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North by Northwest

Duration:15 days 14 nights
Tour Type:Self Drive Tours
Tour Activity:Culture, Heritage and History
Tour Region:Mountain Region, Pacific Region (includes Hawaii and Alaska), Canada

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Tour Information

The Northwest Trails tour begins in Seattle and ends in Seattle.

Please view itinerary description below.

Day 1

Seattle Arrival

Arrive at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, pick up your car and proceed to your hotel. Discover some of the Emerald City’s attractions tonight.

Tours and holidays in Usa - Seattle Arrival

Day 2

Seattle – Vancouver / driving distance: 140 mi / 224 km

Drive north to Vancouver, Canada’s spectacular western gateway. Discover this stunning picturesque city in the afternoon. We suggest riding the tramway to the summit of Grouse Mountain or perhaps rent a bike to tour Stanley Park.

Tours and holidays in Usa - Seattle – Vancouver / driving distance: 140 mi / 224 km

Day 3

Vancouver

A full day at leisure in Canada’s attractive western gateway, or we suggest a trip to the quaint provincial capital of Victoria on Vancouver Island and the famed Butchart Gardens. Return to Vancouver in the early evening.

Tours and holidays in Usa - Vancouver

Day 4

Vancouver – Fraser River Canyon – Kamloops / driving distance: 268 mi / 429 km

Today follow the path of the prospectors that went up the Fraser River Canyon on their way to the gold of the Cariboo region. In the afternoon, continue your journey through the interior of British Columbia along the Thompson River, named after the famous trapper and explorer David Thompson. Reach the rugged interior town of Kamloops by late afternoon.

Tours and holidays in Usa - Vancouver – Fraser River Canyon – Kamloops / driving distance: 268 mi / 429 km

Day 5

Kamloops – Jasper National Park / driving distance: 280 mi / 447 km

Continue North, where the beauty of Western Canada’s wilderness is apparent in the region of the Monashee Mountains. Travel famous Yellowhead Highway by Mount Robson, the highest peak in the US Rockies before reaching Jasper National Park.

Tours and holidays in Usa - Kamloops – Jasper National Park / driving distance: 280 mi / 447 km

Day 6

Jasper National Park – Banff National Park / driving distance: 180 mi / 290 km

The Icefields Parkway runs along the ridge of the Rockies. See the Columbia Icefield, the largest body of ice south of the Arctic Circle. Visit Lake Louise before arriving in Banff.

Tours and holidays in Usa - Jasper National Park – Banff National Park / driving distance: 180 mi / 290 km

Day 7

Banff National Park – Calgary / driving distance: 78 mi / 125 km

You will have time for a leisurely stroll in Banff before you continue by Bow River Valley to Calgary. In the afternoon take a city tour including Calgary’s 1988 Winter Olympics sites.

Tours and holidays in Usa - Banff National Park – Calgary / driving distance: 78 mi / 125 km

Day 8

Calgary – Waterton Lakes National Park – Glacier National Park – Kalispell / driving distance: 219 mi / 350 km

Drive south to beautiful Waterton Lakes National Park that shares the international boundary with Montana’s Glacier National Park. This geological wonderland encompasses 1,600 square miles of Rocky Mountain Peaks, offering spectacular vistas at every twist of the road. Drive the Going to the Sun highway (weather permitting). Continue to Kalispell.

Tours and holidays in Usa - Calgary – Waterton Lakes National Park – Glacier National Park – Kalispell / driving distance: 219 mi / 350 km

Day 9

Kalispell – Yellowstone National Park / driving distance: 390 mi / 624 km

Travel past Flathead Lake and cross the Continental Divide through the Big Sky country of western Montana, where the Blackfoot and bison co-existed for centuries before America’s great westward expansion. Yellowstone, America’s first National Park, is today’s destination.

Tours and holidays in Usa - Kalispell – Yellowstone National Park / driving distance: 390 mi / 624 km

Day 10

Yellowstone National Park – Grand Teton National Park – Jackson / driving distance: 120 mi / 200 km

See the dramatic peaks of the Grand Teton Mountains as you drive to the rustic town of Jackson Hole.

