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On the Road: Washington’s Mount Rainier, North Cascades and Olympic National Parks

Program Number: 21199RJ
Start and End Dates:
9/7/2013 - 9/18/2013;
Duration: 11 nights
Location: Seattle, Washington
Price starting at: $2,897.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: On the Road; National Parks
Meals: 30; 11 Breakfasts, 10 Lunches, 9 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian    

Discover the magic of the state of Washington on an unforgettable educational odyssey among the cathedral peaks of Mount Rainier, Olympic and North Cascades national parks. With experts, traverse the waters of Lake Chelan and visit lush flower fields surrounded by gorgeous alpine terrain, spectacular glacier-fed lakes and waterfalls. Visit the high desert of the Columbia Plateau, enjoy a bit of Bavaria right here in North America, relive events from Washington’s past at a historic lighthouse and gun battery and ride a ferry on Puget Sound.


• Explore Lake Chelan’s headwaters on a study cruise.
• Marvel at the engineering of Grand Coulee Dam.
• Watch jet liners roll off the Boeing production line.

Activity Particulars

Walking up two miles daily. Elevations up to 6,000 feet.

Itinerary Summary

Arrival Seattle, 1 night; coach to Mount Rainier National Park, 2 nights; coach to Leavenworth, 1 night; coach to Chelan, 2 nights; coach to Omak, 1 night; coach to Burlington, 1 night; coach to Olympic National Park, 2 nights; coach to Seattle, 1 night; departure.

Coordinated by Road Scholar.


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.

Comfortable hotels and historic National Park lodges with varying amenities, some without elevators.
Meals and Lodgings
   Red Lion Seattle Airport Hotel
  Seattle, WA 1 night
   Paradise Inn
  Mount Rainier National Park, WA 2 nights
   Linderhof Inn
  Leavenworth, WA 1 night
   Campbell's Resort
  Chelan, WA 2 nights
   Cascade Inn
  Winthrop, WA 1 night
   Hampton Inn & Suites
  Burlington, WA 1 night
   Lake Crescent Lodge
  Lake Crescent, Olympic National Park, WA 2 nights
   Red Lion Seattle Airport Hotel
  Seattle, WA 1 night
 Red Lion Seattle Airport Hotel
Type: Full Service Hotel
  Contact info: 18220 International Blvd
Seattle, WA 98188 USA
phone: 206-246-5535
  Room amenities: Plush pillow top bed, terrycloth bathrobe, work desk and chair, data port, alarm clock/radio, coffee maker, iron, ironing board, hairdryer, free high-speed wireless Internet access, DirectTV and premium bath amenities by Bath & Body Works.
  Facility amenities: Updated fitness center, business center, free high-speed wireless Internet access, and seasonal outdoor swimming pool and whirlpool. Complimentary airport shuttle service that operates around the clock. Onsite restaurant and lounge. Laundry facility.
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: Call for Road Scholar price. Please contact Red Lion at 206-248-8188 for additional room night requests.
  Check in time: 3:00 PM
  Additional nights after: Call for Road Scholar price. Please contact Red Lion at 206-248-8188 for additional room night requests.
  Check out time: 12:00 PM

 Paradise Inn
Type: Lodge
  Description: Everything about Paradise Inn is unique! This incredible mountainside lodge has recently been renovated, but it maintains it's majestic simplicity in the style of many of the West's iconic park lodges. Designated as one of the "Great Lodges of the West", Paradise Inn was built in 1916 and houses guest rooms, the Paradise Inn Dining Room, Tatoosh Café, and authentic Native American arts and crafts in its gift shop. Much of the decorative woodwork in the Inn was completed by Han Fraehnke, a German carpenter, which he designed and built himself. A skilled craftsman, Han also built the lodge’s rustic piano and the 14 foot grandfather clock. Outside the Inn's doors you will find meadows of flowers and miles of trails that lead to views of the magnificent mountain and its glaciers such as the awe inspiring Nisqually Glacier.
  Contact info: Mount Rainier National Park
Mount Rainier National Park, WA 98304 USA
phone: 360-569-2275
  Room amenities: The guestrooms, although small by today's standards are without modern amenities. There are no televisions, telephones, or Internet access (this is a remote location at the base of the mountain without a radio tower in sight). This is your chance to enjoy some time without the distractions of today's modern world.
  Facility amenities: This facility does not have elevators. Some lobby level rooms are available. Porterage has been included in the program price so there will be assistance bringing bags to rooms.
  Smoking allowed: No

