Hurricane Ridge & The San Juan Islands – August 15th – 20th, 2021

It’s time to breathe the fresh, mile-high air on Hurricane Ridge, just south of Port Angeles, in the Olympic National Park. You’ll feel you’re on top of the world, and you actually are! The ruggedly carved mountain range contrasts with the soft fields of wild flowers in the subalpine meadows below. Next, it’s Anchors Away! Cruise the pristine waters and narrow passageways aboard the Salish Express. View Orca whales, and other wildlife, on a 3-day cruise you’ll never forget! We’ll end this journey in the Emerald City, Seattle, where we have some fantastic things planned!  

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Day 1 – Sunday August 15th – Home to Port Angeles
We’ll head north, up the Kitsap Peninsula, surrounded by 236 miles of saltwater shoreline it’s centrally located between the Olympic and Cascade Mountain ranges. Welcome to Bremerton where a scrumptious lunch at Anthony’s awaits. The restaurant overlooks Bremerton Marina and hosts spectacular sweeping views of the Sinclair Inlet, the Bremerton ferry and Naval ships. After lunch we’ll visit the Puget Sound Navy Museum… Explore naval history of the region and experience life as a sailor through exhibits, see the USS John C. Stennis Special Operations Submarines and much more. Next, we’ll walk next door to the USS Turner Joy… The famed Navy destroyer from the Vietnam War is now maintained and administered by the Bremerton Historic Ships Association. The museum ship and memorial honors not only the men and women of our modern US Navy, but also recognizes the accomplishments of those who help build and maintain the Navy ships as well. An active and educational facility makes the USS Turner Joy a unique and lasting legacy to Puget Sound’s maritime heritage. We’ll continue north to our home for the night, the Red Lion Hotel in Port Angeles. It features spectacular views of the Straits of Juan da Fuca. Your Evening is free to explore Port Angeles, full of shops restaurants and more! Red Lion Hotel, Port Angeles WA. (B, L)

Day 2 – Monday August 16thPort Angeles to Friday Harbor
We’ll start our day with a trip to the Olympic National Park Visitors Center… Diversity is the hallmark of Olympic National Park. From the lush canopy of the rain forests, to the sandy beaches of the coast, to the majestic overlooks of the rugged glacier-capped mountains, Olympic National Park has a great deal to offer. Next, it’s on to Hurricane Ridge the journey is spectacular, with stunning views of the Juan de Fuca Strait and the islands beyond. Hurricane Ridge is the most easily accessed mountain area within Olympic National Park. Lunch is on your own in the quaint town of Port Townsend. the Salish Express… a deluxe vessel with two levels of indoor and outdoor seating. We’ll cruise the pristine waters and narrow passageways of the San Juan Islands. Watch for Orca and other wildlife as we make our way to our home for the next 2 nights, the Friday Harbor Suites. Enjoy a wonderful dinner overlooking the Harbour before we say goodnight. Friday Harbor Suites, Friday Harbor WA. (B, D)

Day 3 – Tuesday August 17thSan Juan’s Local Touring
After a delicious breakfast we’ll re-board the Salish Express. First stop: La Conner, where you’re free to explore this quaint towns shops and more. We’ll head south this afternoon as we make our way through Hole In The Wall, a natural opening through the rock cliffs leading us to the rest of the Swinomish channel and to and through Deception Pass, well-known for it’s swift tidal flow and stunning scenery. As we head for Deception Pass get ready for a San Juan Cruises tradition, enjoy their famous Old Fashioned Cracked Crab lunch. We’ll head back to Friday Harbour where your evening is free to explore the many shops, restaurants and more! Friday Harbor Suites, Friday Harbor WA. (B, L)

Day 4 – Wednesday August 18th – Friday Harbor to Seattle
Today we’ll take a San Juan Island guided bus tour. With a knowledge guide we’ll learn the history of the islands and take in the most extraordinary spots on the island such as: Lime Kiln State Park, Whale Watch Park, the Alpaca Ranch, English Camp – San Juan Island National Historic Park, Roche Harbor Resort and Westcott Bay Sculpture Park.  You will have some free time in Friday Harbour for lunch before we depart forBellingham where our coach awaits. We’ll make our way to Seattle and our home for the next two nights the Maxwell Hotel situated next to the Space Needle. Enjoy a wonderful dinner at the hotel before we say goodnight. Maxwell Hotel, Seattle WA (B, D)

Day 5 – Thursday August 19thSeattle Local Touring
After a scrumptious breakfast! We’ll be joined by a wonderful step on guide where we’ll learn all about the Emerald City and Pike Place Market the oldest operating Farmers Market in the country. Your afternoon is free to explore Seattle and it’s many wonderful attractions. Early evening we’ll tour Chihuly Garden of Glass, providing a look at the inspiration and influences that formed the career of artist Dale Chihuly. Located at Seattle Center, Chihuly Garden of Glass includes an Exhibition Hall, the centerpiece Glasshouse and a lush Garden. The Exhibition Hall contains eight galleries and three drawing walls, offering visitors a comprehensive look at Chihuly’s significant series of work; the Glasshouse presents a suspended 1,400-piece, 100-foot-long sculpture; and the Garden is a backdrop for four monumental sculptures and other installations. We also head up the Space Needle for spectacular views of the city. Maxwell Hotel, Seattle WA (B, D)

Day 6 – Friday August 20thSeattle to Home
After breakfast we’ll board the Coast Starlight passenger train to Portland and Salem with wonderful memories of this beautiful tour!  (B)

$2,748 Double $3,408 Single

A $100 per person deposit will hold space; balance is due by June 10th, 2021