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New! Olympic National Park & the San Juan Islands

Trip Length 7 days

From $3,495

  • Experience the magnificent natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest, including Olympic National Park and the remote San Juan Islands
  • Hike into the mystical, moss-covered Hoh Rainforest, home to the largest population of Roosevelt Elk in the United States
  • Kayak along the rugged coastline of the San Juans, keeping a look out for bald eagles and a resident orca pod, with MTS expert guides!

Escape the everyday with this nature-lover's trip to the Pacific Northwest. Named a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its diverse ecosystems, Olympic National Park is home to rugged mountain peaks, dramatic coastline, mystical rainforests, and alpine meadows. You'll learn about the Native Americans who inhabited the area, and the plants and animals rooted deep in the unique landscape. You'll also visit the San Juan Islands, a serene archipelago between Washington and Canada that feels like it's a world away. Here, you'll have the chance to spot wildlife, kayak along the coastline and enjoy beautiful sunsets. After spending five full days reveling in natural splendor, you'll leave feeling refreshed and inspired.

Day 1: Welcome to Seattle!

Begin your adventure in Seattle, a lively city with scenic views of the Pacific Ocean and nearby mountain peaks. After checking into your hotel, the rest of the day is yours to explore on your own, from the Space Needle and Pike Place Market to the artsy Fremont district.

  • Accommodation:Hotel Vintage

Day 2: Seattle to Olympic National Park

After meeting with the trip leader in the hotel lobby at 7am for a brief orientation, we'll start off the day with a beautiful ferry ride to Bainbridge Island. Then our adventure begins in earnest as we continue on into the magnificent Olympic National Park.

Starting at Hurricane Ridge, we'll get acquainted with the elevation on a 3-mile hike starting at 4800 feet. We'll climb through the park's unique subalpine meadows to reach a stunning, 360-degree view of the snow-clad wilderness to the south and the Strait of Juan de Fuca and Victoria, Canada, to the north. Along the way, we may encounter Olympic Marmot, black bear, or mountain goats. If time permits, we could add on an additional hike into the arctic tundra of Olympic's driest mountaintops or down into its largest watershed.

  • Breakfast/Lunch
  • Accommodation:Lake Crescent Lodge

Day 3: Hoh Rainforest and the Olympic Coast

Today, we’ll follow a glacier-fed river deep into the verdant Hoh Rainforest, where the forest floor is lush with moss and ferns. We'll keep our eyes out for the regal Roosevelt Elk who feed here and watch for Pacific Wren as they flit about between the canopy and the dense forest floor. Later, we'll visit the Olympic Coast, known for its rugged beaches, headlands, and sea stacks. If the tide is right, we can explore tide pools full of diverse marine life, including sea-stars, nudibranchs, hermit crabs, and anemones.

  • Breakfast/Lunch
  • Accommodation:Lake Crescent Lodge

Day 4: The Olympics and Makah Indian Reservation

In the morning, we'll continue our exploration of Olympic National Park. If ambitions and tides allow, we’ll complete a fairly flat 9¼-mile loop through coastal forest and wild coastline. Here, you'll have a better chance of seeing Sea Otters than anywhere in Washington, as well as nesting seabirds like the tufted puffin.

We might also opt for a 1½-mile hike with 200 feet of elevation where we can soak in the awe-inspiring beauty of Cape Flattery—the northernmost tip of the continental United States—while watching for whales, seabirds, and bald eagles. Afterwards, we'll visit the Makah Cultural Center on the Makah Indian Reservation, where we'll learn about the Native Americans who call this peninsula home.

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Lake Crescent Lodge

Day 5: Journey to the San Juan Islands

This morning, we’ll make our way to the magical San Juan Islands, an archipelago that harbors near-mythical beauty amid its undeveloped islands and seascapes. Time slows down as we take the ferry to Orcas Island, and we'll learn about this remote wilderness and its historical relevance with a naturalist guide. As evening sets, we’ll take a short hike to the top of Mt. Constitution to watch the sun set over Puget Sound. In the evening, you can enjoy dinner at your leisure in this quaint island town, before settling into your cabin or yurt at Doe Bay.

  • Breakfast/Lunch
  • Accommodation:Doe Bay Resort & Retreat

Day 6: Kayak the San Juans

After breakfast, we’ll enjoy an early-morning paddle in the quiet waters around Sucia Island, a small, pristine island located 3 miles off the north shore of Orcas Island. From your kayak, you'll enjoy dramatic views of the surrounding islands and mountains. The rugged coastline includes a number of wildlife refuges, and we'll keep an eye out for harbor seals, bald eagles, river otter, and seabirds. If we're lucky, we may even encounter porpoises or whales, including one of the island's resident pods of Orcas.

