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$3657*

Available: 7+ spaces

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  • Hotels: Hotels: Standard Class

  • 07/17/2021 - 07/31/2021

  • Max Participants: 13

  • 15 Days / 14 Nights

Overview

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.

Northwestern US Map
What's Included::
  • Mt Rainier National Park visit
  • Coeur d'Alene stop
  • Glacier National Park visits
  • Yellowstone National Park visits
  • Grand Teton National Park visit
  • Craters of the Moon National Monument visit
  • Crater Lake National Park visit
  • Free time in Bend and Portland
  • Vans fitted with Wi-Fi for up to five users at a time.
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities by private vehicle and shuttle bus
  • G Adventures Tour Leader throughout and local guides
  • 4 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners – allow $530-$690 USD for meals not included
  • Hotels (9 nts), hotel with shared facilities (1 nt), participation camping in or around national parks (4 nts)
What's Not Included::
  • Air travel
  • Incidentals
  • Travel health and cancellation insurance
  • Applicable visas
  • Tips or gratuities
  • Airport taxes
  • Beverages
  • Meals not mentioned in itinerary
  • Optional tours and admissions
  • Airport transfers

Itinerary Download PDF

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!

Details

Frequently Asked Questions
Please click here to go to our general FAQ, which has essential information that applies to all of our programs.  
Resources to Learn & Teach about Northwestern USA
Visit our recommended reading page to see the list of books GEEO recommends reading before your program (this is not required reading). We also have lesson plans and Pinterest boards that may be useful for you as you learn about your destination and prepare to bring lessons back to your classroom.  
Terms and Conditions
It is very important for you to visit our Terms and Conditions page before signing up for this program.
Cancellation policy
All cancellations must be submitted to GEEO in written form by emailing your request for cancellation to travel@geeo.org. If you do not receive a confirmation that we have received your written cancellation request, please call us at 1-877-600-0105. Verbal cancellation requests will not be honored.
  • If you cancel 60 days or more prior to departure, all your program fee payments will be refunded besides your $350 deposit which is kept on file for future use
  • If you cancel between 30 and 59 days prior to departure, you will receive a 50% refund and your deposit is kept on file for future use
  • If you cancel within 30 days of departure, you will receive no refund, but your deposit is kept on file for future use
Trip Notes
  1. WALKS AND HIKES: All walks and hikes proposed by your tour leader will be easy to moderate level. You may choose to participate or not, but exploring our national parks on foot is part of our way of traveling. It’s a healthy way to discover North America’s beauty and landscape. In order to cover the vast distance in North America to be able to visit several different parks and cities along our trip, we will have a couple of long driving days.
  2. TRAVEL DAYS: In order to cover the vast distance in North America to be able to visit several different parks and cities along our trip, we will have a couple of long driving days.
Group Leader Description
All GEEO/G Adventures group trips are accompanied by one of G Adventure's group leaders, which they refer to as Chief Experience Officers (CEO). The aim of the group leader is to take the hassle out of your travels and to help you have the best trip possible. They will provide information on the places you are traveling through, offer suggestions for things to do and see, recommend great local eating venues, and introduce you to our local friends. Our itineraries often have plenty of free time to explore on your own. While not being guides in the traditional sense, you can expect them to have a broad general knowledge of the countries visited on the trip, including historical, cultural, religious, and social aspects. We also use local guides where we think more specific knowledge will add to the enjoyment of the places we are visiting – we think it’s the best of both worlds.  
Fitness Level
This trip includes light walking and hiking that is suitable for most fitness levels.  
Single Travelers
Half of the people that travel with GEEO are traveling by themselves, so please don’t worry if you have no one who can join you on your trip. Our pricing is based on double occupancy or, in other words, two people to a room. You never have to pay for a single room unless you want one. GEEO can find you a roommate of the same gender. Most of our trips have a "My Own Room" option, also known as a "Single Supplement," which is an extra fee that will allow you to have a room to yourself. If you want to room alone, please email travel@geeo.org. To see the price for the "My Own Room" option, please click here where you can look up your trip in the extra services spreadsheet. Please note that if you have booked the "My Own Room" option for this tour, you will receive your own single accommodation for all night stops, with the following exception: Day 2  
