GardenSMART :: Spring Tulip Cruises to the Pacific Northwest
Spring Tulip Cruises to the Pacific Northwest
By American Cruise Lines
Photographs courtesy of American Cruise Lines
Spring in the Pacific Northwest is a wonderful time, with one of the most magnificent floral displays in the U.S. Join us for an unforgettable Puget Sound cruise during the height of the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival. Admire the vast, vibrant tulip and daffodil fields on a leisurely stroll, chat with master growers, and learn some tips you can bring to your own garden.
Your magnificent voyage begins in the seaport city of Seattle, harbor hopping through the Puget Sound and cruising the San Juan Islands. As you journey along the smooth waters, witness native wildlife including whales, eagles, and seals up close.
Visit picturesque historic seaside towns such as Anacortes, home to Deception Pass, one of the most photographed places in the region. Enjoy the scenic beauty of the region on our customized shore excursions to Butchart Gardens with its flower-adorned archways. Witness breathtaking vistas in Olympic National Park where wildflowers cover mountain meadows.
Led by an expert guide, kayak the San Juan Islands, paddling by small islands and hidden coves with the possibility of seeing a harbor seal haul out, as well as bald eagles, river otters, and a variety of local and migratory sea birds. Majestic Mount Baker and the Olympic and Cascade ranges create a picturesque backdrop for your sea kayaking experience.
Our exclusive whale watching adventure lets you witness these majestic mammals in their natural habitat and discover why the San Juan Islands is considered the best place to view orca whales.
Partake in a traditional smoked salmon tasting, featuring San Juan Sliders and smoked salmon chowder. Discover the Scandinavian influence of Poulsbo as our local guide leads you through the historic downtown area. Afterward, sample authentic Norwegian pastries.
Learn about the cultural influences of both the Norwegians and the Suquamish tribe from the American Cruise Lines onboard historians and local expert guides. On your private balcony, you can sip fine wines from local vineyards, while keeping an eye out for "Spirit," an Orca whale American Cruise Lines adopted during our first season on the Puget Sound.
American Cruise Lines has itineraries for every traveler:
By Pamela Crawford, author, Easy Patio Veggies & Herbs
Photographs courtesy of Pamela Crawford
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