Great Northwest Adventure
July /August 2007 (12 days)
All prices based on double occupancy
Included in the tour package:
Airport pick up & shuttle service, motorcycle rental and 24 hour support, 2-3 star accommodation in motels or bed & breakfast, tour guides, park passes, high tea at Lake Louise Chateau in Banff National Park, a Columbia Icefields tour in Jasper National Park, and plenty of information before and during the tour.
Meals and fuel costs are not included in the tour package. Neither are flights.
Subject to minor changes.
Arrive at Seattle's SEATAC airport only to leave the busy city behind. Come find the cute town of Issaquah where we'll meet and review riding guidelines and what the tour will hold – lots of wonderful roads and scenery.
We travel from Issaquah to Winthrop today via the North Cascades National Park. See how wonderful the secondary roads of Washington can be.
We leave Winthrop to continue traveling north into Canada. We'll clear several mountain passes that clear 4000 to 9000 feet, and appreciate the clear air and scenery that Washington has to offer. We'll watch carefully for the fresh berry stands along the way. The raspberries were at high season last year and delicious – either right out of the field or in the various baked goods that the restaurants had for us to sample.
British Columbia abounds with fantastic roads with little traffic, and the traffic that we do see is incredibly polite and welcoming. We'll travel to Revelstoke today, which will put us within easy distance of Lake Louise tomorrow. Revelstoke is a great little city with a wonderful railroad museum, cute downtown to walk in, and friendly inhabitants who are always up for a conversation with us women motorcycle enthusiasts.
Off from Revelstoke we'll travel through Glacier National Park (Canada's not ours), and prepare ourselves for the even prettier sights of Banff National Park. We'll stay at Lake Louise for three nights to soak up all that this park has to offer. Today we'll enjoy high tea at the Lake Louise Chateau.
Today we enjoy the lovely roads to take us to the Columbia Icefields. Considered one of the fountains of youth, we'll take the tour up onto the glacier, and taste the cold springs that run there.
is a rest day in Banff National Park. Use the day to explore the town of Banff if you're a shopper, or canoe on Lake Louise, or hike any of the wonderful hikes that available.
Say goodbye to the mountains for a while, and enjoy the grasslands south of Banff. Each town has its own unique flair and story, and they're all a joy to see. We'll stay in Pincher Creek tonight.
Across the border we go to enter Glacier National Park in Montana. This is one of our nation's treasures, and we're sure you'll enjoy taking pictures here. The road through the park is beautiful, and we'll probably get a chance to see a bit of snow – thankfully not where we'll be driving our motorcycles. This park makes you feel a part of the scenery, rather than having to view it from a distance.
sees us making our way across Montana and the skinny part of Idaho to drop back into Washington. Keep your eyes peeled for more wonderful pies and breads. We found a breakfast place with fantastic beery pancakes last year. The roads continue to be lightly traveled, perfectly surfaced, and with abundant photo opportunities.
We travel across northern Washington to enjoy the mountains again, passing through the Okanogan National Forest, to finish our day in Okanogan. We promise, you won't tire of the clean air and forest's canopy.
All good things must come to an end. We'll arrive back in Issaquah today after traveling through the North Cascades National Park. What a lovely trip this is. We can't wait to share it with you.
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