Beyond The Parks // Washington State

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Washington State has many renowned national and state parks, but the beauty of this state goes well beyond just the National Park system. From downtown Seattle, to expansive wine country, to the cliffs along the Columbia River, there are so many other noteworthy areas to check out in Washington! A Few Places No Visitor Should Miss   Snoqualmie Pass This central mountain pass carries interstate 90 across the Cascade Range and is named after the …

Know Before You Go: Hiking in Mount Rainier

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Washington state, perched in the upper left corner of the US is known for having a wide variety of prime geographic regions; it is one of the only states in the US  where you can experience the ocean, mountains, high desert, and bustling cities all in one state.  Only those who have experienced the North West understand the overwhelming beauty of Mount Rainier National Park. Those who are able to tie up their hiking boots …

Where We Visit: Featuring Timberline Lodge & Mount Hood

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On our engaging Oregon Adventure, we spend the day traveling up the historic Columbia River Highway that features Vista House, the Gateway to the Gorge, Multnomah Falls, The Dalles, the Lewis and Clark Columbia River Discovery Center, and the Hood River Fruit Loop with spectacular views of Mount Hood-finally ending in the comfort and warmth of Timberline Lodge. Emily, who works to promote all aspects of the lodge and her husband, Jason, the Executive Chef …

Experience the Parks: Lassen Volcanic National Park

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It has been said that Lassen Volcanic National Park is the Yellowstone of California because of its world-stopping hydrothermal sites. We interviewed Shanda Ochs, a Lassen park guide, to get an insider’s perspective on how to make the most of your time spent in Lassen Volcanic National Park. Lassen is located in Rural Northern California, about an hour east of Redding, but only a quick 10 minute Limo Liner ride from waking up at Highlands …

Why We Recommend Purchasing Travel Insurance

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We have all wondered- should I take the chance and not purchase travel insurance, or should I open my wallet and take the plunge? Well, here at Experience Park Tours, we always recommend that guests purchase travel insurance when booking a trip because as they say, It is better to be safe, than sorry. Often, tour operators require guests to purchase travel insurance because they know how important it is. However, we have decided to …

Experience the Parks: Smith Rock State Park

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There are many perks to working for a travel company. One of those perks is getting the opportunity to explore the areas that we will bring our guests to. By physically visiting these places ourselves, we can properly and strategically craft itineraries and activities that we are familiar with to create the best opportunities for our guests. In mid-March, part of our team headed down the coast to scope out new, captivating areas that would …

Where we visit: Featuring Deschutes Brewery

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When it comes to quality and originality, Deschutes Brewery goes the full mile. Located in the lively downtown of Bend, Oregon, Deschutes public house has been around since 1988 and have been successfully expanding and growing their brand ever since. The Brewery is the #1 largest independently owned craft brewery in the Pacific Northwest, which gives them the ability to brew over 478,000 beer barrels a year and produce many different seasonal beers. Deschutes has …

Where we visit: Featuring Icicle Brewing Company

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The town of Leavenworth has plenty of charming, one-of-a-kind stops that serve ice-cold beer, but one pub that we make sure that our guests do not miss is Icicle Brewing Company. Experience Park Tours has over 10 years of experience in bringing guests to the most premier breweries and wineries in each region that we visit, and we make sure that Icicle Brewing Co. is on the list because it is an iconic piece of …

National Park Week: How to take photos of stars in the National Parks

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Happy National Park Week! This year’s theme, “Park Stars,” is to celebrate the bright elements and souls that make up, represent, and provide for the National Parks. Visitors, protectors, and advocates come together this week to celebrate the light that these stars bring to the National Park Community. We decided to get the inside scoop from one of our very own shining stars, Ryan (who just so happens to also be our photographer and videographer), …

How do you choose to celebrate Earth Day?

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In honor of Earth Day, we asked our followers, “How do you choose to celebrate?”. We compiled their answers in hopes that they will help give you an idea of how you can do your part this Earth Day. “We plant trees, shrubs, ornamental grasses, wildflowers and hanging baskets. It is a total makeover with natural rocks and boulders.” –Cindy K. “I like to #OptOutside to appreciate my own backyard.” -Ellie S. “Last year I …