You can feel the beauty of nature by visiting national parks, charming towns, and walking along the coastline with Ultimate Pacific Northwest Road Trip itinerary. And you can enjoy not only the open road, but also the open seas. After this road trip, you also can board cruise to Alaska, which help you to relax. You will see stunning glaciers, enchanting wildlife and seaside towns.
To start your journey, first, you will go Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA). This is the gateway to the Pacific Northwest. After landing, you collect your luggage at baggage claim and take a shuttle bus to get the rental car facility. Shuttle buses operate on a 24 hour a day. Passenger pick-up areas are in the outside baggage claim at the north and south ends of the main terminal.
For your attractive road trip, here are some featured sites you can visit.
1. Olympic National Park
Olympic national park is UNESCO World Heritage site and is 95% designated wilderness and home to 25 native species. There are glacial lakes, natural hot springs, rough mountain peaks, wild coast beaches, and lush rainforests. It has so many options of exploration you can enjoy.
2. Mt. Rainier National Park
Mt. Rainier National Park is one of the world’s oldest national parks. You can see glaciers, alpine meadows, forests, waterfalls, and lakes and some of Washington State’s most stunning scenery. Mount Rainier is home to the most glaciers of any peak in the contiguous U.S., and it made five major rivers. This volcano is surrounded by meadows full of wildflowers, and ancient forests teeming with wildlife.
3. Mount Saint Helens
If you visit Mount Saint Helens, you can observe one of the world’s most famous volcanic eruptions at Johnston Ridge Observatory. While you observe the landscapes, you also can set off on a hike.
4. Port Townsend
You take a walk in Port Townsend and you can experience Victorian architecture, maritime heritage and boutique shops and galleries. You will learn the history by exploring its early Native American roots.
Aberdeen is a peaceful town that is the gateway to the Olympic Peninsula and the hometown of the lead singer of Nirvana, Kurt Cobain.
6. Long Beach Peninsula
You can experience 28 miles peninsula, bordered by ocean, bay, and river. You will taste the Pacific Northwest in fresh seafood prepared by local chefs.
Tacoma is known for its car museum, bridge of glass art and Museum of Glass. Also, you can taste delicious food, visit some shops and parks.
Do you know where the capital of Washington state? It’s Olympia. It’s famous for coffee roasters, brewpubs, and farm-to-table restaurants. And handcrafted products are really common in this town.
Port of Seattle offers 9 days itinerary which makes you enjoy the best of the Northwest. If you are interested in vising Pacific Northwest, you can look up this itinerary on its website.
Now, there is a chance you can transfer from SEA Airport to your Cruise Terminal. Here are some ways to get to the cruise terminals from the airport. You can catch a ride by using app-based rideshares services and taxis. They are located on the third floor of the airport parking garage. If it’s your first day and you purchased a transfer from your cruise line for bus transportation from the airport to the cruise terminal, you go to the cruise lobby on the ground floor of the parking garage. In addition, LINK Light Rail is an cheap transportation option which takes you from the airport to Westlake Station in downtown Seattle. From the station, rideshare or taxi services can take you directly to your terminal. Last one is using Airport Shuttle services found on the SEA Airport site.
Here are some lists including cruise lines that call Seattle home for seven days of round trip Alaska cruising. Carnival Cruise Line, Celebrity Cruises, Holland America line, Norwegian Cruise line, Oceania Cruises, Princess Cruises, Royal Caribbean are the lists. And Bell Street Pier and Smith Cove Pier are located in downtown which make Seattle ideal for Alaska or Pacific Northwest cruises.
Bell Street Pier 66 is located downtown along Seattle’s waterfront, and is home to Norwegian Cruise Line, and Oceania Cruises. You can get here easily from Pike Place Market, the Seattle Aquarium on foot. Smith Cove is home port for Carnival Cruise Line, Celebrity Cruises, Holland America Line, Princess Cruises, and Royal Caribbean International. Smith Cover Pier is closer to Ballard, Fishermen’s Terminal, and hip eateries.
After enjoying your cruise journey in Alaska, you don’t want to have hassle. If you go back to your home from Seattle by using a U.S. domestic flight, sign up Port Valet program. It’s a complimentary service, and you sign up on board and check your luggage directly from your cabin to your domestic U.S. flight. Then, you definitely can enjoy your last day in Seattle without holding any heavy luggage.