About Accommodation
This trip uses 2-3 star hotels and motels in cities and near park entrances. Our chosen hotels vary in size, character, and amenities, but are of a good standard, and the rooms are double occupancy, almost all with en suite bathroom. There is also four nights of camping on this trip where staying somewhere closer to nature will definitely enhance the experience.  
Joining Instructions
Day 1 is an arrival day, and no activities have been planned. Upon arrival to the city on Day 1, or earlier if you have booked pre-accommodation with us, please make your way to the joining hotel. Please note: Check-in time will be in the afternoon. Once you arrive at the hotel, look for a note at reception from your tour leader. This note will give the details of your Welcome Meeting on Day 1, usually between 6:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m., at which you will get a chance to meet your tour leader and other travelers, as well as learn more about how the tour will run. If you don’t see a note, please ask reception for details! If you miss the Welcome Meeting, your tour leader will leave a note at reception for you with any information you may need and with instructions for the next morning. Upon arrival at Sea-Tac airport, you can use the following transportation methods to get to our hotel: TAXI Yellow Cabs are available on the third-floor parking garage. A cab from Sea-Tac airport to downtown Seattle ranges from $50-55 USD. Rideshare Apps After requesting a ride, follow the parking garage signs and meet your driver at the Rideshare/TNC pickup zone on the 3rd floor of the Sea-Tac Airport parking garage. Fare estimates are $40-$45. LINK LIGHT RAIL Upon arrival, follow the signs to Link Light Rail by way of the fourth floor of the parking garage (and not Public Transit). Take the Link: University Of Washington Station to University Street Station. Transfer to the E Line: Aurora Village Transit Center and take it 4 stops to Aurora Ave N & Denny Way. Your hotel is a 5-minute walk from here. The fare is about $5 USD. Link is a separate entity from Metro transit that serves downtown Seattle. If you buy a ticket for the train and you wish to transfer to a city bus that would be another fare. You can buy an Orca card from the ticket machine that does allow for transfers. This will cost $5 and you can 'load' it with any amount of money that you wish. SHUTTLE EXPRESS The Shuttle Express is a shared van service that can be pre-booked online (www.shuttleexpress.com). The fare is $40 USD per person in a shared van and goes from the airport to most downtown hotels.  
Emergency Contacts
Should you need to contact G Adventures during a situation of dire need, it is best to first call their local G Adventures office. If for any reason you do not receive an immediate answer, please leave a detailed message and contact information, so they may return your call and assist you as soon as possible. G Adventures Local Representative (Las Vegas) From outside the USA: 1-412-423-8143 From within the USA: 412-423-8143 If you are unable for any reason to contact the local office, please call the numbers listed below, which will connect you directly with the 24 hour Sales team, who will happily assist you. Toll-free, from calls within North America only: 1 888 800 4100
Packing List
Please read this article on GEEO’s blog for our staff’s suggestions on the best gear to pack for your upcoming travels. You must be prepared to carry your own bags and be comfortable carrying them up and downstairs, on and off transportation, and to hotels. As a rule, we try not to have to walk more than 15-20 minutes with your bags, which is why we recommend keeping the weight of your bags between 22-30 lb. Most travelers carry a backpack or rolling bag of small to medium size. No XXL bags please! A daypack is also essential for carrying everyday items. Space is limited on transportation, so there is a limit of one main piece of luggage per person plus a daypack per person. It is important to pack clothes for warm days and cool evenings, as well as a light jacket. A set of smart casual clothes is also advisable. NOTE: Mountains in Rockies could have unpredictable weather with snow and heavy rain even in Summertime. Springtime could be snowy (until the end of June) and the fall season could start as soon as mid-August. Make sure you have equipment and clothing for all conditions!
 Suggested Checklist
  • Long-sleeved shirts or sweater
  • Warm gloves and hat
  • Sleeping bag and liner, 3 season
  • Warm layers
  • Travel pillow
  • Raincoat and/or umbrella
  • Personal clothing for hot to cool weather
  • Sturdy walking or hiking shoes – running shoes are fine too
  • Daypack
  • Sunblock
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun hat
  • Water bottle
  • Watch or alarm clock
  • Toiletries – Important: some hotels do not give you soap and shampoo
  • Camera
  • First-aid kit, including lip salve, Aspirin, bandaids, anti-histamine, Dramamine, Imodium or similar tablets for mild cases of diarrhea, electrolyte powder, insect repellent, extra prescription drugs you may be taking
Optional Checklist
  • Money belt
  • Phone/Tablet for internet – most hotels have WiFi
