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Remarkable Alaska, British Columbia & Haida Gwaii

Program Number: 18780RJ
Start and End Dates:
5/1/2015 - 5/17/2015;
Duration: 16 nights
Location: Alaska/British Columbia
Price starting at: $10,390.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Adventure Afloat Study Cruise; Small Ship Cruising
Meals: 46; 16 Breakfasts, 14 Lunches, 16 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian    

Explore a thousand miles of fjords, glaciers, inlets and islands, from Seattle to Glacier Bay, on this epic 17-day voyage. Wake to the cry of a soaring eagle, watch tons of ice thunder from a glacier, walk amid towering spruce trees, and witness the antics of orcas and humpback whales. Our special-use permits allow you to spend a full day in Glacier Bay and to hike and kayak in wild, remote places that are generally off limits.




Activity Particulars

Walking and standing for up to one hour at a time on sandy and uneven terrain. Climbing some steep stairs. Many optional opportunities for walks, hikes and kayaking.



Itinerary At-a-Glance

Seattle, Wash., 1 night; embark National Geographic Sea Bird, 14 nights; Sitka, Alaska, 1 night.



Coordinated by Road Scholar.



Days 1-2: Arrival Seattle, Wash. / embark National Geographic Sea Bird:

Arrive in Seattle for orientation and begin your voyage. Lodging: Historic downtown hotel.



Days 3-4: Gulf Islands, Johnstone Straight and Alert Bay (Canada):

Search for pods of orca whales known to spend at least a part of the year in Johnstone Strait as we navigate around thickly forested islands. Visit the U’Mista Cultural Center, where we'll watch traditional First Nations performances and learn from the Kwakwaka'wakw people.



Days 5-6: Inside Passage of British Columbia:

Sail northward along untouched coastline of British Columbia looking for whales, dolphins, bears, deer and other wildlife. Go ashore to explore and kayak into beautiful bays and inlets.



Day 7-9: Haida Gwaii:

Visit the Haida Heritage Center to learn the incredible story of the Haida people of the Pacific Northwest. Join in a traditional dance performance and feast and meet community members and local artistians. Explore incredibly biodiverse islands home to the largest black bears in the world.



Day 10: Misty Fiords, Alaska:

Glide past glacially carved cliffs and kayak in the stillness of Misty Fiords’ forested backwaters.



Day 11: Frederick Sound and Petersburg:

Join naturalists on deck to search for orcas, humpback whales and Steller sea lions. Go ashore for a walk along a quiet forest trail. Visit the fishing village of Petersburg, known as “Alaska’s Little Norway.” Enjoy a crab feast this evening.



Day 12: Tracy Arm-Fords Terror Wilderness:

Voyage into Tracy or Endicott Arm, both spectacular fjords, with waterfalls cascading from glacially carved walls. See the soaring Dawes or South Sawyer Glacier up close.



Day 13: Juneau:

Discover Mendenhall Glacier with naturalists and observe the ever-changing, ice-carved valley up close.



Day 14: Glacier Bay National Park:

Search for Steller sea lions, puffins and mountain goats during a full day field trip in iconic Glacier Bay National Park.



Day 15: Southeast Alaska’s Islands, Bays and Fjords:

Experience the beautiful environments of these forested islands on your final full day aboard the ship.



Days 16-17: Sitka / disembark / departure

Explore the city by foot with your group leader before the journey's end. Lodging: Centrally located hotel.



National Geographic Sea Bird

Lindblad Expeditions nimble 152-foot boat carrying 62 passengers, the National Geographic Sea Bird is scaled to cater to small groups and to be in harmony with the environment. It can access areas that larger boats cannot and carries a fleet of versatile Zodiac landing craft and sea kayaks for up-close shoreline exploration.