 Linderhof Inn
Type: Inn
  Description: Enjoy Bavarian hospitality in the heart of Leavenworth. Linderhof Inn is located in the small village of Leavenworth at the base of the Cascade Mountains within a half block of downtown.
  Contact info: 690 US Highway 2
Leavenworth, WA 98826 USA
phone: 509-548-5283
  Room amenities: •Two upholstered chairs •Cable Television •Alarm Clock •Mini Refrigerator •Microwave •In Room Coffee & Teas •Iron & Ironing Board •Hair Dryer •Individual Climate control •Complimentary Wi-Fi
  Facility amenities: •"Seattle's Best" Coffee & Tazo Tea in the Lobby •Seasonal Heated Pool •Complimentary WiFi •Books & Games
  Smoking allowed: No

 Campbell's Resort
Type: Resort
  Description: Campbell's Resort sits on eight beautifully landscaped acres along the shores of Lake Chelan, providing a picture-perfect backdrop for a visit to Chelan. Its convenient location provides pedestrian access to downtown restaurants and parks.
  Contact info: 104 West Woodin Avenue
Chelan, WA 98816 USA
phone: 800-553-8225
  Room amenities: High-speed Wi-Fi access Balcony or patio right on Lake Chelan with lake views Bathrooms with separate basins and dressing areas Refrigerator and microwave Coffee maker Bath amenities Hair dryer, iron and ironing board In-room safe
  Facility amenities: Each room with balcony or patio right on Lake Chelan Two pools, two hot tubs Eight acres of landscaped grounds 1,200-foot private beach Fitness center
  Smoking allowed: No

 Cascade Inn
Type: Motel
  Description: Located along the Methow River just outside of Winthrop.
  Contact info: 1006 Highway 20
Winthrop, WA 98862 USA
phone: 509-996-3100
  Room amenities: Rooms offer a TV, microwave, coffee maker and views of the river. High speed Internet service available at no additional charge.
  Smoking allowed: No

 Hampton Inn & Suites
Type: Full Service Hotel
  Contact info: 1860 S. Burlington Blvd
Burlington, WA 98233 USA
phone: 630-757-7100
  Room amenities: Free high-speed internet access in every room, comfortable easy chair with ottoman, 25" color television, easy to operate alarm clock/radio, a coffee maker and iron/ironing board
  Facility amenities: Heated indoor pool and spa and complimentary fitness center Complimentary Beverages in the lobby area Coin Laundry ($1.00)
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes

 Lake Crescent Lodge
Type: Lodge
  Description: The historic main lodge at the Lake Crescent Resort was built in 1916 and is an ideal basecamp for enjoying the park while experiencing the charm of a turn-of-the-century resort. The comfortable, spacious guest rooms are located in guest buildings nestled among the giant fir and hemlock trees on the shores of beautiful Lake Crescent. This 10-acre natural lake located at an elevation of 600 feet is a pristine area that provides visitors with an extraordinary place for recreation and relaxation.
  Contact info: 416 Lake Crescent Road
Olympic National Park, WA 98363 USA
phone: 888-723-7127
  Room amenities: Rooms are located in one or two-story guest buildings that offer many of the comforts of home. In keeping with the character of a serene and tranquil retreat, these rooms do not have TVs nor telephones - enabling you to completely disconnect from the stresses of today's busy lifestyles. Rooms offer one or two queen beds, a porch or balcony.
  Facility amenities: Enjoy the simple elegance of yesteryear in the antique-furnished lobby as you unwind by the stone fireplace, or settle in to the cozy sun porch and take in a spectacular sunset over the lake. Lodge restaurant is located in the main lodge.
  Smoking allowed: No

Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Hotel check in begins at 3:00 PM. Program registration begins at 5:00 PM. Dinner is at 6:00 PM. You will be staying at Red Lion Seattle Airport Hotel that night.
  End of Program:
After breakfast with hotel check out by 12:00 PM. You will be staying at Red Lion Seattle Airport Hotel the night before.
  Required documents:
The Participant Information Form is required. Please bring your America the Beautiful or Golden Age Pass for National Park entry if you have one. It is not necessary to purchase one, if you do not have one already.
  Parking availability:
No charge during an overnight stay. For those leaving a car during the program, the parking rate is $12 per night. There is alternative parking through SeaTac airport vendors with airport shuttles. The hotel offers a shuttle from the airport.
To Start of Program
  Location:  Seattle, WA
  Nearest city or town:  Seattle, Washington
  Nearest highway: I-5
  Nearest airport:  Seattle-Tacoma International Airport
  From End of Program
  Location: Seattle, WA
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details

Seattle Airport Red Lion


From Airport




Hotel Shuttle
Red Lion Inn Complimentary Shuttle
phone: 206-246-5535


Travel Time:


5 mins 


Red Lion offers a 24 hour airport shuttle which runs about every 7 minutes. Look for it outside the airport baggage claim area.


Seattle- Red Lion Seattle Airport Hotel


From Train Station




Yellow Cab
phone: 206-622-6500


Per Person/One Way:


Approximately $12
Prices are subject to change.




2.8 miles


The Amtrak station closest to the hotel is Tukwila (TUK). Call Yellow Cab for transportation to the hotel. Their website is


Seattle- Red Lion Seattle Airport Hotel


From Train Station




Public Transportation
Sound Transit- Central Link Light Rail
phone: 206-398-5000


Per Person/One Way:


Prices are subject to change.


Travel Time:


37 minute ride time 


Amtrak has a station in Seattle (King Street Station). This isn't the closest station to the hotel but it may be a more frequent stop. Light rail runs from downtown Seattle to the SeaTac Airport. The nearest station (Chinatown) is a 2 minute walk. Purchase tickets before boarding a southbound train. Disembark at SeaTac airport (follow a separated guideway from the garage to the main terminal). Meet hotel shuttle outside of baggage claim. For additional information, visit


Seattle- Red Lion Seattle Airport Hotel


From Bus Terminal




Public Transportation
Sound Transit- Central Link Light Rail
phone: 206-398-5000


Per Person/One Way:


Prices are subject to change.


Travel Time:


37 minute ride time 


Sound Transit- Central Link Light Rail runs from downtown Seattle to the SeaTac Airport. The Greyhound Station is located at 811 Stewart St. It is a 10 minute walk to Westlake Station for the lightrail. You'll need to purchase a ticket before boarding. Disembark at SeaTac airport (follow a separated guideway from the garage to the main terminal). Meet the hotel shuttle outside of the baggage claim area. For additional information, visit

Driving Directions
  Red Lion Seattle Airport from Airport From the airport head east to International Boulevard. Turn right onto International Boulevard. At the next light, make a U-turn. The Red Lion Hotel Seattle Airport is located on the right side at 18220 International Boulevard.
  Red Lion Seattle Airport from I-405 Take I-5 South, take exit 152 and stay in the right lane. This puts you on 188th. Stay on 188th to International Boulevard. Take a right onto International Boulevard. The Red Lion Hotel Seattle Airport will be 2 blocks down on the right hand side at 18220 International Boulevard.
  Red Lion Seattle Airport from I-5 North Take exit 152 and turn left at the light at the end of the off ramp. This puts you on 188th. Stay on 188th to International Boulevard. Take a right onto International Boulevard. The Red Lion Hotel Seattle Airport will be on the right, 2 blocks down, at 18220 International Boulevard.
  Red Lion Seattle Airport from I-5 South Take exit 152 and stay in the right lane. This puts you on 188th. Stay on 188th to International Boulevard. Take a right onto International Boulevard. The Red Lion Hotel Seattle Airport will be 2 blocks down on the right hand side at 18220 International Boulevard.
Elevation Note: Highest Sleeping Elevation is Paradise Inn at 5,500 feet. Bus will travel to 6,000 feet.

