All-Inclusive | Small Group Tour
Our escapes seat a max of 10 | Private tours are available, please contact us to book
Year Round | *Wed, Fri, Sun | 7:30 a.m. – 7 p.m. | $225.00
* Wednesday departures only available May 15 – Sept 30
Olympic National Park is a UNESCO World-Heritage Site distinguished for its ecological diversity and expansive wilderness. This naturalist-guided Olympic National Park Tour takes you across Puget Sound to the northeast part of the Olympic Peninsula, where you’ll explore the moss-draped forests, azure lakes, and striking mountains that define the region.
Visit Hurricane Ridge to watch deer graze in the meadows, listen to the distinct shrill of a marmot, smell the pungent perfume of a summer wildflower, or feel the snow crunch beneath your feet on a winter snowshoe. Then continue west to the glacially-carved Lake Crescent, where you’ll delve into the fern-filled forests that line its shores, venturing to Marymere Falls if time allows. Throughout the day your guide will chronicle how Olympic’s isolation and protection has produced these distinct ecosystems.
On days when weather closes access to Hurricane Ridge we may visit the sandy coastline of the Dungeness Wildlife Refuge or spend more time among the forests and waterfalls of the Elwha Valley. Our Olympic National Park Tour includes pick-up/drop-off at Downtown Seattle hotels, transport in Mercedes sprinter vans or SUVS, all entry fees, an expert naturalist guide, and a fresh, family-style lunch with local wines!
Book Now or call us toll-free at (866) 203-7603!
**WEATHER WATCH– This tour includes walking and there may be enough snow for snowshoeing at Hurricane Ridge, in which case your guide will bring all necessary equipment. Please check our Pack and Prepare page for suggestions on what to wear to stay warm, dry and comfortable. You may also check current weather conditions here.**
The full day may include several of these activities:
- Embark on interpretative nature walks or snowshoes led by a naturalist guide
- Marvel at the panoramic peninsula views and sub-alpine meadows of Hurricane Ridge
- Ferry across Puget Sound from Seattle to Bainbridge Island
- Dip your toes into the deep blue waters of Lake Crescent
- Embrace the cool canopy of old-growth trees as you amble along a lush forest trail
- Learn about the ecological diversity, natural history, and Native American traditions of the UNESCO World Heritage recognized Olympic National Park
- Watch for deer, elk, marmots, mountain goats, bears, birds, and more
- Snowshoe along the blanketed trails of Hurricane Ridge
- Savor a fresh, family-style lunch with local wines (included in the price)
Moss, Mountains & Wildlife
The Olympic Peninsula is a microcosm of Northwest ecosystems! Olympic National Park and it’s surrounding wilderness, boast some of the country’s oldest forests, one of the state’s most dramatic mountain ranges, and sixteen species of plants and animals that evolved here and nowhere else. Add in shimmering waterfalls, deep blue lakes, wild river valleys, and vibrant Native American traditions, and your senses will be on constant alert throughout the day!
Start the morning with a ferry ride through the waterways of the Puget Sound. The ferry takes us to Bainbridge Island where we’ll connect with the Olympic Peninsula via the Kitsap Peninsula and Hood Canal Bridge. Once we’re on the Olympic Peninsula your guide will lead you on a naturalist experience best suited for the time of year and conditions of the day.
We’ll drive up to Hurricane Ridge (weather permitting), a mountain citadel that puts you at the edge of the Park’s exceptionally jagged peaks. From the summit you’ll take in a superb 360-degree view that encompasses the surrounding mountains, Strait of Juan da Fuca, and San Juan Islands. The open meadows are ideal for wildlife viewing and we’ll be on the look-out for Olympic marmots, black-tailed deer, and even black bears. You’ll also embark on guided nature walks or snowshoes to learn more about the sub-alpine ecosystems.
We’ll also explore Lake Crescent, which is flanked by trails full of history and mysterious tales. Its placid shores and perfect placement in the midst of the undulating Olympic foothills serve as an instant source of relaxation. We’ll take to the trails to experience the old-growth forests of Douglas Fir and Western Hemlock trees, venturing to the misty Marymere Falls if time allows.