Meals and Lodgings
   Roosevelt Hotel
  Seattle, WA 1 night
   National Geographic Sea Bird
  At Sea
On board ship - Juneau
At Sea
14 nights
   Westmark Hotel Sitka
  Sitka, AK 1 night
 Roosevelt Hotel
Type: Full Service Hotel
  Description: Built in 1929, the Roosevelt Hotel still continues to offer quality services to weary travelers. It can be recognized by the hotel’s signature pink neon sign, lighting the way to the hotel!
  Contact info: 1531 7th Ave
Seattle, WA 98101 USA
phone: 206-621-1200
web: www.roosevelthotel.com
  Room amenities: Some of the amenities present in each room include 37-inch HD flat screen TV, in-room wireless Internet access, clock radio, work desk, coffee maker, bathrobes and slippers, iron and ironing board, and hair dryer. Daily newspaper available at front desk.
  Facility amenities: The hotel is smoke-free and offers concierge services, business services, fitness room, as well as dry cleaning & laundry services.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior:  Participants will stay at this hotel during the middle of the traveling itinerary.
  Check in time: 4:00 PM

 National Geographic Sea Bird
Type: Cruise Ship
  Description: This expedition ship is able reach places inaccessible to larger ships due to her small size. The feeling, we’re told, is often compared to that of a large private yacht, with everyone integral to the adventure. Accessibility means freedom. Lindblad Expeditions' captains have decades of sailing experience in the regions they explore. They know when and where to navigate so that you feel the places we visit are all ours. Thanks to the sturdy fleet of Zodiacs and virtually untippable kayaks, you can be off the ship and out exploring within a moment’s notice. Launch your kayak from a picturesque beach, hike with naturalists into the rain forest or walk easily along a sandy dune. During your time on board, the expedition staff likes nothing better than to surprise and delight you by directing the ship toward breaching whales, bow-riding dolphins or into an alluring cove. The seasoned crew consists of expert Zodiac drivers and considerate service providers. Their energy, enthusiasm and field expertise are sure to enhance your experience. This is what expedition travel is all about: not just seeing wildness, but being out there, in it.
  Contact info: Lindblad Expeditions
96 Morton Street
New York, NY 10014 USA
phone: 180-076-2000 x3
web: www.expeditions.com
  Room amenities: Cabins: All face outside with windows, private facilities, and climate controls.
  Facility amenities: The ship features a library; lounge with full-service bar and facilities for films, slide shows and presentations; observation deck; partially covered sun deck with chairs and tables, spa. The "Open Bridge" policy provides guests and opportunity to meet the Officers and Captain and learn about navigation. Meals are served in single seatings with unassigned tables for an informal atmosphere and easy mingling. Breakfast is a wide selection buffet and lunch is often served family style. Menu emphasizes local flair.
  Smoking allowed: No

 Westmark Hotel Sitka
Type: Full Service Hotel
  Description: Convenient downtown location within walking distance of historical and cultural sites and shopping.
  Contact info: 330 Seward St
Sitka, AK 99835 USA
phone: 907-747-6241
web: www.westmarkhotels.com/sitka.php
  Room amenities: Flat screen TVs with cable, free high speed Internet access, in-room coffee makers, hairdryer and iron / ironing board.
  Facility amenities: Room service, fitness center, on-site restaurant and lounge, complimentary high-speed wireless Internet throughout hotel, guest computer available, coin-operated guest laundry and free airport shuttle (for scheduled flight times only).
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights after: Contact the hotel directly Please make arrangements for additional nights directly with the hotel.
  Check out time: 11:00 AM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Hotel check in at 4:00 p.m. followed by dinner at 6:00 p.m. You will be staying at Roosevelt Hotel that night.
  End of Program:
Following breakfast at 9:00 a.m. Hotel checkout at 11:00 a.m. You will be staying at Westmark Hotel Sitka the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required.
  Parking availability:
There is no parking available on this program.
Transportation
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:  Sitka, AK
  Nearest highway: Alaska Marine Highway Ferry. No land connection.
  Nearest airport:  Sitka Rocky Gutierrez Airport (SIT)
Travel Details
 

Hotel in Sitka

 

To Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Hotel Shuttle
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Free
Prices are subject to change.

