Imagine a two-week breath of fresh air and you’ve summed up this 15-day tour of some of the greatest American national parks. With big-city fun in buzzing Seattle and funky Portland, unique and quirky small towns like Wallace and Jackson, and all the stunning Western grandeur your eyes can soak up, this trip has it all. Combining hiking in parks big and small, savouring artisanal doughnuts, and relaxing in cowboy bars, this whirlwind trip is the answer for anyone looking for a true adventure away from home.
Day 1 Seattle
Arrive at any time. There are no€tivities planned until an evening welcome meeting.
Day 2 Seattle/Mount Rainier National Park
Drive to nearby Mt Rainier National Park. Explore the park on one of the many hiking trails, including the Skyline, Nisqually Vista, or Bench/Snow Lake Trail.
Day 3 Mount Rainier National Park/Wallace
Continue east through the state of Washington. Check out scenic Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, en route to the quirky, small town of Wallace.
Day 4 Wallace/Glacier National Park (1D)
Enjoy the drive into Montana, and head to Glacier National Park for the first night of camping in Big Sky Country.
Day 5 Glacier National Park (1B, 1L, 1D)
Explore Glacier NP with its many glaciers, lakes and streams. Opt to drive Going-to-the-Sun Road and reach the Continental Divide.
Day 6 Glacier National Park/Bozeman (1B, 1L)
Drive south to the university town of Bozeman, Montana. Enjoy a hotel night before carrying on to Yellowstone.
Day 7 Bozeman/Yellowstone National Park (1L, 1D)
Spend the day driving through the northern section of Yellowstone National Park. The ride can be slow-going due to all the stopping for bears, elk and bison that may cozy up to the road. Soak in the scenery before camping just outside the park.
Day 8 Yellowstone National Park (1B, 1L, 1D)
Continue exploring more sections of the park, home to the most wild animals in the US. Check out waterfalls, take short hikes and lay eyes on Old Faithful.
Day 9 Yellowstone National Park/Jackson (1B)
Spend the morning driving through Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks before reaching the fun, cowboy town of Jackson Hole. Opt to check out some hikes nearby, go shopping, or relax in a cool cafÉ. In the evening, opt to whet the whistle at a cowboy bar.
Day 10 Jackson/Boise
Start heading west to Boise, Idaho, stopping at Craters of the Moon National Monument en route.
Day 11 Boise/Bend
Continue on to Bend, Oregon, consistently voted one of the best places to live in the US. Arrive in time to explore a bit of the town.
Day 12 Bend/Eugene
Leave early to spend a few hours at gorgeous Crater Lake National Park. Enjoy a short hike in the area before continuing on to the university town of Eugene.
Day 13 Eugene/Portland
Drive north to the city of Portland. One of the most popular cities to visit north of California on the West Coast, Portland is artsy, funky and full of great eating and drinking options. Spend the afternoon getting to know this charming city.
Day 14 Portland/Seattle
Enjoy the morning in Portland before travelling back to Seattle. Opt to go for a final dinner with the group.
Day 15 Seattle
Depart at any time.
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