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Program Number: 9265RJ
Start and End Dates:
9/22/2013 - 9/27/2013; 5/22/2016 - 5/27/2016; 9/11/2016 - 9/16/2016;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Seattle, Washington
Price starting at: $1,049.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: History & Culture; Natural History
Meals: 12; 5 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 4 Dinners    
Meal Options: Gluten Free; Low Salt; Low Fat; Vegetarian    

Revel in the delights of this emerald-green corner of the Pacific Northwest. Mingle with farmers and artisans as you dodge "flying fish" at the Pike Place Market. Marvel at the meadows, glaciers, wildflowers and waterfalls of Mount Rainier. Witness art in creation at the Museum of Glass in Tacoma, learn about the past at the State History Museum and spend a day in Victorian Port Townsend on the Olympic Peninsula. Feast on wild salmon and Dungeness crab, observe migrating Chinook salmon at the Ballard Locks and explore Seattle neighborhoods.


• Walk nature trails on Mt. Rainier’s southern slope and learn onsite about the historic Paradise Inn and glorious Narada Falls.
• Admire the beautiful works of the Dale Chihuly glass exhibit in Tacoma’s historic Union Station and walk across the Chihuly Bridge of Glass.
• Ferry across Puget Sound to picturesque Port Townsend, where you sample fresh seafood, visit a Victorian mansion and more.

Activity Particulars

Walking up to two miles per day.

Optional hiking at Mt. Rainier. Elevations of 5,500 feet.

Date Specific Information


Enjoy the latest in hearing technology — listening devices — on this date.

Coordinated by Evergreen Adventures.


Seattle is a visual gem, set amid saltwater, lakes and mountains. International influences abound in this congenial city. Unique neighborhoods, world-class cultural institutions, parks and the landmark Space Needle are just the beginning.

Vibrant urban hotel with fitness center in heart of Seattle’s bustling downtown.

Road Scholar Instructors
These instructors are participating on at least one date of this program. Please note that changes may occur.
David Williams

David Williams is a freelance natural history writer. Based on the western edge of the North American plate in Seattle, he has taught geology to students of all ages. His books include “Stories in Stone: Travels in Urban Geology,” “A Street-Smart Naturalist: Field Notes from Seattle” and “A Naturalist’s Guide to Canyon Country.” He has written for numerous periodicals including Smithsonian Magazine, Popular Mechanics and National Wildlife, and is a regular contributor to Earth Magazine.
Meals and Lodgings
   The Red Lion Hotel on 5th Avenue
  Seattle, Washington 5 nights
 The Red Lion Hotel on 5th Avenue
Type: Full Service Hotel
  Description: Located in the heart of downtown Seattle, close to the Pike Place Market, the central library, the Seattle Art Museum, the Seattle Aquarium, Benaroya (symphony) Hall, sports stadiums, restaurants, shopping, theaters and the monorail to the Seattle Center and the Space Needle.
  Contact info: 1415 5th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98101 USA
phone: 206-917-8000
  Room amenities: Flat screen TV, coffeemaker, refrigerator, terry robes, Bath & Bodyworks amenities, iron/ironing board.
  Facility amenities: Newly-redecorated guestrooms, restaurant/lounge/terrace, fitness facility, free wireless internet, dataports, $15/night guest parking (6'2" clearance).
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: Rates vary seasonally. Seattle Red Lion Reservations at 1-855-515-1144.
  Check in time: 3:00 PM
  Additional nights after: Rates vary seasonally. Seattle Red Lion Reservations at 1-855-515-1144.
  Check out time: 12:00 PM

Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Any time between 4:00 -5:00 pm in posted meeting room. You will be staying at The Red Lion Hotel on 5th Avenue that night.
  End of Program:
Program ends about noon, after Friday morning's activity. You will be staying at The Red Lion Hotel on 5th Avenue the night before.
  Required documents:
The Participant Information Form is required.
  Parking availability:
$15 + tax/night, subject to change. 6'2" height restriction in garage--no RVs or trucks.
To Start of Program
  Location:  Seattle, Washington
  Nearest highway: I-5
  Nearest airport:  Seattle-Tacoma International Airport
  From End of Program
  Location: Seattle, Washington
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details



From Airport




Public Transportation
LINK light rail


Per Person/One Way:


$2.50/person/adult rate; $.75/person/senior rate
Prices are subject to change.


Travel Time:


45 minutes 




16 miles


Board LINK light rail at SeaTac airport. Trains depart every 10 minutes. Ride to the Westlake Station. Get off train; ride elevator to street level. Nordstrom will be on your left. Walk 1.5 blocks south on 5th Ave. to the Red Lion Hotel, 1415 5th Ave.




From Airport




Commercial Van/Shuttle
Shuttle Express
phone: 425-981-7000


Per Person/One Way:


about $15, subject to change
Prices are subject to change.


Travel Time:


less than one hour 


From baggage claim area take elevator to 3rd floor. Cross skybridge to parking garage. Take elevator down to main level. Find Shuttle Express at Island 2. Reservations recommended but not required.