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: Introductions and Program Orientation
(Saturday, September 7)
 Arrive To: Registration will begin in the hotel meeting space at 5:00 pm followed by dinner.
 Dinner: Plated dinner at the hotel at 6:00 pm.
 Evening: Introductions and orientation will follow dinner at 7:00 pm.
Accommodations: Red Lion Seattle Airport Hotel
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Mt. Rainier National Park/Paradise
(Sunday, September 8)
 Breakfast: At your leisure in the hotel breafast space.
 Morning: Depart for Mt. Rainier National Park arriving late morning at Longmire inside the park. With the establishment of Mount Rainier National Park in 1899, Longmire became park headquarters. The site had previously served as James Longmire's homestead, lodging, and mineral springs resort. Although park headquarters are no longer at Longmire, the original headquarters building houses a museum that tells the story of the early days of the park. All of Longmire is now designated a national historic district.
 Lunch: Picnic lunch en route.
 Afternoon: Spend some time exploring Longmire and then head to Paradise. Paradise is famous for its glorious views and wildflower meadows with most flowers blooming in August. Fall color exists when the low growing cascade blueberries, yarrow and spirea turn from yellow to red with a few lingering flowers. When James Longmire's daughter-in-law, Martha, first saw this site, she exclaimed, "Oh, what a paradise!" Join a National Park ranger as he tells the story of Paradise Inn and the surrounding area followed by a visit to the Paradise Jackson Visitor Center.
 Dinner: Enjoy dinner at your leisure in the Paradise Inn dining room.
 Evening: Sunday evenings park service staff offers optional star viewing with a telescope from dark till midnight. If you'd ratther, enjoy the historic lodge with its lovely lanterns and log beams. Tables along the upper floor provide spots to sit and visit. The lodge offers a lounge for those who want to enjoy a refreshing or hot drink.
Accommodations: Paradise Inn
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Paradise Meadow Walk/Fieldtrip to Park Sites
(Monday, September 9)

Note: Those not wanting to take the short hikes to view points may stay in the parking area to enjoy the wonderful vistas.

 Breakfast: At your leisure in the Paradise Inn Dining Room
 Morning: Explore the meadows above the lodge and wonder at the spectacular views of Mount Rainier and the Tatoosh Range. Mount Rainier looms above with magnificent views of its glaciers. Keep an eye out for marmots who love to spend their time nibbling in the meadows.
 Lunch: Picnic lunch enroute.
 Afternoon: Take a bus excursion through the southern portion of the park for magnificent views of Mt. Rainier, the Tatoosh Range from Ricksecker Point, Narada Falls, Reflection Lakes, Louise Lake, Bench Lake and Box Canyon taking occasional short hikes of 1/4 to 1/2 mile in length.
 Dinner: Choose from the varied menu at the Paradise Inn dining room.
 Evening: On your own to enjoy the ambience of the lodge. Read a book in front of the fire, borrow some games from the front desk and relax!
Accommodations: Paradise Inn
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Yakima Winery/John Clymer Museum of Art and Historic Ellensburg Guided Walk/Leavenworth
(Tuesday, September 10)

Note: Guided walk will be no more than a 3/4 mile in length.

 Breakfast: At your leisure in the Paradise Inn dining room.
 Morning: Depart for Yakima stopping at a local fruit stand along the way. Arrive in Yakima late morning for a visit to a winery tasting room followed by lunch.
 Lunch: At a local winery.
 Afternoon: We'll continue our journey as we stop in Ellensburg to visit the Clymer Museum of Art which showcases this painter and illustrator who provided a realistic portrayal of American frontier life as well as animals in their natural surroundings. Born in Ellensburg, and later moving to Connecticut, he illustrated 80 covers of the Saturday Evening Post, and was an illustrator for other magazines such as Women's Day and Field and Stream. Following the visit to the museum take a walking tour of the historic town of Ellensburg. We'll then depart for Leavenworth.
 Dinner: Dinner and evening will be on your own to explore this Bavarian style town.
Accommodations: Linderhof Inn
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 5: Nutcracker Museum/Aplet & Cotlet Factory/Chelan Dam/Guided Historic Walk in Chelan
(Wednesday, September 11)

Note: Walk will be no more than 1 mile in length.

 Breakfast: At your leisure in the hotel breakfast room.
 Morning: Visit the Nutcracker Museum. We will watch a 15 minute video giving a short history of the nutcrackers, then will participate in a hands on demonstration of unusual nutcrackers. Afterwards we will tour the museum which shows over 6,000 nutcrackers from over 40 countries, oldest dating back to Roman times.

