Seattle With Your Grandchild: Pike Place Market to Mount Rainier
Discover the Pacific Northwest with your grandchild, walking Mount Rainier, exploring Pike Place Market, going behind the scenes at Safeco Field and creating lasting memories together.
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Program No. 20554RJ
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At a Glance

Discover the wonders of land, air and sea with your grandchild in stunning Seattle, the bustling cultural hub of the Pacific Northwest and gateway to the beautiful Mount Rainier National Park. Comfortably stroll through the winding trails of Mount Rainier and explore its cascading waterfalls and colorful wildflowers. Cruise from Lake Union into Elliott Bay for a panoramic view of the city skyline before getting up close and personal with sea creatures at the Seattle Aquarium. At the end of your adventure, skyrocket up to the glass-fronted observation deck in the Seattle Space Needle with your grandchild to feel like you’re floating on air as you take in the beautiful views of the city you just explored.
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Keep the Pace
Walking up to 15 blocks on city streets. Optional walking in meadows, around waterfalls and on maintained trails. Elevations of 5,500 feet.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Hike amid the waterfalls, wildflowers and glaciers of 14,410-foot Mount Rainier.
  • Learn about the history and operation of the Chittenden Locks from an Army Corps of Engineers interpreter and discover the botanical gardens, locks and fish ladder.
  • Fly colorful kites in the park and enjoy a gourmet chocolate factory and a pizza party to top off the week.

General Notes

Program is for grandchildren ages 9-12. Travel to Mt. Rainier is 2.5 hours each way in a comfortable, restroom-equipped coach with a meal/rest stop approximately halfway through the drive.
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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.
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