Tours and holidays in Usa - Yellowstone National Park – Grand Teton National Park – Jackson / driving distance: 120 mi / 200 km

Day 11

Jackson – Craters Of The Moon – Twin Falls / driving distance: 270 mi / 432 km

Today drive west and visit the lunar landscape of the Craters of the Moon National Monument, which boasts one of the nation’s highest concentrations of volcanic features. Continue to the awe-inspiring cascade of the Shoshone Falls, called the Niagara of the West, to Twin Falls, Idaho.

Tours and holidays in Usa - Jackson – Craters Of The Moon – Twin Falls / driving distance: 270 mi / 432 km

Day 12

Twin Falls – Oregon Trail – Boise – Pendleton / driving distance: 338 mi / 541 km

Drive through the vast Boise National Forest, where a segment of the historic Oregon Trail can be seen. Continue to Boise, The City of Trees, and Idaho’s state capital. In Baker City, we suggest a visit to the National Historic Oregon Trail Interpretive Center, which focuses on life along the Trail (admission not included). Continue to Pendleton, home of the yearly Pendleton Round-Up-Rodeo.

Tours and holidays in Usa - Twin Falls – Oregon Trail – Boise – Pendleton / driving distance: 338 mi / 541 km

Day 13

Pendleton – Mt. Rainier National Park Area – Yakima / driving distance: 226 mi / 362 km

Continue northwest to Yakima. This important agricultural region produces apples, cherries, pears, peaches, and apricots which are shipped to markets all around the world. Continue to Mt. Rainier National Park, an ice-clad extinct volcano towering above its surroundings. Overnight in nearby Yakima.

Tours and holidays in Usa - Pendleton – Mt. Rainier National Park Area – Yakima / driving distance: 226 mi / 362 km

Day 14

Yakima – Seattle / driving distance: 135 mi / 216 km

This morning, continue to Seattle, Mt. Rainer is an ever present spectacle. Arrive in Seattle in the early afternoon. Time this afternoon for last minute shopping or spent time at the famous Space Needle or the fascinating Explore Music Project.

Tours and holidays in Usa - Yakima – Seattle / driving distance: 135 mi / 216 km

Day 15

Seattle Departure

Your tour concludes today. Return your car at the airport before your departure flight.

Tours and holidays in Usa - Seattle Departure

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DAILY DEPARTURES PRICE FROM
April 1004
May, June, July, August, September, October 1371

NIGHT CITY HOTEL ACCOMMODATION
1 Seattle Warwick Seattle Hotel
2-3 Vancouver Ramada Vancouver Downtown
4 Kamloops Accent Inn Kamloops
5 Jasper National Park Maligne Lodge
6 Banff National Park Quality Resort Chateau Canmore
7 Calgary Coast Plaza Hotel & Conference Centre
8 Kalispell Red Lion Hotel Kalispell
9 Yellowstone National Park Brandin Iron Inn
10 Jackson The Virginian Lodge
11 Twin Falls Red Lion Hotel Canyon Springs
12 Pendleton Red Lion Hotel Pendleton
13 Yakima Red Lion Hotel Yakima Center
14 Seattle Warwick Seattle Hotel

IMPORTANT NOTE
This tour crosses the U.S./Canada border. Passengers should obtain relevant visas for both nations prior to travel where necessary.

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS
- Experience breathtaking scenery in and around Vancouver
- Follow the mighty Fraser and Thompson Rivers into the interior of British Columbia
- Pass Mount Robson, the highest peak in the Canadian Rocky Mountains
- Travel the Yellowhead Highway, once the secret trail to the fur cache of its namesake
- Enjoy the magic of Jasper, the gentle giant of the Rockies
- Drive right up to an icefield and touch it on the Icefields Parkway
- Stand on powerful ancient ice at Columbia Icefield
- Discover Banff National Park, Canada’s first national park and the world’s third
- Peek at the Crown of the Continent region’s Waterton Lakes & Glacier National Parks
- Explore the geological wonderland of Yellowstone, America’s first National Park
- See the mountains that led to the creation of Grand Teton National Park
- Experience the awesome effects of volcanism evident throughout Craters of the Moon
 View Shoshone Falls, the Niagara of the West
- See traces of the Oregon Trail, the original route of emigrants bound for the Pacific Northwest
- View the rich landscape of Mount Rainier, an active volcano and Washington state icon
- Enjoy a tasty treat or two at Pike Place Market, Seattle’s most iconic attraction
Admission fees not included