Seattle, Portland & Oregon Coast Tour with whale watching and Blue Angels

September 2022
September 2022

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9 Days
Availability : 2022
Min Age : 18




If you’ve ever wanted to experience the Pacific Northwest, this is the trip for you!  It’s designed for photographers or just explorers who want to experience Seattle, Portland, Cannon Beach and the Oregon coastline over 9 days / 9 nights.


Tour Details

Here’s just a few of the things we will do on this tour of the Pacific Northwest:

  • Whale watching by boat in the San Juan Islands where wild orcas and other wildlife thrive
  • Historic Downtown Seattle by day & night including Pike Place Market and Pioneer Square
  • Hike the Columbia River Gorge and discover some of the tallest waterfalls in America
  • Watch/Photograph an aerial show of the U.S. Navy Blue Angels
  • Wake up to the sound of waves crashing on Cannon Beach at Haystack Rock
  • Photograph an amazing full moon rising over Seattle’s Space Needle and skyline
  • Meet exotic sea creatures in tidepools where starfish, crabs, urchin and anemone live
  • Visit a movie shoot location in Astoria, OR and enjoy Portland’s craft beer explosion
  • Enjoy Seattle’s local cuisine from the freshly-caught seafood to the very first Starbucks
  • Roast S’mores over a beach bonfire on the Pacific Ocean
  • See three active volcanoes: Mount St. Helens, Mount Hood and Mt. Rainier (from a distance!)
  • Enjoy complimentary local wine tastings in Washington and Oregon.
  • Come home exhausted with amazing photographs and stories!

This tour is designed for explorers and photographers of all levels. Learn some new tricks on your camera or just bring your family along to see one of the most beautiful corners of America. Alternate activities will be planned for those who don’t wish to join the hikes or the few photography-specific activities. Ages 18+ (or 16+ with parental guidance)

Departure & Return Location

We will fly in to Seattle-Tacoma Airport (SEA) and we fly out of Portland Intl Airport (PDX)

Price Includes

  • 9 Nights hotel accomodation (4 star hotels & resorts)
  • All local transportation by van, boat and rail
  • Several meals (but not all)
  • Engaging & knowledgeable tour guides
  • Instruction & guidance from a pro photographer
  • Entrance fees during all tours
  • Printed guide to photography tips & techniques
  • Printed guide to area attractions & restaurants
  • Complimentary evening reception in WA and OR to sample the local wineries
  • More surprises!

Price Excludes

  • Airfare
  • Airport shuttle
  • Some meals provided but not all (details TBA in itinerary)
  • Alcohol during meals (except complimentary regional winery tastings)
  • Room Service fees & personal expenses
Price & What to Expect

Details:  You book your own flight to arrive in Seattle (and return home from Portland). Once you arrive at the Seattle hotel, we take over and take care of you for the next 9 days and 9 nights! Our small group (between 6 and 12 participants) will travel in vans between locations but will have some days of walking in the city. The itinerary below is a rough idea but will change. The only two things we can’t control are whales and weather but we DO guarantee you’ll have a fun time and return home with amazing photos and stories!

Whether you are an experienced photographer or this is your first time using your camera, our guides will be able to coach you so that you can take home incredible memories. We will teach you some cool tricks but this is not a “class.” We believe the best way to learn new photography techniques is to get out in the street with your camera… explore and shoot!

Or maybe you don’t even own a camera? Some guests take our tours to experience the area with our fun, knowledgeable guides. We even offer some alternative activities for those who don’t want to go on the creative photo shoots. Our groups usually include a combination of couples, singles, friends and family… travelers who prefer to visit unique corners of America and have some fun! 

We will provide lots of info leading up to the tour including what to wear, what gear to pack and recommendations for restaurants, bars, museums and other “must do” attractions for your free time… yes, you’ll have free time too!

Your guides for this tour:

  • SpikeYour host with the big mouth! He loves sharing his passion for photography, travel and adventure. Spike has traveled the world, chasing the perfect location to photograph. He started this small-group travel company to help others fulfill their bucket list and realize it's about the EXPERIENCE whether you want to take pictures or not!
  • Scott PudwellA Seattle resident for over a decade, Scott got hooked on photography in 2007 while whale watching in San Juan Islands and enrolled in photography at the University of Washington. He has been published many times - most recently this year's Glacier National Park calendar.
  • Bobby AlcottBobby Alcott has traveled the globe as a commercial lifestyle photographer since 2005. Bobby has been the featured shooter in magazines worldwide, as well as 2 books, 7 album covers, 5 Governors, 6 US Senators and 2 US Presidents. He's excited to leave the noise of New York City to explore the Pacific Northwest with you.
Itinerary (will change as final plans are set)

Day 1Arrive in Seattle. Orientation meet-n-greet dinner.

Day 2Seattle: Pike Place Market in AM, Blue Angels air show in PM

Day 3Seattle in AM, Whale Watching boat in San Juan Islands in PM

Day 4Seattle downtown & Pioneer Square photo walk, sunset/moonrise photos of skyline

Day 5Mount St. Helens in AM, Astoria and Cannon Beach in PM

Day 6Sunrise on beach, tide pools, hike along coast in Ecola State Park

Day 7Morning along the Oregon coast, then enjoy Portland at night

Day 8Historic Columbia River Gorge and various waterfalls

Day 9Portland city walk and Mt. Hood

Day 10you're tired, head home


The photos in this gallery were all taken by your guides Spike & Scott in locations we will go:


a map will be added when itinerary is finalized 🙂

Questions? Email us!

* NOTE: For this trip. we require you to be reasonably fit in order to casually walk from location to location. We also require that you are able to carry your own camera gear, and enter and exit the vehicle without assistance. Please contact us if you have any health concerns that may make a trip challenging and we can answer all questions. When you send your tour deposit, you certify to us that you do not knowingly have any physical or other conditions that would create a risk for yourself or for others on the trip or alter the group’s travel plans.

Please note:

In the event that you have to cancel your “Explore With Spike” trip, we make every attempt to replace you with another paying traveler but if not, your tour is non-refundable. The best way to protect yourself against unforeseen changes in your travel plans is to purchase travel insurance… which costs about $50 for this trip. More Info Here.


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