We will depart for the Aplet Cotlet factory in Cashmere run by Liberty Orchards. Learn how the candies are made from hand and visit the sorting and packing facilities.
 Lunch: Picnic Lunch at the Lake Chelan Dam
 Afternoon: Visit the Rocky Reach Visitors Center and tour the dam facility with representative from the dam. The dam is the primary source of electricity, irrigation and drinking water for Chelan County homes and businesses. The fish viewing room, with five windows located on the west side of the fish ladder, allows visitors to watch salmon, steelhead, trout and other species continue their upstream migration to spawning areas. After our visit to the dam we will head into the town of Chelan to check into Campbells Resort followed by a historical walk through town.
 Dinner: At the resort
 Evening: Presentation by Road Scholar staff.
Accommodations: Campbell's Resort
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Lake Chelan Boat to Stehekin/Rainbow Falls/National Park Visitor Center
(Thursday, September 12)
 Breakfast: At the resort
 Morning: Depart at 8:30 AM on the Lady Express for a trip up the lake to Stehekin, WA. Lake Chelan is the largest lake in the state of Washington. The town of Stehekin is considered a gateway to North Cascades National Park and is not accessible by road. This trip will provide a chance to learn about the flora and fauna of the area.
 Lunch: Picnic lunch from the Pastry Company in Stekehin.
 Afternoon: Visit 312 foot Rainbow Falls which is truly a sight to see. Then take a short forest walk (3/8ths mile) on “Buckner Lane” following the century old hand-dug gravity fed irrigation ditch carrying water from Rainbow Falls. The ditch is still essential to the life of the orchard. Learn the story of the Buckner family who operated the orchard from the 1920’s until it was sold to the National Park Service in 1970. It is the only orchard producing “Common Delicious” apples in the United States today. On the National Register of Historic Places, it is recognized as one of the best maintained historic orchards in the nation.

Return to Stehekin Landing for a visit to the Golden West Visitor Center. Then take a leisurely return trip on the Lady of the Lake II.
 Dinner: We will return to Chelan at 6:00 PM. You will have the evening on your own to enjoy one of the local restaurants at your leisure.
Accommodations: Campbell's Resort
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 7: Dry Falls State Park/Grand Coulee Dam
(Friday, September 13)
 Breakfast: At the resort.
 Morning: Depart for Dry Falls State Park to learn about the cataclysmic floods that swept periodically across eastern Washington and down the Columbia River Gorge at the end of the last ice age. These floods are thought to be the cause of the many unusual formations in the landscape of the area including the ancient riverbed of Grand Coulee where massive erosion cut through basalt deposits. This National Natural Landmark stretches for about sixty miles southwest from Grand Coulee Dam to Soap Lake, being bisected by Dry Falls into the Upper and Lower Grand Coulee. After our stop at the visitor's center we will travel to Grand Coulee Dam.
 Lunch: Picnic lunch at North Dam Park where the folk art Gehrke Windmills are exhibited. These windmills constructed of castaway iron pieces painted in bright colors have been featured in national Geographic and Sunset magazines.
 Afternoon: Visit the Grand Coulee Dam Welcome Center with a tour of the dam facility. Board a van to be taken to the Pump-Generating Plant. Highlights include a look at the large pumps used for transporting water from Lake Roosevelt to the Columbia Basin Irrigation Project concluding with a van ride across the top of the dam. Construction of Grand Coulee Dam began in 1933 and was completed in 1942. Grand Coulee Dam is the largest hydropower producer in the United States with a total generating capacity of 6,809 megawatts. As part of the Columbia Basin Project, it irrigates more than 600,000 acres, and is the cornerstone for water control on the Columbia River.
 Dinner: Local restaurant.
 Evening: Check into hotel and have remainder of evening to rest and relax.
Accommodations: Cascade Inn
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: Washington Pass/North Cascades National Park
(Saturday, September 14)

Note: Several short hikes of 1/4 to 1/2 mile in length.

