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Seattle / Alaska / Vancouver August 17th – 28th 2016

August  17th – 28th  2016

Kerry Park, Seattle, Washington

Kerry Park, Seattle, Washington

Wednesday, August 17th

Sunset 8:19pm for Seattle

Places to photograph around Seattle

33 minutes open until 7pm Microsoft Corporation Visitor center 15010 NE 36th St Building 92, Redmond, WA 98052

One Microsoft Way

Redmond, WA 98052-7329

Nintendo of America  – 4600 150th Ave NE, Redmond, WA 98052

Leave 3:30 – 25 minutes to   Pike Place Market Fish Market – parking at 1531 Western Ave, Seattle, WA 98101

First, the vendors are used to having cameras around and shooting within the market are is probably your first option. The Pike Place Fish Market  is what everyone comes to see as they throw the fish and entertain the audience. There are two spots I like to shoot here. The green pole to the left of the stand (see photo above) is a good vantage point to get the fish stand, employees and gawkers in the frame. If you stand there long enough, you can see them throw a salmon or two as well. Also on the far right hand side of the stand towards the back, you have a good view of the fish laid out. The only challenge is metering with the light in the background, so you’ll want to overexpose a half to 3/4 stop or pop a flash to illuminate the foreground.

View of Seattle from Jose Rizal Bridge

View of Seattle from Jose Rizal Bridge


Once you get outside the market, you’ll see the musicians and performers called “Buskers”. They are there to entertain and do not mind having their photos taken. For most, this is their only income, so be kind with tips while taking photos. On our tours, we make it a point to tip as we bring a group of people to shoot. Don’t be afraid to get close, either with your telephoto lens or stepping closer. You want to frame in closer to capture the personality of the performers. Even look for details like the hands of the musicians or details of clothing or instruments.

Leave 6  – 11 minutues Kerry Park as far right as possible for views of Seattle 211 W Highland Dr, Seattle, WA 98119

Quick dinner if time allows Dicks drive in – 500 Queen Anne Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109

Leave 6:30 10 minutes Arrive by 7:00 ticket to Space Needle ( Tripod is allowed ) 400 Broad St, Seattle, WA 98109

Night photos Beacon Hill / 4 a.m. – 11:30 p.m.

Night photos from Jose Rizal Bridge 1008 12th Avenue South

Seattle, WA 98144       47.594468, -122.316878

Hotel – Travelodge Sea-Tac Airport North

14845 International Blvd, Seattle 98168

Thursday, August 18th
Sunset 8:28pm for Cape Flattery  8:24pm for Second Beach

Second Beach, La Push, WA

Second Beach, La Push, WA


Leave 7am for Olympic National Park – 3 hours from Hotel to Hurricane Ridge Visitor Center.  Hurricane Ridge is located 17 miles south of Port Angeles on Hurricane Ridge Road, off Mount Angeles Road

You can reach nearly a mile in elevation with a trip to Hurricane Ridge, where you’ll find a visitor center and nature trails. Beginning early in the morning will increase your chances of seeing wildlife and help avoid the larger number of visitors later in the day.
Leave noon from Hurricane Ridge, a three-hour drive 106 miles to the west will bring you to the Hoh Rain Forest. A visitor center, picnic area take the moss trail.  (Hoh Valley Road Forks, WA 98331 47.860662, -123.935056)
4:30pm leave the Hoh, 3 hour drive and hike to Cape Flattery

if weather looks good do second beach for sunset and cape flattery in the AM

Second Beach –

Cape Flattery - Most NW Point in the US

Cape Flattery – Most NW Point in the US

Driving Directions
From Port Angeles follow US 101 west for 55 miles to the junction with State Route 110 (signed “Mora-La Push”). (From Forks the junction is 2 miles north.) Continue west on SR 110. In 7.7 miles at Quillayute Prairie, SR 110 splits. Take the left fork (La Push Road), and drive 5.2 miles to the trailhead, located on the south side of the road (you’ll pass the Third Beach/Hike 120 trailhead and the Quileute tribal office).
47.8982, -124.6238

