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With big-city fun in buzzing Seattle and funky Portland, unique and quirky small towns like Wallace and Jackson, and, some of the greatest American national parks, this trip has all the stunning Western grandeur your eyes can soak up. Combining hiking in parks big and small, savoring artisanal doughnuts, and relaxing in cowboy bars, this whirlwind trip is the answer for anyone looking for a true adventure away from home.
Arrive at any time today, but we highly recommend coming in at least a day early so you have time to see the sites of Seattle. We typically have a group meeting at the hotel around 6:00 p.m. Upon arrival at the hotel, please check the notice board for information about the group meeting. During the group meeting, the leader will outline the trip itinerary and answer questions.
Leave Seattle in the morning and drive Drive to nearby Mt Rainier National Park. Drive to nearby Mt Rainier National Park. Explore the park on one of the many hiking trails, including the Skyline, Nisqually Vista, or Bench/Snow Lake Trail. Soak in the views of the snow-capped active volcano Mount Rainier. Wildflower fields that surround the base of the mountain and lead into lush forest areas that are perfect for hiking and wildlife sightings. Lace-up your hiking shoes for some walking through the trails. Approximate travel time: 3 hrs by private vehicle with Wi-Fi
Continue east through the state of Washington. Check out scenic Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, en route to the quirky, small town of Wallace. Approximate travel time: 6-7 hrs by private vehicle with Wi-Fi
Enjoy the drive into Montana, and head to Glacier National Park for the first night of camping in Big Sky Country. Visit this largely untouched land, referred to as the “Crown of the Continent Ecosystem”. Explore the vast national park, encompassing pristine forests, alpine meadows, rugged mountain ranges, and spectacular lakes, and keep your eyes peeled for wildlife including mountain goats and grizzlies. Approximate travel time: 3.5-4.5 hrs by private vehicle with Wi-Fi
Explore Glacier NP with its many glaciers, lakes, and streams. Opt to drive Going-to-the-Sun Road and reach the Continental Divide. With over 20 glaciers and 200 lakes and streams, Glacier National Park is a must-see. Choose from 730 miles of hiking trails to really enjoy this majestic park.
Drive south to the university town of Bozeman, Montana. Enjoy a free afternoon in Bozeman. Explore the town, or stop by Main St. for 'Music on Main' in the summer months. Approximate travel time: 3-3.5 hrs by private vehicle with Wi-Fi
Spend the day driving through the northern section of Yellowstone National Park. The ride can be slow-going due to all the stopping for bears, elk, and bison that may cozy up to the road. Soak in the scenery of waterfalls, fumaroles, and geysers, take short hikes and lay eyes on Old Faithful. Tour the ever-maturing Mammoth Hot Springs, walk the Porcelain Basin trail through Norris Geyser Basin, and discover the impressive waterfalls and natural colors of the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone! Approximate travel time: 3-4 hrs by private vehicle with Wi-Fi
Make several stops throughout the day. Today the journey is the destination. Geysers, waterfalls, wildlife, and scenic beauty are around every corner just waiting to be explored. In fact, Yellowstone National Park is a super volcano with the world’s largest active geyser field, boasting more than 10,000 geysers. The Park is also home to more wild animals than almost anywhere else in the U.S., including roaming bison, gray wolves, elk, black bears, and, of course, the famous grizzly bear. Spend the day discovering the impressive natural phenomenons within the park.
Cross the Continental Divide, and enjoy the view of more than 12 peaks that make up this beautiful drive. Visit Grand Teton National Park, a natural playground that offers serene landscapes, alluring wildlife, hidden waterfalls, and hundreds of hiking trails throughout the park. Towering above pristine lakes and alpine terrain, the Teton Range includes more than 12 peaks at an elevation greater than 12,000 ft (39370m). In the late afternoon, reach Jackson and marvel at the town square’s elk antler arches. In the evening, enjoy a night out with a true wild western atmosphere at the One Million Dollar Bar. Approximate travel time: 5-6 hrs by private vehicle with Wi-Fi
Today we head west to Boise, Idaho. Along the way we pull off the highway and get transported to another planet. Craters of the Moon National Monument is a series of lava flows created 15,000 years ago that greatly resembles the surface of the moon. A previous training ground for astronauts, get out and explore the dramatic landscapes of the area. Approximate travel time: 6-7 hrs by private vehicle with Wi-Fi
Continue on to Bend, Oregon, consistently voted one of the best places to live in the U.S. Arrive in time to explore a bit of the town. Opt to go kayaking on the Deschutes River or visit a local brewery (We recommend Bevel Craft Brewing!). Approximate travel time: 5-6 hrs by private vehicle with Wi-Fi
Leave early to spend a few hours at gorgeous Crater Lake National Park. Considered by scientists to be the cleanest and clearest large body of water in the world, and the deepest lake in the U.S. at 1943 ft, Crater Lake is sure to impress. The lake rests in a dormant volcano – explore this National Park and its many viewpoints. Get sweaty on a steep hike before opting to jump into the crystal clear lake for a quick swim or stay on the rim and gaze at the sapphire waters below. We then continue on to the university town of Eugene. Approximate travel time: 4.5-6 hrs by private vehicle with Wi-Fi
Drive north to the city of Portland. One of the most popular cities to visit north of California on the West Coast, Portland is artsy, funky, and full of great eating and drinking options. Spend the afternoon getting to know this charming city. Approximate travel time: 2-3 hrs by private vehicle with Wi-Fi
Enjoy the morning in Portland to discover this quirky city. Opt to visit the Saturday market, take a food tour, stop by local breweries, visit Washington Park, or go shopping – the options are endless! Later in the day we back to Seattle. Opt to go for a final dinner with the group. Approximate travel time: 2.5-3.5 hrs by private vehicle with Wi-Fi
Depart Seattle at any time. Want more adventure? Book two or more GEEO trips in the same year and receive a discount! GEEO will give you 10% off of the lesser value program(s) (up to 3 programs). If you don’t see a program that interests you that pairs with this trip, but still would like to extend your time abroad, let us know. We will work with you to find a non-teacher trip from our tour operator’s much larger catalog. Even better, if you are an educator, we can offer still offer you a discounted price on the trip you choose!