Seattle Loop Olympic National Park Route Fly Drive Holiday
“One of America’s grandest, most spectacular drives” – National Geographic Traveller.
The Cascade Loop is a 400-mile fly-drive which features snow covered peaks, two mountain passes (Snoqualmie & Stevens), pristine mountain lakes, frontier towns, islands and oceans, National parks, outdoor activities (horse back riding, biking, white river rafting/float trips, seaplane rides) and friendly people, all within the State of Washington.
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Arrive in Seattle “the Emerald City” Settle in to the hotel of your choice where you will stay for the next 3 nights.
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Enjoy the sights of Seattle by land and by sea on the Ride the Ducks, Seattle Duck Tours or join Gray Line of Seattle on a Seattle City Tour or City Sights by Gray Line Tour. Visit the numerous attractions the city has to offer, including the Experience Music Project, an interactive museum devoted to creativity and innovation in American popular music; Pike Place Market, the soul of Seattle and the oldest continually running farmers market; Woodland Park Zoo, a 92-acre zoo that is hailed as one of the finest zoos in the world; Seattle Center, home of the Seattle Opera, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Intiman Theatre Company and Seattle Children’s Theatre to name just a few.Close
The city also offers great downtown shopping. Evening dining options are many. You can enjoy, for instance, magnificent 360–degree views from the 500-foot rotating restaurant SkyCity at the Space Needle or visit Blake Island State Park and savour a delicious buffet of award winning salmon while the Tillicum Village Dancers bring to life the dances and legends of the Northwest Coast; or choose from one of the fine restaurants downtown.Close
Seattle to Olympic Peninsula
Collect your car to start your fly-drive adventure. You will depart on Washington State Ferry to Bainbridge Island and The Olympic Peninsula. The ferry stops at Port Townsend, Dungeness Spit, Hurricane Ridge before its final destination on the Peninsula: Port Angeles where you will spend the night at the more rural Lake Crescent Lodge 30 minutes west of Port Angeles.
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Whilst in Port Angeles you may choose to enjoy a guided walk, or you may go for a do-it-yourself approach by following one of the many marked hiking trails. A variety of watersports are also available, with canoes and kayaks available for rent.Close
Olympic Peninsula to Kalaloch
Just under two hour’s drive takes you to Kalaloch on the west coast. The Quinault Indians first called this coastal land “Kalaloch” or “good place to land.” Their ancient and native culture is still a strong presence. The Pacific Ocean breaks upon miles of driftwood-lined beaches backed by the soaring evergreen forest.
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Your days at Kalaloch Lodge will be spent beachcombing, hiking, fishing, bird watching or whale watching. Be sure to be near the beach at sunset as the colours can be absolutely stunning.Close
Kalaloch to Lake Quinalt
A very short drive today (or you could stay an extra night in Kalaloch and visit Lake Quinault) away from the coast and into the hills. The Quinault Rainforest, is one of only three temperate rainforests in the Western hemisphere. You will find the largest Sitka Spruce tree in the world, along with Hemlock, Douglas Fir and Western Red Cedar trees.
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We would recommend that you take the Quinault Rainforest Loop, a 30-mile road that takes you around Lake Quinault. This is a very pretty drive and you might well see Roosevelt Elk, Black Tail Deer, Cougars, Bald Eagles, Bobcats, and even Black Bears. Alternatively, hike the Waterfall Trail.Close
Lake Quinalt to Seattle
Drive back to Seattle today for one last day of exploring. Perhaps stopping for some sightseeing in Tacoma or Aberdeen.
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