  • Chargers for electronics
  • Packing cubes
  • Earplugs
  • Snacks – packing a few granola bars is a good idea; you can buy snacks when you get there too, so don't go crazy here
  • Ziplock bags
  • Reading/writing material
  • Hand sanitizer/baby wipes
Document Checklist
  • Passport (with photocopies)
  • Travel insurance (with photocopies)
  • Airline tickets (with photocopies)
  • EUR/USD cash
  • Credit or debit card
  • G Adventures vouchers, pre-departure information, and dossier
  • Any entry visas or vaccination certificates required
  • GEEO Classroom action plans for your group – this is sent 10-30 days before departure
Laundry
Laundry can be done at least once a week while on tour. Some hotels and most cities have laundromats where you can buy soap and wash your laundry in coin-operated machines. Your tour leader will advise you along the trip where you will be able to do your laundry.
Passports and Visas
All GEEO trips require that the participant have a valid passport or alternative travel documents for Americans.  Please see our general FAQ for information on obtaining a passport.
Tipping
It is customary in North America to tip service providers such as waiters, bartenders, and taxi drivers, at approximately 18-20%, depending on the service. Tipping is an expected - though not compulsory - component of your tour program and an expression of satisfaction with the persons who have assisted you on your tour. Although it may not be customary to you, it is of considerable significance to the people who will take care of you during your travels. There are times during the trip where there is an opportunity to tip any local guides used. Recommendations for tipping local guides would range from $2-8 USD per activity depending on the quality and length of the service; ask your CEO for specific recommendations based on the circumstances and culture. Also at the end of each trip, if you felt your G Adventures Tour Leader did an outstanding job, tipping is appreciated. The amount is entirely a personal preference; however, as a guideline $5-10 USD per person, per day can be used as a guide. If your tour leader exceeded your expectations, feel free to tip more.
Flights
We often find the best prices for purchasing flights is 60 days before departure, but of course, this varies greatly from route to route and year to year. You must wait until this trip is confirmed with the minimum number of required participants before you book your flights. Typically, we reach the minimum number needed at least 90 days before departure. GEEO and G Adventures bear no responsibility for any flights purchased before the trip is confirmed. You can find out whether this trip has been confirmed here. Your trip begins and ends in Seattle. Please double-check our itinerary for the date by which you must arrive in Seattle. You can arrive at any time of the day you choose, but we strongly urge you to arrive by 6:00 p.m. on Day 1 for the group meeting. You can depart from Seattle any time on the final day of the trip.
Expectations
Before you decide on traveling with GEEO, it is important that you read all of the information about the program you are considering. Remember, our programs are quite adventurous.
  • The purpose of the accommodation is to provide a safe, well-located place for you to sleep. Sometimes you will be pleasantly surprised, but do not expect luxury as we are trying to keep these trips as inexpensive as possible.
  • You must be able to easily carry or roll your luggage, so do not over-pack.
  • Please make sure you have thoroughly read the itinerary and can handle the group activities, which sometimes include day hikes with your daypacks.
  • We recommend always carrying snacks with you. Meals can sometimes be far apart.
  • Please make sure you understand the role of your tour leader on this trip as they are not the traditional “guide” you may be expecting. While our trips are educational, they aren’t study/lecture trips. We want you to learn through exploring, and much of your experience will be based on how active you choose to be in acquiring knowledge and interacting with locals.
Hopefully this is the kind of adventure you are interested in!  
Itinerary Disclaimer
While it is our intention to adhere to the routes described on our website, there is a certain amount of flexibility built into the itinerary and on occasion it may be necessary, or desirable, to make alterations. The itinerary is brief, as we never know exactly where our journey will take us. Due to our style of travel and the regions we visit, travel can be unpredictable. The information on our website is a general guide to the tour and region, and any mention of specific destinations or wildlife is by no means a guarantee that they will be visited or encountered. Additionally, any travel times listed are approximations only and subject to vary due to local circumstances.  
Weather
The summer is a great time to be in this part of the US. Seattle and Portland will have highs in the 70s, lows in high 50s with very little rain. Glacier and Yellowstone National Parks are slightly cooler, where it can get down into the low 40s at night. Boise will be much hotter, with daytime highs in the 90s.

