Welcome to Olympic Peninsula
Cut off from Washington state by water on three sides, the remote Olympic Peninsula exhibits all the characteristics of a separate island. The region's main population centers are in the northeast and include Port Angeles, Port Townsend and drier, balmier Sequim, now a budding retirement community. As the region is protected climatically by the Olympic Mountains, outdoor activities abound here.North of Gray's Harbor... Read More
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Vancouver Trolley Hop-on Hop-off Tour
Board a classic turn-of-the-century trolley at any of the 34 stops and enjoy live commentary as you see Vancouver’s most noteworthy attractions. You can hop on and off as many times as you like for a 1-day or consecutive 2-day period. Buses run from morning till the early evening, giving you flexibility to discover the city at a pace that suits your schedule. In the summer, the route covers two loops, Green and Red, which are combined into one super loop during the winter. (See below for a full list of stops.) Both routes begin at Canada Place, a convention center built for Expo ’86. The Green Route then travels through West End before winding through Stanley Park, 1,000 acres (400 hectares) of natural oasis. Inside the park, hop out at Brockton Point, fine examples of First Nation art, or at Prospect Point, the park’s highest vantage point for views of the Cascade Mountains and the green-tinged Lions Gate Bridge. After the park, the Green Route trolley swings by the English Bay and False Creek Ferries.Prefer museums and city scenes? Then plan your day around the Red Loop. See the 19th-century buildings of Gastown, Vancouver’s historic cobblestoned district, and check out the vibrant district of Chinatown. Take a shopping break or grab a bite in the stylish district of Yaletown, full of boutiques and local eateries. Or spend your lunch hour at Granville Island’s Public Market, where you’ll discover colorful stalls of baked goods, seafood, art and music. A walking tour of the island is included with your trolley ticket.Optional Entry to Vancouver Lookout:Upgrade your introduction to the city with a glass-elevator ride at Vancouver Lookout. Ascend 554 feet (169 meters) in 40 seconds and walk around the observation deck overlooking Vancouver, the ocean, the North Shore Mountains and Olympic Peninsula. Your ticket is valid for a full day so you can return in the evening to see the city illuminated at night.Vancouver Hop-On Hop-Off Tour Stops:Park Route (Green)#1 Canada Place#2 Marriott#3 Hyatt Regency#4 Blue Horizon#5 Westin Bayshore#6 Stanley Park – Rose Garden#7 Stanley Park – Vancouver Aquarium#8 Stanley Park – Totem Poles#9 Stanley Park – Lumberman’s Arch#10 Stanley Park – Prospect Point#11 Stanley Park – The Teahouse#12 Stanley Park – The Fish House#13 English Bay (Beach & Davie)#14 False Creek Ferries#15 Residence Inn by Marriott#16 Sheraton Wall Centre#17 Sutton Place (in front of Francesco’s Ristorante) City & Museum Route (Red)#1 Canada Place#2 Art Gallery#3 Holiday Inn#4 Vanier Park – Museum of Vancouver & Space Centre#5 Maritime Museum#6 Granville Island#7 Yaletown (Brix Restaurant)#8 Library Square#9 Sandman Hotel on West Georgia
Small-Group Olympic National Park Tour from Seattle
Hop in the luxury vehicle and head out to Olympic National Park on this full-day, small-group tour from Seattle. Olympic National Park, located on the Olympic Peninsula, is a microcosm of Northwest ecosystems, where you will find remote beaches fringing the country's oldest forests and one of the state's most dramatic mountain ranges. The options for adventures are endless, as the Olympic Peninsula harbors some of the greatest true wilderness left in the contiguous United States, including a lush temperate rainforest. Sixteen species of plants and animals evolved here and nowhere else. Your tour begins with a downtown Seattle hotel pickup and a delicious light breakfast including pastries and hot beverages. The drive to Olympic National Park will have plenty of photo stops and you will see a waterfall or two, as well as stop to take a few short interpretive nature walks. Your naturalist guide may lead you on the Marymere Falls trail, which is lined with Old Growth Douglas Fir trees and culminates in a beautiful waterfall. You may also gaze upon the majestic Lake Crescent, a sparkling glacial lake surrounded by mountains. Weather permitting, you may drive up to Hurricane Ridge, a mountain citadel that puts you at the edge of the park's exceptionally jagged peaks. Olympic marmots and black-tailed deer often show up, and black bears are fairly common. From the meadows at the summit, take in a superb 360-degree view that embraces the surrounding mountains, the strait and the San Juan Islands. During the winter when snow is on the ground, typically mid-October through mid-March, you will strap on snowshoes for this guided nature trek.At midday, dine on a gourmet picnic of fresh local ingredients and local wines. Select snacks and drinks will be provided throughout the tour. For menu information, please refer to the Itinerary section.
