The Upper-Left-Hand Corner for Grandparents and Grandkids
Discover the Pacific Northwest with your grandchild, hiking 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
6 days
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At a Glance

Journey with your grandchild to Seattle, bustling cultural hub of the Pacific Northwest and gateway to the wonders of Mount Rainier National Park. Explore the Chittenden Locks and fly kites in Gasworks Park. Ride a ferry across Puget Sound and explore a tribal museum. Hike the trails of Mount Rainier National Park. Go behind the scenes at Safeco Field and at the Pike Place Market. Look out on all you’ve experienced from atop the Space Needle.
Activity Level
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 visit the botanical gardens, locks and fish ladder.
  • Relax with kite-flying in the park, a stroll through the Pike Place Market and a pizza party to top off the week.

General Notes

Program is for grandchildren ages 9-12.
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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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