FAM Olympics & Cascades

From lush rainforests to rocky coasts to wildflower dotted meadows and glaciated peaks – Washington is home to some of the most dramatic and beautiful landscapes in North America.

 

Trip Length

7 Days

Intensity

Mild to Moderate

Group Size

8 Persons

Trip Dates

July 16-22, 2023

Activities

Hiking
Kayaking

Included

Medically-trained, naturalist guides
Round-trip transportation
Two nights at Quileute Oceanside Resort
Four nights at the Thompson Seattle
Private guided tours of Olympic and Mount Rainier National Parks
Private Sea Kayaking and Mountain Biking Tour
All meals indicated in itinerary
Park entry fees

Not Included

Gratuity for your guide
Meals not included in itinerary

$1725

Per person, double occupancy
Single supplement: $1050

 

Trip Info

The Pacific Northwest is home to some of the most dramatic and dynamic landscapes in the country. We’ll hike its rocky coasts, venture into the heart of a rainforest, and climb to the foot of a glacial volcano – all in just seven days!

Weather

Expect to encounter weather as diverse as the places we’ll be visiting! Most days should be in the 60s or 70s with the potential for both rain and sun. Some days in the city may reach temperatures closer to the 80s while higher elevations may still have some lingering snow! Plan to dress for changing conditions.

Group 

This trip is open to Travel Agents and up to one adult guest. We’ll be driving and heading to activities as a group, led by your Good Trip guide. The group size will range from 8-10 total guests.

Intensity – Mild 

This trip is appropriate for beginner hikers, climbers, and paddlers. We will be quite active, so we hope you’re up for the challenge! Your Good Trip guide will have your safety at top of mind at all times and most activities can be adapted to your particular experience level.

Accommodations

  • Thompson Seattle: Solo travelers will be in a two x Queen Room. Couples and duos will be in a shared King room.
  • Quileute Oceanside Resort: Solo travelers will be in a two bedroom, two queen room. Couples and duos will be in a shared King studio

Flights

Plan to arrive at Seattle Tacoma International Airport by the late afternoon on Day 1. Your guide will pick you up by about 4:00 PM local time for transfer to the Thompson Seattle, our basecamp for the trip!

Your guide will transport you to the airport for departing flights on the final day in the morning or early afternoon (by 12PM local time). If you book an evening flight, please plan to spend some time at the airport or arrange your own transportation from the hotel.

Itinerary

Day 1

Today, our adventure begins! Plan to arrive in Seattle at your leisure. Transfer from SeaTac to the Thompson Seattle is available from your Good Trip guide around 4:00 PM or you can arrange transportation via ride service. Tonight, we’ll meet for a group dinner and get to know one another a bit before setting off in the morning for Olympic!

Meals: D

Day 2

It’s an early wake up call today! We’ll load up and head to the water – hopping on a ferry to cross the sound for a stop on Bainbridge Island. Our morning on the island will include some free time to explore the shops and cafes in town and a visit to the Suquamish cultural center and museum. From here, we’ll continue along for lunch at one of the local’s favorite spots just an hour north. After filling our tummies, we’ll spend the afternoon taking in the views from Hurricane Ridge – with stunning views of the glacier capped Olympic peaks.

After a very full day, we’ll head west to our home for the next two nights – Quileute Oceanside Resort. This property – managed by the Quileute people – is home to some of the most stunning sunsets in North America. We’ll unwind with a toast on the beach before settling into bed.

Meals: No meal included

Day 3

Our day today is full of diverse landscapes! Depending on tides, we’ll either start or finish our day at Ruby Beach, where we’ll explore the tidepools and marvel at the iconic seastacks along the coast. Our afternoon is spent in Hoh rainforest – one of the last remaining temperate rainforests on earth. This stunning ecosystem is full of life – and your naturalist guide will share with you all the amazing things going on underfoot and overhead.

Tonight, we’ll enjoy a beach barbecue as the sun sets!

Meals: L, D

Day 4

Another action packed day awaits! We’ll start our day with a private sea kayaking tour of Freshwater Bay – where we’ll keep our eyes peeled for aquatic wildlife like bald eagles, otters, and seabirds. After enjoying a picnic lunch, we’ll head inland for a mountain biking ride along the Elwha river. Both activities are appropriate for novice and intermediate paddlers and riders.

After an extremely full day on the water and trails, we’ll head back to Seattle via the Port Angeles ferry (keeping our eyes peeled for Orcas along the way!). Our beds at the Thompson Seattle will feel extra cozy tonight.

Meals: L

Day 5

Today is a free day to explore Seattle. Your guide may make suggestions for places to visit or may arrange a day trip, depending on the group’s preference. Possible points of interest to visit may include Pike Place Market, the Space Needle, the Chihuly Gardens, or the Museum of Pop Culture.

Meals: No meals included

Day 6

We’ll wake up early and head up, up, up! We’ll be taking a day trip to the foot of Tahoma (Mount Rainier) for a day of hiking. Tahoma stands 14,410’ tall and, when she decides to emerge from the clouds, is a breathtaking presence in the Pacific Northwest landscape. Our trip today includes a drive to the Sunrise / Yakima Park area of the mountain. Our path today depends on conditions and the group’s preferences, but expect to spend most of the day on your feet and taking on some moderate to challenging uphill sections. July is a perfect time for wildflower viewing, though, so we promise it will be worth it!

This evening, we’ll join together for a farewell dinner at one of the city’s favorite restaurants.

Meals: L, D

Day 7

It’s time to say goodbye! Transfer is available to SeaTac airport for afternoon flights. Those with early morning or evening flights should plan to arrange individual transfer. Be sure to take a parting look out the window for some final views of the Cascades before heading home!

Meals: No meals included

Pack List

  • Required Gear
    • Day pack (15-30 liters recommended)
    • Luggage (can be left in the vehicle, 1 small suitcase per person)
    • Pack cover
    • Headlamp
    • Reusable water bottles or bladders (3L total capacity)
  • Recommended Gear and Personal Item
    • Sunscreen
    • Earplugs
    • Insect repellent
    • Toiletries (please choose biodegradable and scent-free items)
    • Small, personal first aid kit (including blister treatment)
    • Small, quick dry towel
  • Required Clothing
    • Warm jacket (down, puffy, fleece)
    • Rain jacket or shell
    • Breathable wicking base layers
    • Lightweight hiking pants
    • Warm clothes to sleep in
    • Warm hat
    • Gloves
    • Sun hat with a brim
    • Wool socks (1 pair per day of trip)
    • Hiking boots
    • Sunglasses
    • Comfortable shoes for walk around town
      Clothes for dinners and meals out
  • Recommended Clothing
    • Rain pants (optional)
    • Buff or neck scarf
    • Comfortable clothes for evenings at hotel
    • Sandals or camp shoes
    • Crocs or water shoes

FAM Olympics & Cascades

$2250

Per person, double occupancy
Single supplement: $1050

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