From Airport




Yellow Cab
phone: NA -00---


Per Person/One Way:


For one-four persons, about $35-45
Prices are subject to change.


Travel Time:






16 miles


King Street Station


From Train Station






Per Person/One Way:


Under $10 to hotel
Prices are subject to change.


Travel Time:


15 minutes 

Driving Directions
  From the north From I-5 southbound, exit at Stewart Street (exit # 166). Follow Stewart to 5th Avenue. Turn left onto 5th Avenue. Drive 3.5 blocks to the Red Lion Hotel; the cross street before the hotel entrance is Pike Street.The hotel entrance is on the right side of the street.
  South, including SeaTac Airport Drive north on I-5. Exit at Seneca St (exit# 165). Follow Seneca St. to 4th Ave. Turn right onto 4th Ave.Drive 3 blocks, turn right onto Pike St. Drive the length of that block, turn right onto 5th Ave. At the first opportunity turn right down into the Red Lion Hotel's parking garage.
Elevation Note: The Visitor Center at Paradise on Mt. Rainier is at 5500'.

The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

Daily Schedule

Day 1: Registration/Introductions
(Sunday, September 22)
 Arrive To: Check into hotel room, then at meeting room (posted on readerboard in lobby) any time between 4:00-5:00 pm to pick up program materials and name tag.
 Afternoon: Hosted reception at 5:00 pm; welcome and discussion of agenda 5:30-6:00 pm.
 Dinner: Dinner in our private dining room at 6:00 pm.
 Evening: Introductions of all attendees, short snapshot of Seattle.
Accommodations: The Red Lion Hotel on 5th Avenue
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Exploring Seattle--the Chittenden Locks, Dungeness crab for lunch, the Olympic Sculpture Park and the Pike Place Market. An evening lecture on Mt. Rainier.
(Monday, September 23)
 Breakfast: Buffet breakfast in our meeting room. Enjoy scrambled eggs, hot/cold cereals, fruit/ juices, assorted breakfast breads, bacon/sausage, potatoes, toast, yogurt, coffe/decaf/tea.
 Morning: Learn about the history and operation of the Pike Place Market in an illustrated lecture. Narrated ride on chartered coach to Ballard Locks, where a Corps of Engineers interpreter will lecture on the history of the Locks, then lead a walk of the botanical gardens, locks and fish ladder. Travel through scenic Seattle neighborhoods on the way to lunch.
 Lunch: Lunch at a waterfront restaurant known for its Dungeness cracked crab and other local seafood/non-seafood choices. Enjoy clam chowder, Fisherman's stew, hot sourdough bread and tossed green salad before the crab arrives.
 Afternoon: Stop by the Seattle Art Museum's Olympic Sculpture Park on the shores of Elliott Bay. Travel a few blocks to the Pike Place Market for a guided walk of some of the hidden treasures of the Market, with time to explore on your own. Walk the three blocks to the hotel with the group or take more time to explore the Market.
 Dinner: Dinner in our private dining room.
 Evening: Illustrated lecture by a local geologist on the beauty and the volcanic potential of Mt. Rainier.
Accommodations: The Red Lion Hotel on 5th Avenue
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Mt. Rainier visit--Longmire, Paradise, Narada Falls.
(Tuesday, September 24)
 Breakfast: Buffet breakfast.
 Morning: Travel by well-equipped chartered coach to 14,410' Mt. Rainier. We'll have a rest stop on the way, then choose our lunches from a deluxe deli. Once at Longmire, take time to explore the historic national park buildings and walk the well-groomed Trail of the Shadows. See dramatic Narada Falls, where crystal-clear snowmelt cascades over towering cliffs. Expect to spend 2.5 hours each way on this Mt. Rainier trip.
 Lunch: Unpack your picnic lunch at the Paradise Inn or at a picnic table outside the Jackson Visitor Center at Paradise, elevation 5500 feet..
 Afternoon: Walk trails in the meadows on your own, gazing up at the autumn-flamed vine maple and choose from a number of hikes. Browse the Visitor Center's interpretive displays on the natural and human history of the mountain and its breathtaking surrounding peaks. Look through its excellent gift shops for souvenirs of this gorgeous day. Visit Paradise Inn, a vintage National Park lodge, to see hand-painted lampshades, sturdy rustic furniture, huge fireplaces and a one-of-a-kind piano. Bask in the sun on the decks as you take in the aptly-named Sawtooth Range. Be alert for wildlife, large and small--cheeky chipmunks, mountain marmots and shy black bears live here.
 Dinner: We'll return to the hotel for a relaxing dinner after the drive home from Mt. Rainier.
 Evening: No evening program tonight. We have a busy day tomorrow!
Accommodations: The Red Lion Hotel on 5th Avenue
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Visit Tacoma's fascinating museums--The Washington State History Museum, Union Station and the red-hot Museum of Glass.
(Wednesday, September 25)
 Breakfast: Buffet breakfast.
 Morning: Travel by chartered coach to Tacoma, 45 minutes south of Seattle, to visit the fascinating Washington State History Museum and the extensive Chihuly glass exhibit in historic Union Station, a graceful building designed by the same architects who designed Grand Central Terminal in New York City.
 Lunch: Lunch in a popular brewpub near the museums.
 Afternoon: Marvel at the Chihuly Bridge of Glass, created by Dale Chihuly, a Tacoma native, as a grand entry to the Museum of Glass, designed by Arthur Erickson, Canada's foremost architect. Follow a docent or stroll at your own pace through the current displays at the acclaimed Museum of Glass, then observe glass artistry in the making at the Museum's amphitheatre-style hot shop. A narrator will describe the processes and answer questions about the glass-making you see.
 Dinner: The remainder of the evening is free after we return to Seattle about 4:30 pm. You are on your own for dinner this evening. Suggestions will be provided for finding a tasty meal at one of the many restaurants surrounding our hotel.
Accommodations: The Red Lion Hotel on 5th Avenue
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 5: Stroll the historic Victorian town of Pt. Townsend; hear great stories from a local guide. Relax over a delicious seafood dinner.
(Thursday, September 26)
 Breakfast: Buffet breakfast.
 Morning: Our motorcoach will drive aboard the Washington State ferry as we cross Puget Sound to Bainbridge Island. We'll drive through the Scandinavian village of Poulsbo and cross the Hood Canal Floating Bridge on our way to picturesque Victorian Pt. Townsend on the Olympic Peninsula. Explore Water Street's many shops, bookstores and cafes, located in historic brick buildings.
 Lunch: Lunch on your own in one of Pt. Townsend's many excellent cafes. Some are on the water, others in old houses, others feature organic, vegetarian or ethnic meals. Fresh seafood abounds.
 Afternoon: Re-board the coach to hear from a knowledegable and entertaining local guide about Pt. Townsend's colorful history. Visit a "gingerbread" Victorian mansion, the old-time commander's house at Ft. Worden and more.
 Dinner: Travel back across Puget Sound by ferry to Edmonds for a leisurely dinner in a highly-acclaimed waterfront seafood restaurant on the way home. Watch the sun set behind the Olympic Mountains and ferries come and go as you enjoy a meal designed just for us.
 Evening: Plan to arrive back at our hotel by 9:00 pm. Good night!
Accommodations: The Red Lion Hotel on 5th Avenue
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 6: Up the Space Needle's glass-fronted elevator to the 360-degree observation deck. Delight in the sparkling displays of glass magic at the new Chihuly Garden & Glass exhibit.
(Friday, September 27)
 Depart From: Program ends after the morning's activities.
 Breakfast: Buffet breakfast.
 Morning: View a video of the 1962 construction of the Space Needle before we ride the monorail to the Seattle Center and the glass-fronted elevator up to the observation deck of the landmark structure. Once you've spotted many of the places we've visited this busy week in the upper left-hand corner it's time to enter the magical world of glass-master Dale Chihuly. Learn about his early inspirations and see work from the 1970s right up to today. Our program concludes at this point. You may linger at the Seattle Center or return to the hotel with the group on the monorail. Thank you for coming to Seattle!
 Lunch: Bon voyage!
Meals Included: Breakfast