Most NW Point in the US – Cape Flattery – 48.3844327,-124.7156768

A Makah Recreation Pass can be purchased at the Makah Tribal Museum or Washburn’s grocery

1.5 miles, roundtrip hike

From Port Angeles follow US 101 west for 5 miles to the junction with State Route 112. Turn right (west) on SR 112, continuing for 64 miles to the community of Neah Bay. (Alternatively, take US 101 to Sappho and drive SR 113 north to SR 112 and then on to Neah Bay. This way is longer, but not as curvy.) Just past the Makah Tribal Museum is Washburn’s, where you can purchase the required recreation pass. Continue west on Bayview Avenue for 1 mile, following signs for “Cape Flattery and Beaches.”Turn left on Fort Street, and in 0.1 mile turn right on 3rd Street. In another 0.1 mile turn left on Cape Flattery Road. In 2.5 miles pass the Tribal Center. Proceed for another 5.1 miles to the trailhead. Privy available.

Cabin #2 at Cape Resort

1500 Bayview Ave, Neah Bay, WA 98357

Friday, August 19th
Sunrise 6:19am Cape Flattery  Sunset  Sunset 8:13pm for Seattle

20 minutes to cape flattery

Mount Rainer National Park

Mount Rainer National Park

Leave by 7am – Breakfast at Warm House Restaurant
1471 Bayview Ave, Neah Bay, WA 98357

1st option

Fay Bainbridge State Park – 15446 Sunrise Drive NE Bainbridge Island, WA, USA

Possible seattle skyline views from Bainbridge Island, WA  on a clear day

If weather is nice then

5.5 hour drive to Reflection Lake in Mount Rainer National Park Packwood, WA 98361

46.768194, -121.730627

Mount Rainer – Leave by 3:45pm – need to be at Seattle Airport by 6pm

Leave 2pm for Seattle Airport


DEPARTS Fri, 19 Aug  7:59 PM from Seattle-Tacoma Intl (SEA)

ARRIVES Fri, 19 Aug  9:33 PM at Juneau Intl Arpt (JNU)

FLIGHT DL 2188  Travel Time2h 34m
Economy Car from Juneau Intl Airport (JNU)


Fri Aug 19, 2016 – 10:00 PM


Sun Aug 21, 2016 – 6:00 AM
Rental location:

Enterprise Rent-A-Car Juneau Intl Airport (JNU)1873 Shell Simmons Dr Ste 104, Juneau, AK 99801On Airport
Extended Stay America

Juneau – Shell Simmons Drive
1800 Shell Simmons Drive
Juneau, AK 99801
(907) 790-6435

Saturday, August 20th

Sunset 8:29pm

Humpback Whale Tour in Juneau, Alaska

Humpback Whale Tour in Juneau, Alaska

1 mile from Hotel

Whale Watching Tour

10 minutes to Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center from Hotel – 6000 Glacier Spur Rd, Juneau, AK 99801

Dinner a Red Dog Saloon – 278 S Franklin St, Juneau, AK 99801

Sunday, August 21st

5:34 Sunrise Juneau  Sunset 9:46pm

Altocumulus lenticularis clouds in Denali National Park

Altocumulus lenticularis clouds in Denali National Park


Arrive at airport by 6am

Flight 1 of 2  Alaska 73

Coach (L)  | Nonstop | Details
Juneau (JNU)
7:25 am  Sun, Aug 21
Anchorage (ANC)
9:08 am  Sun, Aug 21
Alaska 73Distance: 568 mi | Duration: 1hours 43minutes
Flight 2 of 2  Alaska 2817

Operated by Horizon Air as AlaskaHorizon

Check in with Alaska Airlines

Coach (L) | Nonstop | Details
Anchorage (ANC)
10:35 am  Sun, Aug 21

Fall Tundra at Denali National Park

Fall Tundra at Denali National Park

Fairbanks (FAI)
11:38 am  Sun, Aug 21
Alaska 2817Distance: 260 mi | Duration: 1hours 3m

