Adventure By Dayna Engberg

The Calming Coast: Relaxing in the Pacific Northwest

With moss-draped cedar forests, misty mountain trails and picturesque rocky coastlines, the landscapes of the Pacific Northwest are just as scenic as they are serene-the perfect destination for a relaxing short or long getaway. Take a journey past wild landscapes, charming seaside towns and acclaimed wine regions in this popular route venturing from Washington State into the sweeping landscapes of British Columbia.

Seattle space needle


Begin your vacation in the Emerald City of Seattle, a metropolis cradled in verdant mountains, evergreen forests and blue marinas brimming with bobbing sailboats. Here, you can explore seaside attractions like the famous Pike Place Market, a bustling hub packed with fresh flower stalls, a lively fresh fish market and the flagship location of the original Starbucks. Snap the perfect skyline panorama at Kerry Park or ascend to the top of the famous Space Needle for an aerial view of the city. For art lovers, don't miss the nearby Museum of Pop Culture and Chihuly Gardens and Glass. With a walkable downtown area and hilly neighborhoods bursting with chic cafes and trendy cocktail bars, Seattle is the perfect first base to soak in the city life before escaping to the tranquil landscapes of the Puget Sound.


While you're in the city, don't pass up the chance to stay in the hip W Seattle. Its prime location near Pike Place Market, Pioneer Square and the Seattle Art Museum is the ideal launchpad to explore Seattle's iconic landmarks, bold nightlife and popular entertainment venues. Plus, receive VIP amenities when you book through ALTOUR SELECT.


After you've explored Seattle, venture north for a day trip into the lush terrain of the Puget Sound. If you're driving, skip the interstate and take the ferry from Mukilteo to Whidbey Island, where Highway 525 snakes past wide beaches, charming Oak Harbor and the rugged clifftop terrain of Deception Pass State Park. Continue along the coast past Larrabee State Park to the breathtaking Chuckanut Drive. This scenic byway carves along the mountains overlooking tranquil Samish Bay with views of the distant San Juan Islands and Chuckanut Bay before arriving at the historic nineteenth-century brick buildings and cobblestone streets of Fairhaven. Not up for the drive? Ask your travel advisor about the Amtrak Cascades from Seattle to Vancouver and sip local microbrews as you watch the scenery transform outside your picture window.

Puget Sound
Deception Pass State Park


Although not technically the Pacific Northwest, Vancouver's captivating sights and close proximity to Seattle-not to mention its sweeping mountain landscapes and spellbinding coastlines-make for the ideal road trip from Seattle. In its bustling center, a burgeoning foodie scene provides plentiful delectable tastes for any palate. Dozens of bays, beaches, parks and gardens set the mood for countless relaxing outdoor exploits. Walk along the famous Seawall at Stanley Park, visit the artsy boutiques of Granville Island, or soak up the fresh mountain air atop Queen Elizabeth Park with a breathtaking panoramic view overlooking the city.

Totem poles at Stanley Park, Vancouver


Book one of these ALTOUR SELECT properties through our agency and you'll receive VIP amenities to enhance your stay, like a 100 USD dining credit at Fairmont Hotel Vancouver, complimentary breakfast for two daily and more!

JW Marriott Parq Vancouver
The Westin Grand Vancouver