   

The hotel in Sitka provides a complimentary shuttle to the airport.

 

Shuttle Express to Downtown Seattle Hotels

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Share Ride Service
phone: 425-981-7000
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$33 per person
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

30 mins depending on traffic 

Equipment Requirements: ***ESSENTIAL*** Waterproof boots with a strong non-skid sole (or traditional English Wellington calf-high rubber boots). Some of our landings will be wet, by Zodiac onto a beach or low jetty.
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: Arrival and Check-in / Registration and Orientation / Welcome Dinner
(Friday, May 1)
   
 Afternoon: Hotel Check-in: Available from 4:00 p.m.

Program Registration: After 5:00 p.m. come over to the Road Scholar desk outside of our meeting space. Location can be found on the hotel reader board. Our staff will greet you and provide you with your up-to-date program schedule and other important information and will confirm the time and place for dinner.

Please be aware that program activities and scheduled times could change due to local circumstances. In the event of a change, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.
 Dinner: In our private meeting space join your fellow Road Scholar travellers for dinner to include a salad, entrée, vegetable, starch, and dessert. Non-alcoholic beverage will be provided.
 Evening: Orientation: Following dinner Road Scholar staff will introduce everyone and review the program schedule, discuss responsibilities, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer any questions you may have.
   
Accommodations: Roosevelt Hotel
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Walking Exploration of Pike Place Market / Free Time / Embarkation
(Saturday, May 2)

Note: Walk to Pike Place Market will be approximately 1/2 mile. We will be walking and standing in the market for approximately one hour.



   
 Breakfast: At the hotel..
 Morning: Meet in the hotel lobby for our excursion to Seattle's Pike Place Market. Seattle's nine acre market is one of the country’s oldest farmers markets. Taste what’s in season at a farm stand, see the fish mongers at work, peruse the creative goods in the crafts market, and find treasures in the small shops. After our guided walk, take time to wander.
 Lunch: On your own near the market. Road Scholar staff will provide you with a list of suggestions.
 Afternoon: Road Scholar staff will arrange a time to meet and return to the hotel for our transfer to the ship for embarkation at 4:00 p.m. You'll have time to find your cabin, un pack and settle in.
 Dinner: Food served aboard is fresh, local and delicious, and sourced from suppliers who share practice sustainable use whenever possible. Meals aboard are almost always served in the dining room, and some meals are served on the sundeck weather permitting.
 Evening: The ship's staff will provide a safety drill as well as discuss tomorrow's schedule and provide some background information on the areas you will be seeing.
   
Accommodations: National Geographic Sea Bird
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Gulf Islands, British Columbia
(Sunday, May 3)
   
 Breakfast: Aboard the ship.
 Morning: As we sail through the Salish Sea, which includes the Strait of Juan de Fuca, the Strait of Georgia, and Puget Sound keep an eye out for Orca Whales. These whales also known as Killer Whales populate the waters of the Salish Sea and show predominately in the artifacts of the indigenous people. The waterways of the Salish Sea were important trade routes for the indigenous tribes of the Coast Salish and they remain a source of food and other resources for these peoples even today.
 Lunch: Aboard the ship.
 Afternoon: We'll continue our travels around the forested islands in this waterway. Inhale the fresh air as we watch for seabirds and slumbering colonies of sea lions. The expedition staff will help with sitings and discuss points of interest. Their expertise: marine and terrestrial biology, botany, geology, and more will help you understand the relationships between the land, water and early people of this area. The staff photographer can provide tips on taking photos of the islands we are viewing.
 Dinner: Aboard the ship.
 Evening: Sit back and relax as we prepare for the active day tomorrow.
   
