July 19 - July 23, 2019
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Day 1: Walla Walla and Tri-Cities to Tacoma, WA
We will pick you up at a central location in Walla Walla and the Tri-Cities (TBD), for an early morning departure to Tacoma. We take the scenic route to Washington’s third largest city, Tacoma, by following the Yakima River over Snoqualmie Pass. After stopping for lunch we make our way to our Tacoma hotel. Join your tour director for happy hour before dinner. Located in the Museum Neighborhood, our downtown hotels give you great access to the waterfront esplanade, shops, and restaurants.
Meals included: Lunch, Reception
Day 2: Tacoma, WA
After breakfast, we’ll visit the Museum of Glass. This Northwest Icon is an international attraction that offers amazing exhibits and live glass blowing presentations. You can even blow your own glass or make your own tile! With the Washington State History Museum and Tacoma Art Museum a short distance from the hotel, you’ll have no trouble continuing your museum binge, or you may wish to relax and enjoy the city and the river walk.
Meals included: Breakfast
Day 3: Tacoma to Seattle to Leavenworth, WA (via train)
This morning we head to the Emerald City for a day to explore the town on our own, or you may choose to take one of the many tours available. Your Tour Director will help you create your ideal Seattle day. At 3:30pm meet at the King Street Station for your scenic rail journey along the Puget Sound and into the Cascade Mountains where the final destination is the Bavarian Town of Leavenworth. Dinner will be available for purchase on board the train.
Meals included: Breakfast
Day 4: Leavenworth, WA
Start the day with a morning walking tour exploring the charming Bavarian town of Leavenworth, and the park trails along the Wenatchee River as winds through town. The rest of the day is yours to do what you please. From the Nutcracker Museum to Rafting there is no shortage of great activities, or you may choose to stroll the town and have a soak in the spa. In the evening, join us at a local beer garden for a festive beer and bratwurst reception.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Reception
Day 5: Leavenworth to Walla Walla
Today may be the most surprising day of the journey. After breakfast, we descend the Cascade Mountains following the Wenatchee River to the mighty Columbia. We will travel this massive and majestic river past coulees, dams, orchards, and vineyards. It’s hard to ignore the geology of this region as it surrounds us as we pass through Hanford Reach National Monument on our way to Red Mountain. We’ll enjoy lunch at a winery in Washington’s smallest wine growing region. After lunch, we’ll continue to follow the river as we pass Wallula gap on our return to Walla Walla.
Meals Included: Breakfast, lunch with wine tasting