Vancouver Trolley Hop-on Hop-off Tour, Lookout Observation Deck and Vancouver Aquarium Combo
See the best of Vancouver aboard a classic turn-of-the-century Vancouver Trolley, which runs on environmentally friendly propane fuel, ensuring Vancouver stays beautiful. Take the entire tour in two hours or hop off the trolley at any of the 34 stops to visit Vancouver's major downtown attractions, go shopping or dine out. Then re-board another Vancouver Trolley to continue on your tour, which includes live commentary and operates year-round. Your hop-on hop-off ticket can be used over two consecutive days. During April to October, trolleys depart approximately every 20 minutes; November to March trolleys depart approximately every 40 minutes from each stop. The two summer loops combine into a super single route in the winter (see list of stops in Itinerary below).Head to the Vancouver Lookout, which provides 360-degree views from the top of Harbour Center, one of the tallest buildings in downtown Vancouver. Ride the glass elevator skyward to the observation deck and look out over the historic Gastown, lively Coal Harbour, and all the way to the Pacific Ocean and the Olympic peninsula. Your ticket is valid for a full day with multiple admissions so you can choose to visit during the day, in the evening and at night. Voted BC's best-loved attraction, the Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Centre allows you to come face-to-fin with Arctic beluga whales, giant Amazon arapaima, tropical reef sharks and the fascinating dolphins, sea lions and otters of British Columbia. Daily shows and animal feedings are a popular highlight at Vancouver Aquarium, an attraction the whole family will enjoy in the heart of Stanley Park.
Vancouver City Tour with Lookout Admission
After morning hotel pickup by coach, your 4-hour tour of Vancouver begins with key downtown landmarks. Snap a postcard-worthy pic of the five white sails of Canada Place flared toward the sky, while learning about the convention center’s construction for Expo ’86.Catch glimpses of Vancouver’s rich diversity as you cruise down Robson Street, chock-full of shops from high-end retailers to indie boutiques, fine dining to hole-in-the-wall eateries, sports bars to cafes. Pass the Olympic Cauldron on your way to Stanley Park, 1,000 acres (400 hectares) of natural oasis. Inside the park, admire nine totem poles at Brockton Point, fabulous examples of First Nation art, and one of the top attractions in British Columbia. Drive through beautiful landscapes evolving from shoreline to rainforest as you head up to Prospect Point, the park’s highest vantage point for views of the Cascade Mountains and the gorgeous green-tinged Lions Gate Bridge.After the park, head to another local favorite, Granville Island’s Public Market. Wind through the endless rows of colorful stalls of baked goods, produce, seafood, art and music for an hour, and buy lunch if you want.Then pass by the 19th-century buildings of Gastown, Vancouver’s historic cobblestoned district, and check out the lively district of Chinatown that is now home to North America’s third-largest Chinese population.Cap off your introduction to the city with a glass-elevator ride at Vancouver Lookout. It takes 40 seconds to shoot up 554 feet (169 meters) for a walk around the observation deck that looks out over the city, ocean, majestic North Shore Mountains and Olympic Peninsula. Your tour concludes with drop-off at your hotel.
Half-Day Kayaking Trip Near Olympic National Park
Take to the waters of the Strait of Juan de Fuca — and discover the heart of the Pacific Northwest’s wild beauty — on this 4-hour kayaking adventure. Elect to head out at 9am for a morning tour or at 1:30pm for an afternoon adventure. You’ll convene with your guide at Adventures Through Kayaking in the small town of Port Angeles. Following an introduction, equipment briefing, and other preparations, you’ll head to the nearby launch point. All kayaking equipment is provided. Once you take to the water, paddle along the designated Whale Trail, see the beautifully rugged cliff shorelines of the region, and otherwise drink in the stunning natural scenery; here, you’ll be just adjacent to Olympic National Park. From the comfort of your beginner-friendly stable kayak, see if you can spot wildlife including bald eagles and harbor seals, intertidal life like sea anemones and starfish, and even a whale or two, if you’re lucky. In total, you’ll spend close to three hours on the water. Once the tour winds down and you return to Port Angeles, you’re also welcome to attend a complimentary wine tasting at the neighboring winery — another way to enjoy the bounty of the Pacific Northwest.
Sunset Sea Kayaking near Olympic National Park
One of our favorite trips: following the designated Whale Trail, kayak the beautifully rugged and rocky cliff shoreline of Freshwater Bay on the Strait of Juan de Fuca. From the comfort of your stable kayak, enjoy viewing bald eagles, otters, harbor seals, or maybe even a whale. Freshwater Bay is a fantastic location for birding, beachcombing and discovering intertidal life, such as seastars. This is truly a wonderful trip for anyone that would like to explore a NW cliff laden shoreline with great opportunities for wildlife. Our guides know the places to take you for the best wildlife sightings; they also know all the areas protected from certain wind and weather conditions, therefore this guided kayak tour is suitable for most ages and abilities.