20554
Washington
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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5 nights
13 meals
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DAY
1
Registration, reception, dinner. Build a kite to fly Monday.
Seattle, Washington
D
The Warwick Hotel

Afternoon: Hosted reception at 5:00 pm; welcome and discussion of agenda 5:30-6:00 pm.

Dinner: Dinner in our meeting room at 6:00 pm.

Evening: Introductions of all attendees, short snapshot of Seattle and constructing kites to fly tomorrow.

DAY
2
Salmon at the Locks; picnic, kite-flying; Mt. Rainier talk.
Seattle, Washington
B,L,D
The Warwick Hotel

Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel's restaurant. Enjoy a tasty breakfast from among many options. Choices include fresh fruit, juices, hot and cold cereal, breakfast meats, eggs, pancakes, waffles, yogurt, coffee/decaf/tea, milk, water.

Morning: Learn about the history and operation of the Chittenden Locks, an engineering historical site, where a Corps of Engineers interpreter will lecture on the design and construction of the Locks, then lead a walk of the botanical gardens, Locks and fish ladder. Spawning salmon struggle upstream, returning to within 50' of where they were hatched to lay their eggs and die. Commercial and pleasure vessels pass between the Lake Washington Ship Canal and Puget Sound.

Lunch: Lunch is a picnic at Gasworks Park on Lake Union, under a shelter or in the sun. Fly kites from Kite Hill and admire its distinctive sundial. Watch seaplanes fly overhead and sailboats ply Lake Union. Bring your camera for the best city skyline shots of downtown Seattle.

Afternoon: Go behind the scenes at Safeco Field, the Seattle Mariners' baseball park. See the press box, locker rooms and other usually-restricted areas. Timing of the tour may change depending on when/if the Mariners are playing today.

Dinner: Dinner in our meeting room this evening..

Evening: Illustrated lecture by a local geologist on the beauty and the volcanic potential of Mt. Rainier. Mud flows from Mt. Rainier have re-shaped western Washington topography and it isn't finished yet. Our speaker is a published writer with an extensive knowledge of this area.

DAY
3
Mt. Rainier. Narada Falls. Fields of wildflowers, NP inn..
Seattle, Washington
B,L,D
The Warwick Hotel

Activity note: Optional flat walks in scenic areas; optional hiking in meadows with some elevation gain.

Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel restaurant.

Morning: Ride a chartered, restroom equipped coach to Mt. Rainier National Park. Stop on the way to choose a tasty lunch from a deli.

Lunch: Enter Mt. Rainier National Park and ride to Longmire to learn about the area's early settlers and enjoy a gentle, scenic walk, "The Trail of the Shadows". Stop at beautiful Narada Falls; walk the steep trail to bottom of the falls and up again if you wish. Unpack your picnic lunch at the Visitor Center at Paradise, elevation 5500 feet.

Afternoon: Walk trails in the wildflower-kissed meadows at Paradise on your own 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. Visit Paradise Inn, a vintage National Park lodge.

Dinner: We'll stop at a family-style restaurant for a tasty dinner on the way home.

Evening: Relax after your busy day.

DAY
4
Museum of History and Industry. Theo Chocolate factory tour.
Seattle, Washington
B,L
The Warwick Hotel

Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel restaurant.

Morning: MOHAI, the Museum of History and Industry, presents Seattle's history in an engaging and interactive way. Learn about the earliest people who lived here and what's in store for the future. It's set in a park on the edge of Lake Union, so we'll plan to run around and maybe sail some boats on the pond.

Lunch: Lunch at PCC, a splendid organic grocery store/deli in Fremont, a neighborhood in NW Seattle. Enjoy many choices from the deli for a delicious, healthy lunch.

Afternoon: It's time to see how chocolate is made, from beans to bars, at Theo Chocolate. Tour this chocolate factory and yes, there will be samples.

Dinner: The remainder of the day is free for you to enjoy dinner and have some quiet time with your family this evening.

DAY
5
Seattle Aquarium, Ferris wheel, Locks Cruise, entertainment.
Seattle, Washington
B,L,D
The Warwick Hotel

Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel restaurant.

Morning: Get up close to otters and octopuses at the Seattle Aquarium. See fish of all kinds, seabirds, seals and more at this recently-expanded attraction.

Lunch: Lunch at a waterfront restaurant. Order seafood or another choice.

Afternoon: Board an Argosy Cruise boat for a trip along the shores of Lake Union and through the Chittenden Locks. See tugboats, houseboats and all kinds of marine vessels along the way.

Dinner: It's a pizza party tonight to celebrate this week together with your new friends.

Evening: We'll have live entertainment after dinner this evening.

DAY
6
Monorail to the Seattle Center. Space Needle. Bon voyage!
Seattle, Washington
B

Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel restaurant.

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. Stay as long as you like, spotting many of the places we've visited this busy week in the upper Seattle. Our program concludes at this point. You may linger longer or return to the hotel with the group. Other activities in and around the Seattle Center include the Chihuly Garden & Glass exhibit, MoPop, the rock music museum, the Pacific Science Center and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Visitor Center. Thank you for coming to Seattle!

Lunch: Bon voyage!






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