Northwestern Park Trails

The earth’s power is truly on display as you hike through some of the world's most preserved wilderness regions. Wildlife can be found in abundance, so keep an eye out for Bighorn Sheep, Grey Wolves, Grizzly Bears and much more. The snow-capped peaks of Mount Rainier and the razor edged Teton Range compete for your attention, and Lake Tahoe lets you relax before a full day exploring Yosemite's captivating trails. Explore Yellowstone with a wolf and wildlife tracking guide, take a scenic ferry across Jenny Lake to reach the Teton Range and set sail on a catamaran cruise whilst sipping champagne on Lake Tahoe. These unique activities are all included to make sure you have the most incredible experience possible in Americas Northwest.

North America
  • Duration: 15 Days
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  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Supplier Tour ID: PWP/208659
  • Starts: Seattle, United States
  • Finishes: San Francisco, United States
You will Visit
  • Seattle
  • Missoula
  • Yellowstone National Park
  • Jackson
  • Elko
  • Lake Tahoe
  • Yosemite National Park
  • San Francisco



Day 1: Seattle

Welcome to the city of Seattle in Washington State, a city that oozes cool from the start, from its top-notch coffee shops to its endless markets. From the heights of the iconic Space Needle you can gaze across the beautiful Puget Sound, and on a clear day witness Mount Rainier in all its glory. Visit Pike Place Market to try local specialities and enjoy a spot of people watching ahead of your welcome meeting at 18:00 hrs.

Meals Included: Meals paid locally


Day 2-3: Seattle - Mount Rainier National Park

Your journey starts with a trip to the heart of the Cascade Mountains, home of the stunning Mount Rainier National Park. At 14,411 feet, Mount Rainier looms large in the Pacific Northwest and has the greatest single peak glacial system in the United States, covering over 36 square miles of the mountain with sheer ice! With over 260 miles of well-maintained trails winding through varied terrain, you hike past glistening waterfalls, old growth forest and subalpine meadows to the many spectacular vistas this picture perfect national park has to offer.

Meals Included: Breakfast (x1), lunch (x2), dinner (x2) included


Day 4: Missoula

Retrace Lewis and Clark's path across the historic Columbia River en route to the 'Big Sky' cowboy country of Montana. Missoula is known as the Garden City due to its mild weather, so tonight kick back and relax under a brilliant blanket of stars.

Meals Included: Breakfast and lunch included


Day 5-6: Yellowstone National Park

Your next destination is Yellowstone which is the world's first national park and home to a large variety of wildlife including Grizzly Bear, wolf, bison and elk. This park is so large that its boundaries cross into three states. Most of it is in Wyoming, but parts of the reserve extend into Idaho and Montana. Yellowstone has one of the highest concentrations of geothermal activity on the planet. Herds of bison roam amongst the erupting geysers and steam rises from the various rivers running through the park. A fire in the 1980s ravaged much of the park, but it has recovered to the extent that it is now a living testament to nature's power of regeneration. You have a full day with a Yellowstone wolf and wildlife tracking guide in the park to search for the animals who call it home, as well as learning about the flora and park ecosystems.

Meals Included: Breakfast (x1), lunch (x2), dinner (x2) included


Day 7-8: Jackson - Grand Teton National Park

Rising above a scene rich with extraordinary wildlife, pristine lakes and alpine terrain, the Teton Range stands proud with its peaks rising sharply from the ground. Take a scenic ferry across Jenny Lake - once you're on the other side you and your fellow travellers will hike up to Inspiration Point past a series of waterfalls and rushing rivers. At the top, you'll be truly amazed by the stunning views of the lake and surrounding area. For the next two nights, you overnight near to the Western town of Jackson.Once home to trappers and a hideout for outlaws and rustlers, Jackson is now the base for hikers to take on some spectacular hiking trails as well as being a town renowned for its cafes and Western style saloons. Surrounded by beautiful scenery you can spend your days either hiking, mountain biking or, for the more adventurous, white-water rafting! In the evening, you can steady your nerves with a relaxing drink at the Million Dollar Cowboy Bar.