Accommodations: National Geographic Sea Bird
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Alert Bay and Johnstone Strait, British Columbia
(Monday, May 4)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship.
 Morning: We'll head to the Johnstone Straight, one of the foremost viewing areas for orca whales in the entire Northern Hemisphere. As 19 whale pods are known to spend part of the year here, there is an excellent chance of exciting whale watching opportunities.
 Lunch: Aboard the ship.
 Afternoon: This afternoon, we'll make a stop in Alert Bay on Cormorant Island. Once the ship is secured we'll make our way to the U'Mista Cultural Center, home to a stunning collection of potlatch maskis created by the Kwakwaka'wakw peoples. At the center, anyone related to any member of this tribe is able to trace their ancestry. We'll then walk or ride to the Big House where the Tsasala Cultural Group performs a dance for us.
 Dinner: Aboard the ship.
 Evening: Recap the days adventures and attend a presentation by ship staff.
   
Accommodations: National Geographic Sea Bird
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Inside Passage of British Columbia
(Tuesday, May 5)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship.
 Morning: Continue northward looking for whales, dolphins, bears, deer and other wildlife. This is an area where vast sections of untouched coastal rain forest still exist — and where an expedition ship proves to be the perfect vessel. Without a specific plan, open to spontaneity and adventure, you'll freely rove within the near-limitless expanse of pristine wildness — to explore any intriguing bay or inlet we happen upon, or reverse course to follow a sighted whale pod. The small ship allows this freedom. Wherever the ship choose to stop and explore, you are certain to be the only human life, accompanied by spectacular birds and animals. In such a populated and busy world, these opportunities are tonic for the mind, body and soul.
 Lunch: Aboard the ship.
 Afternoon: Continue exploring the inside passage.
 Dinner: Aboard the ship.
 Evening: Relax on the deck of the ship or in the lounge following a recap of today's activities.
   
Accommodations: National Geographic Sea Bird
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Inside passage of British Columbia
(Wednesday, May 6)
   
 Breakfast: Aboard the ship.
 Morning: Continue northward along the untouched coastline looking for whales, dolphins, bears, deer and other wildlife. Our onboard staff will provide presenations and discussions along the way.
 Lunch: Aboard the ship.
 Afternoon: As weather permits we will go ashore to explore or kayak the many bays and inlets.
 Dinner: Aboard the ship.
 Evening: The evening may include a presentation by one of the ships many experts in topics such as Natural History, Geology, or photography. Road Scholar staff will be on hand to discuss life in Alaska.
   
Accommodations: National Geographic Sea Bird
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Haida Gwaii
(Thursday, May 7)
   
 Breakfast: Aboard the ship.
 Morning: With a shared respect for the natural world, explore the islands of Haida Gwaii. Two Haida Interpreters will join us, first as we visit the Haida Heritage Center at Kay Llnagaay to learn about the incredible history of the Haida people and the meaning behind their totems and artwork.
 Lunch: Join in a traditional Haida feast.
 Afternoon: Attend a traditional dance performance and meet community members and Haida artists.
 Dinner: Aboard the ship.
 Evening: Following our recap of the day's adventures, relax and enjoy the amenities of the ship.
   
Accommodations: National Geographic Sea Bird
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: Haida Gwaii
(Friday, May 8)
   
 Breakfast: Aboard the ship.
 Morning: Explore the Gwaii Haanas National Marine Conservation Area Reserve and Haida Heritage Site. Learn about the Parks Canada program responsible for marine areas management for sustainability protecting the aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems in the conservation area. Gwaii Haanas protects an archipelago of 138 islands, the largest being Moresby Island and the southernmost being Kunghit Island.
 Lunch: Aboard the ship.
 Afternoon: We continue our exploration of this archipelago.
 Dinner: Aboard the ship.
 Evening: The ship or Road Scholar staff will give a presentation this evening on the Haida Gwaii area.
   
Accommodations: National Geographic Sea Bird
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9: Haida Gwaii
(Saturday, May 9)
   
 Breakfast: Aboard the ship.
 Morning: Kayak and take expedition landing craft around the incredibly bio diverse islands where black bears are the largest in the world and endemic species thrive.
 Lunch: Aboard the ship.
 Afternoon: We'll visit ancient totems at Ninstints the English name for SG'ang Gwaay Llanagaay ("Red Cod Island Village"), a village site of the Haida people and part of the Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve and Haida Heritage Site.
 Dinner: Aboard the ship.
 Evening: Relax and enjoy the evening at your leisure.
   
