Welcome to The Pacific Northwest

Outdoor Adventures

You can't escape nature here. Even the big cities are punctuated by looming, snowy peaks: Seattle's Mt Rainier, Portland's Mt Hood and Vancouver's North Shore Mountains. And that's before you get to the raging rivers, rolling deserts, dense old-growth forests and glorious public beaches that are never far from any urban landscape.The region offers endless outdoor opportunities: camping, hiking, cycling, skiing and mountaineering. And all that rain translates into a perfect storm of water sports; raft white water, kayak lake and sea, and kiteboard through ripping winds.

Foodie & Locavore Heaven

Seattle, Portland and Vancouver are all rich in gourmet restaurants and have a wide range of ethnic food options. Seattle boasts a long-established history of Northwest cuisine, while Portland's affordability and creativity have made it a magnet for hot chefs. Vancouver offers some of the best Chinese food outside, well, China.There's an abundance of locally grown food, from berries and hazelnuts to wild mushrooms, seafood, cheese and grass-fed beef. Locavores abound, getting their fix in the many specialty groceries, farmers markets and community gardens.

Beer, Wine & Coffee

In these parts, beverages are big. The nation's gourmet-coffee scene may have started in Seattle, but dozens of artisan microroasters across the Northwest now produce some of the best espresso in the world. In some coffee shops, pouring a latte is practically an art form.Microbrewing also became famous in this region, located within a stone's throw of the nation's highest concentration of hop farms. Today, craft brewers pump out fragrant India Pale Ales (IPAs) and ever more inventive specialty beers. Grapevines cover many hills and produce a harvest of intriguing reds and whites.

Art & Culture

There's no shortage of urban entertainment and culture: the scene encompasses indie garage bands, world-class symphonies, jazz bars and an abundance of public art. Offbeat film houses and art galleries are tucked into even the smallest towns.Seattle, Portland and Vancouver all support symphonies, operas, dance troupes and theater companies. Galleries and museums display pieces by Native American artists, ceramicists and painters, and glassmakers inspired by Tacoma's Dale Chihuly. You'll always have more than enough to appreciate in this highly creative part of the world.

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$161.27 Day Trips & Excursions

Vancouver to Victoria and Butchart Gardens Tour by Bus

Your tour begins with pickup from Vancouver (select hotels only) for a scenic, relaxing 1.5-hour cruise to Vancouver Island. Upon arrival, take a scenic drive south by comfortable coach through exclusive residential areas and parks to downtown Victoria.You'll be given a comprehensive overview of Victoria and will then have about 3 hours of free time to explore on your own by foot. Top landmarks include the Royal British Columbia Museum, Miniture World, the Bug Zoo and the IMAX Museum.The highlight of your tour will surely be world-famous Butchart Gardens. A National Historic Site of Canada, this 55-acre (22-hectare) sprawl of floral gardens offers endless stunning views. During your 1.5 hours of free time, stroll down the winding walkways and capture photos of this impressive landscape.You'll be taken back to Vancouver after your tour.Please note: You must include hotel information at checkout and call tour operator ahead to confirm.

$154 Day Trips & Excursions

Mt. Rainier National Park Full-Day Tour from Seattle

Breathtaking vistas await you on Mt Rainier, whose rocky peak stands more than 14,000 feet (4,267 meters) tall! On this full-day tour to Mt Rainier from Seattle, you’ll get to appreciate the beauty of this stunning mountain up close. Enjoy unobstructed views of the Seattle area from the mountain. Don't forget your camera -- this 10-hour day trip is a feast for the eyes!Your tour begins with a comfortable, scenic bus ride. Stop at the visitor’s center before continuing to Mount Rainier National Park. Enjoy lunch (own expense) at the world-renowned Whittaker School of Mountaineering, where a 30-minute slide show will take you on a visual journey to the summit, presented by a professional Mt Rainier guide.On your way to Paradise, the mountain’s visitor’s center famous for its magnificent views, linger at several lookout points and gaze at the awe-inspiring scenery and natural wonders. Admire crashing waterfalls, diverse plant life and the picturesque snowcapped summit. In the late afternoon, follow a different route back to Seattle and take in even more fantastic Pacific Northwest scenery.

$75 Kid Friendly

From Seattle, 1.5-Hour Boeing Factory Tour with Small Group

The small-group Seattle Boeing Factory Tour starts when your professionally trained driver picks you up in a comfortable coach for the trip 35 miles north of Seattle to the Boeing Future of Flight Aviation Center. Once aboard, your driver will share some quirky and interesting facts about the Boeing, Seattle, and the Pacific Northwest. All drivers are happy to answer any of your questions, so ask away! Once you arrive at the Boeing factory, you will be escorted on an informative and fun 90 minute tour of the Boeing assembly plant, guided by expert Boeing staff. You'll see where Boeing's 747, 767, 777 and Dreamliner aircraft are manufactured in the largest building in the world by volume.  On the Boeing flight line, you will see airplanes in various stages of flight test and manufacture for airline customers around the world. You'll also have an opportunity to take photos and do some "plane spotting" up on the Strato Deck, and visit the Aerospace Galler for interactive exhibits, a flight simulator, an advances Makerspace, and much more. Note that the tour involves a walk of one-third of a mile, and some steep stairs.  Some wheelchairs available at the Future of Flight, please ask your Show Me Seattle guide.*Hotel pickup reservations are limited. If the hotel pick-up option is sold out, you will be asked to shift to the general pick-up spot. 

