9265
Seattle
The Upper-Left-Hand Corner
Dodge “flying fish” at Pike Place Market and thrill in Mount Rainier’s waterfalls — this adventure in Washington state will introduce you to the very best of Seattle and its environs.
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Program No. 9265RJ
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6 days
5 nights
12 meals
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DAY
1
Registration/Introductions
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 private dining room at 6:00 pm.

Evening: Introductions of all attendees, short video snapshot of Seattle.

DAY
2
Exploring Seattle--the Chittenden Locks, Dungeness crab for lunch, the Olympic Sculpture Park and the Pike Place Market. An evening lecture on Mt. Rainier.
Seattle, Washington
B,L,D
The Warwick Hotel

Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel restaurant. Use your voucher to choose a Full American Breakfast or other tasty selections on the restaurant menu. Choices include eggs, bacon/sausage, hash browns, toast, pastry, pancakes, waffles, fruit, juice, hot or cold cereal, coffee/decaf/tea/water.

Morning: Learn about the history and operation of the Pike Place Market in an illustrated lecture. Narrated ride on chartered coach to Ballard Locks, where a Corps of Engineers interpreter will lecture on the history of the Locks, then lead a walk of the botanical gardens, locks and fish ladder. Travel through scenic Seattle neighborhoods on the way to lunch.

Lunch: Lunch at a waterfront restaurant known for its Dungeness cracked crab and other local seafood choices. Enjoy clam chowder, Fisherman's stew, hot sourdough bread and tossed green salad before your entree arrives. Other seafood and non-seafood choices are also offered. Coffee/decaf/hot tea/iced tea/ soft drinks/water included. Other beverages available for purchase.

Afternoon: Travel a few blocks to the Pike Place Market for a guided walk of some of the hidden treasures of the Market, with time to explore on your own. Walk back to the hotel with the group or take more time to explore the Market on your own.

Dinner: Dinner in our private dining room.

Evening: Illustrated lecture by a local geologist on the beauty and the volcanic potential of Mt. Rainier.

DAY
3
Mt. Rainier visit--Longmire, Paradise, Narada Falls.
Seattle, Washington
B,L,D
The Warwick Hotel

Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel restaurant.

Morning: Travel by well-equipped chartered coach to 14,410' Mt. Rainier. We'll have a rest stop on the way, then choose our lunches from a deluxe deli. At Longmire, take time to explore the historic national park buildings and walk the well-groomed Trail of the Shadows. See dramatic Narada Falls, where crystal-clear snowmelt cascades over towering cliffs. Expect to spend 2.5 hours each way on this Mt. Rainier trip.

Lunch: Unpack your picnic lunch at the Paradise Inn or at a picnic table outside the Jackson Visitor Center at Paradise, elevation 5,500 feet.

Afternoon: Walk trails in the wildflower-tapestried meadows on your own and choose from a number of optional 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 for souvenirs of this gorgeous day. Visit Paradise Inn, a vintage National Park lodge, to see hand-painted lampshades, sturdy rustic furniture, huge fireplaces and a one-of-a-kind piano. Bask in the sun on the decks as you take in the rugged Tatoosh Range. Be alert for wildlife, large and small--cheeky chipmunks, mountain marmots and shy black bears live here.

Dinner: We'll return to the hotel for a relaxing dinner after the drive home from Mt. Rainier.

Evening: No evening program tonight. We have a busy day tomorrow!

DAY
4
Visit Tacoma's fascinating museums--The Washington State History Museum, Union Station and the red-hot Museum of Glass.
Seattle, Washington
B,L
The Warwick Hotel

Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel restaurant.

Morning: Travel to Tacoma, 45 minutes south of Seattle, to visit the fascinating Washington State History Museum and the extensive Chihuly glass exhibit in historic Union Station, a graceful building designed by the same architects who designed Grand Central Terminal in New York City.

Lunch: Lunch in a popular brewpub near the museums.

Afternoon: Marvel at the Chihuly Bridge of Glass, created by Dale Chihuly, a Tacoma native, as a grand entry to the Museum of Glass, designed by Arthur Erickson, Canada's foremost architect. Follow a docent or stroll at your own pace through the current displays at the acclaimed Museum of Glass, then observe glass artistry in the making at the Museum's amphitheatre-style hot shop. A narrator will describe the processes and answer questions about the glass-making you see.

Dinner: The remainder of the evening is free after we return to Seattle about 4:30 pm. You are on your own for dinner this evening. Suggestions will be provided for finding a tasty meal at one of the many restaurants surrounding the hotel.

DAY
5
Stroll the historic Victorian town of Pt. Townsend; hear great stories from a local guide. Relax over a delicious seafood dinner.
Seattle, Washington
B,D
The Warwick Hotel

Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel restaurant.

Morning: Our motorcoach will drive aboard the Washington State ferry as we cross sapphire-blue Puget Sound to Bainbridge Island. We'll drive through the charming Scandinavian village of Poulsbo and cross the Hood Canal Floating Bridge on our way to picturesque Victorian Pt. Townsend on the Olympic Peninsula--about 1.5 hours each way with several stops. Explore Water Street's many shops, bookstores and cafes, located in historic brick buildings.

Lunch: Lunch on your own today in one of Pt. Townsend's many excellent cafes. Some are on the water, others in old houses, others feature organic, vegetarian or ethnic meals. Fresh seafood abounds.

Afternoon: Re-board the coach to hear from a knowledegable and entertaining local guide about Pt. Townsend's colorful history. Visit a "gingerbread" Victorian mansion, the old-time commander's house at Ft. Worden and more.

Dinner: Travel back across Puget Sound by ferry to Edmonds for a leisurely dinner in a highly-acclaimed waterfront seafood restaurant. Watch the sun set behind the Olympic Mountains and the ferries come and go as you choose from a menu designed just for us. Choose a salad, chowder or shrimp cocktail as an appetizer, then from among eight or nine seafood or non-seafood entrees, and a delicious dessert. Beverages included; wine, beer or cocktails available for purchase.

Evening: Plan to arrive back at our hotel by 9:00 pm. Good night!

DAY
6
Up the Space Needle's glass-fronted elevator to the 360-degree observation deck.Delight in the sparkling displays of glass magic at the Chihuly Garden & Glass exhibit.
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. Once you've spotted many of the places we've visited this busy week in the upper left-hand corner it's time to enter the magical world of glass-master Dale Chihuly. Learn about his early inspirations and see work from the 1970s right up to today. Our program concludes at this point. You may linger at the Seattle Center or return to the hotel with the group on the monorail. Thank you for coming to Seattle!

Lunch: Bon voyage!