Free Time Opportunities
  Seattle, Washington Chihuly's Gardens & Glass
See wonderful new glass art creations by legendary glass-master Dale Chihuly in a permanent exhibit adjacent to the Space Needle. Expected to open late Spring; ticket prices not yet announced. For additional information, visit
  LeMay Car Museum
The new LeMay Car Museum, adjacent to the Tacoma Dome, will show vintage and exotic cars from the world's largest private car collection in a distinctive building. The day we visit Tacoma in our program you can choose to visit here instead of the Museum of Glass. Free 10-minute light-rail ride to the car museum after lunch. Ticket prices not yet available. For additional information, visit
Important information about your itinerary: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

Suggested Reading List

The Egg and I

Author: Betty MacDonald

Description: Lightly fictionalized account of the author and her husband's attempt to raise eggs on a farm near Pt. Townsend, with Ma and Pa Kettle as neighbors.

Winter Brothers

Author: Ivan Doig

Description: Recounting of Swan's time in the early NW, focusing on Pt. Townsend and its plans for great things.

Snow Falling on Cedars

Author: David Guterson

Description: Set on Bainbridge Island, a story of intolerance and survival after WWII. Portrays many true events and actual citizens of the area. Fiction.

The Good Rain

Author: Timothy Egan

Free Boy; A True Story of Slave and Master

Author: Dr. Lorraine McConaghy

Description: How did the Civil War appear in the Pacific Northwest? Read this story of a boy brought to Olympia as a slave and how he gained his freedom.

Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet

Author: Jamie Ford

Description: Set in the Seattle of WWII, the story of a Chinese-American boy and a Japanese-American girl in a world beyond their control.

New Land, North of the Columbia

Author: Dr. Lorraine McConaghy

Description: An engaging history of Washington Territory and State, presented through an examination and explanation of original documents by the state's premier historian.

Warship Under Sail: The USS Decatur in the Pacific West

Author: Dr. Lorraine McConaghy

Description: The detailed and lively story of the US Navy in the Pacific Northwest during the transition from sail to steam.

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