When: May 1 – October 31  9:30am- 6:30pm*
Price: $216 Adult, $108 Child (10 & under)

*times set to accommodate the Amtrak Cascades train schedule from Seattle and Vancouver into the Mount Vernon station.

Want to visit the northernmost National Park in the US?

The North Cascades National Park Day Tour takes you into the heart of the park to experience its protected wilderness and majestic landscape! Established in 1968, it encompasses 504,781 acres (2,042.78 km2) of pristine mountains, glaciers, valleys, temperate old-growth forest, rivers and turquoise-colored lakes.

The 78 mi, 3-hr drive (from Mount Vernon) on the North Cascades Scenic Highway parallels the Skagit Wild & Scenic River System.  Along the way, we’ll make these stops so you can see for yourself what makes this park so special:

  • Skagit River
  • North Cascades National Park Visitor Center
  • Gorge Creek Falls and Lookout
  • Diablo Lake Lookout
  • Drive over Diablo Dam
  • Easy-Moderate Hike (weather permitting & at the guide’s discretion)

Instead of the hike, you have the option to take a 2-hr boat tour on Diablo Lake Friday-Sunday only (at an additional cost).

Note: This North Cascades National Park Day Tour is weather dependent certain months of the season. Winters with heavy snowfall can cause early road closure and/or delay its reopening.  Summer temperatures can soar into the 90s and 100s, increasing the possibility of forest fires and heat stroke.

You can track the weather at Diablo, WA to prepare for your Adventure.


“It was such an amazing experience exploring Skagit county and North Cascade NP with you! I had so much fun and learned a lot about Skagit from you. Today in Seattle it was incredible how I still felt connected with the Mountain ranges from Skagit!  You are the best guide I have ever had by your master skills of preparing and your sweetness of caring. I am thankful for it all.” Peace, Thailand

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Not included: lunch, taxes & fees, and gratuity

Small group size: 1-6 Adventurers

Pick-up & drop-off locations: Mount Vernon Amtrak train & bus Station, Anacortes Ferry, hotels, motels, B&Bs, AirBnBs, marinas, residences & Airporter Shuttle locations in Anacortes, La Conner, Burlington & Mount Vernon.

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Staying in Seattle or Vancouver but don’t have a car? Easy.  Hop on the Amtrak Cascades train from the Seattle King Station to the Mount Vernon Station pickup.  Other options include the Amtrak Thruway Bus, Greyhound bus, public transit bus and the Airporter Shuttle.

The North Cascades National Park Day Tour is an ideal Adventure for a single traveler, a small group of friends or family, or a private charter.

Stay longer for a multi-day Adventure to “Re-Wild” Your Spirit! in NW Washington. Check out all our Guided Adventures and please inquire about accommodations.

Also want to explore Mount Rainier and Olympic National Parks? We recommend these two small group Nature tour companies, also led by experienced women guides:

Mount Rainier National Park

Olympic National Park