Be treated like a VIP on this private tour of Olympic National Park, designated as both an International Biosphere Reserve and a UNESCO World Heritage site. First, you and your private party are picked up from your downtown Seattle hotel by luxury SUV or Mercedes van. Then, settle in for the scenic drive as you fortify with a light breakfast of pastries and hot beverages on board.
As you near the park, your naturalist guide makes plenty of photo stops where you can disembark for short nature walks amid a wondrous landscape of waterfalls, temperate rainforest and remote beaches. Enjoy dramatic views of the Olympic Mountains and other highlights as you learn about the region’s geological features, native vegetation and wildlife.
Keep a lookout for marmots, black-tailed deer and black bears, depending on the season. If you’re traveling during the typically snowy months of mid-October through mid-March, strap on provided snowshoes for a guided trek.
You’ll find old-growth Douglas fir trees alongside the Marymere Falls Trail and the see the shimmering glacial waters of Lake Crescent. Enjoy the drive up to Hurricane Ridge for panoramic views of jagged mountain peaks, the Strait of San Juan de Fuca and the San Juan Islands.
Snacks and drinks are available during the day to keep you energized and hydrated. An organic picnic lunch is also included and features locally sourced food and wine. (If it's too cold in winter, you may eat inside the Hurricane Ridge Visitor Center.)
Your tour ends with the drive back to your downtown Seattle hotel for drop-off.
Sample picnic lunch menu:
- Meat dish such as grilled salmon or chicken, or a sandwich or wrap (vegetarian option is available)
- Grain salad such as quinoa with roasted vegetables
- Green salad
- Local wine, San Pellegrino water and soda