Join Naturalist Journeys and expert local guide Woody Wheeler for our Classic Olympic Peninsula nature tour. This Pacific Northwest nature tour includes time to explore the ruggedly beautiful Washington State Pacific coast, which forms the Olympic National Park’s western boundary. Stroll remote, quiet beaches near Puget Sound, explore tide pools, and discover a number of bays and harbors, including Neah Bay and Cape Flattery. During the journey, we tuck in for two cozy nights at Lake Quinault Lodge, three nights at Lake Crescent Lodge, and finally two nights in the artsy town of Port Townsend. This exceptional Washington tour offers a combination of birding, scenery, hiking, wildlife, culture, and cuisine that’s hard to beat!
- Explore Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge for your chance to spot 40+ bird species, including Anna’s and Rufous Hummingbirds, Common Yellowthroat, and Bewick’s Wren
- Relax at the scenic Lake Quinault Lodge, nestled on the water's edge in a lush, temperate rainforest
- Walk through Sitka Spruce forest to a beautiful Pacific beach, with views of incredible sea stacks
- Hike through one of the world's wettest places: the western side of Olympic National Park
- Travel high into the Olympic Mountains to see wind-sculpted pygmy trees and myriad wildflowers
- Discover Cape Flattery and Neah Bay, the westernmost point of the continental United States
- Take time to explore the Dungeness Spit overlooking Puget Sound
Cost of the Journey
The cost of the guided Olympic Peninsula Birding & Wildlife tour is $3190 DBL / $3995 SGL, based on double occupancy. This cost includes eight nights’ accommodations, all meals as specified in the itinerary (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner), transportation during the journey, detailed pre-tour information, professional guide services, park and other entrance fees, and miscellaneous program expenses.
This cost does not include: additional activities such as local boat rental on Lake Crescent, items of a personal nature such as laundry, telephone, drinks from the bar, or gratuities for porterage or personal services.
Seattle Tacoma International Airport (SEA) is served by most major airlines. It is also a fun city to explore if you wish to come in early, and a raised tram from the Radisson Hotel provides easy public transport into the city from the airport area.
ARRIVALS: The tour begins at the Radisson hotel near the SEATAC AIRPORT (shuttle from airport or parking available). Please meet in the lobby of the hotel at 4:00 on May 9. Some may wish to come in a day or two early to enjoy the city.
DEPARTURES: We plan to return to the Seattle airport by 11:00 AM on May 17, for flights out after 12:30 PM.
Items of Note
Pace of the Tour
The focus of this tour is birds and natural history, so in order to access the parks and refuges, you should be able to walk 1 – 3 miles a day, at a birder’s pace. To participate fully, you should be able to get in and out of vans repeatedly, and to walk this length of trail over uneven terrain.
Photo credits: Banner: Scoping Tufted Puffins at Cape Flattery, courtesy Woody Wheeler; California Quail, Naturalist Journeys Stock; Rialto Beach by Woody Wheeler; Naturalist Journeys Group x2 by Woody Wheeler; Olympic Marmot by Carol Simon; Snowy Plover by Greg Smith; Olympic Group, Naturalist Journeys Stock; Beach Rocks, Naturalist Journeys Stock; Tufted Puffin, Naturalist Journeys Stock; Cascade Mountains, Naturalist Journeys Stock; Steller's Jay by Peg Abbott; Whidbey Fort, Naturalist Journeys Stock.