Costs

Please keep in mind this trip offers some free time to pursue activities that interest you. Make sure you look over all of the optional activities and note these additional costs when deciding whether you can afford this program. The prices below are in U.S. Dollars and are rough estimates for budgeting your trip.
Tour Company Fee
See price in the top right corner
Optional Activities
$200-$1000 USD
Airfare
$100 to $600 This can vary widely
Insurance
$25-$200 USD Please note: It is mandatory for all of our travelers to have Emergency Medical insurance that covers both emergency evacuation and repatriation to the sum of $200,000 USD. We also strongly recommend purchasing cancellation insurance as well.
Tipping
We recommend $45-$90 USD total for your G Adventures tour leaders. Budget another $50 for tipping local guides and drivers.
Meals Not Listed in the Itinerary
$530-$690 USD
Laundry, Drinks, Phone Calls, etc.
Make sure you budget for these types of expenses
Souvenirs
Variable. At your personal discretion.
Non-Educator Fee
$100 USD (GEEO program fee for Non-Educators) Educators do not have to pay this fee.

Optional Activities

Most optional activities are booked and paid for locally in the local currency. You do not have to decide in advance for which activities you would like to sign up. The prices listed are based on the latest information we have received from our participants and G Adventures. They are not guaranteed to be accurate. Please feel free to use them as a guide for budgeting your trip.
Seattle
Pike Place Market See the world-famous Pike Place Market, an array of sights, sounds, and smells. See the fishmongers playfully throwing fish, pick up some local delicacies from market vendors everywhere you turn, or just stroll down the cobblestone streets taking everything in. If you're a fan, don't forget to step foot inside the original Starbucks to get a grande cup of the recognized Pike Place Roast. Chihuly Garden and Glass Visit the must-see Chihuly Garden and Glass that showcases Dale Chihuly's glass blowing artwork. Walkthrough the gardens smelling of fresh flowers and trees, and spot beautiful vibrant glass pieces throughout. Whether they're coming out of the dirt as though they were plants themselves or hanging from the ceiling mimicking plant vines, this exhibit will be sure to fill you with joy. Space Needle Visit the Seattle icon, the Space Needle. Built for the 1962 World's Fair, the Space Needle stands today as a major tourist attraction for those looking to get an incredible view of the city from the 518ft tall (158m) observation tower.
Glacier National Park
Glacier National Park Hikes: 1h-7h, Free Take optional hikes throughout the park ranging from lakeside walks to treks through rugged forests to alpine lakes, glaciers, and mountain vistas. Some trails will be closed through late spring due to snow or avalanche risks. Ask your tour leader to point you in the direction of the best trails to suit your needs. Glacier Helicopter Tour, 30m-1h, $260-$1000 USD per person Take a helicopter ride over Glacier National Park for breathtaking views over this million-acre mountainous park. Only a fraction of the stunning terrain can be seen by road or trail. Fly amongst the mountains and witness snow-capped peaks, glaciers, alpine lakes, and historic chalets. Going-to-the-Sun Road Drive, Free Take a ride across Going-to-the-Sun Road, a National Historic Landmark completed in 1932. As you traverse this 85km (53 mi) highway, famously featured in the 1980 film The Shining, take in spectacular views of Logan’s Pass and the dramatic Going-to-the-Sun Mountain.
Grand Teton National Park and Jackson
Jenny Lake Boat Ride, $19 USD per person Stop at beautiful Jenny Lake and take a boat ride across the lake. Hike 3km (1.9 mi) to discover Hidden Falls and Inspiration Point on the other side of the lake. Grand Teton National Park Hike, Free Get out and explore the trail and incredible scenery in Grand Teton NP. For an easy hike with breathtaking views, stick to the trails near the water. Million Dollar Bar Visit, 1h-1h Free-$20 USD per person Enjoy a night out in a true Western town. Opt to go to the One Million Dollar Bar, Wyoming's landmark watering hole, known for its western dancing, live entertainment, and fascinating decor, including knobbed pine architecture and genuine saddle barstools. Jackson Horseback Riding, h-3h, $35-$85USD per person Saddle up and take a scenic ride through mountain trails into an area of unspoiled natural beauty. Enjoy peaceful surroundings along the famous Snake River and see if you can spot various wildlife in their natural habitat.
Craters of the Moon National Monument
Lava Tube Exploration Explore the crevices and caves formed thousands of years ago by flowing lava rivers. The dark, cool caves are a stark contrast to the landscape outside – bring close-toed shoes and a flashlight to discover this underground world.
Bend
Canoe by Moonlight, $90 USD per person Slice through the beautiful waters of a Cascade Lake while being led by the moon and stars. Enjoy the calm of nature illuminated by the night sky, before capping off the night with dessert and a local brew on the water's edge. Bliss? Definitely. Bend Kayaking, $20 USD per person Grab a paddle and explore the stretch of the Deschutes through the Old Mill District. Paddle upstream for 1.5 miles before enjoying a leisurely float back to the dock. Bend Brewery Tour, $80 USD per person Home to 16 craft breweries, Bend is a beer lovers paradise! Hop on the 'Bend Brew Bus' and visit four local breweries for a behind-the-scenes look at the brewing process and enjoy samples at each, of course. (We recommend Bevel Brewing!)
Portland
Portland's Food Trucks Portland is a food-centric city with an iconic food truck scene. Your CEO will be able to help you locate food cart "pods", where clusters of trucks park and serve, throughout the city. Hint: Cartlandia is one of the biggest "super pods" in the city where you will be sure to find good eats! Portland Walking Tour Go on a walking tour of Portland's best neighborhoods, see how locals live, where you can find great shops, amazing food, craft breweries, and find street art. Drink Up Portland's Craft-beer Scene Set out on your own DIY pub crawl if you wish to explore Portland's craft-beer craze. Portland was an early innovator in the craft-beer scene so if you love a cold beer or cider head out and see what the city is pouring.