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Planes and Trains of the Pacific Northwest


Discover rail and aviation history and industry in Oregon & Washington


  • Ride the Oregon Pacific Railroad along the Willamette River and the Snoqualmie Valley Railroad near Seattle
  • Travel from Vancouver to Tacoma on board Amtrak’s Cascade
  • Visit the Pearson Air Museum and Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum, home of Howard Hughes’ Spruce Goose
  • Discover aviation history brought to life at the Flying Heritage & Combat Armor Museum
  • Watch widebody jets assembled before your eyes at Boeing’s Future of Flight Center
  • Roundtrip airfare to Portland/from Seattle

Please note: This tour has been planned to compliment our annual tour to Leavenworth, Washington for performances at Leavenworth’s Summer Theater Festival. The final day of this tour will be the first day of the Leavenworth tour. Details for the this tour will be announced in the Fall of 2017 and includes travel on board Amtrak’s Empire Builder from Seattle to Leavenworth. Passengers registered for our Planes and Trains of the Pacific Northwest tour will be provided the option of adding the Leavenworth tour when reservations are available.



Daily Itinerary

PortlandDay 1

Fly to Portland, where lunch and a visit to HIGHLIGHTS the Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum are waiting for you. Back in 1992, the Disney Corporation was looking for a new home for the Spruce Goose. The Evergreen Museum submitted the winning bid and thus began a long process, initially by barge, to move the disassembled airplane from its former home in Long Beach to the wilds of McMinnville, Oregon! Reassembled in a special building to showcase its sheer size, the Spruce Goose has a wingspan roughly the length of a football field! View other historic aircraft during a private tour before heading north to Vancouver, Washington and your comfortable accommodations for the night. Hilton Hotel Vancouver (L)

Steam LocomotiveDay 2

You have a choice to make this morning: right outside your door discover a colorful cornucopia of delicious foods, including fresh fruits and vegetables, at Vancouver’s Farmers Market. Another option is a short visit to the Pearson Air Museum, located adjacent to the oldest, continuously used airfield in the country. Brunch is served nearby inside the historic Grant House at Ft. Vancouver, part the fort’s historic Officers Row. On to Portland for a visit to the Oregon Pacific Railroad Museum and a ride on the museum’s train along the Willamette River. Amtrak’s Cascade departs at 2:50pm. Cross the mighty Columbia and past the shadows of Mt. St. Helens and Mt. Rainier and arrive in time for dinner in Tacoma. Your hotel this evening showcases glass artists from all over the Pacific Northwest. It’s like staying inside museum! Hotel Murano (BR,D)

BrookDay 3

Travel north for a second brunch, this time at Salty’s on Alki Beach, providing unsurpassed views of Downtown Seattle from across the water. Your next rail adventure takes place in Upper Snoqualmie Valley as you travel by steam engine and enjoy a visit to the local railway museum. In the afternoon, another choice: check into your hotel early or pay a visit to the Flying Heritage & Combat Armor Museum. What’s the significance of this private collection? Every aircraft inside has not only been meticulously restored but it is in full operational condition! Hilton Garden Inn Seattle North/Everett (BR)

BoeingDay 4

Arise early this morning for a visit to Boeing’s Future of Flight. In addition to the flight center’s museum and interactive exhibits, the star of the show is its Widebody Jet Manufacturing Tour, where visitors observe large aircraft like 747s, 767s, and 787s being assembled right before their eyes! Please note: the factory tour is a walking tour that involves a walk of approximately one half mile without access to seating or restrooms. Travel next to Seattle for lunch prior to visiting the Boeing Museum of Flight and returning home in the early evening. (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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