Great North Music Tour | Chicago, Detroit, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, New York City, Boston
Itinerary: Seattle and the Pacific Northwest
Regional Suggestions Seattle | Bainbridge Island | San Juan Islands
Mt. Rainier National Park | Portland


About this itinerary

Travel distance: 510 miles
Recommended travelling time: 14 Nights
Recommended travel season: Year round
Hip and friendly Seattle is the perfect spot to launch a tour of the postcard-pretty Pacific Northwest. See whales leaping in the waters off Orcas Island, enjoy impressive ocean views on a ferry ride and enjoy the modern, big-city vibe of Portland. Ensure to check the availability of activities during winter.

Seattle, Washington

 

Begin atop the Space Needle, which boats panoramic views and a rotating restaurant. Nearby, the bustling Pike Place Market offers the famous "flying fish" (thrown by the fish mongers of the Pike Place Fish Market), or stop at the very first Starbucks. Rock'n'roll fans should definitely check out the Experience Music Project, an architectural marvel and musical shrine. Seattle Aquarium and the Pacific Science Center are ideal for families.
To next stop: 98 miles| Total distance travelled: 0 miles



Bainbridge Island, Washington

Next hop on the hour-long ferry west across Puget Sound to beautiful Bainbridge Island. The island is the perfect getaway for nature lovers who enjoy boating, kayaking, fishing, cycling, hiking and golfing. Celebrate Bainbridge Island's local bounty with a visit to the Saturday farmers market for fresh produce, flowers and local goods. Stroll the Winslow Way to browse the island's many art galleries, featuring locally created paintings, sculpture, jewellery and more.
To next stop: 139 miles | Total distance travelled: 98 miles

 


San Juan Islands, Washington

Return to Seattle before driving north to Anacortes and boarding the Friday Harbor Ferry to the stunning San Juan Islands – a collection of 172 islands and reefs, including the biggest islands, San Juan, Orcas and Lopez. Savour the once-in-a-lifetime experience of seeing orcas in the wild, or tour the islands by bicycle or kayak. Enjoy a stroll through Friday Harbor's San Juan Islands Museum of Art and The Whale Museum.
To next stop: 139 miles | Total distance travelled: 237 miles

 


Mt. Rainier National Park, Washington

Head back across Friday Harbor to Anacortes before driving to breath-taking Mt. Rainier National Park. Stand in awe of this glacier-topped, 14,410 foot-tall active volcano. The park features a good variety of hiking trails, from just a few miles to 20 miles or more, and the mountain is a favourite with thousands of serious climbers each year. In winter, visit Crystal Mountain Resort and strap on skis to enjoy 58 well-groomed downhill slopes.
To next stop: 134 miles | Total distance travelled: 376 miles



Portland, Oregon

From the Mt. Rainier area, head to Portland, known for its abundance of coffeehouses, craft-brew pubs and bookstores. Check out one of the city's many farm-to-table restaurants before visiting the Crystal Ballroom, the grand Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall or any number of small clubs to witness Portland's thriving live music scene. 30 miles east of Portland are amazing views, hiking and waterfalls at the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area. Return home via Portland direct or indirect.
Total travelled: 510 miles

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