$148 Tours & Sightseeing

Seattle Full-Day Tour with Space Needle and Pike Place Market

The Seattle in One Day sightseeing tour covers the absolute best of Seattle in just five hours. Take a picture of Mt Rainier towering over the Seattle skyline, watch out for flying fish at Pike Place Market and marvel at the 360-degree view from the top of the Space Needle. See the sights that make Seattle so special, not to mention beautiful – the Ballard Locks, Pioneer Square, Puget Sound, Mercer Island and Lake Washington. As your air-conditioned mini-coach takes you around the city with no more than 21 other passengers, your knowledgeable and friendly guide will provide commentary about the city and its local neighborhoods. You’ll have two hours of free time at Pike Place Market to browse the wares and fares, from fish to local treats to jewelry and much more. Conclude your tour with a trip to the top of the newly-renovated Space Needle! By the end of this sightseeing tour, you will have a solid knowledge of the Emerald City and a list of fantastic places to explore further during the rest of your trip! Sights include:Pike Place Market Olympic & Cascade mountain views Seattle Waterfront Historic Pioneer Square Waterfall Garden Park Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park T-Mobile Park & CenturyLink Field Chinatown and International District Lake Washington I-90 Floating Bridge Mercer Island Puget Sound views Fremont neighborhood & Troll Lake Union & Ship Canal Fishermen's Terminal Ballard Locks/Salmon Ladder Discovery Park Magnolia Bluff Space Needle Seattle Center & MoPOP Museum

$130.55 Day Trips & Excursions

Vancouver North Shore Tour: Capilano Bridge, Grouse Mountain

Your Vancouver North Shore day trip starts with pickup from Vancouver or Richmond (select hotels only) and a drive over the Lions Gate Bridge, a 5,890-foot (1,823-meter) suspension bridge that offers unparalleled views of Vancouver Harbor, and beyond.Once you get across to the North Shore, continue on a short drive up the mountain to the Capilano Fish Hatchery (11am departure only). Learn about the life cycle of salmon from your guide and, depending on the season (July - August), watch as they leap their way upriver.Next, head to the Capilano Suspension Bridge, where you'll meander along the surrounding temperate rain forest and learn the traditions of the Indigenous People. Then, walk across the 460-foot (140-meter) bridge to the other side of the river, where you can climb to the canopy and walk through the Treetops Adventure walkway high above the canyon and river below.For those seeking a more thrilling experience, try the Cliffwalk, the newest attraction at the bridge. This adrenaline-pumping journey will take you through the rainforest on a series of suspended walkways jutting out from the granite cliff face to unexplored territories of the park.At the Grouse Mountain Skyride, hop on the tram and travel to a 3,937-foot (1,200-meter) viewpoint above the city and enjoy nature’s spectacular view. In the summertime, you can see Mount Baker and Vancouver Island off British Columbia’s coast. You can also get up-close views of grizzly bears at the Refuge for Endangered Wildlife.After your North Shore experience, relax on the drive back to Vancouver.Please note: You must include hotel information at checkout and call tour operator ahead to confirm.

$61.44 Tours & Sightseeing

Vancouver Sightseeing City Tour with Stanley Park and Gastown

After pickup from select hotels Vancouver hotels, your 4-hour tour includes the sights of Gastown, Vancouver's historic district. Drive along cobbled streets past 19th-century buildings. Listen to engaging commentary from your guide about the popular landmarks as you pass.  Soak up the lively cultural atmosphere of Chinatown, one of North America's largest Chinatowns, and drive through Robson Street, Vancouver's trendy shopping district in the heart of downtown Vancouver. Enter the urban oasis of Stanley Park and see Brockton Point’s nine historic totem poles built by the First People in British Columbia. Ascend to Prospect Point, the highest point of Stanley Park, and capture amazing views of the North Shore Mountains, the Lions Gate Bridge and Burrard Inlet. Pass English Bay, Vancouver's sunbathing destination, and Vancouver Harbor. On Granville Island, explore Public Market's stalls selling gastronomic masterpieces and homemade goods made from glass and textiles. At Vancouver Lookout, a glass elevator lifts you up 553 feet skyward, in just 40 seconds, giving you incredible panoramas of Vancouver. Your tour ends with drop-off at your departure point. Please note: You must include hotel information at checkout and call the tour operator ahead to confirm your booking.