Accommodations: National Geographic Sea Bird
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10: Misty Fjords, Alaska
(Sunday, May 10)
   
 Breakfast: Aboard the ship.
 Morning: Misty Fjords National Monument, often referred to as "Yosemite of the sea" for its sheer majesty, is 2.3 million acres of pristine wilderness that will leave you with exquisite memories of your stay in Alaska. Head out on a personal kayak reconnaissance or take a Zodiac cruise beneath glacier-carved cliffs with saw-tooth tops. Float past sheer cliffs and icy waterfalls, easily navigating in and out of areas the “big white boats” that ply Alaska’s waters can't get near.
 Lunch: Aboard the ship.
 Afternoon: Continue exploring some of the 2.3 million acers of pristine wilderness the are Misty Fiord.
 Dinner: Aboard the ship.
 Evening: After the evenings recap, onboard staff will provide a presentation, story of the local peoples or discussion about life in Alaska.
   
Accommodations: National Geographic Sea Bird
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11: Frederick Sound and Petersburg
(Monday, May 11)
   
 Breakfast: Aboard the ship.
 Morning: Today is a day with the luxury of a flexible schedule. There are options for landings to walk along a quiet forest trail or to join the naturalist on deck to search for orcas, humpback whales and Steller sea lions. If you're a beachcomber, the shoreline is rich with treasures. The forest trails are dense and beautiful, whether you choose the long walk option or a short stroll, accompanied by one of our Naturalists familiar with the local terrain. Hemlock and spruce abound in the old-growth forest. When kayaking, we always offer choices. If you're looking for excerise and excitement, choose a more strenuous course. If you want scenery and relaxation, you'll have the option to paddle slowly - exploring, poking into littel inlets and relishing the quiet and upclose, personal view.
 Lunch: Aboard the ship.
 Afternoon: Visit the fishing village of Petersburg, known as "Alaska's Little Norway" founded over 100 years ago by Norwegian fishermen.
 Dinner: Enjoy a crab feast aboard the ship.
 Evening: Rest and relax in the ship lounge or visit with new friends.
   
Accommodations: National Geographic Sea Bird
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12: Tracy Arm - Ford's Terror Wilderness
(Tuesday, May 12)
   
 Breakfast: Aboard the ship.
 Morning: Voyage into Tracy or Endicott Arm, both spectacular fjords, with waterfalls cascading from glacially carved walls.
 Lunch: Aboard the ship.
 Afternoon: See the soaring Dawes or South Sawyer Glacier up close and take a zodiac cruise for an unbeatable view of sculpted icebergs.
 Dinner: Aboard the ship.
   
Accommodations: National Geographic Sea Bird
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 13: Juneau
(Wednesday, May 13)
   
 Breakfast: Aboard the ship.
 Morning: At the Macaulay Salmon Hatchery, learn about the fascinating life cycle of salmon, their near shore marine environment, and the inner workings of a hatchery.
 Lunch: Aboard the ship.
 Afternoon: Visit the Mendenhall Glacier observe the ice-carved valley up close and see the real time impact of climate change on the natural world. At the visitor's center exhibits and a new film help show how the Mendenhall glacier moves and shapes the valley ecosystem. Several trails are based from the Center grounds and offer an alternative, adventurous way to experience the glacier and surrounding areas.
 Dinner: Aboard the ship.
 Evening: Visit with the ship staff as you learn more about the areas you have visited. If you need some additional tips on those last few photos waiting to happen, ask the onboard photographer!
   
