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Olympia Harbor Days and Mount Rainier


Experience the greatness of a small city, southern Puget Sound, and Mt. Rainier.


  • 3 night stay on the waterfront overlooking Budd Bay
  • Lunch in the grand Paradise Inn Dining Room at Mt. Rainier National Park
  • Cruise southern Puget Sound on the historic steamboat, Virginia V
  • Enjoy the festivities of Olympia’s Harbor Days, including a tugboat race

First offered last year, this trip was so much fun we decided we just had to do it again! Tucked alongside Budd Bay on Puget Sound, Washington’s capital city is a sparkling gem in the Emerald State. With a rich history, vibrant culture and a beautiful setting on the Sound, Olympia is a great place to visit! The highlight of our stay will be the Harbor Days Fest, celebrating the vintage tugboats of the Sound. Interspersed with the festival activities, experience the best of the region from a local farmer’s market, local artisans, and a side trip to Mount Rainier



Daily Itinerary

Day 1

Your Pacific Northwest adventure begins with an early morning flight to Seattle. Upon arrival, transfer to the Port of Tacoma to experience another form of travel. Step back in maritime history as you cruise the waters of the southern sound on the historic steamer, Virginia V. Affectionately called “Virginia Vee”, this ship has been steaming around the Puget Sound since 1922. Our four hour cruise will take us under the Tacoma Narrows Bridge, and down past Stellacoom, Ketron Island, Anderson Island and into Budd Inlet. The festival kicks off this afternoon, and our waterfront hotel is minutes away from Percival Landing. DoubleTree by Hilton – 3 nights (L,D)

Day 2

Mt. Rainier, dubbed “the mountain” by the locals, dominates the skyline on a clear day. As a matter of fact, locals often say “the mountain is out today”. Ascending to 14,410 feet above sea level, this iconic glacier-topped mountain is legendary with mountain climbers and casual visitors. Passing by alpine meadows, and streams filled with crystal clear glacial water, travel to Paradise. The Jackson Visitors Center hosts films and exhibits relevant to this mountain, which by the way is an active volcano; and the Paradise Inn offers travelers a view of Mt. Rainier as a breathtaking backdrop during lunch in the historic Inn Dining Room. Return to Olympia late afternoon, and stroll along the waterfront. (FB,L)

Day 3

A free morning to visit the Farmers’ Market with a variety of fruit syrups, honey, jams; and specialty meat and cheeses – including smoked salmon; walk along the waterfront looking at the variety of vessels in the harbor, maybe even tour a tug. This afternoon, the “world’s largest vintage tugboat race” takes place in the deep channel of Budd Bay. Viewing of the race is from the water aboard one of the festival’s host vessels. (Editors note: This is a local event, hosted by the Kiwanis. There may be 10 tugs, or 4….and they don’t go very fast, but your cheers help.) This evening, a dinner featuring the best of the region caps off our stay. (FB,D)

Day 4

Another leisurely morning with a quick lunch before returning to the airport for your afternoon flight home. (FB, L)

Daily Itinerary Meal Legend
CBContinental Breakfast
BGenerally a limited buffet or menu
FBFull buffet or choice of menu
BRBrunch, often buffet-style
LLunch, often several menu options
HT or ATHigh or Afternoon Tea
DDinner, often several menu options


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