September 7, 2023 - September 17, 2023
Postcard Perfect Washington
3% Cash Discount
Your package includes deluxe transportation and accommodations, all listed tour fees, and 14 meals.Unimaginable beauty abounds around every corner, from the lofty mountain grandeur to deep lush temperate rainforests to the rich textures and beauty of the turbulent rugged shores of the Pacific Ocean in the State of Washington. No area in the United States has such diversity. Experience and explore the wonders of the evergreen state of Washington with Making Memories Tours. This trip includes visits to 3 National Parks.
We are full of anticipation as we make our way to overnight accommodations near the departing airport.
And we’re off with our old traveling buddies and some new friends! You are in for an authentic Washington State experience. Get rested up and acclimated to the time change and ready for the adventure to begin
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Mount St. Helens is located in southwestern Washington state. It’s the most active volcano in the Cascade Range. The Mount St. Helens Visitor Center opened its doors a few years after the 1980 monumental eruption of Mount St. Helens. Here you can learn about the historical significance of the landscape before and during the eruption. They also focus on the resulting impact on nearby ecosystems. The center also features a variety of interpretive displays that include local history, geology, regrowth, and recovery of the land in the years after the eruption.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
The Experience begins! A lifetime of discovery awaits our travelers as we spend the day exploring Mount Rainier with our step on guide. Ascending 14410 feet above sea level, it 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 wildflowers surround the icy volcano, while ancient forests cloak Mount Rainier’s lower slopes. Let the sound of cascading waterfalls captivate you as wildlife abounds in every direction.
We hope to help your memories soar to new heights as we visit the Museum of Flight. This museum is the world’s largest independent, nonprofit air and space museum! The museum and its people bring mankind’s incredible history of flight to life with more than 175 aircraft and spacecraft, tens of thousands of artifacts, millions of rare photographs, and a world-class library. Our next stop will take us to the famous Space Needle. This fantastic architectural wonder is over 600 feet tall and was built in 400 days. From the observation deck at 520 feet, nothing blocks you from a 360-degree panorama of the Emerald City. Head up and see what all the oohhhs and ahhhhhs are about. We leave Seattle behind and head to our hotel for the next two nights in Bellingham, WA.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Discover and explore the San Juan Islands today aboard our small ship excursion. Your Captain will narrate and share the history of these Islands. Unwind – let your cares slip away as we drift on the tranquil waves. Experience the possible sighting of orca whales, seals, sea lions, dolphins, bald eagles, cormorants, great blue herons, and so much more on our whale watching trip. Our ship will dock at Friday Harbor for some time to take in the many quaint shops and eateries in the picturesque village. Friday Harbor is located in an archipelago of islands in the Salish Sea between Seattle, Washington, Vancouver, and Victoria, British Columbia. This afternoon we cruise back to shore and enjoy a relaxing evening on your own.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Shimmering blue water and spectacular views of Seattle’s skyline is part of the magic of a Washington Ferry ride. This morning we board the ferry – motor coach and all – for Port Angeles, preparing to tour the many wonders of the Olympic Peninsula and Olympic National Park. The Olympic National Peninsula is a dramatic and beautiful setting for reconnecting with nature. Among the vast and varied landscapes are temperate rainforests, radiating mountain ranges, large lowland lakes, wild rushing rivers, tidelands, and saltwater beaches. A visit to the Hoh Rainforest will be a rare opportunity. Hoh is among the only protected temperate Rainforest in the Northern Hemisphere.
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 60 magnificently restored 19th Century vehicles. We leave the pristine waterways of the Willapa River and head towards the Confluence of the Columbia River and the Pacific Ocean to Astoria, Oregon. Lunch with a view! Mo’s is the perfect place to sit and enjoy the view of the Columbia River while enjoying a wonderful bowl of famous clam chowder. After lunch, our exploration continues with a Columbia River Maritime Museum tour. Explore the history of the Columbia River from the days of dugout canoes, through the age of sail, to the present. Discover the stories of the legendary Columbia River Bar, one of the most dangerous passages in the world.
Destination Pacific! Today we head across the Columbia River to the “World’s Longest Continuous Peninsula Beach,” stretching 28 miles along Washington’s southwest coast. Take a stroll on the famous boardwalk while enjoying views of the majestic Pacific Ocean and pristine beach. Crossing beneath the boardwalk is the Lewis & Clark Discovery Trail, which runs through the dunes from north Long Beach into Ilwaco. The trail is just one of the monuments dedicated to Lewis & Clark located throughout the town. Enjoy lunch at one of the many downtown eateries and shop for those unique holiday gifts. Don’t forget to visit Marsh’s Free Museum, home to “Jake the Alligator Man!”
Movies, you say. Washington and Oregon are a filmmaker’s paradise. With the icon water views and diverse landscape, this is where films were made! This morning we explore The Oregon Film Museum. A museum highlighting and celebrating movies that were made in Oregon. A short walk over is one of the best-preserved examples of Queen Anne architecture in the Northwest, the Flavel House. We will enjoy one last view of the mighty Columbia River before returning to the hills and hollers of the south.
Up, Up, and away we go!! Homeward bound today! **Please keep the following day empty just in case of last-minute flight changes**