On days when the weather closes access to Hurricane ridge, we may visit the Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge. The Dungeness sand spit hooks out into the strait, leading to an old lighthouse, and in the spring and fall thousands of waterfowl and shorebirds descend on the shallow waters protected by the spit!
Note: This is a nature and sightseeing tour NOT a hiking tour and given the time it takes to reach the Olympic Peninsula there will be considerable time in the van/on the ferry. If you’re looking to get your boots dirty we suggest a private, overnight or multi-day trip to fully experience the peninsula’s forests, mountains, and beaches!
Book Now or call us toll-free at (866) 203-7603!
Enhance this experience by making it an overnight Wild and Wine Adventure! After your tour in Olympic National Park, spend the night in the heart of Pike Place Market, and then explore Woodinville Wine Country for an exclusive experience tasting some of the best wine of the region!
Stay and Play for Two Days (private only)
Join your naturalist guide on a journey to the wild and rugged coast and the jaw dropping rainforest that makes this park one of only 20 UNESCO World Heritage Sites in North America. Spend the night sleeping in comfort with our select hotel partner in Sequim, and see Hurricane Ridge and Dungeness Spit on day two.
Full Day Olympic Peninsula Tour
- Activities | Nature walks, waterfall viewing, marine & wildlife spotting, birding, ecological & geological sightseeing with naturalist interpretation
- Interests | Forest ecology, geology, glaciology, waterfalls, sustainability, botany, natural & local history
- Group Size | Maximum of 10
- Pick-up and Drop-off at your Downtown Seattle Hotel (see our pick-up zone here), Cruise Terminal or the Hotel Monaco at 1101 4th Ave, Seattle, WA
- Highly qualified naturalist Escape Artist guide
- Travel in adventure-outfitted Mercedes Vans and luxury SUVs
- Cascadian Safari locally sourced and/or organic lunch
- Seasonal snacks and refreshments throughout the tour
- All entry fees
- Snowshoes in winter
- Comprehensive naturalist commentary
- Duration | 11 hours
- Difficulty | Beginner to moderate
- Season | Year Round | Wednesdays available only May 15 – Oct 31
- All-Inclusive Rate | $225 per person
- Age | 6+
Ask about customizing this as a private escape!
Evergreen Escapes is Cascadia’s premier local and sustainable adventure, nature and epicurean tour company. We specialize in private and small group, naturalist-led escapes in Mercedes Vans and Crossovers. We’re a small business with a Big Mission: to create positive change in the world by connecting people with places and nature. Our guides aren’t just naturalists, they’re Escape Artists.
- We recommend wearing layers that you can add if there is wind or rain, and remove when there is sunshine. Comfortable walking shoes will allow you to explore further at some of our stops. It’s always a good idea to bring sunglasses and a camera! We provide reusable water bottles, along with other snacks and refreshments. See more on how to Pack and Prepare.
2. How strenuous is this? How much experience do I need to have?
- All of our scheduled departures are meant for beginners (easy to moderate). We try to cater our tours to all ability and interest levels – and this really depends on the group that day. Your Escape artist will choose the difficulty of the physical activity based on the group’s interest and ability level. If you are interested in a different level, we can certainly put together a private itinerary specifically for you. Please don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions regarding specific questions!
3. Can I have vegetarian/ special diet food?
- Yes. Please advise us if you have any food restrictions or requests, we can accommodate vegetarian diets, lactose intolerant diets, and often times can also accommodate gluten free diets when given enough notice.
4. What is your Cancellation Policy?
- Please review our Terms and Conditions for information on changes and cancellations.
5. Should I get Travel Insurance?
- We recommend that you do. Travel insurance can be purchased to cover penalty costs in the event you need to cancel or change your travel plans (subject to approval of claim by the insurer). It also can provide medical and emergency assistance protection as well as some loss and delay coverage. Travel insurance can be purchased directly from EverGreen Escapes.
6. Should I tip my guide?
- We take great personal and professional pride in orchestrating rich and memorable adventures for each and every client we engage with, sometimes our clients are inspired to show their appreciation in the form of a gratuity. While gratuities are not an expectation, our guides traditionally receive an amount consistent with the rest of the service industry in the U.S., somewhere between 10% and 20%.
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