AN ADVENTURE TO THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST
NORTH DAKOTA, MOUNT ST. HELENS, MT. RAINIER
YELLOWSTONE, MT RUSHMORE & MORE
JULY 30 - AUGUST 19 $3999.00
We travel west on a brand new adventure to the beautiful scenic Pacific Northwest area, including North Dakota, South Dakota, Idaho, Montana, Washington, Oregon and much more. We’ll follow the trail of Lewis and Clark and see the heart of Montana, view Seattle from top of the Space Needle, take in a view of the Pacific Ocean and get close to Mount St. Helens, experience a “day on the ranch” and much more.
Day 1: Today we travel to Madison, WI for the night, lunch and dinner on your own.
Day 2: With an early afternoon arrival in Bloomington, MN at the Mall of America; one of the world’s most visited tourist attractions. Enjoy lunch on your own and endless shopping in over 520 stores with no sales tax on clothing or shoes. We continue on with an overnight in Fargo, ND, dinner included at Porter Creek Grill.
Day 3: Bonanzaville is our first stop of the day. It is a pioneer village with 43 historic buildings as well as numerous other museums including the Eugene Dahl Car Museum, the Eagle Air Museum, the Tractor Museum, the Law Enforcement Museum, and much more. Experience North Dakota's unique heritage throughout the museum space, from a life-size T. Rex skeleton cast to a 1950’s soda shop to rare North Dakota history. Lunch and dinner is on your own with an overnight stay in Bismarck, ND.
Day 4: This morning, we take a trip with Gary, Greff, the creator of 10 giant metal sculptures down the Enchanted Highway, a 32-mile stretch of paved county highway between Regent and Gladstone. Enjoy lunch, included, with some home-style cuisine at a local favorite hot spot, The Trapper's Kettle, before reaching Medora, ND. A step on guide will give us a tour of the town, before watching Theodore Roosevelt come to life in a salute to Medora and the National Parks. We will make a quick stop at the hotel to enjoy the view before enjoying a unique dining experience, (included), the nationally acclaimed pitchfork steak fondue with all the fixin’s, as featured on the Food Network show, “Best Of”. We will also learn about the history of the Medora Musical and the Burning Hills Amphitheatre with a behind the scenes tour before getting your toes tapping at “The Greatest Show in the West”. The Medora outdoor musical, is a high energy, live, western-style musical show proudly dedicated to the legacy of America's 26th President, Theodore Roosevelt, and the time he spent here in the Badlands of the Dakota Territory.
Day 5: For starters today, we will drive, with a local guide, through the south unit of the Theodore Roosevelt National Park, a 36-mile scenic loop through the buttes and Badlands. It features striking overlooks, unbelievable views, prairie dog towns and you might even get a look at a buffalo. This afternoon we will visit Pompey’s Pillar State Park, part of the original 1803 Louisiana Purchase and one of the most famous sandstone buttes in America. We will overnight in Billings, MT, lunch & dinner on your own.
Day 6: Continuing west, we take a side trip to Helena, nestled between Glacier National Park and Yellowstone. See the heart of Montana while following the path of Lewis and Clark and explore the “Gates of the Mountains”, a boat ride seeing the Montana wilderness, walls of sandstone, wildlife such as bighorn sheep and mountain goats. The canyon is also home to black bears and other wild creatures. Lunch is included from the Wheat Mountain Deli. Dinner on your own while we overnight in Missoula, MT.
Day 7: The Smoke Jumpers Training Center in Missoula will be our 1st stop today. The Nation's largest training base for highly trained specialists who parachute into remote areas of national forests to fight the spread of wildfires. Lunch on your own in downtown Wallace, ID before a tour of the Silver Mines, where we will learn about hard-rock underground mining in the richest silver district on Earth! On to the National Historic Landmark in North Idaho, The Cataldo Mission, built in 1853 and the oldest standing WA. Dinner on your own in Spokane, WA.
Day 8: Manito Park in Spokane is our morning activity, where you will find 90 acres worth of immaculate flowerbeds, manicured lawns, flowers, topiary shrubs and much more all blooming for the summer. We depart for Seattle, lunch included at Rodeo City BBQ before a stop at Snoqualmie Falls, a 270 foot waterfall and one of Washington state’s most popular scenic attractions. Dinner on your own and overnight in Lynnwood, WA, just north of Seattle.