Mid-day we’ll stop for a delicious picnic lunch on a remote beach and hike a few of the trails to view marine fossil beds. Then, we'll head back to our overnight accommodations and freshen up for our final dinner together.

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Doe Bay Resort & Retreat

Day 7: Depart from Seattle

After breakfast this morning, we'll pack our bags and say goodbye to the Pacific Northwest as we take a short and scenic flight back to Seattle. For those flying back today, you’ll catch a shuttle to Seattle-International Airport for your return flight, or you can extend your trip and stay in Seattle for another few nights.

  • Breakfast

Jul 15 - 21, 2017

Sep 16 - 22, 2017

pricing

2017 Prices
$3,495 (4-12 Members)
$200 Domestic flight
$900 Single Supplement

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Doe Bay Resort & Retreat — Orcas Island

Doe Bay Resort & Retreat is a serene, 38-acre getaway at water's edge on Orcas Island. They offer a variety of accommodations—including cottages, cabins, yurts, and campsites—and furnishings are basic verging on rustic. The word "retreat" part of the name is perhaps more accurate than what the word "resort" might imply, but the laid-back vibe wins this place lots of fans. The clothing-optional soaking tubs are a great way to unwind and have amazing views of the waterfront. And wildlife spottings are common, from deer to bald eagles to Orca whales.

Hotel Vintage — Seattle

Part of the Kimpton Hotel chain, Hotel Vintage is a boutique hotel in downtown Seattle. The décor is inspired by the Washington wine country—thus the name—with vineyard-inspired hues of burgundy, taupe, and green. Furnishings are sleek and sophisticated, and you'll find everything you need to make yourself at home—including a friendly and helpful staff that consistently gets high marks from other travelers. The hotel's location makes it perfect for exploring downtown, and the waterfront is just a ten-minute walk away.

Lake Crescent Lodge — Olympic National Park

Built in 1915, Lake Crescent Lodge is a picturesque resort with classic charm, from its antique-furnished lobby to the lovely sun porch with views out over the lake. The lodge is located on the Olympic Peninsula within Olympic National Park—an ideal location for those wishing to drink in the park's epic beauty. There are 55 rooms located in the historic lodge and motel-style guest buildings. Some have a rustic feel while others are more contemporary in style, but all are spacious and comfortable.

  • Experience the magnificent natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest, including Olympic National Park and the remote San Juan Islands
  • Hike into the mystical, moss-covered Hoh Rainforest, home to the largest population of Roosevelt Elk in the United States
  • Kayak along the rugged coastline of the San Juans, keeping a look out for bald eagles and a resident orca pod, with MTS expert guides!

Escape the everyday with this nature-lover's trip to the Pacific Northwest. Named a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its diverse ecosystems, Olympic National Park is home to rugged mountain peaks, dramatic coastline, mystical rainforests, and alpine meadows. You'll learn about the Native Americans who inhabited the area, and the plants and animals rooted deep in the unique landscape. You'll also visit the San Juan Islands, a serene archipelago between Washington and Canada that feels like it's a world away. Here, you'll have the chance to spot wildlife, kayak along the coastline and enjoy beautiful sunsets. After spending five full days reveling in natural splendor, you'll leave feeling refreshed and inspired.

DAILY itinerary

Day 1: Welcome to Seattle!

Begin your adventure in Seattle, a lively city with scenic views of the Pacific Ocean and nearby mountain peaks. After checking into your hotel, the rest of the day is yours to explore on your own, from the Space Needle and Pike Place Market to the artsy Fremont district.

  • Accommodation:Hotel Vintage

Day 2: Seattle to Olympic National Park

After meeting with the trip leader in the hotel lobby at 7am for a brief orientation, we'll start off the day with a beautiful ferry ride to Bainbridge Island. Then our adventure begins in earnest as we continue on into the magnificent Olympic National Park.

Starting at Hurricane Ridge, we'll get acquainted with the elevation on a 3-mile hike starting at 4800 feet. We'll climb through the park's unique subalpine meadows to reach a stunning, 360-degree view of the snow-clad wilderness to the south and the Strait of Juan de Fuca and Victoria, Canada, to the north. Along the way, we may encounter Olympic Marmot, black bear, or mountain goats. If time permits, we could add on an additional hike into the arctic tundra of Olympic's driest mountaintops or down into its largest watershed.

