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 USA’s highest ultra-prominent peak with 27 major 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 spectactular 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 continental USA’s best kept but highly accessible secret. This ultimate great outdoors for British visitors is around a two to three hour drive from Seattle 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.
Selection of Cultural Events February 2018 and beyond Beginning in February 2018: Seattle Museum Month, February 1st – 28th, www.seattlemuseummonth.com Kent Stowell’s Swan Lake, Pacific Northwest Ballet, February 2nd – 11th, www.pnb.org Mamma Mia!, The 5th Avenue Theatre, February 2nd – 25th, www.5thavenue.org Hamilton, The Paramount Theatre, February 6th – March 18th, www.STGPresents.org/Broadway Northwest Flower … Continue reading NEWS SHORTS→read more >
Oct 31, 2017
Here are some wine highlights. March is wine month in Washington State. In Seattle, restaurants, wine shops and tasting rooms celebrate the state’s wines throughout the month. This culminates in the four-day Taste Washington extravaganza, 22nd– 25th March in 2018, featuring top chefs and the region’s best winemakers. Menus revolve around the state’s signature ingredients. … Continue reading Make friends with Washington Wine→read more >
Oct 31, 2017
Located almost on the U.S. Canadian border, the San Juan Islands can be accessed from the UK via Seattle or Vancouver and make a great part of a cross-border trip including Victoria BC. As an island nation, many British visitors have a natural attraction to archipelagos, particularly ones which offer such variety and relaxation as … Continue reading Island Escapes – San Juans and More→read more >