There is nothing like Fall on the Cascade Loop Scenic Byway. With its rich hues and diverse palette, the loop carves a path through metropolitan areas and charming small towns, breathtaking Cascade Passes and deep valleys. Prepare for sweeping vistas, alpine meadows and wildlife watching opportunities all on America’s first National Scenic Highways – the Cascade Loop.
Enjoy the sights as you travel the Coquihalla Highway to the Lower Mainland where we meet up with our friends from Paramount Travel. After purchasing your duty-free, continue into Bellingham for our lunch stop. This afternoon arrive at Swinomish Casino & Lodge for the first night’s stay. (WR)
Today we embark on a journey through the North Cascades and the endearing Stevens Pass Greenway – a unique area of great beauty. We arrive at the quaint Bavarian Village of Leavenworth, which offers up a little slice of Germany in the center of its spectacular Pacific Northwest landscape. The town boasts many shops, wine tasting rooms and even a museum of nutcrackers from the ancient to the quirky. We find ourselves in the “Apple Capital of the World”, Wenatchee a town that has an extensive history dating back to the last Ice Age. Our evening will be spent at the Coast Hotel Wenatchee. (B)
In the heart of the Grand Coulee lies the Dry Falls cataract. This 3.5-mile-wide chasm of basalt, with a drop of 400 feet, was left high and dry thousands of years ago as the last of several Ice Age floods swept through the Grand Coulee. Today we visit its overlook and the Dry Falls Visitors Center featuring indoor exhibits highlighting the Ice Age and early human history of the region. Continuing the loop we visit the Grand Coulee Dam and its Visitor Center. A concrete gravity dam located on the Columbia River, The Grand Coulee Dam is the largest wholesaler of water in the US. Our next two evenings will be spent in Winthrop at the award winning Sun Mountain Lodge which offers stunning views of the North Cascades, Methow Valley and the National Forest. NOTE: There are no TVs in the guestrooms. (PL, B)
The Methow Valley is the birthplace of smokejumping. It was here that the first experimental jumps were made, proving that firefighter could safely parachute into the rugged timbered mountains to attack wildfires and today you are offered an optional side trip to the North Cascade Smokejumper Base. We then visit the Shafer Museum. It was the lure of gold that brought the first settlers to the area and today you will learn the history and explore the buildings that make up this historic museum. You are then given the opportunity to spend some time in the western themed town of Winthrop before arriving back at the Lodge for the afternoon. We then invite you to join us for a group “Cowboy Cookout”. A horse drawn wagon will escort you to the old homestead of the late 1800s where dinner will be served. (D)
We continue our journey along the North Cascades Highway. This scenic byway offers you a wide array of beautiful sites as we make our way to Diablo Lake for an adventurous boat cruise. We will learn about the wildlife habitat and enjoy views of snow-clad mountain peaks, islands and waterfalls. We will hear stories of the early settlers and enjoy snacks while on board. We will also be treated to a delicious, organic lunch at the North Cascades Environmental Learning Center which is located on the shores of Diablo Lake. Our evening will be spent at the Angel of the Winds Casino Resort. (L, MV)
Travelling north, we cross the border back into beautiful British Columbia. Bid a fond farewell to travelling companions as we make our way over the Coquihalla arriving home early this evening.
B= Breakfast, L= Lunch, PL = Picnic Lunch, D = Dinner, WR= Welcome Reception, MV = Meal Voucher
Itinerary and prices are subject to change. Due to fluctuations in the US Currency, prices may be adjusted up to 30 days prior to departure.
Cancellation Policy: $25 penalty up to Aug 2 | 50% penalty Aug 3 – Sept 11| No refund after Sept 11
Medical and Cancellation Insurance is recommended. Quote available upon request.
* Itinerary & Casino Package are subject to change without notice.
*Due to fluctuations in the US Currency, prices may be adjusted up to 30 days prior to departure.
*Frequent Traveller Redemptions limited to 4 per tour.
September 19, 2018