  • Breakfast/Lunch
  • Accommodation:Lake Crescent Lodge

Day 3: Hoh Rainforest and the Olympic Coast

Today, we’ll follow a glacier-fed river deep into the verdant Hoh Rainforest, where the forest floor is lush with moss and ferns. We'll keep our eyes out for the regal Roosevelt Elk who feed here and watch for Pacific Wren as they flit about between the canopy and the dense forest floor. Later, we'll visit the Olympic Coast, known for its rugged beaches, headlands, and sea stacks. If the tide is right, we can explore tide pools full of diverse marine life, including sea-stars, nudibranchs, hermit crabs, and anemones.

  • Breakfast/Lunch
  • Accommodation:Lake Crescent Lodge

Day 4: The Olympics and Makah Indian Reservation

In the morning, we'll continue our exploration of Olympic National Park. If ambitions and tides allow, we’ll complete a fairly flat 9¼-mile loop through coastal forest and wild coastline. Here, you'll have a better chance of seeing Sea Otters than anywhere in Washington, as well as nesting seabirds like the tufted puffin.

We might also opt for a 1½-mile hike with 200 feet of elevation where we can soak in the awe-inspiring beauty of Cape Flattery—the northernmost tip of the continental United States—while watching for whales, seabirds, and bald eagles. Afterwards, we'll visit the Makah Cultural Center on the Makah Indian Reservation, where we'll learn about the Native Americans who call this peninsula home.

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Lake Crescent Lodge

Day 5: Journey to the San Juan Islands

This morning, we’ll make our way to the magical San Juan Islands, an archipelago that harbors near-mythical beauty amid its undeveloped islands and seascapes. Time slows down as we take the ferry to Orcas Island, and we'll learn about this remote wilderness and its historical relevance with a naturalist guide. As evening sets, we’ll take a short hike to the top of Mt. Constitution to watch the sun set over Puget Sound. In the evening, you can enjoy dinner at your leisure in this quaint island town, before settling into your cabin or yurt at Doe Bay.

  • Breakfast/Lunch
  • Accommodation:Doe Bay Resort & Retreat

Day 6: Kayak the San Juans

After breakfast, we’ll enjoy an early-morning paddle in the quiet waters around Sucia Island, a small, pristine island located 3 miles off the north shore of Orcas Island. From your kayak, you'll enjoy dramatic views of the surrounding islands and mountains. The rugged coastline includes a number of wildlife refuges, and we'll keep an eye out for harbor seals, bald eagles, river otter, and seabirds. If we're lucky, we may even encounter porpoises or whales, including one of the island's resident pods of Orcas.

Mid-day we’ll stop for a delicious picnic lunch on a remote beach and hike a few of the trails to view marine fossil beds. Then, we'll head back to our overnight accommodations and freshen up for our final dinner together.

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Doe Bay Resort & Retreat

Day 7: Depart from Seattle

After breakfast this morning, we'll pack our bags and say goodbye to the Pacific Northwest as we take a short and scenic flight back to Seattle. For those flying back today, you’ll catch a shuttle to Seattle-International Airport for your return flight, or you can extend your trip and stay in Seattle for another few nights.

  • Breakfast
lodgings

Doe Bay Resort & Retreat — Orcas Island

Doe Bay Resort & Retreat is a serene, 38-acre getaway at water's edge on Orcas Island. They offer a variety of accommodations—including cottages, cabins, yurts, and campsites—and furnishings are basic verging on rustic. The word "retreat" part of the name is perhaps more accurate than what the word "resort" might imply, but the laid-back vibe wins this place lots of fans. The clothing-optional soaking tubs are a great way to unwind and have amazing views of the waterfront. And wildlife spottings are common, from deer to bald eagles to Orca whales.

Hotel Vintage — Seattle

Part of the Kimpton Hotel chain, Hotel Vintage is a boutique hotel in downtown Seattle. The décor is inspired by the Washington wine country—thus the name—with vineyard-inspired hues of burgundy, taupe, and green. Furnishings are sleek and sophisticated, and you'll find everything you need to make yourself at home—including a friendly and helpful staff that consistently gets high marks from other travelers. The hotel's location makes it perfect for exploring downtown, and the waterfront is just a ten-minute walk away.

Lake Crescent Lodge — Olympic National Park

Built in 1915, Lake Crescent Lodge is a picturesque resort with classic charm, from its antique-furnished lobby to the lovely sun porch with views out over the lake. The lodge is located on the Olympic Peninsula within Olympic National Park—an ideal location for those wishing to drink in the park's epic beauty. There are 55 rooms located in the historic lodge and motel-style guest buildings. Some have a rustic feel while others are more contemporary in style, but all are spacious and comfortable.

Dates and Pricing

Jul 15 - 21, 2017

Sep 16 - 22, 2017

pricing

2017 Prices
$3,495 (4-12 Members)
$200 Domestic flight
$900 Single Supplement

Activity Level Easy to Moderate
Trip Length 7 days

From $3,495

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