Mount Rainier National Park and Mount St Helens National Volcanic Monument are two of many volcanic peaks which soar above the coastal plains. With the base of the mountain at just 1,200 feet above sea level, Mount Rainer is the tallest volcano and fifth highest peak in the contiguous US with 27major glaciers, topping out at 14,417 feet (4,394 metres). Sixty miles south of Seattle, snow-capped Mount Rainier, locally known as “The Mountain” is a distinctive feature of the downtown skyline. Enjoy hiking, biking, wildlife and more at these spectacular must-see peaks.
Lush green temperate rainforests festooned with mosses, rugged wild coastlines where surfspray and seabreezes will surge through your senses, Olympic National Park and Peninsula, west of Seattle, sear the soul with their beauty.
The drive is just over two hours from Seattle or enjoy the stunning scenic experiences offered by the Washington State Ferries, sailing across the Puget Sound to the park.
North Cascades National Park consists of awe-inspiring alpine scenery spread across half a million acres. Averaging fewer than 25,000 visitors annually, it is Washington State’s best kept but highly accessible secret. This ultimate great outdoors for British visitors is around a two to three hour drive from Seattle's SEA-TAC Airport.
Washington State is perfect for compact fly-drive and escorted touring holidays from Seattle. Experience the very best without the long drives. And most important, whilst offering incredible mountain highs, Washington State has accommodation both at higher and lower altitudes so you can always enjoy a good night's sleep. Seattle and Washington State is the ideal destination in its own right, as an add-on before and after an Alaskan cruise, a fly-drive holiday in the Pacific Northwest, or a stop-over en route from the UK to Hawaii.
Seattle, known as the Emerald City for its vibrant natural forests and parks, has an exhibition of glass flowers and glass trees amongst its most celebrated gardens and is also developing a ‘sensory’ garden to open by the summer. Dale Chihuly’s world acclaimed art is not only one of the leading attractions of Seattle, his … Continue reading Seattle’s gardens – sensory to glass→read more >
Norwegian Bliss – at 164,600 tons, and 4,200 passengers, the Bliss will be the largest ship to ever sail in Alaska and purpose-built for the market. The newest Norwegian Cruise Line ship is due to arrive in Seattle for her inaugural sailing on May 30th. Seven cruise lines and eleven ships now have homeport … Continue reading NEWS SHORTS→read more >