If you have ever dreamed of escaping the hustle and bustle of city life to spend time bonding with your family in the great outdoors then pack your bags and head to the glorious state of Washington. The popular destination located in the tranquil Pacific Northwest is home to some amazing natural resources as well as unique regional festivals. Right now various lodgings throughout the state are offering summer travel packages that allow visitors to experience Washington at its finest without breaking the bank.
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This great escape takes you to the stunning Mount Rainier National Park where you will spend two full days exploring the wonders of nature with like-minded travelers. Right now REI is offering a Mount Rainier Classic Hike package for just $495 per person. The prices cover tents, all meals, campsite and entrance fees, and transportation between Seattle and the campsite. The trip starts with you meeting up with other participants and your guide at REI’s store in Tukwila, Washington. From there you will head to Mount Rainier National Park to set up camp. The next two days will be spent hiking by towering waterfalls, serene alpine meadows with wildflowers, and to the foot of enormous glaciers. Note: the package deal is only being offered on the following dates: July 11-13 and 25-27; August 22-24; and September 5-7 and 19-21.
The Heathman Hotel in Kirkland (a suburb of Seattle, about a 20-minute drive east of the city) is enticing visitors to the city’s annual wine/food/art/music festival with a great package deal. You can get in on all the festivities offered at Kirkland Uncorked with two admission tickets, plus stay overnight in a room of your choice and receive a $40 food credit at the hotel for just $249 per night. The tickets to the festival include entrance to the wine-tasting garden (a $40 value). The deal is good from July 18-20, 2008.
The Resort at Port Ludlow is offering an incredible summer deal dubbed the Dine and Unwind package. For just $199 you’ll receive a $100 credit for dinner for two at the resort’s restaurant, which boasts spectacular views of the majestic Olympic Mountains, complimentary continental breakfast and a night’s lodging. You will also have access to the resort’s marina and golf course. The property is located on the Olympic Peninsula, across Puget Sound from Seattle-—about an hour and a half drive north of the city-—near Olympic National Park, the only temperate rain forest in North America.