Accommodations: National Geographic Sea Bird
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 14: Glacier Bay National Park
(Thursday, May 14)
   
 Breakfast: Aboard the ship.
 Morning: Spend the entire day amidst the coves, fjords, tidewater glaciers, freshwater lakes and majestic mountains of Glacier Bay National Park. You’ll see glaciers that end abruptly at the water’s edge and observe them “calving” — tons of ice crashing into the sea — accompanied by an exhilaratingly thunderous sound. Mountain goats scaling the peaks as well as harbor seals and Steller's sea lions are some of the creatures we may observe in these icy waters. You may have the opportunity to see not only one, but two kinds of puffins: the tufted and the horned puffin. A visit to Tidal Inlet may bring the sight of brown bears lumbering up the hillside. If the timing is right, a bear and her cub may be playing in the water. Watch their interactions, knowing the cub will be on its own next year.
 Lunch: Aboard the ship.
 Afternoon: Continue exploring Glacier Bay. Listen as the quiet stillness of the area is broken by the thunder of tons of ice calving into the sea and search for brown bears and mountain goats.
 Dinner: Aboard the ship.
 Evening: Recap your days adventures and visit with the staff and your new friends.
   
Accommodations: National Geographic Sea Bird
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 15: Southeast Alaska's Islands, Bays and Fjords
(Friday, May 15)
   
 Breakfast: Aboard the ship.
 Morning: Kayak and hike among forested islands on our final day of exploration.
 Lunch: Aboard the ship.
 Afternoon: Take those last photos and enjoy the lush scenery on our last day at sea!
 Dinner: Enjoy a celebratory dinner as we discuss the adventures we've had over the past days!
 Evening: Share stories of your favorite adventures on this discovery voyage in the Inside Passage.
   
Accommodations: National Geographic Sea Bird
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 16: Disembark - Sitka / Walking Exploration of Sitka / Farewell Dinner
(Saturday, May 16)

Note: Guided walk approximately 1/2 mile distance.



   
 Breakfast: Aboard the ship.
 Morning: After disembarkation we will transfer our luggage to the hotel and take a guided walk in Sitka visiting the Russian Bishop's House and St. Michael's Cathedral. Sitka's Russian heritage and history will be discussed along the way.
 Lunch: On your own in Sitka.
 Afternoon: Enjoy some free time to explore Sitka. The Road Scholar staff will provide you with suggestions.

We will gather in the afternoon and return to the hotel to check in and get settled for the remainder of the day.
 Dinner: Farewell dinner at the hotel.
 Evening: At leisure to prepare for the continuation of your journey after our program end tomorrow.
   
Accommodations: Westmark Hotel Sitka
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 17: Farewell!
(Sunday, May 17)
   
 Breakfast: At the hotel in our meeting space.
 Morning: Independent departures. The hotel will provide a free shuttle to the airport for departing flights. Check out 11:00 a.m.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast

Free Time Opportunities
 
  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 www.seattleartmuseum.org/visit/OSP/default.asp
  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 http://pikeplacemarket.org
  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 www.seattleartmuseum.org
  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 www.seattlecenter.com
  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 www.seattlewaterfront.org
  Visit Seattle
Looking for additional ideas? Visit this terrific website dedicated to Seattle. The information provided above is largely from www.visitseattle.org/Visitors/Discover/Sightseeing.aspx For additional information, visit www.visitseattle.org
  Sitka, AK Charter fishing
World class salmon and halibut fishing on a chartered boat with all gear provided. Non-resident fishing license may be purchased from captain. A list of charter operators can be found online. For additional information, visit www.sitka.com
  Golf
9 holes in a fantastic setting. Rentals available. For additional information, visit seamountaingolf.com
  Hiking
There are hiking trails easily accessed from downtown Sitka. Maps are available.
  Kayaking
Local rentals of sea kayaks and gear. They provide basic safety lessons and guides if needed. For additional information, visit www.ssoceanadventures.com
  Museums
Three museums are located in Sitka: Sitka National Historic Park (concentrating on the local Tlingit culture); Sitka Historical Museum (concentrating on Sitka after purchase) and Sheldon Jackson State Museum (concentrating on the native cultures of all Alaska). For additional information, visit www.museums.state.ak.us; www.sitkahistory.org
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.


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