Meals Included: Breakfast (x2), lunch (x2), dinner (x1)

Optional Activities:

  • Chuck wagon dinner US$25-$35
  • White water rafting on the Snake River US$77-$124
  • Horseback riding US$65


Day 9: Craters of the Moon National Monument

Cross into Idaho for an opportunity to walk amongst the moonlike formations of Craters of the Moon National Monument. When American President Calvin Coolidge signed the legislation protecting Crater of the Moon National Monument in Idaho in 1924, he called it, "a weird and scenic landscape peculiar to itself." This volcanic area is one of the best-preserved basalt lava fields in the USA. NASA's Apollo astronauts used to do some of their training in this area because of a perceived resemblance to the surface of the moon. You'll start off at the visitor’s centre for an insight into the regions volcanic history, then take the seven mile loop road to the Big Craters area and a hike into the lava caves at Boy Scout Cave. Please bring a torch and shoes with a strong grip.

Meals Included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner included


Day 10: Elko

Today may well be a long drive day, but it’s a great opportunity to sit back and watch the scenery pass by you and get to know your fellow travellers more. You’ll overnight in the city of Elko which is rich in Western history and has a beautiful back drop of rugged mountains.

Meals Included: Breakfast and lunch included


Day 11-12: Lake Tahoe

Explore the forests and deep blue hues of the beautiful Lake Tahoe, the largest alpine lake in North America. It's so big that it contains enough water to provide every man, woman and child in the country with 200 litres of water a day, every day, for five years. It's also a major tourist recreational area in both summer and winter, with one of its ski areas, Squaw Valley, playing host to the 1960 Winter Olympics. During the summer, the lake is popular for water sports and beach activities including kayaking. On day 12, you hike the Emerald Bay trails with your tour leader, an area which has something for everyone, including beautiful alpine lakes and panoramic views over Lake Tahoe. Finish the day with an included sunset catamaran cruise on the crystal-clear waters of the lake. Relax as you sip champagne and watch the sun set over the lake.

Meals Included: Breakfast (x1), lunch (x2), dinner (x2)


Day 13-14: Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park sits nestled in the Sierra Nevada Mountain range of Northern California. Here, green forest meets granite walls, several thousand feet high. Rock climbers come from all over the world to scale the rocks whilst hikers get to walk to the base of some of the largest waterfalls in the world. After a visit to see the amazing Giant Sequoia Trees, Yosemite Valley beckons. You'll get to hike on trails that enable you to really explore this wilderness paradise. The famous sites situated along these trails include Yosemite Falls, Nevada Falls, Vernal Falls, Mirror Lake and Half Dome. The views are breathtaking from every vantage point - the granite formations of Half Dome, El Capitan and Cathedral Rocks are sure to be forever etched on your mind.

Meals Included: Breakfast (x2), lunch (x2), dinner (x2)

Optional Activities:

  • Bike rental US$12-$34


Day 15: Yosemite National Park - San Francisco

Journey through California's historic gold country to 'The City by the Bay'. End your adventure with a walk across the iconic Golden Gate Bridge, one of the most photographed in the world. If you have time, we recommend adding on a couple of extra nights to explore more of this fantastic city. For those staying on a few days, a visit to Alcatraz Prison is a must where you can learn all about the prisoners who spent their lives trying to escape with a superb audio tour (you'll need to book in advance directly on Alcatraz Cruises website).This tour ends at our gateway hotel at approximately 17:00 hrs. We can book you post-tour accommodation at our gateway hotel if required. If you are planning to fly tonight, please do not book a flight that departs before 21:00 hrs. 

Meals Included: Breakfast included

  • Professional tour leader plus wolf and wildlife tracking guide in Yellowstone
  • All transportation by private vehicle and ferry
  • Free Wi-Fi in your vehicle (Maximum 5 users at one time)
  • Accommodation: Camping 11, Hotel: 3
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Tour Highlights:
  • Explore Yellowstone with a wildlife and wolf tracking guide
  • Two nights at Lake Tahoe with an included sunset catamaran cruise
  • Scenic ferry across Jenny Lake to the Grand Tetons
  • Full day hiking in Mt Rainier National Park
  • Explore Yellowstone and watch Old Faithful erupt
  • Explore lava caves at Craters of the Moon National Monument
  • Wildlife viewing and Granite cliffs of Yosemite
  • Explore the Cascade, Rocky and Sierra Nevada Mountains
  • Opportunity to view abundant bird and wildlife
  • Walk Golden Gate Bridge with views across the bay in San Francisco