Avis Rent a Car Fairbanks Intl Airport


Sun Aug 21, 2016 – 12:00 PM


Wed Aug 24, 2016 – 12:00 PM

Rental location Avis Rent a CarFairbanks Intl Airport (FAI)6450 Airport Way Suite 5, Fairbanks, AK 99709

Super 8 Motel – Fairbanks

1909 Airport Way
Fairbanks AK, 99701

Sunday, August 21, 2016 (02:00 PM)
Wednesday, August 24, 2016  (12:00 PM)

17 minutes away to Northpole , AK

Option: Go to bed early to wake up at 2 or 3am to look for Northern Lights

Monday, August 22nd
Sunrise 6:11am  | Sunset 9:46pm  for  Denali National Park and Preserve

Grizzly Bear in Denali National Park

Grizzly Bear in Denali National Park


Leave 5:00am for Wilderness Access Center, Park Rd, Denali, AK 99755

Kantishna Experience 7:30 AM – 8:30 PM – 92 Miles One Way – 11- 12 hours Round Trip departing from the Wilderness Access Center Wilderness Access Center (7:20 AM)  INERARY SUMMARY

Activity Type
Kantishna Experience
Date and Time
Monday, August 22, 2016

7:30 AM – 8:30 PM
Pickup Location
Wilderness Access Center (7:20 AM)
The Wilderness Access Center is located at mile 1 on the Denali National Park Road. The “WAC” is the hub for transportation into Denali. TOUR Departure Times are assigned 1 week prior (TWT or DNHT), please reconfirm upon arrival in Denali since your printed confirmation time is subject to change. Shuttles (VTS), Windows into Wilderness and Kantishna Experience depart as scheduled.

Mile 237 George Parks Highway
Denali National Park, AK 99755

Tuesday, August 23rd

Arctic Circle Tour

Arctic Circle Sign

Arctic Circle Sign

Leave 5:50am for 3820 University Ave S, Fairbanks, AK 99709

View the remarkable Trans Alaska Pipeline.
Visit the Arctic Circle Trading Post situated in the rural community of Joy, Alaska.
Travel the rugged Dalton Highway made famous by the construction of the Trans Alaska Pipeline.
Experience the mighty Yukon River. Marvel at the majestic beauty of the northland’s most famous waterway and learn of the river’s storied past.
Cross the Arctic Circle and receive an official Arctic Circle Adventure Certificate.
Explore up close the amazing arctic tundra and feel the veins of ice just beneath the surface.
Departs 6:30 am; returns between 10:30 and 11:30 pm.

Wednesday, August 24th

Sunset for Barrow 10:55pm

Check in with Alaska Airlines

Coach (B) | Nonstop | Details

Whale Bone Arch - Gateway to the Arctic

Whale Bone Arch – Gateway to the Arctic

Fairbanks (FAI)
11:10 am  Wed, Aug 24
Anchorage (ANC)
12:14 pm  Wed, Aug 24


Alaska 2804Distance: 260 mi | Duration: 1hours 4minutes
Flight 2 of 2  Alaska 50

Coach (B) | 1 stop | Details
Anchorage (ANC)
2:55 pm  Wed, Aug 24
Barrow (BRW)
6:11 pm  Wed, Aug 24
Alaska 50

This flight uses a Boeing 737-400 Combi aircraft. When boarding this type of aircraft, customers will use two sets of stairs, board from the rear of the aircraft, and be exposed to the weather.
Alaska 50Distance: 827 mi | Duration: 3hours 16m
Borrow is the 11th northernmost public community in the world and is the northernmost city in the United States, with nearby Point Barrow being the nation’s northernmost point.

Tundra on the Dalton Highway

Tundra on the Dalton Highway


Point Barrow or Nuvuk is a headland on the Arctic coast in the U.S. state of Alaska, 9 miles (14 km) northeast of Barrow. It is the northernmost point of all the territory of the United States, at 71°23′20″N 156°28′45″W

The distance to the North Pole is 1,122 nautical miles (1,291 mi; 2,078 km).