 Breakfast: At hotel
 Morning: Begin our adventure into North Cascades National Park with a stop at Washington Pass. The views from the top of the pass are exceptional. Continue into the park with stops at several sites including Ross Lake, Diablo Lake and Gorge Creek Falls overlooks. Explore an ancient forest on the Happy Creek Forest walk. View gorges, creeks and waterfalls as we make our way to the North Cascades National Park Visitor Center.
 Lunch: Picnic lunch along the way.
 Afternoon: At the park visitor center a park ranger will provide an intro to the park. The group will explore the exhibits and take a walk along the Rockshelter Trail to an archeological site and a trail to an old growth cedar glade.
 Dinner: At hotel.
 Evening: Presentation on the area by a local expert.
Accommodations: Hampton Inn & Suites
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9: Deception Pass/Fort Casey/Admiralty Head Lighthouse/Ferry/Port Townsend/Lake Crescent
(Sunday, September 15)

Note: Port Townsend exploration includes a walk of 1/3 mile.

 Breakfast: At hotel.
 Morning: Head for Deception Pass a strait separating Whidbey Island from Fidalgo Island and is known for its turbulent currents. George Vancouver gave it the name "Deception" because it had misled him into thinking Whidbey Island was a peninsula.

We will take a walk onto the bridge and then head for Fort Casey State park for an exploration of its gun batteries and a guided visit to Admiralty Lighthouse. Built in 1861 and rebuilt in 1903, the lighthouse guided tall ships toward the Whidbey Island shore. It was the last brick lighthouse designed by renowned German architect Carl Leick - its walls 18 inches thick to withstand the earthquakes that shake western Washington. Admiralty Head's Fresnel lens was extinguished in 1922, but the lighthouse today continues to welcome visitors to the area.
 Lunch: Picnic Lunch
 Afternoon: After lunch glide across Puget Sound on a Washington State ferry from Coupeville to Port Townsend. Spend an hour in this interesting Victorian town. Visit the Rothschild House and Jefferson County Historical Museum to learn its early history.

Departing Port Townsend we will enter Olympic National Park for a stay at Lake Crescent Lodge. The guest rooms are modern, but the setting along the lake is magnificent. The historic lodge is a few steps from the guest rooms and has an antique-furnished lobby with a large stone fireplace with seating to enjoy the turn of the century ambiance. The lodge's cozy sun porch also offers chairs to enjoy the lovely view.
 Dinner: At the lodge.
Accommodations: Lake Crescent Lodge
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10: Explore Lake Crescent/Hurricane Ridge
(Monday, September 16)

Note: Hike of up to one mile with 250 feet of elevation gain.

 Breakfast: At the lodge.
 Morning: Explore the area along Lake Crescent with a local expert while learning about the natural history of the area.
 Lunch: Late morning we will head to Hurricane Ridge and will have a picnic lunch en route.
 Afternoon: Our afternoon will be filled with a visit to Hurricane Ridge. This area is shaped by wind and snow and its gusts of over 75 miles per hour have given it its hurricane name. It receives 30-35 feet of snow annually and it often lingers into summer. This snow maintains the open meadows which allow for magnificent views of the Olympic mountains. Hikes will be approximately 1 mile in length with 250 feet of elevation gain maximum.
 Dinner: At the lodge.
Accommodations: Lake Crescent Lodge
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11: Ferry to Edmonds/Boeing Plant Tour
(Tuesday, September 17)

Note: Boeing plant tour includes 21 steep steps.

 Breakfast: At the Lodge.
 Morning: Depart for the Kingston/Edmonds Ferry. Enjoy the views of Puget Sound as we cross towards Seattle.
 Lunch: At a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: Visit Boeing's Everett, Wash., facility which is home to the 747, 767, 777 and 787 Dreamliner production lines. During the tour of the world's largest building by volume (472,000,000 cubic feet or 13,385,378 cubic meters), you will see airplanes being built for their worldwide base of airline customers. Tours last 90 mins and include 21 steep stairs and a one third mile walk.

