Getting on/off a motorcoach. Walking up to 12 city blocks; standing for up to an hour at field trip sites. The drive from SeaTac to downtown Seattle is about 15 miles, approximately 30 minutes. The ferry sailing from Seattle to Bainbridge Island is about 9 miles, approximately 30 minutes. The drive from Bainbridge Island to Port Angeles is about 73 miles, approximately 1.5 hours.
At the hotel, the breakfast buffet offers a variety of choices such as eggs, breakfast meats, yogurt, cereal, oatmeal, pastries and breads, fresh fruit, plus milk, juice, coffee, tea, water.
After an early breakfast we will load our luggage onto the coach and head for downtown Seattle. We'll be met by a local city guide who will take us on a walking exploration of Seattle's recent history. We'll visit Occidental Square where we can stroll by galleries, museums and other sights of Pioneer Square, the birthplace of the city of Seattle. See studio glass being made in a hot shop and chose from a wonderful collection of native art a few steps away. We'll also visit the Klondike Gold Rush Museum, where the story of Seattle's early economic bonanza is told in lively presentations.
At a local restaurant we’ll have plated meals with beverages including coffee, tea, water; other beverages available for purchase.
After lunch we’ll visit Pike Place Market with our local expert, who will discuss this special place that is recognized as one of America's foremost farmers' markets, comprising nine acres and more than a century of history. Offering endless opportunities, Pike Place is also home to a craft market, independent businesses, and a housing development that is mostly home to low-income seniors. "The Market," as locals affectionately call it, attracts millions of visitors a year, making it one of Washington state's most frequently visited destinations.. We'll then drive to Port Angeles by way of Bainbridge Island. Taking the Washington State Ferry to Bainbridge Island is a great way to catch spectacular views of downtown Seattle and Mt Rainier as we cruise across Elliott Bay. After checking into our hotel in Port Angeles, there may be time for a walk along the beautiful waterfront.
At 6:00 p.m., we'll meet in our private hotel meeting room to have a plated meal with coffee (regular/decaf), tea, water included.
Tonight we'll hear an interesting lecture from a regional expert about the removal of two dams on the nearby Elwha River and the effects on everything downstream.