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Diablo Lake, North Cascades National Park
Pike Place Market
Chihuly Garden and Glass
Taylor Street Boardwalk on Bellingham Bay
Group of Orca
San Juan Island
Pacific Crest Trail in Wenatchee National Forest
San Juan Islands
Departs: September 21st, 2019 Tour Dates & Pricing
Lose yourself in the Pacific Northwest’s beauty with a San Juan Islands cruise, the scenic Cascade Loop, and a Seattle city tour. Tour Seattle with a local guide, have lunch at famous Pike Place Market, and ascend the iconic Space Needle. Next we cruise the San Juan Islands, well known for its wonderful Pacific Northwest views. Go on a wildlife photo safari, enjoy a cracked crab lunch, and spend two nights in Friday Harbor. Back on the mainland we explore the Cascade Mountains’ enchanting scenery on the Cascade Loop with overnights in Old West-inspired Winthrop and Bavarian-styled Leavenworth. Complete the Cascade Loop back in the Seattle area with a tour the Boeing Everett factory, the largest building on the planet by volume.
Hosted By: John Hines
WCCO Radio Talent
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Day 1 : Fly to Washington
We fly to Seattle and check-in to our comfortable hotel. The evening is ours to relax and get acquainted with our fellow travelers.
Day 2 : Seattle City Tour
A knowledgeable local guide will join our group to share fascinating facts and interesting stories as we go on a city tour of Seattle. We have lunch at Pike Place Market with free time for shopping at any of their numerous vendors. In the afternoon we visit the Space Needle, enjoying 360-degree views of Seattle and Elliott Bay, and then explore the glass art wonderland next door at Chihuly Garden & Glass. Later, get to know your traveling companions at a Holiday Vacations Welcome Dinner nearby.
Day 3 : Privately Chartered Cruise
We depart for the Fairhaven Docks in Bellingham, WA to board our private boat for a two-day, one-night cruise of the San Juan Islands. This cluster of cozy islands nestled between Puget Sound and Vancouver Island is an enchanting yet low-key crossroads of relaxation and Northwest beauty. At midday, our cruise continues with a savory cracked crab lunch. As we dine our ship’s crew will search for orca, humpback whales, bald eagles, harbor seals, and other wildlife that call this archipelago home. This afternoon, we dock at the coastal town of Friday Harbor on San Juan Island. Explore downtown’s shops, galleries, pubs, or the Whale Museum. Our accommodations are at the Friday Harbor Suites on San Juan Island.
Day 4 : Roche Harbor & Sucia Island
We cruise north this morning to visit the Roche Harbor Resort. After a guided tour, we have plenty of time to stroll the resort on our own. The on-site San Juan Sculpture park is the largest park of its kind in the Pacific Northwest. Lunch is freshly-prepared and served on board before we cruise north for the picturesque coves and shorelines of Sucia Island. We are free to relax or stroll through the forest or along the shoreline. After our unforgettable visit, we board the ship for the last time and return to Bellingham and check-in to our hotel.
Day 5 : North Cascade National Park
Today we begin our journey east, where we will see majestic mountains, coursing rivers and lush valleys along the Cascade Loop. Learn about the mountain range at the visitor center and stop for photos at the spectacular Diablo Lake Vista Point, where several forested cliffs rise out of pristine teal-colored waters. Discover the Old West in Winthrop where we have leisure time for lunch and exploring downtown’s Western charm, complete with wood boardwalks and iconic storefront facades. After we check-in to our overnight accommodations at the Sun Mountain Lodge, we enjoy an included dinner.
Day 6 : Eastern Cascades
Our fascinating journey around the Cascade Loop continues south through Chelan and into Wenatchee. We stop at the Pybus Market, one of Washington's most unique destinations. There is free time to explore the many local artisan vendors and get some lunch before continuing to the Aplets & Cotlets Candy Kitchen Factory. Afterwards, we have time to browse the dozens of boutique stores in the Bavarian-inspired town of Leavenworth, where we will overnight this evening.
Day 7 : Boeing Factory Tour
We conclude our tour around the Cascade Loop in Everett, Washington, home to the largest building on the planet by volume – the Boeing Everett Factory. On the Boeing Future of Flight Aviation tour, we see the fascinating machines and engineering marvels that help to assemble Boeing’s fleet of airliners and cargo planes. Later we gather for a Farewell Dinner to celebrate our new friends and adventures in the Pacific Northwest. Our overnight accommodations are near the Seattle airport.
Day 8 : Fly Home
We return home with lifelong memories of our incredible San Juan Islands & the Cascades adventure.
September 21st, 2019 - September 28th, 2019
Category - Occupancy
Price (Per Person)
Final Payment Date: 07/8/2019
WCCO Radio Pickup Locations:
Minneapolis, MN - Minneapolis-St Paul International Airport
One of the best known personalities in Twin Cities’ broadcasting, John Hines has been a mainstay of Minnesota radio and television for more than 45 years.
The lifelong Twin Cities resident got started in radio in Illinois then moved home to WWTC in 1973, then spent six years with Hubbard Broadcasting on KSTP AM and hosting Twin Cities Today on KSTP TV. He returned to radio in 1981 when Hines and Berglund helped take WLOL FM to the top of the ratings. Then it was on to K102, where he helped earn Station of the Year honors from the Country Music Association. These days, John can be heard on WCCO Radio.
Hines was the first non-journalist embedded with our soldiers in Iraq. He’s been buried alive in a coffin for 48 hours to benefit food shelves and over the years has worked with the M.S. Society of Minnesota, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Tee It Up For the Troops, benefiting the Wounded Warrior Project and many more. John was proud to receive the Tom Rivers Humanitarian Award in recognition of his generous service and dedication to community events and charities.
John spends his spare time on his bicycle (weather permitting) and really values the time he can spend with his large family including his two sons and their families as well as his seven brothers and sisters.