2832
Washington
Signature City Seattle: Jewel of the Pacific Northwest
Gain a comprehensive understanding of Seattle as you explore the Museum of Flight, board a historic steamship, savor local cuisine and learn about the city’s passion for sustainability.
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Program No. 2832RJ
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6 days
5 nights
12 meals
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DAY
1
Registration, reception, dinner.
Seattle, WA
D
The Warwick Hotel

Dinner: At 6:00 pm a sit-down dinner will be served in our private dining room.

Evening: After dinner, meet your fellow program participants and view a short video about Seattle activities.

DAY
2
MOHAI, steamship cruise, Japanese-American internment talk.
Seattle, WA
B,L,D
The Warwick Hotel

Breakfast: Enjoy breakfast in the hotel's restaurant. Use your voucher to choose from menu selections that include fresh fruit, juices, hot and cold cereals, eggs, meats, pancakes, waffles, yogurt, coffee/decaf, teas, water and more.

Morning: Hop aboard the Lake Union Streetcar and ride to South Lake Union Park, home of MOHAI, the Museum of History and Industry. This historic museum in a lakeside location tells Seattle's story in an engaging and interactive way. Follow the lives of the earliest residents up to speculation about what the area's future holds. Explore at your own pace and delve into what interests you most.

Lunch: Enjoy a catered lunch while we cruise Lake Union.

Afternoon: Sail aboard the Virginia V, the last remaining vessel of the Puget Sound "mosquito fleet" that buzzed around Puget Sound, connecting many communities, large and small, before roads were built. The ship's steam engine glistens from generations of hands polishing its brass; the gleaming white hull slices through the waves. During the cruise, hear a lecture on the history, human and commercial, of Lake Union and its surroundings from Dr. Lorraine McConaghy, Washington State's foremost historian. View floating homes (including the "Sleepless in Seattle" houseboat), the site of the first Boeing plant and much more. You'll be the center of attention as guests on the Virginia V as she plies Lake Union's waters.

Dinner: Dinner in our private dining room.

Evening: The WWII internment of Japanese-Americans has had a lasting impact on the Pacific Northwest. Hear from Dr. Lawrence Matsuda, a published writer, poet and teacher, who has studied these events extensively. He was born in one of the camps, so his interest is personal as well as academic.

DAY
3
Chittenden Locks, Pioneer Sq. Speaker on Seattle topography.
Seattle, WA
B,L,D
The Warwick Hotel

Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel's restaurant this morning.

Morning: Learn about the Chittenden Locks, one of the few locks in the world where fresh and salt water meet. See commercial and pleasure boats passing through this 101-year-old engineering landmark, salmon swimming up the fish ladder and flowers blooming in the botanical garden, the only one in any Corps of Engineers location. Stroll the Seattle Art Museum's Olympic Sculpture Park, which overlooks Elliott Bay, Puget Sound islands and the Olympic Mountains in the distance.

Lunch: Enjoy lunch in a seafood restaurant at the end of a pier. Dungeness cracked crab, clam chowder and other delights are on our menu, as well as some non-seafood choices.

Afternoon: What's the value of your weight in gold? Find out at the Klondike Gold Rush Museum, where the story of Seattle's early economic bonanza is told in lively presentations. Stroll the galleries, museums and 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.

Dinner: Dinner in our private dining room.

Evening: Geologist, naturalist and published author David Williams will speak about taming Seattle's towering hills. His book "Too High and Too Steep", details how Seattle was shaped by blasting, scraping, washing away and filling in over a period of years to create the city we see today. He'll share the results of the research he conducted to write the book.

DAY
4
Talk on the Pike Place Market, stroll behind the scenes.
Seattle, WA
B
The Warwick Hotel

Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel's restaurant this morning.

Morning: Learn about the history and operations of the bustling Pike Place Market. Enjoy a guided stroll behind the scenes before you explore the Market on your own.

Lunch: On your own for lunch today. Suggestions will be supplied.

Afternoon: Free afternoon for your own activities. Suggestions will be provided.

Dinner: Dinner at leisure this evening. Restaurant suggestions will be provided.

Evening: Free evening for your own activities. .

DAY
5
Guided visit to Boeing Everett plant and Seattle Art Mus.
Seattle, WA
B,L,D
The Warwick Hotel

Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel's restaurant this morning.

Morning: Giant airliners are built at the Boeing plant in Everett, north of Seattle. Ride a chartered coach to the Future of Flight, where exhibits show the newest innovations in aerospace. Rise to the Strato Deck to see dozens of planes on the flight line, waiting to be delivered around the world. Then view a short film before boarding another coach that will take you a short distance to the largest building in the world under one roof, the Boeing Everett plant. Walk a few blocks in a utility tunnel, ride a freight elevator to a platform surrounded by a waist-high railing and gaze down at the 787 assembly line. It goes on forever, with crews at each stop working to assemble and finish planes 24 hours a day.

Lunch: Enjoy lunch today at a popular Thai restaurant. Have no fear--the food is not spicy, but you can spice it up if you wish.

Afternoon: The Seattle Art Museum is yours to explore. After a docent-led walk, spend all the time you choose in this lovely building's many fascinating exhibits.

Dinner: Dinner in a popular nearby restaurant.

Evening: Our relaxing dinner winds up the evening.

DAY
6
The Seattle Center, Space Needle, Chihuly Garden & Glass.
Seattle, WA
B

Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel's restaurant this morning.

Morning: We'll see a 1962 film about the construction of the Space Needle, then ride the monorail to the Seattle Center and zip to the top of the Needle in a glass-fronted elevator. Step next door to delight in the sparkling art of the Chihuly Garden & Glass exhibit. Stay as long as your schedule allows to enjoy more of the attractions of the Seattle Center; these include the Gates Foundation Visitor Center, Experience Music Project and Pacific Science Center. We'll finish before lunch.

Lunch: Return to hotel for departures via the monorail on your own schedule. Thanks for coming to Seattle!






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