Sunset over the arctic ocean at Whale Bone Arch

most Northern part

Stevenson St


71.386810, -156.470919

King Eider Inn & Car Rental

1752 Ahkovak St, Barrow, AK 99723

Thursday, August 25th

Sunrise for Barrow 6:03am | Sunset for Anchorage 9:26pm

Barrow, Alaska - The most Northern Point in America. 1,250 miles to North Pole

Barrow, Alaska – The most Northern Point in America. 1,250 miles to North Pole


Iñupiat Heritage Center  8:30-5pm

5421 North Star St, Barrow, AK 99723

Flight 1 of 1  Alaska 50

Coach (S) | Nonstop | Details
Barrow (BRW)
6:56 pm  Thu, Aug 25
Anchorage (ANC)
8:43 pm  Thu, Aug 25
Alaska 50

This flight uses a Boeing 737-400 Combi aircraft. When boarding this type of aircraft, customers will use two sets of stairs, board from the rear of the aircraft, and be exposed to the weather.
Alaska 50Distance: 722 mi | Duration: 1hours 47m

Avis Rent a Car


Thu Aug 25, 2016 – 9:00 PM


Fri Aug 26, 2016 – 4:00 PM

Rental location:

Avis Rent a Car – Ted Stevens Anchorage Intl Airport (ANC)
5000 West Intl Airport Road, Anchorage, AK 99502On Airport

Creekwood Inn  – 2150 Seward Highway, Anchorage , AK , United States

Friday, August 26th

Sunrise 6:38am for Anchorage

Mendenhall Glacier, Juneau, Alaska

Mendenhall Glacier, Juneau, Alaska

Point Woronzof Overlook

Address: 7251 Point Woronzof Rd, Anchorage, AK 99502

EarthQuake Park 5101 Point Woronzof Rd, Anchorage, AK 99502

Arrive at airport by 4:10pm

Flight 1 of 1  Alaska 102

Coach (K) | Nonstop
Anchorage (ANC)
6:10 pm  Fri, Aug 26
Seattle (SEA)
10:30 pm  Fri, Aug 26
Alaska 102Distance: 1,444 mi | Duration: 3hours 20m
Budget Car Rental Pick-up:

Fri Aug 26, 2016 – 11:00 PM


Sun Aug 28, 2016 – 12:00 PM
Rental location:  Budget Rent a Car Seattle-Tacoma Intl Airport (SEA)
3150 South 160th Street, Seattle, WA 98188On Airport

Budget Rent a Car confirmation number:  34395817US1

Quality Inn Mount Vernon

1910 Freeway Drive, Mount Vernon , WA , United States

Saturday, August 27th

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Sunset  8:04pm Vancouver
10am – Leave for 1.5 hour to Monument Park  –  217 Marine Dr, Point Roberts, WA 98281

Point Roberts - most western point of the USA / Canada border

Point Roberts – most western point of the USA / Canada border


Peace Arch State Park  on the way

Boundary Marker No.1 on the 49th parallel north on the western shore of Point Roberts, erected in 1861

Monument Park is located at the Northwest corner of Point Roberts. The park is named after the granite obelisk, Border Marker Number One, that stands at the entrance to the park. This monument to the 49 parallel was fabricated in Scotland and New Westminster in 1861 and sits at the most western point in the northern Canadian – US border.  217 Marine Dr, Point Roberts, WA 98281

Lighthouse Marine Park – 811 Marine Dr, Point Roberts, WA 98281

(Whale Watching )

1 hour to Stanley Park

View Point – 5601 Stanley Park Dr, Vancouver, BC V6G 3E2, Canada

Lions Gate Bridge

Possible skyline shot
104 Harbourside Pl

North Vancouver, BC V7P 3R9

Lighthouse Park West Vancouver, BC V7W 1K5, Canada
Improv Centre for two shows 1502 Duranleau St, Vancouver, BC V6H 3W7, Canada

Travelodge Hotel Vancouver Airport

Sunday, August 28th

Sunrise 6:24am for Vancouver

9am leave for 3 hour drive from hotel to Seattle Airport
Depart Seattle, WA (SEA) on Southwest Airlines at 12:45 PM

Arrive in Nashville, TN (BNA) at 7:00 PM
Sun Aug 28

Travel Time
4 h 15 m