Following our visit we will head south towards Seattle and our hotel for the evening.
 Dinner: Farewell Dinner at hotel.
Accommodations: Red Lion Seattle Airport Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12: Departures
(Wednesday, September 18)
 Breakfast: At the hotel.
 Morning: Independent departures with hotel check out by 12:00 PM.
Meals Included: Breakfast

Free Time Opportunities
  Leavenworth, WA Nutcracker Museum
6,000 Nutcrackers dating back 500 years. Video presentation. Located at 735 Front Street in Leavenworth, open 2:00 to 5:00 pm.. 509-548-4573 For additional information, visit
  Seattle, WA Olympic Sculpture Park
One of the best free attractions in Seattle, the park is open year-round and features sculptures from artists such as Richard Serra, Alexander Calder, Mark di Suvero and Louise Bourgeois. It’s located in a former industrial site, and the grounds make use of many native plants as well as eco-friendly features such as rainwater capture and a salmon habitat. A z-shaped path cuts through vast expanses and grassy meadows, connecting with beachside trails and bicycle paths. For additional information, visit
  Pike Place Market
Open year-round, this is Seattle’s most iconic attraction — and it’s filled with tasty treats. There’s so much to love about Pike Place Market. Aisles of gleaming fruits and vegetables, tables overflowing with fresh floral bouquets, and booth after booth selling all manner of locally made jewelry, clothing and gifts. It’s also a great place to enjoy many fantastic eateries serving prepared dishes. When you’re not sure what kind of food you’re in the mood to eat, just head to Pike Place Market and sample a little of everything. There’s also the whole fish- throwing thing, too. For additional information, visit
  Seattle Art Museum
Located in downtown Seattle on the corner of First and Union, SAM presents items from its collection as well as traveling exhibits. If you’re exploring the permanent collection, you’ll want to see the Native & Meso-American collection with works by the area’s original inhabitants. Other highlights include contemporary works by Jackson Pollock and Andy Warhol; European masterpieces of portraiture and sculpture; and Asian pieces dating back to the second century. The Seattle Asian Art Museum, in Volunteer Park, features noteworthy collections of Chinese, Korean, and Southeast Asian art, and its Japanese art collection is among the most distinguished outside of Japan. For additional information, visit
  Seattle Center
Originally built for the 1962 World's Fair, the 74-acre Seattle Center is a park, arts, and entertainment center in Seattle. Its landmark feature is the 605-foot tall Space Needle, which when it was completed was the tallest building west of the Mississippi River. The Seattle Center includes four museums, 11 theaters, five gardens, six fountains, more than a dozen restaurants, a skate park and an events arena. In short, this is Seattle’s entertainment hub. For additional information, visit
  Seattle Waterfront
A unique area located on Alaskan Way in downtown Seattle, the Waterfront is an active area pretty much year-round. With dozens of paths, piers and public spaces, it’s always a great place to relax and enjoy a little people watching as you absorb the local scene. The Seattle Aquarium is at Pier 59, and Piers 55 and 56 offer embarkation points for cruises to Tillicum Village on Blake Island, where visitors can experience Native American culture. The popular Water Taxi to West Seattle leaves from Pier 50, Washington State Ferries from Pier 52, and Metro's route 99 connects Elliott Bay's waterfront attractions such as the Olympic Sculpture Park, Seattle Aquarium and ferry services with the International District, Pioneer Square and First Avenue destinations including the Seattle Art Museum and Pike Place Market. If you’re in the area and looking for shopping and dining, you’re in luck as well. For additional information, visit
  Visit Seattle
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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

Roadside Geology of Washington

Author: Alt & Hyndman

Cataclysms on the Columbia: The Great Missoula Floods

Author: John Eliot Allen, Marjorie Burns, Scott Burns

Description: The formation of the Grand Coulee remained a mystery for many years, until J Harlen Bretz proved that the Columbia River basin was the site of huge floods 15,000 years ago that created the landscape we see today. This is the BEST book on the subject.

Glaical Lake Missoula and its Humongous Floods

Author: Alt

Bretz's Flood: The Remarkable Story of a Rebel Geologist

Author: Soennichsen

Northwest Exposures: A Geologic Story of the Northwest

Author: Alt & Kyndman

Description: For those deeply interested in geology.

Traveler's History of Washington

Author: Bill Gulick

The World of Chief Seattle: How Can One Sell the Air?

Author: Warren Jefferson

Chief Joseph and the Flight of the Nez Perce: The Untold Story of an American Tragedy

Author: Kent Nerburn

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As a not-for-profit organization, we are dedicated to providing all-inclusive educational programs at great value. From lectures to gratuities to field trips to accommodations - the tuition you pay up front is all that you pay.

Specifically, this program includes:

Plus these special experiences...

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And included with all Road Scholar programs:

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