Day 9: We travel to the Space Needle, an observation tower in Seattle, Washington, a landmark of the Pacific Northwest, and an icon of Seattle, built for the World’s fair in 1962. The Chihuly Garden and Glass is next, featuring an exhibit showcasing the amazing studio glass of Dale Chihuly. A box lunch is included while seeing the sites and riding the Seattle Ducks, then onto a tour of Pike Place Fish Market and watch a demonstration of “flying fish” with free time for dinner on your own.
Day 10: This morning wee will tour the Boeing Factory in Everett, WA. It will take you through the evolution of flight in the Great Gallery. Boeing's Everett facility is known for being the largest building in the world by volume at 116.5 million cubic feet. Traveling south to Seattle, we will cruise to Tillicum on Blake Island and enjoy a Northwest flavors-inspired buffet lunch, included, and Northwest Native American storytelling. Explore the waterfront and enjoy dinner on your own before departing for 3 night stay in Olympia, WA.
Day 11: Tour the elegant Schmidt House, built for Olympia Brewing Company founder Leopold Schmidt, and Tumwater Falls, before lunch included at the Fish Brewing Pub and a tour of the Fish Brewing Company, a small, locally owned craft brewery. A tour of the Washington State Capitol building will be this afternoon followed by free time for relaxing, shopping and dinner on your own in downtown Olympia and the waterfront area.
Day 12: Today we head to the Trek Wildlife park, board a tram for a guided tour through the 435-acre, free-range area to view moose, elk, bison in their natural habitat. Continuing up towards Mt.Rainier, the highest mountain in the state of Washington, lunch is included at Paradise Inn, spend time with a ranger, learning about this amazing site. Dinner on your own in Tumwater.
Day 13: Continuing our journey towards Oregon, we make a stop at the Mount St. Helens visitor's center, a Northwest style facility offering endless photo opportunities of the beautiful surrounding areas, and a walkthrough model of Mount St. Helens. Lunch is included at Hoffstadt Visitors Center along with a viewing deck, and a memorial grove dedicated to victims of the eruption. We end our day at Johnson Ridge, located just seven miles north of the volcano. It features a widescreen presentation, geological exhibits, magnificent views of the crater and lava dome, before continuing to Portland, OR for a 2 night stay at the Courtyard Marriott, dinner included.
Day 14: Heading east to the Pacific Ocean and Cannon Beach to view Haystack Rock, one of Oregon’s most recognizable landmarks, home to colorful tide pools and diverse bird life. It rises 235 feet from the edge of the shoreline. Free time for shopping and lunch on your own in this this great little beach town. Take in amazing views from the Astoria Column and hear stories from a local guide before spending time at the Columbia River Maritime Museum. Dinner is included at Bridgewater Bistro, with a fabulous waterfront view.
Day 15: Today is a travel day to Twin Falls, ID for an overnight stay, lunch and dinner on your own.
Day 16: Continuing on to West Yellowstone for the afternoon and an overnight stay. We will visit the Grizzly Discovery Center and watch “Yellowstone” at the Imax Theater. Lunch and dinner is on your own.
Day 17: A full day of touring Yellowstone Park, including Old Faithful, the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone, the Grand Prismatic, lunch included plus much more before a 2 night stay in Cody, WY. Dinner is included at the Buffalo Bills Historic Irma Hotel, built in 1902 and located in downtown Cody.
Day 18: This morning, we travel to Bridger, MT to experience time at the Lone Spur Ranch, a working ranch. Experience some of the day to day workings of the ranch, learn how they brand cattle, take a wagon or horse ride and have a true cowboy lunch, included. Return to Cody and spend time exploring the Buffalo Bill Center of the West, 5 museums in one. It documents the life of Buffalo Bill, houses a collection of American firearms and exquisite paintings and sculptures from the West. Dinner is included along with Dan Miller’s Cowboy Music Revue, authentic cowboy entertainment.
Day 19: Heading east to Rapid City, SD, lunch is included at Sagewood Cafe, in Buffalo, WY. Dinner on your own and time fo exploring Mt. Rushmore and watch the lighting ceremony of the Memorial
Day 20: Today we visit Wall Drug, the ultimate South Dakota tourist attraction known around the globe for its American charm and free ice water, on our way to Des Moines IA for the night. Lunch and dinner is on your won.
Day 21: Return home to the Buckeye State, lunch and dinner on own.
Includes: Escorted transportation, 20 nights lodging, 20 breakfasts, 11 lunches, 6 dinners, admission to listed attractions, luggage, taxes and tips on included services.