sure to feel the relaxation of an island vibe while taking in the beauty of the Pacific Northwest.
All too soon our time together is coming to an end.
Tonight we’ll enjoy a catered dinner at the spectacular Summit Grove Lodge with original cedar log walls, Douglas Fir beams, a 20-foot vaulted ceiling, majestic rock fireplace, a half-acre all weather garden area offering a beautiful Pacific Northwest style gazebo, fire pit and natural trails. Sculpted rock waterfalls and lush landscaping provide a dramatic backdrop for our special farewell dinner complete with entertainment.
September 26, Thursday
Return home with many cherished memories of our time spent together in the State of Washington. We will overnight and return back to Marietta on Friday, September 27th.
YOUR TOUR EXPERIENCE INCLUDES:
* Airport round trip shuttle from Marietta
* Motor Coach Transportation (You will be responsible for tipping the Driver)
* All Airfare, Taxes & Fuel surcharges (Luggage fees not included)
* Washington State Tour Director (You will be responsible for tipping the Tour Director)
* C.L. Tours Tour Operator
* Baggage Handling for one bag
* 15 Meals
* 12 Night’s Accommodations
* Admission and Fees for all itinerary included attractions
* Taxes and Gratuities for included Meals
* C.L. Tours has purchased the Group Deluxe Protection Plan on behalf of all participants.
ATTRACTIONS & HIGHLIGHTS:
* Mt. Rainer * Scenic Float Trip
* Renewable Energy Center * Leavenworth
* Smokejumper Presentation * Winthrop
* North Cascades National Park * Hot Air Balloon Ride
* San Juan Islands Private Cruise * Seattle Space Needle
* Boeing Future of Flight Aviation * Hoh Rainforest
* John’s Beachcombing Museum * Ruby Beach
* Harvest Moon Presentation * NW Carriage Museum
* Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center * Cranberry Museum & Tour
* Cape Disappointment State Park * World Kite Museum
$4,499.00 Per Person Double
$250.00 deposit per person is required to hold your space.
Payment in full is due by July 1st, 2019
Cancellations made prior to June 15th, 2019 will be refunded,
minus the $75.00 Air Utilization Fee which is non-refundable.
All Attractions & Schedules are subject to change without prior notice.
Some photos courtesy of Pat Whitlach.
My name is Carol Brown, owner of C.L. Tours. I would like to take this opportunity to share my love of travel with a personal invitation for you to join me on a motorcoach vacation experience. I've enjoyed and specialized in care free group travel for the last 21 years. I strive to provide you with outstanding customer service and personal attention to every aspect of your trip.
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